During our last visit we were struck by the talent and motivation that the children and adolescents displayed. For many boys and girls, hockey is not just a sport but a true passion. To unleash their potential, we have set the following short- and long-term goals:
During our last visit we were struck by the talent and motivation that the children and adolescents displayed.
To unleash their potential, we have set the following short- and long-term goals:
Solid sporting infrastructure is the basis for exercising any kind of sport -- in particular hockey as a resource-intensive discipline. Given that the children and adolescents currently practice under terrifying conditions, it is our primary goal to construct a certified hockey pitch open to all active clubs in Sierra Leone. The benefits are obvious: A proper pitch would not only improve the quality of play but also give young hockey enthusiasts a central place to meet, place, and network.
As of now, hockey activity in Sierra Leone is limited to practice sessions in individual communities. But as much as we know that "practice makes perfect", we know that every sport is fostered through its competitive nature. That is why we aim at establishing a national hockey league, in which Sierra Leonean teams from across the country can compete. This would not only improve the quality of play but also increase the popularity of the sport beyond the nation's capital, Freetown.
Many of the young hockey players in Sierra Leone dream of representing their home country on an international level. Once the infrastructure is professionalized and the national league is introduced, we aim at establishing a national team featuring the most promising talents of the country. While international friendly matches against neighbouring countries in Africa are the first intermediary step, it is our goal to lead the Sierra Leonean national hockey team to international tournaments on the continental level. Our long-term vision is to see Sierra Leone participate in the 2025 Africa Hockey Cup of Nations.