Hooked on Hoci offers the opportunity for primary school children to experience high quality hockey for the first time and for schools to ensure a sustainable hockey programme is put in place so the sport exists in school long term.

The overall goal is for more children to have improved levels of physical literacy and physical activity with an affinity to hockey.



  • 6 weeks of coached sessions by a qualified Hockey Wales coach
  • Entry to a local Primary 7’s Festival competing against other schools in your area
  • 1 x 4689 qualification for a teacher
  • Advice from our Club Development Officers on how to set up a school-club link


The price for each school is £50, however, please note your school may be able to access the programme free of charge depending on your location.


Physical inactivity remains a high priority on both our own and the Welsh government’s agenda’s. As an organisation we want to be able to engage as many young people as possible with the variety of benefits playing sport brings; preventing the age-old excuses people still use today as rationale for limited to no exercise; leading to unhealthy and inactive lifestyles.

Being a team sport, hockey teaches young people numerous skills that filter through into many aspects of their lives.
From developing their ability to communicate effectively with others through to instilling self-discipline and resilience; hockey taps into key life skills.

Through working with schools to encourage higher participation levels in hockey we’d like to see a new generation of players coming through the ranks.

For further information around how you can get involved with the ‘Hooked on Hoci’
programme contact Elliot Pottinger


The Hooked on Hoci programme offers primary schools six weeks of fun and active, coached hockey sessions, delivered by a qualified Hockey Wales coach.
A lot can be achieved in those six weeks, so we’d like to take you on a journey focused around the positive impact this programme can have on a young person’s life during that time.



Say hello to Olivia!

Olivia is a shy 9-year-old girl, whose just recently joined her new primary school. She’s an only child, living with her dad. Olivia’s teacher, Mr Tayler has just this morning announced that his class will be involved in the super duper, exciting new ‘Hooked on Hoci’ programme run by Hockey Wales. Olivia doesn’t know if she likes sport so isn’t looking forward to the class but she’s never played hockey before so agrees to give it a go!


Embarking on something new can be quite daunting for some children, so it’s important to always keep this in mind when introducing any new sport into their lives! How will Olivia’s first experience of hockey turn out? Find out next week…


Can’t wait until next week to find out more about some of the fun and games Olivia and her class will play during their first hockey session? Contact Elliot Pottinger for further information around the set up of the programme…


How did Olivia's first hockey session go?

Olivia’s initial hockey session went very well. It was delivered by qualified HOH Coach Claire, who showed Olivia and her class how to hold a hockey stick properly and how to play games called Treasure Hunt and Surfers & Sharks. Even though Olivia was sometimes a bit too shy to have a go and felt out of breath occasionally, she still had a good time and made her first new school friends, Leo the Surfer and Amelia the Shark. She’s excited to play with them again this week because it’s good fun and Leo always makes her and Amelia giggle when he misses the ball.

Hockey is a team sport that naturally encourages children to develop friendships through working together. Group sizes vary depending on the games being played so there’s always opportunity for children to make new friends. How will Olivia’s new friends impact on her behaviour? Find out next week…

Interested in finding out what other engaging games children will play alongside Treasure Hunt and Surfers & Sharks? Contact Elliot Pottinger for further information around the set up of the programme…



Olivia is showing positive traits!

Mr Tayler can see Olivia is fitting into his class nicely and she’s spending more time with her new friends both inside and outside of classroom time. Olivia’s dad told him this morning, she came home from school smiling every day last week and wouldn’t stop talking about the hockey lesson with her new friends. Mr Tayler feels positive about his decision to engage with the Hooked on Hoci programme and is definitely going to enrol on the 4689 qualification. He’s looking forward to testing the trio today, ideally by the end of their session they’ll have played their first mini game against each other.

Sport in general has such a positive impact on people for numerous reasons. Hockey allows young people the opportunity to make new friends, growing their social circle and building other key skills such as teamwork, communication and sharing.

Interested in finding out more about the programme or how to enrol on the 4689 qualification? Contact Elliot Pottinger. 


It's World Teachers Day!

Olivia has made Mr Tayler a card to say thank you for being such an amazing teacher and bringing the Hooked on Hoci programme to class. Mr Tayler can’t help but smile at such a lovely gesture and tells Olivia he thinks she should consider joining a local hockey club. With the ongoing support from Hockey Wales, Mr Tayler is able to provide Olivia with a list of local clubs to take home to read with her dad.

A key focus of the Hooked on Hoci programme is to strengthen the school club link across and within communities. We can help link your school with local hockey clubs, allowing teachers to encourage children to continue to be active and socialise outside of school. By sharing details of local sports clubs in your area, you’re helping keep our young people healthy and our community sports sustainable.

Interested in joining the programme – contact Elliot Pottinger. 




Last week Mr Tayler gave Olivia a list of local hockey clubs she could consider joining.
Olivia’s dad took her along to her first club hockey session over the weekend. Initially Olivia tells her dad “I felt shy and didn’t want to join in” but goes on to proclaim excitedly, “I already knew how to do some of the skills they were showing my age group so they asked me to help show some of the other new kids and guess what…I wasn’t even tired or out of breath dad”

Olivia made another new friend called Bethan, who invited her to a sleepover next week for her birthday. Her dad has said Olivia can go to the sleepover because it’s lovely to see her socialising with new friends and feeling confident to stay out overnight.

Hockey provides a great pathway for people of all ages to meet new people and make new friends. Socialising allows young people opportunity to develop in confidence as well as improves skills such as communication, teamwork and respect for others. The Hooked on Hoci programme provides schools details of local hockey clubs, that teachers can share with children and their parents. It’s not uncommon for parents and other family members to join the local hockey club alongside their children, so by enrolling on this course you could find you’re helping the whole family grow!

For further information contact Elliot Pottinger. 

Welcome to Hooked on Hoci…

St Nicholas House – Treffos School – Ysgol Gynradd Sŵn y Don Primary School – Borderbrook – St. Paul’s – Ysgol Gynradd Llanddoged – Bronington VA Primary School – Ysgol Rhosneigr – Ysgol Llanfechell – Ysgol Parc Y Bont – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Ysgoi Corn Hir – Ysgol Llandrillo yn Rhos – Ysgol Capelulo – Ysgol Pen Y Bryn – Ysgol Eglwys Bach – Ysgol Morfa Rhianedd – Ysgol Sant Elfod – Ysgol Bro Gwidyr – Ysgol G Trelyn – Ysgol G Cwm Derwen – Pengam – Fleur De Llys – Ystrad Mynach – Glyngaer – Derwendeg – St Gwadlys – Rhydry – Trinant – Cwmfelinfach – Ysgol Bro Allta – Crumlin