Singapore’s national men’s and women’s hockey teams are set for more competitive action from next year.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Singapore Hockey Federation(SHF) and Hockey Australia, the Singapore teams will compete in Australia’s National Championships from 2016 to 2018.
Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, SHF President Mathavan Devadas says staying competitive will help Singapore hockey improve.
“The men’s hockey team trained in Perth (ahead of their SEA Games silver medal winning performance), and you can see that it is possible to relate some benefit from the training their received in West Australia.
In terms of what this will bring us, they will have an opportunity to play more games together. That was something we found was lacking.”
The agreement also includes a coaching and umpiring exchange programme, and will see Australia bring its Hookin2Hockey Programme to Singapore’s shores.
Hookin2Hockey is what Australia uses to recruit players, and will be implemented in Singapore as part of the schools sport participation programme.
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale said they are looking at how they can play a bigger part in growing the sport.
“The intangible reasons of us in being a leader in the sport in doing something beyond Australia’s interests will have benefits for us, whether that’s through our position in the game or our respect and a range of other things.
For our Australia National Championships, we would love to have international flavour to them, and I think those reasons are really important to us.”