The organiser and founder of the hugely successful Cape Town International U18 Schools’ and Clubs Hockey Festival is looking for the top South African girls’ high school first teams to take part in next year’s 10th anniversary of the event, which is taking place from July 16 to 21 in 2013 at the festival’s Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium headquarters and surrounding hockey turfs.
“I am looking to sign up the top girls’ school first teams in South Africa, as well as on the African continent and from the top hockey countries overseas, as I am trying to keep the festival as high-class and competitive as possible, and offer our Western Province schools some top-class competition,” said tournament founder and director Chris Brothers, the Cape Town-based owner and MD of TEAM Sports (Tourvest Event Activation Management).
“In our 10th anniversary year we have already signed up, or are in the process of negotiation with, top international school and club Under-18 age-group first teams from Holland, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, so it’s going to be a very prestigious festival with a high level of hockey on display.”
This extremely well-organised event is run very professionally and to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standards. Cape Town’s Chris Brothers is the father of Nick Brothers, the recently retired England and Great Britain goalkeeper.
The accommodation for each 14-player team’s coach and manager is free of charge; all matches are on top-rated turfs with tech tables and top umpires included. First aid, festival T-shirts, medals and trophies plus exciting opening and closing ceremonies are just a few more components of the overall package.
This year’s annual July tournament saw the classy Somerset College first team beat Western Province rivals DF Malan in the U18 girls’ final.
Other highly regarded English schools, whose girls’ first teams have played in the Cape Town international schools’ hockey festival include the Uppingham, Portsmouth, Kingston and Queen Elizabeth grammar schools, as well as Wakefield, Dauntseys, Clifton and Sevenoaks.