Field hockey, also called hockey, outdoor game played by two opposing teams of 11 players each who use sticks curved at the striking end to hit a small, hard ball into their opponent’s goal. It is called field hockey to distinguish it from the similar game played on ice. Hockey is believed to date from the earliest civilizations. The Arabs, Greeks, Persians, and Romans each had their own versions, and traces of a stick game played by the Aztec Indians of South America have been found.
Playing hockey helps develop essential social skills like teamwork, communication and individual persistence, but also proves an enjoyable activity that builds up speed, hand-eye coordination and cardiovascular performance. The name hockey is thought to have originated from the French word ‘hocquet’, meaning a crooked stick or shepherd’s crook.
NWU Mafikeng Hockey team has done quite well over the years. In 2012, 3rd place at USSA only have the men's team then 2014, the team was 2nd place at USSA 2018, 3 players were selected for the CD North West. In 2019, 1 player got selected for the CD North West.
Sports Manager: Hockey
018 389 2434
NWU Hockey is proud of its facilities and staff and offers every student the opportunity to excel on and off the hockey field. We provide a sound environment, with professionals and experts from around the world. With mentoring and exceptional player management we provide students with a balanced environment where academics and sport collaborate to create the best athlete and student possible. Our aim is to improve every individual who participates in hockey, ensuring that we contribute to the future of this country through sport.
NWU Hockey prides itself on fair and just processes in delivering representative and multicompetent high-performance teams that participate in the top university events such as USSA and Varsity Hockey. Furthermore, we expose many of our young players to multiple provincial teams in the various versions of our sport, for example indoor, senior inter-provincial and under 21 provincial teams.
NWU Hockey is rich in history and culture, providing many successes, titles and accolades. It is about creating a platform to consistently contribute to the national teams, national high-performance programmes and provincial teams with players generated from our grounds.
We are fortunate to have some of the best coaches and staff involved at the NWU Hockey Academy, representing a vast range of experience and achievements.
We offer many medical support services and partner with major recovery and rehabilitation centres in our areas. We ensure that our athletes are well monitored and managed to ensure effective and efficient programmes.
Sports Manager: Hockey
018 299 2056