South African Hockey project manager Garry Dolley, was recently in town to run a master class on modified hockey for schools in Komani.
Modified hockey is played using plastic sticks and a bigger ball it is targeted at teaching basic skills like coordination and ball skills that apply to a variety of sports and not just hockey.
Schools present at the presentation were Louis Rex Primary, Southbourne, St Theresa Primary, Laerskool Hangklip, Laerskool Cradock, Laerskool Burgersdorp and Queen’s Junior, where the class was held.
Malcom Mopp coordinator of the modified hockey program in the Eastern Cape said, the class was the launch of an eight-week program where coaches and eventually, pupils will play using the equipment in physical education and other modified games.
He added that they wanted to create a hub where schools will compete between themselves.
“We are very enthusiastic to see the project kickoff. We have already launched it in the Buffalo City area.
“We had two phases here today, foundational and intermediate phase. We were very fortunate to have Dolley to come help guide the coaches,” he said.
Dolley said the idea was to create hubs in the entire 52 districts across the country having activated 388 schools in the last year.
“Ultimately the program is about wellness. We first want to start in the classroom, where the pupils can compete between grades, then fields where schools get involved and then move to the streets where they play with their friends.
“The equipment we use is accessible and it will both help with basic sports coordination but also create a culture of going outside and playing again.”