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CHC Holland Exchange Programme Takes Off!

A project initiated by a group of committed parents in November 2013 is finally happening!

A group of 16 U/17 Girls  and 8 adults depart Cape Town for the Netherlands on Sunday 28 September at 17h55 (report 15h00)  and return to Cape Town on Thursday 9 October 2014 at 16h25.

Central Hockey Club (CHC) members and parents are undertaking a ground-breaking “Youth Enrichment and Skills Development Through Education and Sport” exchange program to the Netherlands. 

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 This is a community initiative undertaken by committed parents in collaboration with Central Hockey Club (CHC) and its many social partners.   It has been endorsed by Western Province Hockey Union and the South African Hockey Association (SAHA). 

 Youth Enrichment and Skills Enhancement is an important facet of the SAHA curriculum which is fully embraced by this initiative.  The SA hockey curriculum is a product of collaboration with the KHNB (Dutch Hockey Federation) and funded by the Netherlands Government.  Participants are the beneficiaries of this curriculum which informs the CHC Youth Development Programme.  

Hockey-specific activities will be facilitated / supported by HDM Hockey Club (The Hague).  Teachers for Africa (a Holland-based organization that does volunteer development projects for primary school learners in disadvantaged communities of Cape Town) will facilitate various other activities.  CHC facilitates their Cape Town projects and they are reciprocating by hosting the CHC visit.

The group will be based in The Hague from 29 September – 8 October 2014.  A diverse group of 16 girls (ages 15 to 17 years) will be accompanied by 8 adults (parents and officials) on this groundbreaking exchange visit.  For all players and some accompanying adults it will be a first experience abroad and for Central Hockey Club (CHC)  it is the first venture of its kind.

Accommodation is being sponsored by Boskalis Offshore – Subsea Services, a Dutch-based company with offices in Cape Town. Additional sponsorships have been provided by Fain Sport & Leisure Apparel (playing kit) and Kimsports - Obo & Gryphon (kit bags) 

This is much more than a “hockey tour”.  It is envisaged that this group of girls and parents will be ambassadors for CHC, the broader Cape Town community and South Africa which will enhance relations between the citizens of our  two countries.  This undertaking is a joint commitment to social development objectives through sport and education. 

Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town has provided a Letter of Endorsement which will be delivered to Mayor Jozias Van Aartsen, The Hague.

BACKGROUND:

HollandTourists02.jpgCHC  endeavors to make hockey accessible and affordable to all in the context of achieving “Education Through Sport”. 

CHC enjoys a credible profile at club, provincial and national levels.  Over the years, CHC has  been well represented in National Squads from u/16 to senior levels.

CHC has played host to many visiting teams from the UK, Holland, Argentina.  The time had come to provide a similar experience abroad for CHC Youth. 

The Holland visit will serve to strengthen ties between South Africa and The Netherlands who have contributed significantly to the development of hockey at CHC and continues to make significant contributions nationally in collaboration with the South African Hockey Association.

CHC is particularly keen to enhance ties with HDM Hockey Club in The Hague/Delft area.  An exchange of players / coaches first started in 1998 with the arrival of Player / Coach Diederik Donk continues to show great promise.