The festival is owned and managed by TEAM Sports Travel (the leading schools tour operator in South Africa) in the beautiful City of Cape Town and occurs in July annually. The festival has grown immensely over the past 15 years with the standard and quality of the event increasing annually.
The event is oversubscribed annually due to its popularity and the participating teams are now limited to 48 School teams 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 2018 festival will be the 16th consecutive year (excluding 2010 due to the Soccer World Cup in SA) of this prestigious event and promises to be the best yet! It will be held from 09 to 14 July 2019 and will feature 48 teams (24 boys and 24 girls teams). The teams are made up of both local and international talent, departing from the UK, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
The Cape Town Hockey Festival is a Western Province Hockey Union sanctioned event and the technical component of the Tournament is managed by WPHU in conjunction with Team Sports Travel staff. The Tournament is played in accordance with FIH standards (Federation of International Hockey), placing this event as the leading under 18 Schools Hockey Festival globally.