Phnom Penh hosts seven-a-side hockey tourney 1

Phnom Penh Hockey Club will host Cambodia’s first ever seven-a-side field hockey tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Central Park Sports Complex. Phnom Penh Hockey Club

Phnom Penh Hockey Club will this weekend host the Kingdom’s first ever seven-a-side field hockey tournament.

Players and teams from around the region, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, will be participating in the club level tournament.

The inaugural event aims to establish Cambodia as a destination for field hockey in the region and raise awareness of hockey in the Kingdom in the lead-up to the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.

The tournament offers a chance to watch some of the best hockey talent in the region as they compete over two days for the inaugural trophy.

Phnom Penh Hockey Club is an open, mixed-gender field hockey club for expats and locals.

The action is to take place at Central Park Sports Complex in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune with British Ambassador Tina Redshaw conducting the official opening.

The matches will be held from noon until 5pm on Saturday and 9am until midday on Sunday.

“Our club aims to introduce hockey to schools and youth through sharing our expertise, to be inclusive to the local community, to promote equality and to promote the positive effects on physical and mental health through participating in sport.

“We also work closely with the Cambodian national hockey team to further develop their skills,” said a Phnom Penh Hockey Club spokesperson.

Prizes will be awarded to the tournament champion team, the player of the tournament, the best Cambodian player, and the top goal scorer.

Spectators are welcome free of charge, with parking and catering available at the venue. For children aged from five to 12, an ‘introduction to hockey’ training session will take place on Saturday between 3pm and 4pm.

“We welcome everyone to come along to Central Park Sports Complex from noon on Saturday August 24.

“This is an ideal way to watch and learn about hockey. We look forward to seeing you there,” the spokesperson said.

In March, Phnom Penh Hockey Club held a tournament at International School of Phnom Penh that was supported by HRH Prince Buddhapong and Ambassador Redshaw, who jointly conducted the official opening.

More information about this weekend’s event can be found on Facebook (@Phnom-Penh-Hockey-Club).