Coaching, Development

After undergoing a rebrand in Summer 2018 Hockey Wales’ 4689 Sport Leaders award is up to date and ready to go with even more games and ideas than ever before.

Newly revamped to fall further in line with the Golden Thread, 4689 provides coaches and young leaders with all the tools necessary to deliver fun, engaging sessions which are player centred. The 3-hour course allows individuals to get to grips with the theory behind the practice, why we employ a ‘games not drills’ culture and what using a questioning style actually means.

4689 is very popular with young leaders, who see this qualification as the initial part of their journey into coaching. Furthermore,4689 forms a fundamental part of Hockey Wales’ Hooked on Hoci programme which is brand new for 2018. This programme provides every primary school that registers for the programme with 1 place on a course and 6 weeks of delivery within their school. The long-term objective of the programme is to provide schoolteachers with the knowledge and skill set to deliver fun and engaging hockey sessions during school time.

On 18th October, North Wales saw its first instalment of the new 4689 qualification delivered at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. This course ran alongside the North Wales Development Centre that takes place weekly at Eirias Park, providing the perfect opportunity for the new coaches to put their skills straight into practice. After an hour in the classroom, the coaches came outside and delivered to small groups of 9-14-year olds.

We often find that coaching courses consist of coaches coaching their peers, which isn’t always representative of how they will be putting their qualification into practice. What we wanted to do here, was create an environment that tested the learners straight away and they all seemed to excel despite having only met the participants 5-10 minutes previously. – Tom Little, Club Development Officer North Wales.

There will be a whole host of 4689 courses running throughout the country over the coming months whilst we continue to run our Hooked on Hoci programme. Check out the Hockey Wales Calendar of Events for courses in your area, or contact your regional Club Development Officer for further information.

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