Field hockey, or just hockey, is an 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 civilisations. The Arabs, Greeks, Persians, and Romans each had their own version, and traces have been found of a stick game played by the Aztec Indians of South America. The name hockey is thought to have originated from the French word “hocquet”, meaning a crooked stick or shepherd’s crook.
Playing hockey helps to develop essential social skills like teamwork, communication and individual persistence, but it is also an enjoyable activity that builds up speed, hand-eye coordination and cardiovascular performance.
The NWU Mahikeng hockey team has done quite well over the years. In 2012, the men’s team achieved third place in the USSA competition, in 2014 the team achieved a second place in the USSA competition, and in 2018 three players were selected for the CD North West team. In 2019, one player was selected for the CD North West team.
Sports Manager: Hockey
018 389 2434
NWU Hockey on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) 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 studies 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 Potchefstroom 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 the USSA competition and Varsity Hockey. Furthermore, we expose many of our young players to multiple provincial teams in the various versions of our sport, for example the indoor, senior interprovincial and under 21 provincial teams.
NWU Potchefstroom 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 manage to ensure effective and efficient programmes.
Sports Manager: Hockey
018 299 2056
Sune van der Linde - 082-815-0264