At the invitation of the Russian Field Hockey Federation, on September 28, Vitaliy Kholopov visited the city of St. Petersburg and held a seminar for trainers (both beginners and practitioners) at the Metroparking stadium and at the Metrostroy stadium.
In the first theoretical part of the lesson, Vitaliy Kholopov introduced the students to the Belgian hockey training system. He spoke about the principles of work of coaches and managers in the structure of Belgian national teams. He also spoke about the developments in the training process, which he made from his experience over many years.
After the theory, the participants in the event began practical exercises. Vitaliy Kholopov held an open training session with young pupils of the Volna sports club and the Favorit sports school in Vyborg, Leningrad Region.
Vitaliy Anatolyevich Kholopov began to practice field hockey at the age of 13 in the city of Gomel of the Republic of Belarus.
At the age of 16, he joined the team of masters, played in the First League, and then in the Higher League of the USSR. At the age of 21, he began to play for the USSR national team.
He took part in the matches of the 1990 World Cup in Pakistan, the European Championship.
In 1992 he moved permanently to Belgium, where he went from being a player to one of the leading teners in the Belgian school for training athletes. The player’s career ended in 2016 at the age of 47 years.
In total, he played 30 matches for the USSR national team, 60 matches – for the national team of Belarus, 100 matches – for the national team of Belgium. Repeatedly became the champion of Belgium.
He has vast experience working with children, since in 1992 he began to practice as a children’s coach.
He is currently one of the coaches of the Belgium national team for children aged 14 years. Three of his students are silver medalists of the Olympic Games, world and European champions. Vitaliy also holds master classes and seminars for novice trainers.