DELIVERING WORLD CLASS HOCKEY EXPERIENCES IN WALES
We hope you enjoy reading this report that provides a snapshot of some of the progress made as we aim to deliver world class hockey experiences across Wales. The report hopefully brings to life and highlights some of the considerable progress made over the last twelve months.
These achievements would not be possible without the contribution from all the hockey family in Wales. I would like to thank my dedicated and loyal team of staff, our committed Board of Directors and the support from all our valued partners and key stakeholders.We're also very grateful to our superb band of passionate volunteers, coaches, umpires and officials who give their time freely;with the commitment to improve the standards and principles that we uphold throughout hockey in Wales. Our senior squad players and staff have made incredible improvements and are true ambassadors and role models for our sport.
I would like to offer a huge thank you to all our clubs who have made some excellent progress in so many ways but particularly in attracting new players into our amazing sport. We have put clubs at the heart of what we do and promise to ensure that there continues to be improved engagement and support to meet the needs of all. I am very proud of the progress and achievements to date but recognise that continual improvement is required if we are to achieve the ambitious goals and standards we set ourselves. The passion and energy of everybody involved in hockey in Wales is overwhelming and we should all be proud of the years achievements and all look forward to playing our role in the exciting times ahead.
Hockey Wales CEO
HOCKEY WALES IN NUMBERS
Our paying members:
a growth of 7.9%
Women World Ranking:
climbing 6 places
Men World Ranking:
No.32 climbing 2 places
4 teams (U18's girls & boys and U16's girls & boys)
PITCHING OUT ACROSS WALES
We work with 64
hockey clubs across the country.
Meet our Club Development Officers
Hockey Wales CDO's are working towards developing stronger club presence across communities; helping grow membership but most importantly... GROW THE GAME!
An initiative designed to help build the bridge between regions across Wales; whilst encouraging focus around development; the POD centres have proved beneficial for all involved.
SOME DELIGHTFUL STORIES FROM THE YEAR
UMPIRING ACROSS EUROPE
- Puconci (SLO)
- Budapest (HUN)
- Wettingen (SUI)
- Siauliai (LTU)
- Lipovci (SLO)
- Vienna (AUT)
- Vinnitsa (UKR)
- Walcz (POL)
- Wattignies (FRA)
- Hradec Kralove (CZE)
- Cascais (POR)
- Nottingham (ENG)
- Sveti Ivan Zelina (CRO)
- Glasgow (SCO)
- Belfast (IRE)
- Valencia (ESP)
- Vantaa (FIN)
- Cambrai (FRA)
- Kamchia-Varna (BUL)
- Prague (CZE)
- Gibraltar (GIB)
- Vilnuis (LTU)
- Pavlovskii Posad (RUS)
- Bratislava (SVK)
- Predanovci (SLO)
- Minsk (BLR)
- Dundee (SCO)
April 2016 saw three Women's Masters squads travel to Canberra, Australia for the World Cup. Two squads finished fourth and one finished fifth.Two squads finished fourth
and one finished fifth.
Home Nations in Edinburgh - June 2016 - four squads participate; providing a solid platform for the 2017 European Masters in the Netherlands and 2018 Masters World Cup in Spain.
The Over65's achieved the first ever international tournament victory by a Wales Masters age group, emphatically winning the Celtic Cup with clean sheet victories over France, Scotland and Ireland.
coaches being worked with
Remains a popular course with nearly 200 people trained; over 16 courses.
Trained to Level 2 Coaching
HIGHLIGHTS TO FOCUS ON FOR WOMEN, MEN AND GB
An unprecedented year for Welsh athletes following
the success in Rio 2016. 3 athletes were selected to
the senior programme as part time players following
a selection process. Dan Kyriakides for the men and
Rose Thomas and Sarah Jones for the women.
Dan followed this up becoming the first male player in a generation to win a Great Britain cap in the Azlan Shah cup in Malaysia playing his part in a GB win. http://www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=40953&itemTitle=Great+Britain+win+the+Azlan+Shah+Cup§ion=1044
2016/17 - A YEAR OF FIRSTS
FOR OUR NATIONAL AGE GROUPS...
U16 boys and girls compete in the first ever EuroHockey 5's tournament to
provide a competitive outlet for the younger age group.
In the Summer, we participated in the first ever Great Britain wide Futures Cup competition. Competing at U15 and U17 saw some strong performances within a valuable learning environment.
The year saw many players progressing from the national age group programme through to either the development programmes or senior programmes within Wales. This was the first year in a while where a junior international had progressed straight from the age group programme straight into the seniors with both boys and girls picking up senior international honours in summer 2016
EQUALITY & INCLUSION
As an organisation, we pride ourselves on our continued and committed work with our 'equality and inclusion' partners. From BME to Disability; we hold strongly the view to remain aware within all events and campaigns we host and encourage
Two examples of the work we're doing with our partners...
COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS
As an organisation, we remain extensively proactive and positive in our approach to becoming more commercially aware; continuing to work under our Commercial Strategy; raising the profile of hockey as a sport and the individuals who play.
Income secured so far...
£4,600 in player sponsorship has been obtained
£2,000 per annum contract with Formerly Bars
£1,000 banner advertisements
Work continues to secure sponsorship across an array of areas; with primary focus zoned in on shirt sponsorship for the EuroHockey Championships II this coming August.
Three Feathers Dinner
November saw the launch of an inaugural 3 feathers dinner,the brainchild of one of our players; aimed at raising much needed funds for our senior players. The evening also celebrated the launch of the 100 cap club where caps were presented to those players achieving this terrific milestone. The event was a resounding success with all proceeds going to support the squads and it is hoped that this will become a regular feature on the calendar and will include both men's and women's squads.
Throughout the last 12 months, communicating with our audience has continued to be an important objective for our team. We hope this report serves as a snapshot of the year and you feel youve been keep up-to-date so far.
Unfortunately, due to a lengthy spell of absence within the communications space, Hockey Wales and our members have taken a small hit.
Apologies and we WILL make amends going forward..
We're Changing - We're Developing - We're Growing
Our current social media presence
We're growing our following; with an average of 4 new fans joining us every day Our Facebook posts are reaching more and more people every day
WATCH THIS SPACE
- Launch an engaging & interactive new website; designed with our members in mind.
- Bring to life an informative newsletter; helping connect our members across Wales.
- Appreciate the power of our brand; using it to influence positive steps for change.
- Strengthen our link with the pres s and continue to work with a view to becoming a more widely watched and appreciated sport.
Hockey Wales audit results in clean bill of health, with no issues raised.
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DELIVERING WORLD CLASS
HOCKEY EXPERIENCES IN WALES
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