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Redhill School opens its state-ofthe- art hockey AstroTurf

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

On 10 March 2018, Redhill School in Johannesburg, Gauteng, hosted the official opening of its hockey AstroTurf, to the delight of staff, students, parents and coaches.

To commemorate the event, Redhill School invited neighbouring schools to participate in a Boys’ and Girls’ Junior Hockey Festival on the day. Participating teams represented Fourways High School, St Peter’s College, Maragon College and the Silver Stars (a team from Diepsloot in Soweto). Individual prizes were awarded to the players who scored the most goals, the most promising players and the most promising goalkeepers.

This curtain-raiser was followed by an exhibition match, courtesy of South Africa’s national men’s hockey team, who took on a select group of professional players. Redhill School alumni, too, joined in the festivities — they faced the school’s current hockey first teams.

The completion of the AstroTurf has been eagerly awaited. “The addition of this fantastic facility is paramount to us. As a school, Redhill acknowledges the importance of competitive sport at school level, and for that reason we offer a wide array of sporting disciplines. Our aim is to ensure that our students are empowered to pursue excellence in the sports of their choice; therefore, we provide them with state-of-the-art facilities, expert coaching and opportunities to play at top level,” says Joseph Gerassi, the school’s executive head.

However, it’s not only its new AstroTurf that will give Redhill School hockey the edge — it’s also the fact that South Africa’s national hockey team will be utilising the facility as a training base. “The national team will not only train at our facility, but they will also be hosting several hockey clinics for the school’s hockey teams, to help them develop their skills and maximise their potential. This will be a clear advantage, and especially so for those who have set their sights on either regional or national team selection further down the line,” says Keith Armstrong, the school’s campus deputy: co-curricular activities.

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