- Published on Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:29
- Written by MBONILE BURTON
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THE Dar es Salaam Region Hockey Association (DRHA) has re-introduced Secondary Schools Development Programme, aimed at promoting the sport from the grassroots level.
DRHA secretary Mnonda Magani told the ‘Daily News’ that the programme was initiated a month ago by the association in collaboration with former Italian lady hockey player, Valentina Quoroute. He said the programme has officially started at Makongo Secondary School in Dar es Salaam and will spread to other schools in the city in the near future.
“I can confirm that Secondary Schools Hockey programme has already started. Initially, we have started with Makongo Secondary School, but plans are under way to spread to other schools in the city,” he said.
Magani said the programme will provide a platform for both boys and girls to take and develop their career in the sport. However, just in its first day, Magani expressed his frustrations following poor response from girls.
“Response from girls has not met our expectations but we are still optimistic that things will change for better soon,” he said. Bad response from girls might also disappoint Italian Quoroute, who recently called for women and girls in the country to take on the game seriously.
Speaking to the ‘Daily News’ early in February, Quoroute, who is a former Italian national team member, said that she would like to see young girls and women battling it out in the local league. She said that Tanzania is endowed with talented players, who only need to be identified and supported to develop their career.
This was the fact why she decided to team up with the DRHA and introduced schools’ programme. This will be the second time that the game is being introduced to schools in Dar es Salaam. It was introduced for the first time in the late 90s.
“We first introduced the game to schools in 1990s in which Makongo had a strong and competitive team that took part in several national tournaments. Most of the youths from the team are now employed by Tanzania Prisons,” Magani said.