17 Jul 2019 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) The 2019 Russell Bartlett Hockey Mini World Cup was officially launched in the capital on Wednesday, with the organisers, K9 Sports, saying all preparations are at an advanced stage for the tournament.
Shayne Cormack of K9 Sports and founder of the tournament said they are looking forward to the event which is scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School in the capital.
The event has grown from strength to strength over the years. We aim to inspire the youth to get involved and expose them to a high level of competition. Through the years, we managed to produce so many national team hockey players through this event. We initially started with six schools representing different countries, to nine now, she said.
Cormack said they will host 540 kids throughout the tournament.
She added that as organisers they would like to see the tournament grow, but they only have one artificial turf field, which now hosts the tournament over a two-day period.
She said if they succeed in getting another field, they will be able to host more children.
We would also like to take this tournament to the regions. We are hoping to grow out in future and involve more children in the sport, Cormack said.
The event which has been running for the past 17 years is aimed at developing hockey skills at primary school level in a fun and learning environment.
This years event received a boost from Standard Bank who chipped in with N.dollars 100 000.
For next year, the bank will give N.dollars 120 000 before increasing the sponsorship to N.dollars 140 000.
Isack Hamata, Manager of Public Relations and Communication at the bank said their decision to be partners of this event is based on their resolve to play a meaningful role in providing opportunities for growth and development in various sectors.
The benefits of sport to young people are numerous, and have been told repeatedly. What is left for us is to start exposing our children to sport so they, and we as a society, can enjoy the benefits of such exposure, he said.
Schools from all over Namibia enter as countries and the event is based on a World Cup or Olympic type hockey competition where the children have to dress up to represent their nominated country.