Introducing hockey to township schools

2015-09-03 06:00
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Enzo and#039;Energyand#039; Ntshangase (front, middle) with some of the children he is coaching.

PHOTO: supplied Enzo and#039;Energyand#039; Ntshangase (front, middle) with some of the children he is coaching.

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WHILE hockey remains a predominantly white sport, a Sobantu fitness trainer and hockey coach, Enzo “Energy” Ntshangase­, is on a mission to introduce hockey to township schools by training Foundation phase pupils. NOKULUNGA NGOBESE spoke to him.

The founder of Easy Coaching, a NPO which focuses on physical wellness, coaches young girls between the ages of nine and 13 at Russell Junior Primary and Khwezi Primary schools.

Growing up in a township, Ntshangase said he has always been passionate about physical training and although fascinated by hockey, he never got the opportunity because of limited resources.

In 2013 he received training at the Southern Hockey Club in Randburg.

“I have always been intrigued by hockey because it is a left-hand game played on the right. Introducing it to young girls helps them improve their eye-hand co-ordination. When I teach them, I teach them using the language of mathematics and science as we speak about forces and all the technical jargon.

“Since it is also played on an artificial surface it also sharpens their mindas it requires concentration.”

Ntshangase said his main motive is to produce district hockey players, especially girls, because not all sport codes can accommodate them.

“I want to sharpen their mind and expose them to different sport codes since they also get to play at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.”

While his dream is to see hockey introduced to other township and rural schools under uMgungundlovu district­, his main concern is that there are no proper facilities in these schools that can be used to nurture talent­.

Khwezi Primary principal, Duduzamaswazi Mchunu, said they appreciate the initiative and they have applied for funding from the national lottery­ for the upgrade of the school ground, which has been approved

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