Synthetic Pitch programme

Synthetic Pitch programme continues to benefit developing countries
The FIH is pleased to announce the continuation of its Synthetic Pitch Development Programme, in co-operation with the International Olympic Committee, which has allowed for the awarding so far of four synthetic surfaces in developing hockey countries.

For the year 2000, seven countries have been nominated for consideration to be awarded financial support (to a maximum of US $100,000) for the installation of a synthetic hockey surface. It is likely that one of the countries will be in Asia, since it is the only continent which has not yet been awarded a field through this programme, now entering its third year. Nevertheless, the selected applications must meet the established criteria.

In contention this year for the surfaces are: Malawi, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Slovakia and Uganda. A decision is expected to be made during the FIH Executive Board meeting to be held in June in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

Ghana gets lighting support
The Ghana Hockey Association, which was awarded funding last year for a synthetic surface as part of the FIH - IOC pitch development programme, have received additional funding from AstroTurf for the installation of artificial lighting at the field in Accra.

AstroTurf, who was chosen by the Ghana Hockey Association to install the field of play, faced some delays in the installation. In light of the delays, AstroTurf decided to make a goodwill gesture to the GHA, offering financial support for the installation of a lighting system at the field.

The Ghana Hockey Association and the FIH wish to thank AstroTurf for rectifying the situation, particularly in a manner which benefits the development of hockey.