KUALA LUMPUR: After reducing the grant to teams for junior hockey league, the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) have now decided to increase the prize money by RM22,500.
The amount for the winners of the overall title will remain the same at RM25,000 but for the league, the top three teams in both Division One and Two will receive prize money.
This was announced by the MHF vice-president, Dr S.S. Cheema, at a press conference to confirm Milo and the National Sports Council (NSC) as the official sponsors of the league.
The league will begin on Friday and the final has been slated for May 7.
The Division One champions will get RM15,000 and the second- and third-placed teams will receive RM10,000 and RM7,500 respectively. The Division Two champions will get RM7,500 and the second- and third-placed teams will receive RM5,000 and RM2,500.
Previously, the Division One and Division Two champions received RM10,000 each.
The MHF will also provide each team with a grant of RM3,000 and two sets of attire. Last year, each team received a RM5,000 grant.
In addition, teams will receive RM200 for a win in the preliminary round.
Dr Cheema said that the top six teams from Division One and the top two from Division Two would qualify for the knockout stage.
Nine teams will play in Division One and 10 in Division Two.
The teams in Division One are Bukit Jalil Sports School, Tenaga Nasional, SM Datuk Taha, Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak), Petaling Jaya MC, Bukit Jalil SS Juniors, Anderson, SAS Pahang and Malacca High School.
Division Two comprises Bandar Penawar Sports School, Penang Free School-USM, Armed Forces Juniors, TBS Tampin, MSS Perlis, PISC-Nur Insafi, Matri Perlis, Mutiara Impian Penang, SAB College and Clifford College Kuala Kangsar.