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New turf for hockey teams

Last updated 4 years ago | By Alex Isoe

Kenyatta University's Edith Obunyasi, left, and Jedida Zawadi of Amira Sailors during Kenya Hockey Union Ladies Premier League match at City park Stadium on Saturday, July 23,2016. [PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

Kenya Hockey league newcomers Chase and Amira Sailors will have their own pitch donated by Hurley Club from the Netherlands. It will be ready before the end of the year.

The ground will be set up at Sikh Union grounds at a cost 700,000 Euros. The ground-breaking took place on Saturday July 30, 2016 and clears path for Raicon contractors to begin the work. The turf left Netherlands at the start of July and is expected to arrive in the country within the month.

This will be the second turf in the region, besides the one at City Park. The one at City Park was laid eight years ago. Kenya Hockey Union Chairman Nashon Randiek has praised the move, saying it is useful for the game.

“We welcome the move by Chase Bank and we will support them because this is a sign that hockey is growing in Kenya and this second turf will help even develop the game further” he said

Chase Bank, the sponsor for the two clubs, have entered into a tripartite deal with Hurley Club and Sikh Union that will see the three clubs not only benefit from the turf but also exchange programmes. Upon completion of the ground, Amira Sailors, Chase Sailors and Sikh Union will be playing their League home matches there.

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