The Hollandse Club has a very active hockey community. For many years, men and women teams have been playing for the Hollandse Club teams in the local hockey competitions organised by the Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF) and participated in local hockey events and competitions like La Liga.
As a token of appreciation towards the local hockey community, it has been a long-standing tradition for the Dutch to organise the Wooden Shoe Hockey Tournament.
The SHF and hundreds of local hockey players always look forward to this social tournament, which attracts many different teams. Men, women and children, were invited to compete in respective competitions.
This year’s ABN AMRO Wooden Shoe Hockey Tournament was a great success. At SengKang hockey stadium, under the blazing sun, 56 (!) teams battled for the win in 6v6 matches. An absolute record number of teams and players created an awesome atmosphere in and around the huge tent that was set-up in between the pitches.
“The enthusiasm was overwhelming…”
“We are extremely proud that we were able to host this charity event for more than 500 men, women and children“, says Daniël Gooijer, president of the 2017 Wooden Shoe Committee. “The enthusiasm was overwhelming and it’s really great to be able to give something back to the hockey community in Singapore.”
This event entailed more than just playing hockey. The kids had an awesome time on the bouncy castle or could play hockey on the inflatable pitch and enjoy the popcorn. Music was cheering up the crowd and all participants enjoyed a great lunch. Poffertjes (Dutch pancakes) were also served and drinks were available the whole day for all participants.
In addition to this, the Wooden Shoe was able to donate SGD 3,131.50 (!) to the NCA, an organisation that supports the underprivileged in Singapore. Sheila Bouwman, President of the NCA, is thrilled with this donation. “With this money we can feed a lot of families and support many underprivileged children.”
All of this would not have been possible without the great support of all our sponsors:
ABN AMRO, Rabobank, GoBear, AkzoNobel, Adecco, ING, Dutch Lady, KLM and Executive Homes. Thank you very much!
And we also want to thank our partners: SHF, Hollandse Club and FTO.
We already look forward to next year’s tournament!
The Wooden Shoe committee 2017
Daniel, Pieter, Vincent, Laurence, Martijn, Roeland and Olaf