The Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA) Programme is designed to support and
recognise the commitment young people give to hockey. The programme actively
develops young leaders and volunteers within the sport; giving young people a voice.

The programme is suitable for young people aged between 12-21, who have a passion for developing hockey experiences for the younger generation.

What’s in it for you?

  • Have a voice within the Hockey community
  • Be part of a fun and energetic team
  • Educational/University Support
  • Encourages a sense of achievement
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Develops social networking skills
  • Employability Skills Development
  • Opportunity to become a mentor for others
  • National/International volunteering opportunities


Who Are They?

  • Champions of hockey
  • Role models for the younger generation
  • Supporting club or school activity

What can you get involved with?

  • Work within your school / hockey club
    to recruit new members
  • Support the development of a junior section
    in your hockey club
  • Actively promote club opportunities in
    school environment
  • Support Hockey Wales events locally
    and deliver local projects


Who Are They?

  • Champions of hockey
  • Role models for the younger generation
  • Supporting school, club or regional activity

What can you get involved with?

  • Support Hockey Wales National events in various roles
  • Publicly speak in a school environment to promote your club activities
  • Support delivery of Club Development Plan
  • Assist with the facilitation of regional projects


Who Are They?

  • Champions of hockey
  • Role models for the younger generation
  • Supporting club or school activity
  • Supporting other Young Ambassadors

What can you get involved with?

  • Present at Young Ambassador conferences
  • Lead the coordination and deliver Young Ambassador training for Silver and Gold YA’s
  • Actively support Hockey Wales National events
  • Lead Young Ambassador mentoring programme
  • Have a voice on the Young Ambassador Steering Group
  • Link with Club Development Officers to shape hockey developments in your region

A HYA is responsible for raising the profile of hockey whilst helping develop their club’s status. The HYA programme is delivered by Hockey Wales and works alongside the widely recognised Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Programme led by Sport Wales.

The role of Hockey Young Ambassador is to:

  • Increase hockey participation in schools and/or communities
  • Promote the positive values of sport through hockey
  • Be a role model in advocating hockey
  • Be the young people’s voice in schools, clubs, PODs and communities


Some key responsibilities HYAs often undertake:

  • Coaching hockey in a club environment
  • Running sessions in schools to promote hockey opportunities
  • Organising events such as fundraisers, tournaments, parties, awards evening & club events
  • Volunteer at National Events such as Cup Finals, Youth Finals, International Matches & Hockey Wales Awards

There are three stages to the Hockey Young Ambassadors’ programme – Silver, Gold & Platinum

Silver: This is the first stage of the programme; anyone aged 14 – 18 can apply to become a Silver HYA. No previous experience as a Young Ambassador is required. All applicants must be a member of a hockey club and have an enthusiastic attitude towards increasing the amount of people playing or supporting the delivery of hockey.

Training will be provided to ensure all HYA’s develop confidence and enhance their skill set by the end of their first year as a HYA.

               DID YOU KNOW…. we currently have over 50 Silver Hockey Young Ambassadors!

Gold: This is the second stage of the programme. The majority of HYA’s look to continue through the programme to become a Gold HYA once they have expericed the Silver level. Applicants are usually 15 years and over due to the increased responsibility taken on at this level. Gold HYA’s are the voice of young people within their area and attend Hockey Wales development group forums.

               DID YOU KNOW…. there are fantastic Gold Hockey Young Ambassadors across Wales!

Platinum: This is the top level of our HYA programme. These HYA’s are committed volunteers to the hockey world having gained vital skills throughout the HYA programme. Some examples of the activities they have undertaken include, public speaking to fellow HYA’s , chairing and leading meetings and presenting to the board of directors and local authority contacts.

Platinum HYA’s are selected by Hockey Wales

All clubs in Wales are encouraged to recruit 2-4 HYAs to help raise the club’s profile whilst developing vital life skills. As a Club Mentor you are responsible for facilitating and supporting your HYA’s aspirations.

Application forms will be sent out to all clubs to recruit Hockey Young Ambassadors within their own club.

Consider some of the following areas to task your HYAs with:

  • Leading or assisting coaching sessions to children and adults
  • Accountable for registration, taking payments and administrative roles
  • Marketing and communications enhancement within the club via social media, posters and spreading the word of hockey
  • Setting up extra-curricular activities in schools, thus bridging the gap between schools and club
  • Introducing and regularly delivering hockey into local primary schools
  • Assisting Hockey Wales staff at national events, cup finals and Roadshows
  • Organising local fun days, festivals and mini tournaments
  • Developing a Club Awards Ceremony

Check out our Mentor Specification to see if you’re suitable for the programme: 

Mentor Specification

Hockey YA Steering Group

The steering group is made up of four Gold Hockey Young Ambassadors, they meet four times a year and use these meetings to discuss how they can develop hockey further and how they can support other YA’s in their area.At the same time the group meet with members of the Hockey Wales workforce to present their ideas and discuss how Hockey Wales staff and agents can support the steering group members and other YA’s to further develop their ideas.


Harri: North West
Alice: Mid North
Chloe: South East
Holly: South East
Tom: South East
Laura: South West


For further details get in touch!

Amanda Roberts – Club Development Officer

Tel: 07714769789

Email: amanda.roberts@hockeywales.org.uk

Rianne Hopkins (Gold HYA) was invited to the Hockey Wales Annual Awards evening in October 2014 to interview the Commonwealth Games athletes live on stage. Rianne was a fabulous interviewer, creating a charismatic atmosphere for all to enjoy. She said it was a nerve-racking experience but one which allowed her to get to know such talented athletes on a more personal basis. Well done Rianne!

Read about Gold Ambassador Harri’s journey as a Young Ambassador: 

Case Study: Harri’s Story

Silver Young Ambassador Ellie Codd hit record hours: 

Case Study: Ellie’s Story

We are currently accepting applications to become a Hockey Young Ambassador. The application is open for those aged 12-21 and the deadline for this recruitment is 11.59pm on 13th October 2019. Please apply below:


If you are a club requiring further information or support about the Hockey Young Ambassador Programme please contact:

Amanda Roberts – Club Development Officer

Email: amanda.roberts@hockeywales.org.uk