Best turnout ever for mini hockey fest

2014-06-19 00:00

IT was rather appropriate that Riverside Sports Club in Durban North hosted 750 children, aged between six and 13, in the annual Riverside Festival of Mini Hockey on Youth Day, June 16.

Recognised as the province’s biggest mini hockey event, there were 91 teams participating, the best ever turnout, with sides from Northwood Crusaders, Riverside, Kearsney and North Coast Hockey Club in attendance, among others.

For the North Coast club, this was their first visit and they had to be impressed by the magnitude of the occasion and the response to the game from fellow young players.

Many provincial and former national players were in attendance, assisting with coaching and sharing the finer points of the game on the day which started at 9 am and included close to 200, six-a-side matches as the day progressed.

It was all about playing hockey, with no winners recognised. The emphasis was on Riverside’s mantra of “Pure Hockey Enjoyment” as families, friends and players soaked up the skill on offer and atmosphere of the game.

As a club, Riverside strongly supports a philosophy that it’s about the game, developing a universal winning culture among participants and sports people in general, thereby nullifying the win-at-all-costs approach that many of the youngsters are exposed to.

Besides the children getting outdoors, enjoying the exercise and playing hockey, another highlight of the day was the Kit for KwaMashu Kids initiative, where those at the festival were encouraged to bring and donate used hockey kit for the INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) Hockey Club, whose U12 boys’ side left for the World Junior Games in Austria on Tuesday.

Riverside Hockey Club chairperson Wayne Phillips was more than happy with how the day had progressed and had no second thoughts on his highlight. “Yes, the response and turnout was great but for me, the magical moment was seeing the INK Club youngsters taking the field in shoes donated to them through the Kit for KwaMashu Kids initiative,” he said. “As a club, we thank everyone who responded and supported the programme.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.