Hockey developments land in Kavango and Zambezi

Marc Nel (President of the Namibia Hockey Union), Sanet de Waal (Bank Windhoek) and Erwin Handura, Development Manager at the NHU during a handover of hockey gear in preparation for the Kavango Hockey Festival this weekend.

The Bank Windhoek Hockey Development Programme for the Kavango and Zambezi Region started this week in Rundu as part of the Namibia Hockey Union’s three year plan to develop and promote the game in all 14 regions.

Bank Windhoek, in partnership with the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU), started with the coaching clinics for coaches as well as players from 16 September up until Saturday, at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
About 20 coaches are taking part in the coaching clinics. Of these, 16 coaches are from the Kavango Region while four coaches will travel from the Zambezi Region.
Twelve schools are taking part in the coaching clinics while only four schools, represented by 80 players, will compete at the Bank Windhoek Kavango Hockey Festival on Saturday. The first clinic which took place on Wednesday targeted Coaches, while Thursday and Friday’s clinics covered both learners and their coaches to hone their skills. The programme will culminate with a hockey festival on Saturday, 19 September, where different schools from the regions will compete.
Bank Windhoek is the sponsor of the annual Indoor Hockey League and Field Hockey League, as well as a mini-hockey league which aims to develop and introduce the sport to the youth.
“It is important to develop the skills of all players so as to enable them to excel in their sport. It is for this reason that part of Bank Windhoek’s sponsorship of N$250 000 earlier this year of the NHU is aimed at development of the sport in all the regions of Namibia,” said Riaan van Rooyen from Bank Windhoek.
Meanwhile, Erwin Handura, Development Manager at the NHU thanked Bank Windhoek’s support in the development of the sport.
The next coaching clinic and Regional festival is set for the Karas Region in October this year. The full programme will start in September with coaching clinics for both coaches and teachers.