Austin Smith: Playing overseas, is it for you?

Playing overseas, is it for you?

When I travelled to India for the Hockey India League or HIL for short I introduced myself to the team as a South African with a British passport who was living in The Netherlands. Unfortunately most of the guys couldn’t speak English so they didn’t really follow the joke. I’m often asked by young South African players especially what it’s like playing overseas and if I recommend it. So here are some things I’ve learnt from training, playing and living abroad for the past 9 years!


Firstly what reason do you have for going to play hockey or any other sport abroad? The chance to learn new skills, train with a better team, for your own personal development as a person? There are many reasons why players choose this option and it’s something people often ask me so hopefully I’ll be able to explain what I learnt and how playing abroad changed me as a player and a person.

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