I want to support the children and coaches. How can I help?
There are many ways you can support the project. First and foremost you can donate your old equipment and enable more kids to join the training and make the game safer. Additionally, by making a donation, you can help us cover the costs of shipping larger pieces of equipment and used hockey pitches to Sierra Leone. Lastly, share the story with your friends and club. Maybe they are willing to help as well.
I don’t play hockey, but I would like to help. What can I do?
You can directly help improve the infrastructure by donating a small amount of money to finance the transport of a used hockey pitch from Germany to Sierra Leone. Alternatively, if you have any general sporting equipment that could be used for hockey, e.g. running shoes, general sportswear / apparel, please do not hesitate to reach out. Everything is better than playing with rundown Nike sandals on dust and dirt. Finally, sharing the story via our website or the video also helps a lot - so don’t hesitate to spread the word.
What is the difference between the Sierra Leone Hockey Trust and the Association?
The Sierra Leone Hockey Association is the legal entity in Sierra Leone that represents all clubs and coordinates all activities related to hockey in the country. It is exclusively led by Sierra Leonean officials and accredited by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). We, the Sierra Leone Hockey Trust, are a group of European hockey players supporting the local association by collecting equipment and developing the infrastructure in order to make the game safe for all children. In this way, we want to enable the Sierra Leone Hockey Association to develop a sustainable platform.
Are you collecting equipment right now?
No, thanks to all of you who have donated your old equipment and started a charity run in your local clubs, we were able to achieve our collection goal within three weeks. We are incredibly grateful for your incredible support and are focussing our efforts on ensuring a swift and safe transport of the equipment to Sierra Leone via sea freight in a container. We will be sharing updates of this in our newsletter and on Instagram. We will be starting new collection runs in the future. All other questions below relate to these. In case you still want to help then we very much appreciate
What kind of equipment do you need?
We collect everything required to play hockey from hockey sticks, balls, goalie kits, protective gear, jerseys, shorts, skirts, training cones and any other equipment that you might have or think would be helpful. Remember there is no hockey shop around the corner in West Africa.
Does the equipment need to be new?
No, absolutely not. If it is in a generally usable condition then that’s absolutely fine. A lot of equipment really is missing and this is a great chance to give old equipment a new purpose.
How does the equipment get from my home to you (and then to Sierra Leone)?
Send us a message on Instagram or fill in the in-kind donation form on our website (www.sierraleonehockey.org). We’ll answer you as fast as possible to address your questions. In the best case, we can connect you with other people collecting in your city or region and maybe provide you with suggestions for a pick-up date. While we try to pick-up most of the gear ourselves, we rely on some of our hockey friends across Germany and Europe that support us in collecting and transporting the equipment to our “hubs” in Mülheim and Cologne, where we will consolidate the material and send out batches of packages to Africa.
Donations & Infrastructure
How do you plan to improve the infrastructure?
When hockey clubs in Europe renew their pitches, oftentimes the old turf gets thrown away or recycled. We aim at using these old pitches, shipping them to Sierra Leone via sea freight to re-assembling them there. Shipping one pitch to Sierra Leone costs us around €13.000 Euro and can be re-assembled for the training grounds of two to three clubs. This is less than 5% of the cost of building a new pitch.
When do you expect to have a first hockey pitch in Sierra Leone?
We already have a designated pitch for assembly in Sierra Leone, kindly donated by THC Münster. This pitch will be shipped in spring 2020 and we plan on having it assembled by Summer 2020.
What is your legal status?
We are a registered association with charitable status in Germany. Our Association code is VR 20490. Feel free to reach out if you need further details.
Whats the difference between the Sierra Leone Hockey Trust and AYPAD Hockey Germany?
While we work under the name Sierra Leone Hockey Trust we are registered as Africa Youth for Peace and Development Hockey Germany. This was the working name of the project as the association was founded. We are currently in the process of changing the registered name to Sierra Leone Hockey to avoid any confusion.
How can I stay up to date about the project?
You can sign up for the newsletter (see homepage), which we will be sending out every 4-12 weeks with major updates. We will also share pictures, videos and smaller updates via Instagram. You can find us via @sierraleonehockey
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