St Johns’ AstroTurf : New world class sports facility in Harare.

By Chris Fourie

It has been a longstanding desire of the The St John’s Educational Trust and the Hockey Committee to have a world class hockey facility not just for the school but for the greater hockey community in Zimbabwe. With hockey traditionally played on grass; our students often found themselves at a disadvantage when touring and playing against teams who train and play on turf. There aren’t enough field hockey facilities of a high standard in the country and the school, the hockey committee and old boys came together with their time, skills, energy and finances to bring the 6000 square metre project to reality.

The Astro Turf whose construction took just under a year from start to finish will be accredited by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after various tests which will make our turf one of only two facilities in the country to have this accreditation, the other being at Khumalo Hockey Stadium in Bulawayo. Having this accreditation will allow us to host international hockey fixtures of the highest calibre. Who knows, maybe hosting an African Olympic Qualifier Tournament (Africa Cup) could be on the cards for the future!

At St John’s College, we are passionate about all sports and so do our best to provide world class facilities, not only to our students but to the sporting community at large. The facility is great for spectators and also from a technical point of view. Players are able to develop a wider range of technical competencies on a flat, quick surface as well as add more of a tactical proficiency to their game. The turf uses much less water than watering a grass field and so aids in the conservation of water when water is scarce.

Images provided by Chris Fourie

If you’re interested in using the facility please email:

Copyright: Ndeipi Issue 113

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