After University back to school!

It was one year ago when we went to the University of Dar Es Salaam with the idea of starting a team there. Nobody knew, at that time, how hockey looks like. The students of Physical Education and Sport Science studied hockey on their books but never played it. So, when me and Emanuel arrived there with 15 sticks and some balls for the first training, there was a mix of curiosity and diffidence for this new sport. But, after trying for a couple of times, those brave students who started to come to trainings, discover that they like it a lot!

one of the first training at the university, may 2014

one of the first training at the university, may 2014

So, in few months, a team was already built up. Mainly composed by guys and few girls, the team played its first tournament last August at the Phoenix Hockey Tournament in Tanga, receiving the award for the best disciplined team.

University Hockey Team together with the Women Hockey team TWENDE

University Hockey Team together with the Women Hockey team TWENDE

Then, in January 2015 all the players of the third academic year, participated together with other young hockey players, to the first coaching course organized during the Hockey Volunteer Camp, meant to train new young players in order to be the hockey teachers of the future in Tanzania.

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certificate delivery at the Hockey Coaching Course, basic level. January 2014, University of Dar es Salaam, during the hockey volunteer camp.

All the players of the University Hockey team are students of Physical Education and Sport Science, so they will be sport teachers in schools. Training them as coaches will help to spread hockey in those schools where they will go to teach. Like Frank, one of the players, did already. Being sport teacher in Lindi Secondary School, after start to play himself, he decided to introduce hockey in his school and in other schools in Lindi. Being an example for the others, we hope that many of them will do the same in when they will get an employment as sport teachers in primary and secondary schools.

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with Frank and his players of Lindi Secondary School

After the final exam that took place in the last two weeks, the students from the third year have graduated and have already left Dar Es Salaam going back home, and they will start to look for job as teachers.

The University Hockey team will go on, the students of the second year will continue to play and new students will join the team in the next future.

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Former captain Sam during handover to the new captain Felix

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together with Felix (on the left, new captain) and Sam (on the right, former captain)

IMG_0336To all the players of the third year, our best wishes for a great carrier as teachers, and of course as hockey trainers! Tupo pamoja!

Valentina

From Tanzania to Rio…

While in different part of the world there have been played Semi-Final of the World League and the best teams have already conquered the right to play at the next Olympic Games, in Tanzania th players of the men and women national team are training every day with the dream to play the Africa Olympic Qualify tournament that will be played in Egypt from the 17th to the 16th of October 2015. All the African nations will gather to Ismailia, city on the Suez Canal, and will fight for a one place and dream the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Mentre in questi mesi si stanno giocando in giro per il mondo i tornei di qualificazioni ai mondiali per assegnare i primi posti alle Olimpiadi, in Tanzania i giocatori e i giocatrici della nazionale maschile e femminile si stanno allenando ogni giorno per raggiungere l’obiettivo di giocare il loro torneo di qualificazione alle olimpiadi che si giocherà in Egitto dal 17 al 26 Ottobre 2015. Tutte le nazionali africane si ritroveranno a Ismailia, cittadina sul Canale di Suez, e si contenderanno un posto per sognare le Olimpiadi di Rio de Janeiro del 2016.

 logo olimpiadi RioThe tournament is going to be really competitive, there will be teams which have a long hockey history and experience like Egypt, Kenya, Ghana and of course South Africa. Tanzanian players are aware of this, but there are doing their best to be ready for the tournament.

Il torneo si preannuncia molto competitivo, con la presenza di nazioni che hanno una grande storia ed esperienza come l’Egitto, il Kenya il Ghana e ovviamente il Sud Africa. Di questi i giocatori e giocatrici tanzaniani ne sono consapevoli, per questo si stanno impegnando duramente per arrivare al torneo in forma.

men team while training section at Magereza pitch in Dar Es Salaam

men team while training section at Magereza pitch in Dar Es Salaam

 

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warming up at women training

Then, there is a big news! We are really lucky to get on our way to meet with one special person, who not only is an expert hockey coach, but he also has a big heart. After coming here in Tanzania last January for a couple of weeks to do volunteering in our hockey project, he decided to come back to help us in making this dream of the Olympic Qualify, come true. Nick Isbouts, well-known Dutch coach with a lot of experience and passion for hockey, accepted to volunteering again being the coach of the Tanzanian men national team. Nick came in Tanzania in June for a couple of weeks training the men team in collaboration with the two local coaches Magan and Merica, who are training the team every day while Nick is in Holland.

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Nick while explaining to his players some tactics and skills

In più, c’è una grandissima novità. Abbiamo avuto la fortuna di incontrare lungo il nostro cammino una persona che non solo è un grande esperto di hockey, ma ha anche un grande cuore e ha deciso, dopo essere venuto in Tanzania lo scorso gennaio per fare due settimane di volontariato hockeystico, di tornare e darci una mano per rendere questo sogno realizzabile. Nick Isbout, allenatore rinomato in Olanda, ha accettato di allenare, in maniera totalmente volontaristica, la nazionale maschile mettendo al servizio la sua grandissima esperienza e passione per l’hockey. Nick è venuto in Tanzania lo scorso giugno per due settimane di allenamenti con la squadra maschile, è affiancato dai due allenatori locali tanzaniani, Mnonda e Merica con i quali ha sviluppato un programma di allenamenti intesi di preparazione al torneo.

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training section of women national hockey team

For the women team, the coaches will be again Ignasi and Valentina, with the help of Nick specially for the athletic preparation. Nick will come back in August for another period of training with the men team and then, we hope, we will leave all to Cairo.

 

 

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training section at the gym for the ladies team!

Per la squadra femminile, la coppia di allenatori Ignasi e Valentina è riconfermata, con un aiuto di Nick sulla preparazione atletica. Nick ritornerà in Tanzania ad agosto per un altro periodo di allenamenti con la maschile e poi, si spera, si partirà tutti per il Cario.

 

 

 

Yes, we hope. Because for Tanzania the challenge of the Africa Olympic Qualify is double. Before even to talk about the challenges that we will face on the pitch against the other teams, the biggest challenge for us is to get in Egypt. That means that the participation of the Tanzanian National Teams depends on if we manage to get enough funds to go there. Unfortunately, the Tanzanian Government doesn’t support at all the National teams, so we have to find the funds by our own from sponsors. The battle is though, but we are fighting with all our energy and we don’t give up in order to give to Tanzanian players the chance to dream the Olympic Games. And it’s for this reason that the job starts at 6 am in the morning on the pitch with the training, and keep going also out of the pitch, looking for companies or people who are willing to help us to reach this dream.

Già, si spera. Si perché per la Tanzania la sfida del torneo in Egitto sarà doppia. Prima della sfida sul campo, il grandissimo lavoro è quello di trovare i fondi sufficienti per arrivare a giocare il torneo. La partecipazione o meno delle nazionali tanzaniane al più prestigioso torneo in Africa, dipende da se riusciamo a raccogliere i soldi a sufficienza per arrivare in Egitto.
Purtroppo, non ricevendo nessun tipo di sostegno dal Governo Tanzaniano, dobbiamo trovare i soldi da sponsor interessati a sostenerci. La battaglia è dura, ma noi stiamo combattendo con tutte le nostre forze e non molliamo, per dare ai giocatori e giocatrici tanzaniani la possibilità di sognare le Olimpiadi. Ed è per questo che il lavoro inizia al mattino presto alle 6, sul campo da hockey, e continua anche fuori dal campo alla ricerca di aziende, compagnie e persone che siano interessate a rendere questo sogno possibile.

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See you in RIo!

Se anche tu ci vuoi aiutare a raggiungere il nostro sogno con una donazione, contattaci sul blog o su facebook! Road to Rio, noi ci crediamo, e tu?

If you want to help us to reach our dream by donating, please gets in contact with us. Road to Rio, we believe that is possible, do you?

Valentina

 

 

JAMBO HOCKEY PROJECT: SPORT & MORE!

THERE ARE MOMENTS WHERE SPORT GOES BEYOND THE PERFORMANCE ON THE GROUND DURING THE MATCH, IT GOES BEYOND TACTIC AND SKILLS. SPORT CAN BECOME A TOOL THROUGH WHICH WE CAN DISCOVER A NEW WORLD, NEW ENVIRONMENT AND NEW PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT VALUES, BEHAVIOURS AND LIFE STYLE. SPORT HELPS TO BREAK CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC BARRIERS AND TO CONNECT PEOPLE, NO MATTER THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. THERE IS NO NEED TO TALK A LOT: SIMPLY A SMILE, AN ACTION, A HANDSHAKE CAN HELP TO OVERCOME PREJUDICES AND BUILD FRIENDSHIP.

Ci sono momenti in cui lo sport va oltre la performance sul campo di gioco, oltre gli schemi e le tattiche. Lo sport può diventare strumento di scoperta di un mondo diverso da quello che si è abituati, può aiutare a conoscere persone nuove, a venire a contatto con stili di vita diversi e con comportamenti, valori, emozioni, pensieri differenti. Lo sport aiuta anche ad abbattere le barriere linguistiche e a unire colori della pelle completamente opposti. Non servono molte parole, basta un gesto, un sorriso, una stretta di mano e tutti i pregiudizi o diffidenze scemano per lasciare posto all’amicizia, alla fratellanza.

handshake Twende Women Hockey team and RHC before a friendly match

HOW WAS IT POSSIBLE? THANKS TO A PROGRAM RUN BY THE DUTCH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CALLED “CLUBLINKING” WHICH PROMOTES INTERCULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE THROUGH SPORT. FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME EVER, THE PROGRAM WAS EXTENDED TO A HOCKEY TEAM. THROUGH A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ITALIAN NGO CO.P.E. (WHICH SINCE 2014 HAS ADOPTED THE HOCKEY PROJECT UNDER ITS UMBRELLA), THE TANZANIA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION AND THANKS TO A FANTASTIC SUPPORT OF RIJSWIKSE PLAYERS, COACHES, PARENTS AND FRIENDS… THIS BIG DREAM TO BRING A FULL HOCKEY TEAM TO PLAY IN TANZANIA WAS POSSIBLE!

E’ quello che è successo quando le ragazze della squadra olandese under 16 del Rijswijkse Hockey Club si sono trovate a contatto con le ragazze della squadra femminile di hockey tanzaniana Twende. Dall’Olanda sono arrivate in Tanzania grazie ad un programma di scambio giovanile interculturale attraverso lo sport chiamato “Clublinking”, sponsorizzato dalla Federazione Olandese di Calcio, che per la prima e unica volta nella storia ha deciso di allargare la partecipazione al programma ad una squadra di hockey. Attraverso una collaborazione tra l’ong italiana COPE (che dal 2014 ha adottato tra i suoi progetti in Tanzania anche il progetto dell’hockey), la Federazione Tanzaniana di Hockey e il fantastico contributo delle ragazze della squadra di RHC, allenatori, genitori e amici delle giocatrici… questo grande sogno di portare una intera squadra di hockey a giocare in Tanzania, è stato possibile!

Tanzanian and dutch players all togeher to celebrate after the friendly match... RHC beated Twende 2-1.

Tanzanian and dutch players all togeher to celebrate after the friendly match… RHC beated Twende 2-1.

THE 10 DAYS PROGRAM HAS INCLUDED…

– TRAINING SECTIONS IN SCHOOLS

– TRAINING SECTIONS AND FRIENDLY MATCHES WITH THE TANZANIAN WOMEN HOCKEY TEAM “TWENDE”

– A SCHOOL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT AMONG 5 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN DAR ES SALAAM

– AND ALSO A FRIENDLY MATCH AGAINST THE NATIONAL TEAM UNDER 16 FROM KENYA!

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hockey sections at Lugalo hockey pitch (Dar es Salaam) with students from Makongo Secondary School and Kibasila Secondary School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Training section at Lindi with primary and secondary schools from Rahaleo Primary School, Stadium Primary School, Lindi Secondary School and Mkonge Secondary School.

 

Zuwena from Twende Hockey Club is tackling Lotte from RHC during a friendly match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Il programma di 10 giorni ha previsto:

– attività di allenamento nelle scuole

allenamenti e partite amichevoli con le ragazze della squadra di “TWENDE”

un torneo interscolastico di hockey tra 5 scuole primarie di Dar es Salaam

– un piccolo corso di formazione per allenatori locali, anche un’amichevole con la nazionale u16 del Kenya!

 

TWENDE hockey player Flora Chigoma teachs hockey at Jica Primary School. Here while she is coaching her team during the school tournament supported by one of the RHC players.

Jica Primary School vs Amani Primary School

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Five primary schools have partecipated to Primary Schools Hockey Tournament: Kawe, Juhudi, Jica, Ukonga and Amani for a total of 100 kids involved!

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Before the match against the Kenya National tam U16

Before the match against the Kenya National tam U16

RHC Coach Ivo Caminada while is having a training sections with local coaches

RHC Coach Ivo Caminada while is having a training sections with local coaches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RHC TEAM ARRIVED IN TANZANIA WITH A HUGE QUANTITY OF HOCKEY MATERIAL LIKE STICKS, BALLS, GOALKEEPER EQUIPMENT ETC.. THAT THEY HAVE GATHERED THROUGH A TERRIFIC CONTRIBUTION FROM HOCKEY LOVERS IN THEIR CLUB, ESPECIALLY PARENTS AND COACHES.

THE MATERIAL HAS BEEN DONATED TO THOSE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHERE HOCKEY HAS BEEN RECENTLY INTRODUCED AND ALSO WILL BE USED TO START TO PLAY HOCKEY IN NEW SCHOOLS.

THE RHC PLAYERS, TOGETHER WITH THEIR SUPER COACHES IVO AND LOTTE AND THE SUPER PARENTS RICHY AND KAREN, HAVE ORGANIZED TRAINING SECTIONS WITH MORE THAN 300 KIDS OF 12 PRMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BOTH IN DAR ES SALAAM AND LINDI, IN THE SOUTH OF TANZANIA, WHERE HOCKEY HAS BEEN INTRODUCED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO IN FOUR SCHOOLS.

 

RHC players while donating hockey material at the students of Makongo Secondary School

RHC players while donating hockey material at the students of Makongo Secondary School

La squadra del RHC è sbarcata in Tanzania con una quantità immane di materiale hockeystico raccolto tramite una fantastica opera di raccolta di materiale usato e acquisto di materiale nuovo, a cui hanno partecipato in maniera entusiastica le ragazze della squadra. Il materiale è stato destinato soprattutto per il programma di sviluppo dell’hockey nelle scuole primarie e secondarie dove attualmente si insegna hockey. Le ragazze del RHC, accompagnate dai loro allenatori Ivo e Lotte e da Richy e Karen in rappresentanza dei genitori delle giocatrici, hanno organizzato e condotto sessioni di allenamento con oltre 300 bambini e ragazzi di 12 scuole primarie e secondarie. Le attività si sono svolte tra Dar es Salaam (la capitale della Tanzania) e la città di Lindi, nel sud della Tanzania, dove da pochi mesi abbiamo introdotto l’hockey come sport in 4 scuole.

BEYOND HOCKEY, THERE HAVE BEEN MOMENTS OF INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE AMONG THE GIRLS: THE PLAYERS OF TANZANIAN TEAM HAVE OPENED THE DOORS OF THEIR HOUSES TO THE DUTCH GIRLS, WELCOMING THEM TO COOK AND EAT TOGETHER LOCAL FOOD. THE DUTCH GIRLS HAD THE CHANCE TO SEE WHERE THEIR TANZANIAN BUDDIES LIVE AND THE CHALLENGES THEY HAVE TO FACE IN THEIR DAILY LIFE.

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some of RHC players at Sophia’s house (goalkeeper of Twende Hockey Club): karibu chakula!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TO MAKE THE EXPERIENCE COMPLETE, THERE HAS BEEN TIME ALSO TO EXPERIENCE A SAFARI IN THE GAME RESERVE OF SELOUS, IN THE SOUTHERN-EAST PART OF THE COUNTRY, COMING BACK FROM LINDI. FOR THE DUTCH TEAM WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE WILD ANIMALS LIVING IN TANZANIA.

Non è mancato il tempo per fare un safari nel riserva naturale del Selous, nel sud della Tanzania, al ritorno dal viaggio a Lindi. Alla scoperta della Tanzania selvaggia e degli animali della savana!

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under a baobab tree in the savana during the safari at Selous Game Reserve.

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IN BEHALF OF ALL THE HOCKEY MOVEMENT IN TANZANIA AND ALL THE PLAYERS, FROM THE YOUNGEST TO THE OLDEST ONES, A BIG BIG ASANTE TO THE RHC PLAYERS, COACHES, PARENTS AND FRIENDS AND TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE MAKE IT POSSIBLE!

A nome di tutto il movimento dell’hockey in Tanzania, ti tutti i giocatori e giocatrici, grandi e piccoli, un grandissimo ASANTE alle ragazze del RHC, agli allenatori, ai genitori e a tutti coloro che hanno reso possibile questa fantastica esperienza!

P1020306THE COLLABORATION WITH RHC DOESN’T END HERE… SEE YOU THE NEXT TIME!

La collaborazione con RHC non finisce qui… alla prossima!

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Valentina