Field hockey activity in Uganda can be traced back to 1929 when the Asians who came to East Africa especially the Indians enjoyed the sport. They also played lots of cricket. This they did in their spare time of their merchant activities. The sport was later rapidly introduced to the traditional public/colonial schools.
The 1950s saw the formation of most sports associations that included the Uganda hockey society. These associations came together and formed the Uganda Olympic Committee to which they have since been affiliated.
The Uganda Hockey Association based at the Lugogo national hockey stadium at the national council of sports headquarters in Kampala manages the sport in Uganda and is charged with the obligation and responsibility to develop the sport within the Pearl of Africa.
Uganda hockey up to date boosts of being the only Uganda field sport to have represented the country at the Olympics. This was at the 1972 Munich Olympics (it’s also more likely to repeat this achievement before other Olympic sports, should technical, equipment and financial support be forthcoming).
Lugogo stadium (with an artificial turf) is where hockey playing traffic is busy. In the eastern towns of Mbale and Jinja in Nabumali High school and Lord's made vocational are the places where it is commonly played. All international curriculum offering schools within the Kampala play the sport.
Some of the Hockey clubs in Uganda include Kampala Hockey club, Weatherhead, Wanainchi, charity cubs, rockets, stallions, monsoons. Simba Union and various university clubs.
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