Hockey: MOU will see national teams playing in Australian championships

Singapore men's and women's hockey teams will play in Hockey Australia's national championships from 2016 to 2018, according to an agreement signed on Monday evening.
Singapore men's and women's hockey teams will play in Hockey Australia's national championships from 2016 to 2018, according to an agreement signed on Monday evening.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore's national hockey teams are set to play at a higher level for the next three years.

This, following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF) and Hockey Australia (HA) on Monday evening.

The arrangement will see the Singapore men's and women's hockey teams playing in HA's national championships from 2016 to 2018, as well as coaching and umpiring exchange programmes between the two parties.

"We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with HA and are sure that we will benefit greatly from a country with such a strong pedigree in the game," said SHF president Mathavan Devadas.

Cameron Vale, chief executive of HA, believes the arrangement will benefit the sport in both countries and allow HA to leverage its programmes and knowledge to strengthen links in the region.

He said: "This is a terrific opportunity for us to continue to develop hockey in Australia while helping another nation to strengthen its grassroots activity for the good of the game. It is another example of our work to support the global efforts of the International Hockey Federation to grow the sport.

"By inviting Singapore to send national teams to compete in our Australian championships, we provide our state teams playing in the championships with greater exposure to a different style of hockey."

ljeremy@sph.com.sg