Russell Bartlett Hockey Mini World Cup 2019 launched

The 2019 Russel Bartlett Hockey Mini World Cup was officially launched on Wednesday in Windhoek with the organisers, K9 Sports saying all preparations are at an advanced stage for the tournament.

Speaking during the launch, Shayne Cormack, of K9 Sports and founder of the tournament said they are looking forward to the tournament which is scheduled to take place on the 19th and 20th July at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School in the capital.

The event has grown from strength to strength over the years. We aim to inspire the youth to get involved and expose them to high level of competition. Through the years, we manage to produce so many national team hockey players through this event. We initially started with six schools who represent different countries, to nine now, she said.

Cormack said they will host 540 kids throughout the tournament.

She added that as organisers they would like to see the tournament grow, but they only have one artificial turf field, which now hosts the tournament over a two day period.

She said if they succeed in getting another field, they will be able t host more children.

We would also like to take this tournament to the regions. We are hoping to grow out in future and involved more children in the sport, she said.

The event which has been running for the past 17 years is aimed at developing hockey skills at Primary school level in a fun and learning environment.

This year's event received a timely boost from Standard Bank who chipped in with N.dollars 100 000.

For next year, the bank will give N.dollars 120 000 before increasing the sponsorship to N.dollars 140 000.

Our decision to be partners of this event is based on our resolve to play a very meaningful role in providing opportunities for growth and development in various sectors. The benefits of sport to young people are numerous, and have been told repeatedly. What is left for us is to start exposing our children to sport so they, and we as society, can enjoy the benefits of such exposure, IsackHamata, the manager of Public Relations and Communication at the ban said.

Schools from all over Namibia enter as a country and the event is based on a World cup or Olympic type hockey competition where the children have to dress up to represent their nominated country.

Source: Namibia Press Agency