The City of Cape Town is a partner in the upcoming World Masters Hockey World Cup 2022 to be hosted in Cape Town. To mark 50 days before the tournament, President of SA Masters, Reg Marais presented Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Alderman JP Smith with commemorative jerseys ahead of the event.
The World Masters Hockey World Cup will take place at the Western Province Cricket & Hockey Club and Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium from 1 to 10 October 2022.
With the tournament featuring 84 teams from more than 23 countries.The World Masters Hockey World Cup represents the pinnacle of competitive Masters Hockey (35 – 85) and is presented biannually in host cities identified by World Masters Hockey (WMH).
WMH granted the SA Masters the right to host the 2022 edition in Cape Town. The Mother City will be proudly hosting for both men and women in the age categories: 45+; 50+; 55+ and 60+.
According to the City of Cape Town, approximately 2 750 players and support staff will be in Cape Town for the duration of the tournament.
The Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, proudly stated: “The City is proud to be hosting another exciting international sporting tournament. In recent months, we have seen Cape Town come alive again with events that unite residents, and bring us together in celebration. We look forward to welcoming fans and visitors and wish the players and spectators a thrilling and successful tournament.”
In addition, the World Cup will also contribute to South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA) Modified Hockey Programme (MHP), a legacy project aimed at introducing field hockey in the foundation and intermediate phase physical education curriculum.
He added that the programme equips teachers with skills to use the lesson plan to expose pupils to hockey, but more importantly to movement skills, ball skills, teamwork and success. Furthermore, during the World Cup, the Modified Hockey Programme will run a development clinic for 40 children from across the metro.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith, explained: “We know hosting major events contribute significantly to the economy through job creation, as well as opportunities for the tourism industry. More importantly, these events are able to equip residents with necessary skills that they can use for success.”
Smith further elaborated that when the City supports events that contribute to the development of young people forms part of the broader strategy aimed at ensuring that the youth in Cape Town have opportunities.
“We believe the Masters Hockey World Cup will also expose the sport to communities who would otherwise not have those opportunities,” said Smith.
For more information on the tournament, tickets and general event information, you can visit the SA Masters website.
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