All roads in the Central Region leads to the University of Cape Coast Hockey pitch on Saturday 7th March, 2020 for the maiden edition of the Gouda Youth Hockey Tournament. The competition which is a collaboration between the Central Region Hockey Association and Cape Coast Hockey club in partnership with Eikke Consult will see over 350 youth and school children take part.
The tournament will see clubs and school from selected areas in the Central Region namely; Elmina, Cape Coast, Komenda and Winneba participate. Clubs like the Cape Coast Hockey Club, Edinaman Hockey Club as well as Edinaman Senior High School and Oguaa Secondary Technical will all be in action. The competition will see boys and girls in the u12, u16 and u21 categories battle for supremacy.
Speaking to isports360, Mr. Graham who is the Group Executive of Eikke Consult touched on the motive behind organising such a tournament and the overall preparations.
“We are organising this to unearth talents in the environs of Cape Coast. We will also have a forum where a health officer will talk about COVID-19 and it’s preventions”, he said.
“We used the name GOUDA to appreciate a hockey club in Holland. They sent us some sticks last year so we thought it wise to use their name just to show appreciation”, he added.
“Organising it has been a challenge because of the number of children (350) around we are expecting – feeding them morning and afternoon. Also, the logistical constraints gas been a challenge but i am focused on the end product that is exposing the young ones to the beautiful game of hockey and also using it as a platform to unearth talents to the overall development of hockey”, he continued.
“Eikke consult is not into sports but we think it’s a worthy course thus coming to support. We entreat all hockey lovers and followers as well as the general public to be present and enjoy the best of hockey”, he concluded.
The tournament will push start at 8am running through till 5pm.