SA hockey pleads for sponsors

2012-05-09 14:18

Johannesburg - Dave Carr, the president of the SA Hockey Association (Saha), has made a plea to potential sponsors to come forward and back the national men's side.

"As we all know, South African men's hockey does not have a sponsor," Carr said after the victorious men's side returned from the Olympic qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan, on Tuesday.

"It's vital that we try and find someone. Its not through a lack of trying... there is nothing [out] there."

Carr congratulated the team on qualifying for the London Games by beating the hosts 2-1 in the final on Sunday and lauded the players for booking their place in the SA Olympic team despite a lack of funding.

"If you take into consideration the preparation they've had, it can go down in the books as a record for the players," Carr said.

"Over the last three years, the team has played 37 internationals, where other countries have played 37 internationals in the period of six months.

"I think that is testimony to the quality of the team which we've got and what the coaching staff have done."

Carr, whose term as Saha president comes to an end before the London Games, pointed out the lack of training the men's team have had, especially with regard to specialised training camps.

"The men in the last three years have had four training camps," Carr said.

"If you look at what other sports do, with training camps on a regular basis, again it's a fantastic achievement.

"Japan were in a training camp for seven months prior to this tournament, whereas our team assembled in Japan for the first time as players were based in Europe and in SA."

Carr thanked the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) for sponsoring the team's flights to Japan, as well as Saha chief executive Marissa Langeni for her efforts in securing funding.

"She [Langeni] has worked tirelessly over the last couple of months trying to find funding, making ways and means to get the team right," he said.

"It's pleasing to know that after Sunday's result, I've received two phone calls from people who are interested in sponsoring and Marissa received a call from another interested company.

"Let's just hope it's not just talk, and the people put their money where their mouths are."


  • Topsy - 2012-05-09 14:24

    ok how can a psl team like black leopards, who get relegated every second season, have a huge sponsor like MTN but the national freaking mens hockey team going to the olympics have to beg?

      abee.ryan - 2012-05-09 14:30

      Because hockey sucks

      dee.shabalala - 2012-05-09 14:44

      Because soccer is a unifying sport where hockey is for the elite, ask the girl who wanted to go to the bokkie trials..

      Bryan - 2012-05-09 16:03

      Because people like Abee and dee.shabalala are A$$holes maybe!! And in actual fact.. The S.A mens hockey side have fully embraced transformation.. Look at the make up of the side before posting dim-witted comments..!!

      Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2012-05-09 16:43

      It's simple more people watch soccer than hockey in SA. Remember that when companies sponsor teams it's not just their "generosity" in play but it's about marketing and exposing their brand to as many people as possible.

      Heinrich - 2012-05-09 18:16

      kaMazibuko - ten cheers for someone that actually gave an answer after he thought about it...I agree with you, rugby, soccer & cricket get the big sponsors as they get the big viewers on TV and crowds at games...make business sense to sponsor them

      Jason - 2012-05-10 12:40

      it would be wonderful if a side ranked just outside the top 10 (both men and women at 12) received a fraction of the funding a side outside the top 50 (as the football is according to FIFA webiste).i understand that football is watched more but anyone who enjoys football will more than likely enjoy hockey due to similarities and fast paced game play. the only reason we arent top 10 is as we compete against professional teams who are fully funded and our national side has to make do with very few training camps and trying to find funding each time they want to compete on an international stage. also how is a sport meant to become more popular if no one will back it, and with the demographic profile of the side it is obvious that it is a representative side with players from many ethnicities having been in the side (and out due to inability to get leave or funding) over the last few years. i am a sport lover and would love the opportunity to see our national sides fully funded and representing our country at major tournaments no matter what the sport. if they are good enough to compete give them a chance to prove themselves, and a ranking of 12th in the world to me shows they are more than good enough to compete!!

  • Marinus - 2012-05-09 14:52

    If it was within my means, I would have loved to sponsor that team, well done boys!! And dee,shabalala, had their been a black hockey player good enough he would have been selected, unlike the racist bokkie incident, which was clearly marked to serve the elect. white or black, they have done us proud to, with so little means and opportunities, done so well. I add my voice to any sponsor to come forward and award HARD WORK.

  • The-third - 2012-05-09 15:00

    Come on FNB, put all those new clients you've earned of late to use and sponsor these guys.

  • Byron - 2012-05-09 15:05

    Who is Bokkie Week's sponsor?

      Andre - 2012-05-09 15:46

      noone parents pay themselves

  • fanus.kriel - 2012-05-09 15:33

    Ask S A N R A L

  • Michelle - 2012-05-09 16:33

    @Topsy...I cannot agree with you more...this is really a shame that SA hockey has to beg for sponsorships. Both the woman’s and men’s teams have done our country proud through hard work and determination without any big company’s sponsorship. It’s time that the hockey teams receive the same recognition that the Rugby and Soccer teams get each season.

  • Warren - 2012-05-09 17:08

    Cmon NANDOS, or are these chaps to hot to handle..even for you.

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-10 19:06

    South African soccer sucks.

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