THE Fiji Hockey Federation (FHF) will invest the grant it received from the Australian High Commission in the development of grassroots level in the outer islands.
The $A10,000 ($F18,526) was yesterday presented to the federation by the Third Secretary to the Australian High Commission Peter Lothian to take the sport to Levuka, Taveuni, Savusavu and Labasa.
Lothian also opened the new season of the Business House Season One competition at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala last night.
FHF president Doctor Robin Mitchell said they wanted to capture the interest of budding hockey players and develop them into the stars of the game.
He thanked the commission for the timely grant in re-igniting the interest in the sport in these areas.
"We will continue with the work we started and part of our plan is to focus on the base because we have small number of players in Suva and a few in the West," Mitchell said.
"Our first stop will be Levuka where we got schools which are still strong and we want to capture them early."
Dr Mitchell hopes Fiji's participation at the FIH World Hockey League Round Two in Delhi, India last month would bring more interest among people of these areas.
He also said they had an Olympic Solidarity scholarship for coaching clinics which would be held next month in Nadi.
Meanwhile, the Australian High Commission has also given grants to the Fiji Surfing Association and Australian Rules football (AFL) Fiji.