This Astro turf will be the key for Namibia to excel as a Hockey Nation powered by Youth Development High Performance Programs creating opportunities accessible to all Namibians, giving them a chance to live their dreams in line with the slogan of the Janine & Suzelle Davin Sport Trust.
It has always been a dream of Jeanne Davin who fiercely believed in working towards realizing your dreams thus ensuring that Janine & Suzelle legacy continued to inspire young Namibian athletes to follow their dreams through achieving excellence in sport.
The trust was formed to help develop young Namibian sports men and women by giving them the opportunity to participate internationally.
The trust supports these talented athletes by assisting them financially toward coaching, travel and accommodation costs.
Sport in general creates opportunities for young participants, broaden their horizons and opens the doors to sporting scholarships, tertiary education and development of responsible driven citizens.
Trustco played a key role in the successful launch of the Under-21 African Hockey Championships at the Davin Trustco Hockey Stadium at Windhoek High School and the Trustco Bank Aloe Hockey Park at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School.
In the official speech made during the formal opening ceremony on Friday, 18 March, by Trustco Group Holdings Limited (TGH)’s Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Neville Basson, on behalf of Group Managing Director of TGH, Dr Quinton van Rooyen, he said that Trustco is proud to have been able to contribute as title sponsor to these two state-of-the-art artificial hockey turf fields.
“True to the Trustco reputation of aspiring to be first wherever we can and to be the best at what we do, we feel particularly privileged and proud to have played a key role in the realisation of this historic establishment of the Davin Trustco Hockey Stadium. What makes us even prouder today is that Trustco was in the fortunate position to have been able to contribute as title sponsor to this state of the art artificial hockey turf field, as well as a similar project at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School, the first two astro turf fields in the history of our country,” he said.
Basson further said, “As Africans we are well aware as to the origins of the sport of hockey. It is a fact that the modern game of hockey emerged in England in the mid-18th century, but it is with pride that we however acknowledge that its roots actually dig much deeper, buried in the soil of ancient Africa. Today, with new modern surfaces such as the astro turf, the game has evolved and is obviously significantly faster, requires players to adapt much quicker, acquiring new skills and superior agility,” he said.
Hockey in Namibia is a sport growing rapidly in popularity and is currently ranked as one of the top five sports codes in the country, along with cricket, rugby, football and cycling.
“It is therefore with great pride that we have to acknowledge and mention our national women’s hockey team who made history, not so long ago, by beating South Africa and the mighty United States of America at a four nations tournament in Durban / South Africa. Not far behind them is Namibia’s junior teams that won the overall Gold Medal at the PSI Nationals Indoor Hockey Tournament in Durban in December last year. Well done to all of you! It is my honour to announce tonight that, in line with the Group’s vision of long term and sustainable corporate support to initiatives that develop sport codes and sport infrastructure in Namibia, Trustco decided to invest in the Janine and Suzelle Davin Sport Trust and the First Astro Namibia project,” said Basson.
This spectacular astro turf development is the direct result of a long-term commitment between Trustco and the Janine and Suzelle Davin Sport Trust.
The Davin Sport Trust is well- known in Namibia for excellence in sports development, especially amongst the youth of our beloved country.
This partnership included the historic completion of this newly constructed artificial turf hockey field, as well as a long term branding agreement between the parties.
“As we celebrate our 26th year of Independence on 21 March, we would like to welcome our fellow African teams here this evening. We greet you all in the national spirit of Harambee, which means, “All pulling together in the same direction” a battle cry coined by our beloved President Dr Hage Geingob in symbolising the unity and peace we enjoy in our beautiful country,” said Basson.
Basson therefore urged the participating countries to play with good sportsmanship.
“You will all compete over the next 10 days in this prestigious Africa Junior Under-21 World Cup Qualifier Tournament. Be assured that we as Namibians will give our best, fight for possession of every ball, show spirit, sportsmanship and endurance, but we expect the same from you, our worthy competitors and fellow Africans, as we relish a challenge! Through the spirit of Harambee we shall achieve our one common goal in world domination. In conclusion, we would like to wish all players the best for this tournament, to our officials good luck on making the right calls, your decisions are defining for every team here this evening.
To all the visiting fans both local and continental, your moral support throughout the tournament would be the difference between your team digging deep or accepting the agony of defeat. Last, but not least, we implore you to enjoy our unrivaled hospitality and our beautiful country,” Basson said.
Meanwhile, the Namibian Women U-21 side are on the verge of qualifying for this year’s Ladies World Hockey Championships in Chile after beating Botswana 37-0, Zimbabwe 3-1 before losing 2-0 to South Africa on Tuesday, 22 March.
The men U-21 team have only managed to win one game, beating Tanzania 23-0 on Monday, 21 March after losing 8-0 to Egypt in the opening match and a 12-0 loss to South Africa, as Namibia search for a place at this year’s Men World Championships in India.
Only the top two finish in each category will qualify to the championships.