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Hockey targets increase in participating schools

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE Fiji Hockey Federation (FHF) would give equipment to schools around the country in a bid to increase the participation which would later help with the development of the sport.

FHF development officer Tai Smith said some schools have already received equipment and some would get theirs later.

"We were fortunate to have received the donation of hockey sticks and balls from the International Hockey Federation to assist towards our development programs," she said.

"And so far this year, I have managed to assist Suva Muslim, Assemblies of God High School, St Johns Cawaci, Levuka Public School, Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi and Cathedral Secondary School."

Smith said the equipment was expensive and so the gift would really help the schools.

"Most of these schools are playing hockey but didn't have enough and new equipment because it's so hard to come by since it's so expensive.

"We are really concentrating on the youth and the kaji program and at the moment we have 50 cartons of uniforms that has just arrived from Australia and we would be donating those in due time as well."

Smith said schools in the Northern Division had already started making use of the new equipment and techniques that she taught them during her development clinic earlier this year.

"We had clinic at six schools in Labasa and six schools in Savusavu and they have already started playing friendly games in Savusavu on Saturdays."

Meanwhile, Smith is also responsible for taking the national under-18 girls hockey side to the Youth Olympic Games in August in Nanjing, China.

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