Trustco Bank Aloe Hockey Park Inaugurated (allAfrica.com)

The second artificial hockey turf in Namibia, the Trustco Bank Aloe Hockey Park was inaugurated at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School on Saturday.

It follows two months after the Davin Trustco Field was inaugurated at Windhoek High School in June and will go a long way towards improving the standard of hockey in Namibia.

The event also served as the finals of the national schools hockey leagues and was attended by members of the ministries of education and sport as well as Namibia’s hockey fraternity.

The managing director of Windhoek Gymnasium Colette Rieckert said it was a dream come true.

“When our school opened in 2007 I remember the president of the Namibia Hockey Union Jesse Schickerling talking to me about the need to get an astroturf. At the time I had other issues on my mind but later I realised that it was a necessity if we wanted to improve the standard of our hockey,” she said.

“Since 2010 we worked on realising this dream and now we are so proud to be able to inaugurate the Trustco Bank Aloe Hockey Park,” she added.

Rieckert thanked Quinton van Rooyen, the managing director of the main sponsor Trustco Namibia for their investment, saying it would go a long way towards improving the standard of Namibian hockey.

“Thanks for understanding and sharing our vision to develop Namibian sport so that we can compete internationally. I trust that we will utilise it to the benefit of the community at large and for the expansion of hockey in Namibia,” she said.

Milton Ya Otto, the Inspector of Education in the Khomas Region said the investment would improve the standard of Namibian hockey.

“This is a very important day and this turf looks extraordinary. This turf will go a long way towards introducing top hockey players and we are assured that Namibia will produce top hockey teams. I assure you of our support for what Windhoek Gymnasium is doing for our region – you are holding our name high,” he said.

Quinton van Rooyen said their sponsorship was an investment in the youth of Namibia.

“We feel privileged for having played a key role in the realisation of one of the first hockey astro-turfs in Namibia. This facility will be a great equaliser and is evidence of our motion of confidence in our children,” he said.

“It’s a sponsorship of several million Namibian dollars and should be seen as an investment in our youth and in hockey in Namibia. The days of being good losers should be gone now. To be the best you have to compete against the best,” he added.

Windhoek Gymnasium meanwhile won the Boys First League after beating Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool 3-1 on a shootout after a full time score of 2-all.

WHS won the Girls First League after beating Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool 2-0 in the final.

Windhoek Gymnasium won the Boys Second League after beating PK de Villiers, while WHS won the Girls Second League after beating Walvis Bay Private School.