Hockey Farm History
2011 - The Beginning
In early 2010 the plot of land, that is now The Hockey Farm, was discovered by the Witbank hockey community. Formally a small holding on the outskirts of Witbank, this piece of ground was perfect to become the new home of hockey in the area.
In February of that Year an offer to purchase the plot was made. A whole year passed before, in early February 2011, all the legal stuff was done and the land was finally ours.
By the end of that month we began levelling the ground and laying the first two turfgrass hockey fields.
While the newly laid grass got on with settling in, we began the conversion of the old farm house into a hockey club house. The bedrooms were demolished and change-rooms installed. And, of course, the old house pub was expanded to make a proper club bar for all the thirsty senior players that would soon be on their way to The Hockey Farm.
2012 - Witbank's First Artificial Turf
2012 was a year of great change for The Hockey Farm and for the region's hockey. The beginning of that year saw the move of the Witbank Hockey Club to The Hockey Farm. One of Witbank's oldest sports clubs decided to move from what had been their home for many years out to The Hockey Farm and make it their new home ground.
It was also in that year that fundraising and planning for an artificial turf begun. That all came to a head in August that year when the bulldozers arrived to begin work on laying Witbank's first (and Mpumalanga's second) Artificial Turf Grass Hockey Field. A facility that was long overdue and was to change the region and province's hockey for ever.
2014 - The Farm Goes Indoors
In October 2014 construction began on an Indoor centre containing a full size Indoor Hockey Court. A couple of months later it was complete and The SA Men's Indoor side travelled to Witbank to open what was to become known as "The Snakepit", named after the local PSi Franchise, the Mpumalanga Mambas.
2018 - A Foot in the Indoor
February 2018 work began on an extra two courts. These two courts would initially be used for Indoor Hockey, Netball and 5 -A-SIDE FOOTBALL. These courts will have a plastic tile playing surface and be open-air to start with.