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2012 KC March Easter Hockey Festival
Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium, Observatory & Vygieskraal Hockey Complex, Athlone
Friday, 6 April to Sunday, 8 April 2012
The City of Cape Town is partnering with Central Hockey Club (CHC) to host the KC March Easter Festival 2012 for the first time in Cape Town since 2007. The event will take place at the Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium and Vygieskraal Hockey Complex under the auspices of Western Province Hockey Union and the South African Hockey Association (SAHA). Significant support is being provided by the City of Cape Town with three of its international-standard artificial hockey pitches being the centerpiece of all activities.
Many of the participants are in the prime of their hockey careers (ages 18 to 25 years), several of whom have represented their provinces. A large contingent of South African Under-21 and senior players will compete as well as former national players. Participating clubs will travel from Port Elizabeth, East London, Johannesburg, Kimberley and Bloemfontein.
Close to 40 teams will participate, representing some top clubs from across the country. The Premier Division is comprised of 8 Ladies and 8 Men’s teams. The rest will be taken up in the Challenge & Masters Divisions for Ladies and Men.
Prior to sports unification in 1992, Easter Hockey Tournaments were a uniquely Cape Town event started and hosted Blackburn Hockey Club (one of the founder members of Central Hockey Club).
After hockey unification in 1993, Central Hockey Club continued the tradition of hosting pre-season Easter Hockey Tournaments. After two highly successful post-unity Easter Tournaments hosted by Central Hockey Club (1996 & 1997), there was growing pressure to rotate this event among other hockey centres. As a result the baton was passed to East London, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg with SAHA playing a facilitating role. This is now an official event on SAHA’s calendar and now called the KC March Easter Hockey Festival – named after an iconic sports and community personality. KC as he was fondly called, is held in high regard for his massive contribution to the codes of hockey and baseball prior to unification.
Initially this event served the very necessary purpose of tracking the progress of historically disadvantaged clubs in a newly unified body. While continuing to retain some of these elements, the objectives today are much more diverse -- meaning many different things to many different people. In the final analysis it has developed into a FESTIVAL celebrating all the good things that hockey has to offer.
CHC, in collaboration with the WPHU and SAHA and the support of the City of Cape Town serves notice of its intention to continue being in the vanguard of efforts to promote hockey as a major national code.
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ABOUT Central Hockey Club:
Central Hockey Club (CHC), established in 1993, promotes hockey at all levels of the game for Boys, Girls, Men and Ladies.
- Facilities: CHC headquarters is at Vygieskraal Hockey Complex, Athlone which boasts a top quality, water-based artificial pitch and two grass fields. Two additional grass fields are maintained at Clover Crescent, Athlone.
- Benefits: Since CHC strives to serve the broader community of Cape Town, accessibility and affordability are key considerations.
- People: Membership is open to all regardless of race, gender or religion. Key role-players in the club are officials and players who have their roots in the former non-established provincial hockey bodies for men and women (1962-1992)
- Affiliations (Youth): CHC is affiliated to the WP Youth Hockey body caters for primary school, high school and club hockey.
- Affiliations: CHC operates under the jurisdiction of the Western Province Hockey Union (WPHU), South African Hockey Association (SAHA), and International Hockey Federation (FIH).
- Partnerships (local government): CHC has a well established, dynamic Partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation, City of Cape Town.
- Partnerships (provincial government): CHC enjoys a close working relationship with the EMDC Central, Western Cape Education Department in promoting Youth life skills projects.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.centralhockey.co.za/
ABOUT KC March 2012 Festival:
The event will utilize two first class hockey facilities straddling the historic divide between the Cape Flats and Southern Suburbs, viz. two artificial pitches at Hartleyvale (Cape Town's premier international hockey venue) and one artificial pitch at Vygieskraal Hockey Complex (Central Hockey Club’s headquarters)
The South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA’s) commitment to transformation in collaboration with Western Province Hockey Union and Central Hockey Club, will provide a platform to promote National transformation objectives. A Youth Hockey Festival for primary school learners was held at Vygieskraal Hockey Complex on Sat 10 March 2012. This event done in collaboration with the with the CoCT is an example of the.kind of Youth initiatives that have served the community well over the years, .
SAHA, in collaboration with WPHU and Central Hockey Club will host an opening event and reception at Hartleyvale on Saturday, 7 April 2012 to acknowledge past contributions and promote hockey as a major code on the South African sporting scene. .
The tournament will consist of two (2) Men’s Divisions, (2) Ladies Division and a Masters Division for Men and Ladies. A maximum of 40 teams are expected to participate. The Premier Men’s Division will showcase some of the top club sides from across the country,
Central’s Youth Division will be intimately involved with all tournament activities, in the process gaining exposure to aspects of event management and senior hockey at played at a high level. They will provide support to visiting teams, do pitch duties and assist with the manning of technical tables.
Cape Town as an international destination of choice will see the KC March Easter Hockey Festival sharing pride of place with the Two Oceans Marathon and several other internationally recognized events.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.kcmhockey.org.za.