Hockey to be introduced in Khorixas schools

15 May 2019 | Sports

Hockey will soon be introduced as a sports code at schools in Khorixas after a successful training clinic was held in Outjo in April.

Bank Windhoek, in collaboration with the Namibian Hockey Union (NHU), hosted the hockey coaching clinic where a total of 65 learners and 13 coaches from six primary schools in Outjo and Khorixas participated.

The event was attended by learners from the Outjo Primary School, Jack Francis Primary and Maarssen Primary School, their teachers, as well as three Khorixas primary schools - Versteende Woud, THF !Gaeb and Welwitschia.

The teachers received coaching training while the learners were taught the rules and practical details of hockey as a sports code. Bank Windhoek sponsored hockey equipment for the participating schools.

“The way forward for the Khorixas coaches is to introduce hockey at their respective schools and play a junior league, while the three Outjo schools will continue to coach their teams in preparation for the junior league to be played on Wednesdays, just after the athletics season,” NHU executive member Erwin Handura said.

With hockey's inclusion in the 2019 edition of the Namibia Youth Games, scheduled to take place in December, the Kunene Region will incorporate players from Khorixas and Outjo.

“These schools were urged to prepare their players for the Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU) national trials during the second term,” said Handura.

Bank Windhoek head of corporate affairs, Hayley Allen, said: “Increasing participation in sport can generate a variety of socio-economic benefits. It can make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society.

“Based on this, Bank Windhoek has committed to contribute to the socio-economic development of Namibia, especially in the area of education, job-creation, entrepreneurship, health, sport, culture and welfare.”

Bank Windhoek and the NHU have hosted hockey coaching clinics in since 2015 in the following regions: Kavango West, Zambezi, Hardap, and //Karas, Khomas, Oshana, Otjozondjupa and Kunene.

Sport Reporter

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