South African Women’s Hockey Head Coach has stepped down from the role of head coach with immediate effect, citing personal reasons.

Robin van Ginkel was appointed to the role of head coach in 2019 following the completion of the FIH Hockey World Cup. Van Ginkel had previously served in various roles for South African Hockey including as Assistant coach to both the men and women at the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Van Ginkel had his debut in a three match series against Namibia at Randburg Astro, before taking his side to the FIH Hockey Series Final in Valencia.

The team would qualify for the Tokyo Olympics when they triumphed at the Africa Road to Tokyo event in Stellenbosch, but have to wait an additional 12 months to go after the covid pandemic caused a delay to the multisport event.

Van Ginkel ends his reign as head coach with 23 matches including the Tokyo Olympics.

SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni shared her thanks for the work of Robin van Ginkel:

“The South African Hockey Association would like to thank Robin for his commitment and tireless efforts as Head Coach of the National Womens Hockey Team. His dedication to national duty has been exemplary and we would like to wish him all the best for the future and all his endeavors!”  

An announcement on the next head coach will be made in due course.