Activity report Twende Foundation 2023






1.1 Our hockey activities are not only run in schools but also within a cluster of school we have community centers. Community center refers to the children not in our network of schools. These mainly target players /youths that have completed the primary education but have transitioned to secondary schools that don’t have hockey, children surrounding the centers and the under 21s who have completed secondary school but have not yet transitioned to clubs. Other than the schools, each coach also has a community program on the side. These are weekend sessions that also include their players from the schools.

In addition to our other centers, (UKonga Km which has a full-sized pitch and JMK Youth Park which has a mini sized artificial pitch) we opened up a new centre this year, Amani. This has been made a center by virtue of the number of payers/schools that can access it during the weekends. Kigamboni which was originally just a centre now has two schools The two schools, Tungi Primary and Tungi secondary have a common pitch which will now be the new center of Kigamboni starting January 2024, an upgrade from the previous center which was in the shared space with a market.


1.2 The coach mentorship program is also back and this year we had three trainee coaches: Mbela Shadidi (one of the original Twende players) Mustapha Shaweji and Yohana Mawimbi (two of our young players from Lindi and Dar es Salaam region respectively. Both are our beneficiaries from the 2017 Olympic Solidary Grant expansion project.Mustafa relocated to Dar from Lindi this year for studies and partly volunteers at the centers, working with various coaches.


1.3 As part of coach player program, in December, in collaboration with Tanzania Hockey

Association, The level 2 certified coaching course was conducted, by our very own Twende

instructors. A total of 18 coaches, including our own 5 coaches, successfully completed this level. Alongside this, the basic level coaching course was also conducted for 18 teachers from Arusha region. The teachers will be working alongside experienced coaches in the targeted Arusha schools.



 Activity report Twende Foundation 2022

Starting with the good news, we have embraced two new members of the board. Lia and Willem Huisman, both having lived a long time in Africa, have joined us. Partly thanks to their efforts, we have also been able to guarantee continuity in our work for the coming years. Indeed, very good news after having “survived” the Covid-period in which we lost  some important donors!

Another highlight has been the appointment of the new board of the Tanzania Hockey association. We hope to continue our collaboration with the newly elected members.
One of the new members, Mark Sequoia, is the Technical Director of JMK Youth Park, a facility that we are allowed to use very often for our training sessions and matches.


More good news: Our women’s group, Hockey Queens got registered ,so they can now apply for micro loans at the local government!
Regarding our coaches, Eliza, Ally and Joseph all obtained a new job in the army. They have developed themselves in a great way that made this possible. We thank them for their tremendous effort in the past years!
In 2023 we will organize in collaboration with THA, a training week for new potential coaches.


Unfortunately, there was also very sad news. Mnonda Magani, our right and left hand in coaching and managing the coaching base in Dar es Salaam, a real friend, has passed away. We will remember him as a great man, who has played a crucial role in the establishment and promotion of our foundation and hockey in general.

He will remain a source of inspiration for all of us and we foster the remembrance in continuing to work on the social and economic well-being of the youngsters in Tanzania.





After the closure of many schools due to the pandemia, we had to start up our activities again. Many schools, especially in the region of Lindi and Arusha, have changed school hours; also the reshuffling of headteachers and sports officers meant that we initially could reach only 30% of the kids, compared to the pre-Covid period. Despite all this, we still reach more than 1000 kids at the end of 2021 and the number grows again by the week.


As a result, we have organized our efforts accordingly and reinforced the greater Dar es Salaam area and reduced our efforts in Lindi and Arusha.In those cities, our effort will be to pick up in collaboration with local entities. Our main focus has been to find local partnership and ownership in Tanzania; donations have been drastically reduced during and after the Covid period and continuity cannot be obtained by dependance of (mainly) European companies and donors. We have approached the Tanzania Hockey Association for that purpose, but without success. New proposals for a M.O.U. with local partners have been formulated and are under discussion now.We are happy that we could maintain our great staff of coaches, so we are set to make 2022 a great year again.




Currently the spread of hockey at grassroot level in Tanzania has developed to the extension that the sport has been played in 6 Regions (Dar Es Salaam, Tanga, Lindi, Moshi, Arusha) with around 2.500 kids from 8 to 18 years old playing hockey in around 50 primary and secondary schools.

About 100 Local players and sport teachers have been trained in the last years to be hockey coaches at grassroot level and many of them are now coaching hockey in schools and community level.

The Twende foundation is supporting locally young and motivated coaches to teach hockey at youth level by providing them technical support and material. Moreover, there are some coaches who are economically supported by the Foundation. Indeed, the coaches are all former players who have started to play hockey when the hockey project started in 2014. Those players who were more motivated than others, after receiving training, became our first coaches and started to go in schools to teach hockey.

In February 2019, we managed to bring 4 coaches, the most experienced, from Tanzania (2 boys and 2 girls, namely Sultan Kondo, Elieza Mwakamwema, Alice Ongoro and Rosemary Renatus) to attend the FIH coaching course organized in Nairobi by the Africa Hockey Federation in order to increase their knowledge, getting international exposure and use what they have learnt back home with their kids. We are building the future generation of hockey players in Tanzania by providing trained coaches.

At the same time, in collaboration with the Tanzania Hockey Association, we organized locally run youth leagues whereby the kids can play competing by each other in form of schools’ leagues, but also make friends.
Currently the main school league is played in Dar Es Salaam (the biggest city in Tanzania, where also the core of the activities are) with two main categories played, the primary schools league, both girls and boys, and the secondary school league, where teams from secondary schools play together with community based teams of young players between 15 to 20 years old. The primary schools league (under 15) involves both boys girls teams playing a 5-aside hockey, while the Under 20 league involves boys’ and girls’ teams playing 11 aside hockey.
2019 saw also the participation of four teams from two Tanzanian Secondary Schools at the East Africa Secondary School Competition: Juhudi Secondary School from Dar Es Salaam and Lindi Secondary School from Lindi. This event represents a great achievement for the development of hockey within the country.



Currently we reach around 1500 boys and girls through our school program. Below is a list of schools where we teach divided by Regions, number of kids involved in each school divided by age and gender.



In 2019 we managed to realize the following youth tournaments, thanks to the support of local and international support.


1. Dar es Salaam Regional Schools League and Senior Men’s League

The annual schools’ league Dar es salaam region took place from January to April 2019.It attracted a total of 12 teams (6 boys and 6 girls teams) from 8 secondary schools  in the under 18 category  and a total of  28 teams (17 boys and 11 girls teams) in under 14 category from 12 primary schools . The total number of players involved was 406. 


The under 14 boys and the girls league was in 5 aside formats whereas the under 18 boys matches were played in the 11 aside format. The total number of players involved was 238 in under 14 (170 boys, 69 girls) and 168 players in under 18(60 girls, 108 boys).


Also organised alongside the junior league was the men’s senior league, which registered a total of 6 teams, including two secondary schools teams, Juhudi Secondary school and the JMK Park Combined TeamDar Stars, one of the community teams founded by the pioneer coaches .The community teams such as this keep the youth in the sport, even after they complete high school.


2. 19th Edition Federation of East Africa Secondary schools games

This is the biggest sporting competition involving schools in the East African region. It was the second time that Tanzania was participating. Tanzania was represented by two schools, Juhudi Secondary School from Dar es salaam and Lindi Secondary School from Lindi. Each of the schools had a boys and a girls team and all four teams gave an excellent account of themselves. The teams coaches were Elizabeth George (for Juhudi Secondary School) and Elieza Mwankwemwa (Lindi).

The Most Valuable Player award in hockey was awarded to our very own Shakira Ally, from Juhudi Secondary. Shakira Ally started playing hockey in 2013 while she was in primary school under Coach Elieza Mwankemwa .Despite her tender age, she has represented the country in two under 21 competitions  and 3 senior women’s competitions.


3. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (JMK) Park Open Youth Tournament

The JMK Park 5 aside Junior tournament which took place from 11th to 14th October in Dar es Salaam attracted a total of 44 teams, with each team registering 7 players. The teams came from 8 secondary and 12 primary schools within the Dar es Salaam schools hockey program run by Twende foundation.
Under 18 Boys: 15 teams (105 players)
Under 18 girls:    5 teams (35 players)
Under 14 Boys: 15 teams (168 players)
Under 14 girls:    9 teams (63 players)

The tournament brought together 140 under 18 (105 boys,35 girls) and 168 under 14 (105 boys,63 girls).

Alongside the tournament, a 3 day coaches’ refresher course was conducted in Dar es Salaam involving 8 coaches (intermediate and advanced level) and a two day introduction coaching course in Lindi involving 50 beginner level coaches by expert coaches Valentina Quaranta and Nick Isbouts from Twende Foundation.


In 2016, our prime objective was to involve schools in our program and so, extend the number of players and trainers. In order to do so, we have organized various courses in and around Dar es Salaam. The result has been, that we could increase the number of participating school to 40 and the number of active players to 1664!

Furthermore, we delivered 65 registered Tanzanian trainers, who all followed our training courses. Apart from that, the first 10 micro credits were granted to young woman entrepreneurs.

As our projects draw the attention of the Ministry of Sports and the local Olympic Committee, in 2017 we developed a plan in order to reach more cities and so, more children. This project proposal became real when the IOC/FIH decided to allow us to execute the plan that we developed; a total of USD 25.000 was made available and our Foundation managed the total project in cooperation with the Tanzania Hockey Association. During a period of 10 months, we enlarged our scope to cities like Arusha, Lindi, Moshi, Tanga and Zanzibar. We demonstrated the sport, organized tournaments and educated more trainers.

Having enlarged our base, the priority in 2018 was to maintain and strengthen the new situation; a total of 2500 kids were involved now in 5 cities. In order to do so, we have appointed trainer-coordinators in each city; they have the responsibility to maintain the contacts with the schools, educate the teachers and train the kids. These coordinators are being managed by our National Program Manager. Of course, this extension of our activities has a price, but thanks to donations we have been able to sustain the continuity of our programs.