The Cape Town International Hockey Festival was founded in 2003. The festival has grown immensely over the past 16 years with the standard and quality of the event increasing annually. The festival is owned and managed by Pure-Travel (formerly TEAM Sports Travel, the leading schools tour operator in South Africa). The event takes place in the beautiful City of Cape Town and occurs in the 2nd or 3rd week of July annually. With the rebrand to Pure-Travel, the events name will also change to Cape Town International Hockey Tournament.
The event is oversubscribed annually due to its popularity and the participating teams are now limited to 48 schools split between u18 boys and girls. The domestic and international team mix is typically:
- 25% – International teams
- 20% SA Regional teams
- 55% Cape Town Based teams
The 2022 tournament will be the 19th consecutive year (excluding 2010 due to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa and 2020 & 2021 due to COVID-19). This prestigious event promises to be the best yet, taking place from 19 – 24 July 2022 and will feature 48 teams (24 boys and 24 girls teams).
This Hockey Tournament is a Western Province sanctioned event and the technical component of the tournament is managed by WPHU in conjunction with Pure-Travel staff. The tournament is played in accordance with Federation of International Hockey standards, placing this event as the leading u19 schools Hockey tournament globally.