Psi Update | Meet the Northern Knights
With the inaugural PSi Ireland done and dusted, all eyes turn back to Africa for the next stage of the celebration of indoor hockey. In another post we will share our excitement with the plans for PSi Zimbabwe coming up in about a months’ time. Today it’s time to chat introduce you to our newest Franchise the Northern Knights.
The Northern Knights are based in the Northern Suburbs of the Western Cape and will feature all the age groups starting from U9 all the way through to the Seniors at U18. One thing that the new Franchise offers is the tantalising prospect of further Western Cape Derbies with the Cape Seals and Boland Foxes, already a massive highlight on the PSi calendar.
The Knights started off this week with a clinic led by South African world cup star Ryan Julius, where the kids were taken through their paces and shown some of the skills to develop their ability. U11 and U12 were run today, while U9 and U10 will have a small festival with the Foxes and Seals later this week.
The Knights are based at Fairmont for now, but will be looking to expand in the future to more venues. They will wear red, silver and black and have promised to develop coaches alongside the experienced group of coaches from Enhanced Sports.
Robert Goslett, Franchise Owner, shared that the process is to have an indoor league but to have a technical training camp first to really invest in the technique of the players. With Gos having spent time at the World Cup with the National Team you can be sure that he has accumulated a fantastic bank of information!
“We want to help the kids to develop their skills, to play indoor hockey and to enjoy the game as much as we do!” shared Goslett.
The Northern Knights will make their debut at the nationals in December, but for now they will be starting a new celebration of the spirit of indoor hockey! For me it also offers further confirmation that the Western Cape is the hub of age group indoor hockey in South Africa and something that if cultivated correctly will benefit our national teams in the future.
Written for PSi Hockey by Tyron Barnard