Polar Bears Field Hockey began as Total Field Hockey almost 20 years ago. We have evolved in providing the latest training methodology to provide accelerated learning for young athletes. Andrew Schouten and Shiaz Virjee have a passion for field hockey and love to see the athlete develop their skills, tactical awareness and love of the game.
Our goal is to improve our athletes’ overall skills at all levels. We provide top level coaching year-round to players of all ages and abilities. Our program is directed by Shiaz Virjee, former Men’s National Team Coach and FIH Trainer-Educator/World Team Coach – Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games gold medalist and World Cup Top-8. We also have a team of highly qualified coaches to work with all our athletes and we maintain a good coach to player ratio to provide effective coaching to every athlete. All our coaches are current or former National Team athletes and former USports or NCAA Div-1 standouts.
Our top-level coaching staff is passionate about field hockey and our goal is to assist the athlete to reach their full potential as well as develop a well-rounded young person with sense of self and community.
Our athlete pathway is free of rigid boundaries as we work with the athlete to chart their course for development to provincial, national, and Canadian or US Universities. We assist the athlete to navigate the recruitment processes – together we have assisted over 150 athletes for recruitment to USports (CIS) and NCAA placements. In this time we have been the leader in the field hockey community in providing post-secondary opportunities for female athletes.
We have year round programs – indoor in the winter and outdoor for all seasons together with select tours to showcase our athletes for post-secondary recruitment, fun tours to Cal Cup and competitive tours to Europe and Oceania (Australia/NZ).