Sander van der Weide
is general director and founder of The Hockey Department. Sander played no less than 275 times for the Dutch national team and represented his country at 3 Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens and Beijing). He won a golden Olympic and World Cup medal and played club competition in The Netherlands, India and Spain. From 2004 till 2009 Sander played for Real Club de Polo in Barcelona where he founded The Hockey Department in 2007. Sander can be reached at
left The Netherlands after finishing her studies at the The Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She lives in Barcelona since 2001. Besides Dutch she speaks fluently English, Spanish and Catalan. Elisabeth is an artist and used to play hockey in Winschoten. Within the company she is responsible for the graphic design and project management. Elisabeth can be reached at
is our South African ambassador. With Austin The Hockey Department welcomes a great name from South African hockey. In 2004 Austin got his first cap in the South African national team and has since then played in the Olympic Games of 2008 and 2012, the World Cups of 2010 and 2014 and many other tournaments. In 2005 Austin moved to the UK to play for Reading for four seasons.
Austin is now already for many years the captain and drag flick specialist for HC Den Bosch a team competing in the highest hockey division in
The Netherlands. Within The Hockey Department Austin is active in developing and promoting European hockey tours within South Africa and promote and develop hockey tours for European teams to South Africa. Austin can be reached at
drove in 2010 with the Orange Trophy to the World Cup soccer in South Africa. This impressive journey of 22.000 kilometers was the start of a long term relationship with the continent.
He accompanied mountain bike events in Kenya, walked with a group of 50 men onto the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania but was mainly active in the African hockey sport. For the KNHB he spent six months in Zambia, from where he founded the Hockey Dreams Foundation which is now active in Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He also worked as a coach in Durban for six months. Gijs is our representative in Africa and together with The Hockey Department organizes hockey trips from and to Africa. Gijs can be reached at email@example.com
Within The Hockey Department Tijn is active in the field of marketing and communication. As such Tijn will be responsible for the social media strategy as well as the more traditional channels of communication regarding potential clients and the sports press. Tijn is an active player of the first men’s team of Hockey club Den Bosch as well as the Dutch national team under 21. An athlete with an athlete mentality who wants to demonstrate this attitude within The Hockey Department organization as well as to its clients and prospects. Tijn can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
is responsible for the administrative and financial part of The Hockey Department. Her activities fall under the back office and therefore she will operate more in the background. She likes sailing, golf and skiing, in short, a sporty person. This is also the reason she likes to work at The Hockey Department a company with sports in its hart!
She can be reached at email@example.com
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2.998 players per year