TANZANIA LADIES TEAM!!
- I will start by introducing myself: I’m Valentina Quaranta. I’m a former Italian field hockey player. I played in the Italian National Team for 10 years, from 2000 to 2010, taking part to both national and international competitions worldwide such as the European Cup, World Cup Qualifier, Challenge Cup, Olympic Qualifier. I hold a master in Psychology, but right now I’m working in the International Cooperation Sector. I’m based in Dar es Salaam working for and Italian NGO called CO.P.E. (www.cope.it) which has several projects in the rural areas of Iringa and the Ruvuma Region, on different sectors such as Education, Agriculture, Health, Women Empowerment, Orphans and vulnerable Children. I’ve been here in Dar es Salaam since the end of January 2013, but I’ve been living in Tanzania for a total period of one year and an half. Before, I worked in a small village in the Region of Ruvuma on education and women empowerment projects. I came across field hockey here in Tanzania by chance. In February 2012 I had a couple of training sessions with the Male Team of Lugalo here in Dar Es Salaam. When I left for Italy I remained in contact with the men’s coach, Mr Mnonda Magan and when I got the opportunity to come back to work in Dar es Salaam, I brought with me some hockey equipment (sticks, balls and a goal keeper’s kit) to give to the local team in order to improve training and start hockey sections also in the schools. Last April the Dar es Salaam Hockey Association re-introduced the school programme, utilizing the equipment that arrived from Italy, aimed at promoting field hockey among youth. The programme has officially started in the Makongo Secondary School, collecting a total of 20 students who now train almost every day at Lugalo Field. I started training with the male team, given that the girls team wasn’t playing anymore because of the lack of female competition and the lack of material for training. The girls lack motivation because there are no opportunities for them to play, but I tried to bring them together and step by step they started to gather together again and now we have started training with a complete team.In May the Tanzanian Hockey Association asked me to coach the Female National Team in order to participate in the African Nation Cup that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from September the 26th to October the 6th. I accepted immediately, as a former national team player, coaching a national team is just a dream that could come true. So we started to gather all the girls and to train everyday in the morning at Lugalo Hockey Field.
- HERE ARE THE PLAYERS!