Transforming Lives Through Sports: The Attock Hockey Development Project


Leading up to International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which takes place on 6 April, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will spend the upcoming days celebrating hockey’s place in promoting peace and development via a range of projects and initiatives. The stories come from across the five hockey-playing continents, with today’s story coming from Pakistan, Asia.

In the heart of Asia, amidst the bustling streets and vibrant communities of Attock, Pakistan, a beacon of hope shines bright through the Attock Hockey Development Project. For the past three to four years, this initiative has been more than just a sports program; it’s a catalyst for change, a vehicle for empowerment, and a symbol of unity.

At the core of this project lies a noble purpose: to provide training and opportunities for the underprivileged segments of society, particularly orphan children and refugees. Led by dedicated coaches adhering to international standards set by FIH, these young learners are not just taught the nuances of the game but are also nurtured to become skilled players capable of showcasing their talents on a global stage.

However, the impact of the Attock Hockey Development Project extends far beyond the hockey field. Recognizing the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty, the project ensures that participants receive more than just athletic training. School books, uniforms, and other essentials are provided, ensuring that these aspiring athletes can pursue their academic aspirations without any hindrance.

Moreover, the project serves as a beacon of awareness in the community, advocating against the use of drugs. Through ongoing campaigns and initiatives, it aims to steer young minds away from negative influences and towards a path of positivity and growth.

As the momentum of the project continues to grow, so does its reach. Special sports training programs have been initiated for refugees residing in Attock District, providing them with a sense of belonging and purpose in their new environment.

The culmination of these efforts is marked by the organization of various hockey competitions, where individuals from all walks of life come together to support and celebrate the talent and determination of the participants. Politicians, doctors, advocates, media personnel, teachers, and parents alike converge to witness the transformative power of sports in action.

With the upcoming hockey event scheduled for 6 April 2024, at the Lala-zar Hockey Ground in Attock, the community eagerly anticipates a day of celebration and camaraderie. For Muhammad Sharjeel Bin Shakeel and Musab Waleed Akhtar, participants of the project, the event symbolizes more than just a game; it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the power of collective effort, and the promise of a brighter future for all.

In the words of Muhammad Sharjeel Bin Shakeel, “The Attock Hockey Development Project has been a transformative initiative, not just for the sport, but for the community as a whole. Seeing these young orphans and refugees getting the opportunity to learn and play hockey, while also receiving essential support for their education, is truly heartening.”

Musab Waleed Akhtar echoes this sentiment, stating, “Being part of this project has been incredibly rewarding. It’s not just about training future hockey players; it’s about instilling values, providing opportunities, and steering young minds away from negative influences like drugs. The upcoming hockey event on April 6th is not just a game; it’s a celebration of these efforts and a testament to what can be achieved through sports.”

In Attock, amidst the challenges and triumphs of everyday life, the Attock Hockey Development Project stands as a testament to the power of sports to transcend barriers, uplift communities, and foster a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.


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