Hockey in recently years has seen a massive increase in speed, mainly due to technological advancements in pitch and stick manufacturing. Balls speeds can reach excess of 100mph. To complicate things add in deflections, bobbles and the un-natural art at throwing your body at a hard plastic ball....tricky stuff!
The hockey training market is a fairly untapped with the majority of products being adapted from other sports. OBO own a 60% share of the hockey goalkeeping protection market and distribute within 61 countries through established distribution networks. In the 2004 Athens Olympics: 77% of goalkeepers wore OBO kit! This range of products will compliment and help strengthen the OBO brand within the hockey community.
The Egg Ball – bobbles and bounces randomly making routine saves much more complex.
The Flick Stick – allows a coach to flick a ball easily.
The Ramp – the ball hits the ramp and deflects into the air with varied angles.
The Mat – deflects ball at low angles working on goalkeepers reaction times.
The Wall – a foldable rebound board with variable angles of rebound.
The concepts have been tested by international coaches at Spartan with the current male and female England U-21 goalkeepers. An arrangement has just been reached to bring these ideas to market in July 2009…watch this space!