In late autumn of last year, Coach Frank Schlageter and EHF Vice president, Carola Meyer stayed for several weeks in South America and have started a project called ‘Hockey for Columbia’ to introduce hockey as a sport in schools and universities.
On June 18th ten professors from the University of Santo Tomás arrived in Cologne in order to take the project to the next phase. In the program these 10 professors will be trained in the Academy of Sport University, visit the Anti-Doping Institute as well as an have an extensive fact-finding visit with the DHB in Mönchengladbach.
The members of the Köln took the group of professors to their heart and on Thursday, they were allowed to join the parents hockey tournament. They were divided into ten teams and all had great fun. It was a truly successful debut into German hockey club life! The Colombians thanked it with much pleasure in “their” new sport and with the following letter of thanks:
“It only takes a moment to discover the fascinating hockey world and enjoy. Since the first contact today, we are thrilled with hockey. Everything is exciting and we are curious! We are convinced that this new experience soon will be a reality in the University of Santo Tomás, with an expansion to primary school teachers and beyond. We want the children and their parents to know hockey!
We are grateful for the invitation and the great support of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the German Hockey Federation and their sponsors. How to thank the Tennis and Hockey Club Rot-Weiss Cologne for the very warm welcome. Finally, we thank Ms. Carola Meyer for her constant help, because without her valuable support and guidance the project would not be possible.”
Photograph: The Colombian professors and the hockey parents of THC Rot Weiss Cologne