Varsity College Hockey Club’s new home base at RHC

2014-02-27 00:00

VARSITY College Hockey Club (VCHC) has been granted playing rights at Riverside Hockey Club (RHC), using the venue as its home ground for league matches and practises.

Officially confirmed as a constituent member of KZN Hockey as a stand-alone club, VCHC has been included in the women’s and men’s Super League for a guaranteed two years, starting in 2014.

As a student club, there are severe restrictions on non-student members wishing to play for the club and in the spirit of hockey co-operation, RHC has welcomed their future rivals to their facilities.

This despite the stated policy of RHC that no other open hockey club would be allowed to have playing and practice status on their property.

However, after review and consultation, VCHC were given the green light.

“This new and far reaching relationship that has brought together our club and VCHC ensures our world class facilities we offer will be maximised in sport and fellowship,” said CEO of RHC, Roger Gardner.

“It’s a testament to both clubs wanting to put hockey first and I congratulate our members for their vision in being prepared to share what we have. It’s a brilliant example of our mantra — pure hockey enjoyment for all.”

Allowing the club to use the two floodlit artificial turf fields and the facilities is in the best interests of hockey in the province, a statement backed by Simon Nicolson, national marketing manager of Varsity College, said.

“We are committed to making RHC our home base in the best interests of the students and hockey in general,” he said. “We will look for opportunities to work with RHC to promote the game within the community and develop mutually beneficial additional structures that will not inhibit the independent working of either club.”

VCHC is a club geared specifically for students aged from 18 to 25. The college has full time students and scholars currently members at RHC who will be allowed to be released to be members of and represent VCHC, providing the correct paperwork and procedures are followed.

Upon completion of studies through the college, released players will be welcomed back to RHC. “This is surely something unique in SA hockey, perhaps worldwide, and another reason why our club is the venue of choice for many players,” said RHC chairperson Wayne Phillip.

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