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South African Schools Hockey Association 2023 Nationals get Big Brand Backing


With the backing of multiple valuable partners, the South African Schools Hockey Association (SASHOC) Nationals are expected to produce electric action across the board this year.

The national high school tournaments – supported by sponsors Sportsmans Warehouse (sports retail partner), Grays Hockey (ball and umpire shirt supplier), Trompie Sport (sports facilities partner), and renowned brands SPAR and iKhokha – will all be staged in Bloemfontein in the Southern Free State between 25 June and 12 July 2023.

Trompie Sport is excited to be a partner for the highly anticipated SASHOC Nationals. It is a privilege for us to be a part of an event where the most promising youth talent in our country are promoted on such a big stage and we are proud to be playing a role in creating opportunities for these rising young stars”, said Dean Stokes, marketing manager at Trompie Sport, which specialises in sport field design, consulting, and maintenance.

Having backed last year’s SASHOC Nationals, Grays Hockey is also pleased to be involved again, with one of the sport’s most popular global brands putting its weight behind youth hockey development.

“We feel it is important for us to continue making a contribution across all age groups and we are delighted to be involved again with the SASHOC Nationals by building on last year’s partnership,” said Grays Sales & Marketing Executive, Brett Burnill.

“We feel it is important for us to continue making a contribution across all age groups and we are delighted to be involved again with the SASHOC Nationals by building on last year’s partnership,” said Grays Sales & Marketing Executive,

Brett Burnill.

For popular retailer Sportsmans Warehouse, getting involved with the SASHOC Nationals is a win-win situation, giving the company a chance to support youth hockey while promoting its world-class service.

As a brand that offers a wide range of hockey kit and equipment, we are proud supporters of the sport, and it is great to be directly involved in the biggest schools hockey tournaments in the country, creating opportunities for promising young players around South Africa,”

said Sportsmans Warehouse representative Nicole Birch.

Tlali Taoana, Head of Acquisitions at iKhokha, which provides card machine devices to small businesses and entrepreneurs, said the company was equally pleased to be involved in the upcoming SASHOC high school tournaments.

As a fintech that supports small businesses, we understand the importance of teamwork and determination – values that are integral to the success of SME businesses and sporting teams alike,”

Taoana said.

Tomorrow’s leaders are nurtured in our classrooms and on our sporting fields, and we believe that strong leadership is the key to unlocking our true economic potential as a nation. We are proud, therefore, to support SASHOC, an organisation that inspires leadership, passion, and performance, which are values we believe are essential for building healthy, profitable businesses.”

A regular sponsor of South African sport, SPAR is eager to continue showing its support of South African communities by backing the youth through the SASHOC Nationals.

Events like this are crucial for the development of our nation’s youth, both on and off the field of play,”

said SPAR South Rand sponsorship controller Marlene Gunter

By participating at these tournaments, young hockey players from South Africa will be able to enjoy a world-class sporting experience while gaining skills and values that will help them find success throughout their lives, wherever their paths might ultimately take them

Family members and friends of players, as well as hockey fans around South Africa, will be able to keep an eye on this year’s SASHOC National tournaments, with games set to be broadcast live by SuperSport Schools, showcasing the country’s rising young stars as they compete for top honours in various age groups.


An affiliate member of South African Hockey Association (SAHA), South African Schools Hockey Association (SASHOC) is a regulatory board which promotes, upholds, supports, controls and maintains rules for all schoolgirls and schoolboys playing hockey in South Africa.

Laying the foundation in hockey development at schools level in South Africa and ensuring that there is opportunity to maintain the growth of the game, will ensure that Hockey will continue to grow from strength to strength. SASHOC also firmly believes that transformation plays an important role in our organization achieving its goals.

About Grays Hockey:

Grays Hockey is the world’s oldest Hockey brand and has been trusted by the hockey family for more than 150 years. Owned by Grays of Cambridge, it is a family-run business to this day. With its origins in rackets, Hockey was one of the first sports which Grays branched into.

Since the beginning of the game in the 1870’s, Grays were producing hockey sticks in Cambridge from ash wood. By 1914, Grays were exporting a range of hockey equipment around the world and making customised sticks for leading players.

Grays have been at the forefront of the Composite hockey stick revolution with the iconic GX (Grays Xtreme) hockey stick collection and later in the 2000s Graphene, one of the strongest materials known to man, was added into the GX composite material which formed the GR Collection. To this day Grays continues to be the ‘Internationals Choice’ and some of the most iconic players to have ever played the game have represented Grays with pride.

About Trompie Sport:

Trompie Sport is at the forefront of sport field construction and maintenance. The company has constructed and resurfaced more than 2000 courts, 100+ synthetic sport fields for hockey, multi-purpose and soccer, and have received several FIH and FIFA certificates for quality excellence.

Trompie Sport continuously strives for perfection and stays abreast of all modern trends in the industry, making sure its clients benefit from the latest and the best. Backed by years of experience, and our world-class fleet of construction machinery and equipment, Trompie is ready to construct dream sporting facilities.

About SPAR South Rand:

SPAR South Rand is a retail distribution centre that distributes to 5 provinces in South Arica. The company operates a number of retail stores, providing customers with a range of products including groceries, household items fresh produce, and electronics. SPAR South Rand is committed to delivering exceptional customer service, providing a wide variety of quality products at a competitive price, and supporting the communities in which they operate.

The company is involved in various initiatives to give back to the community, including the ‘We’re for Smiles’ campaign, “Because little smiles can do big things.” SPAR South Rand is part of the larger SPAR Group, a leading international retail chain operating in 48 countries.

About iKhokha:

iKhokha is a South African technology company redefining the way SMEs do business through mobile innovation. iKhokha believes that everyone should have access to the digital economy. Their mission is to promote financial inclusion by developing and delivering business tools that anyone can use to thrive in business. A startup founded in 2012 by Matt Putman, Ramsay Daly, and Clive Putman, iKhokha is today one of the fastest-growing fintech companies in Africa.

Despite its growth, the company has insisted on keeping the vibrant culture and mindset of an innovator and maverick, growing its talent pool with like-minded individuals to keep pushing boundaries and uplifting the powerhouse of the economy: small businesses.

iKhokha sees technology as the gateway to financial freedom. Their vision is to create easily accessible, user-friendly products that help business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses to support the SME sector and inspire South Africa’s economic recovery.

Hockey, Press Releases, Youth, 2023

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