AS pupils around South Africa settle into their school routine, KwaZulu-Natal’s first team hockey girls begin to train for this year’s SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge that begins in February.
The regional tournament that travels around KZN to 10 host schools has about 80 first teams participating in the annual tournament with the grand finals at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof in July with a new programme for the finals weekend rolled out.
This year Varsity College have come on board offering one hockey player a bursary to their institution.
“Varsity College is excited to announce a new initiative associated with the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge for 2016, where one deserving young lady will get an opportunity to study a quality IIE higher education qualification through us, and of course, get to play premier division hockey in Durban for the Varsity College Hockey Club,” said Carole Adam, Varsity College national sports manager.
All females that participate in the tournament will be eligible even if their school does not make it to the finals. The bursary will be presented to the lady at the tournament finals.
“Heading into the sixth year of the tournament, we feel very affirmed at the success of our tournament, it has become a highlight on the schools’ sports fixtures. Due to our success, the tournament has spilled across the borders into other provinces. Adding to the appeal of our hockey challenge, we are excited that Varsity College have come on-board offering this bursary,” said SPAR’s managing director, Rob Philipson.
Kicking off the tournament, St Dominics Academy will host the northern KZN regional in Newcastle on 27 February. Pietermaritzburg then hosts the second and third regional on 12 March with Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High hosting the PMB Central Regional and St Anne’s hosting the PMB North Regional, Maris Stella hosts the DBN Central Regional on 13 March.
The fifth tournament, the DBN south regional, is hosted by Kingsway High on 9 April. Danville Girls’ High runs the DBN north regional on 10 April. St Patricks College in Kokstad welcomes teams for the southern KZN regional on 16 April. Grantleigh in Richards Bay hosts the northern coastal regional on 7 May. Hermannsburg will host the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi regional on 14 May. The final tournament, the highway regional, takes place at Thomas More College on 15 May.
The finals take place over the weekend of 23 and 24 July, with the winners of each regional converging on St Mary’s DSG to battle it out on the turf.
For more information on the tournament, “like” the SPAR KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge Facebook page.’- Supplied.