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!
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.
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.
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.
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.