As the 2023 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup, presented by SPAR, captures the imagination of hockey and sporting fans, The South African Hockey Association and the FIH will provide free entry to learners at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria for Thursday’s programme.
This is on condition the learners are dressed in their school uniforms and will be valid for the duration of the action, from 8.30am to when the last match goes on at 9.20pm.
It will be the last round of pool action as the best teams in the world strive for a place in the top eight playoffs.
Simon Martin, Tournament Director, said the enthusiastic support from fans had led to this decision as indoor hockey continues to show its growth in the country. “We want as many spectators as possible to flock to the venue to enjoy this massive hockey party,” he said. “The tournament and players have captured the interest of hockey and sporting fans all over the country and opening the doors to learners will hopefully inspire the future indoor hockey players and assist in the development and promotion of indoor hockey.”
The South African men’s team, powered by Tops at SPAR, will be in action at 9.40am against Argentina and the SPAR South African women’s side will play New Zealand at 10.50am.
The sixth edition of the World Cup is being held outside of Europe for the first time
The second day of the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup was the perfect sequel to the opening act. Goals, entertainment, emotions and excitement in bucket loads at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria. @FIH_Hockey #IHWC2023 pic.twitter.com/8IpDgEDxC8
— SA Hockey (@SA_Hockey) February 6, 2023