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Mae gan bawb y
iawn i gael hwyl
mewn amgylchedd diogel, sicr.

Mae gan bawb yr hawl i gael hwyl mewn amgylchedd saff a diogel ar unrhyw adeg cyn, yn ystod ac ar ôl unrhyw weithgaredd Hoci, hyfforddiant neu gystadlaethau. Ni ddylid gwneud i neb deimlo'n anhapus neu'n anesmwyth wrth gymryd rhan mewn Hoci. Mae hyn yn mynd yn groes i union natur yr hyn yr ydym yn ceisio ei gyflawni.

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The Early Days 1895-1914 International hockey in Wales was born on 26th January 1895 when Ireland travelled over by boat to play Wales at Rhyl. The Irish had already played England earlier in the month, so the Wales game is thought to be the second ever full international match. Ireland proved too strong for the home nation winning 3-0. Further games v Ireland took place in 1896, 1897 and 1898 before Wales’s first ever game v England at Kelsall Cricket Ground, Manchester on 19th March 1898. England, the dominant team of the Home Nations won the game by 7-0. On 27th March 1899 at Llandudno Cricket Field, Wales played their first ever women’s international match, again v Ireland. After a goalless first half Ireland won the game 5-0. After thirteen winless games, the men gained their first victory on 7th February 1903 at Newport against Scotland by 5-1. Three years earlier Dr WS Griffith of Milford Haven scored Wales’s first ever international goal against England at Llandudno. Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow 1903 was where the women scored their first international goal. Miss Dorothy Bury of Gresford wrote her own piece of history in the 5-1 loss to Scotland. Perhaps the most controversial event in Wales’s international history occurred at Newport in 1905 when, an hour before the start all the selected North Walians refused to play due to a selection argument; Wales had to draft in men from the Newport Hockey Club at short notice and the team consisted of nine players from Newport and one each from Swansea and Cardiff. In 1908 came the only time that Wales played as a country in an Olympic Hockey tournament. After four minutes James Ralph Williams of Newport gave Wales the lead against Ireland in the Semi – Final. Olympic glory beckoned as they held a 1-0 lead at half-time, only for Ireland to score three goals in the second half and leave Wales to pick up the bronze medal. The women’s internationals stopped in 1907 and the early record was 17 losses! The men carried on playing until March 1914 with two further wins v Scotland in 1910 and 1914 and two draws in 1905 and 1912. For both the women and the men it would be some years before they beat Ireland and England.

Between the Wars: 1920-1939 Following the devastation of World War 1, international hockey recommenced on 14th February 1920 when the Welsh men played Ireland at The North of Ireland Ground Belfast; Ireland winning the game 9-1. From 1920 to 1939 the men played each of the Home Nations annually in what became to be known as the Home International Championship. Although the heavy defeat against Ireland in 1920 followed the pattern of Pre WW1 results, it was not long before Wales had their positive result against the Emerald Isle; this was on the 24th of February 1923 at Llandudno when the sides drew 2-2. Three years later Wales’s first Victory v Ireland was on the 20th of February 1926 at Park Avenue Dublin; they won 4-3 and then won in 1928 3-2 and in 1931. This showed a gradual improvement by the Welsh, and this was compounded with victories against Scotland in 1929,1931,1933, 1935 and 1936. After 31 consecutive defeats against England Wales finally got a result against them on the 30th of March 1934 drawing 2-2. It would, however, be another 36 years before the men finally beat the old enemy! Sixteen years since their last international match the women played against Ireland on the 11th of March 1923 at Colwyn Bay – losing 4-2, which was already an improvement on past results. Unlike the men who just continued to play the Home Nations in this period, women’s hockey was starting to open up to a more international stage. In March 1924 the United States played a tournament at Merton Abbey. This provided Wales with their first ever international win by 5-0. More success followed with victory against Scotland in the same year. Wins followed in 1926 against Ireland, France and Belgium; followed by a 10-3 win against South Africa in 1927. Between the wars Wales win ratio continued with further victories against France, Ireland, United States, Australia and Scotland. At the 1933 International Federation of Women’s Hockey Association tournament, they even beat the modern powerhouse of women’s hockey, The Netherlands by 5-0! In 1936 Wales also toured the United States for the IFWHA tournament. However, that elusive draw or win against the English failed to materialize in this period, the nearest Wales got was a 1-2 defeat at Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay in 1935.

Post World War 2 Following World War 2 hockey Internationals recommenced on the 22nd of March 1947 against Ireland at Dublin, with Wales’s men losing 4-1. Shortly after the men played their first game against an overseas opponent. The game took place at Clarence Park Weston-Super-Mare against a Holland RD X1; Wales Lost 2-8. Europe was beginning to open for men’s hockey and in October 1950 the first overseas tour to Barcelona took place. Wales played France, Spain B and Belgium – all games were lost. South Africa visited on the 6th of April 1957. Wales drew their first ever game against overseas opposition – the game ending goalless 0-0 and against Denmark Copenhagen 1957 however, a more exciting 4-4 draw against Denmark followed that year. During the 1950’s and 1960’s Holland were regular opponents, but their first win against European opposition came in 1969, again against Denmark. The 9th of August 1970 was a monumental date in Welsh hockey history. Wales finally beat England by 1-0 at Colston’s School, Bristol; Peter Marsh scoring an early goal. Players from the match have commented that England tried to get the game nullified as an agreed international due to the substitute rule, but it eventually was sanctioned! European competition was also developing and in 1970 Wales took part in their first European Championships in Brussels: They had 1 win against the USSR as well as 2 draws and 2 losses. Followed by Madrid in 1974 where they had 2 wins, a draw and two losses. Hanover followed Brussels and in 1981 Wales reached the Intercontinental Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur – competing well with 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. They visited USA in 1972 followed by European tournaments in Amsterdam, Moscow, Dublin, Padua and the Ukraine between 1983 and 2010. In 1996 Wales started their World Cup journey in Cagliari with a respectable: won 3, drew 1 and lost 4, a journey that culminated 26 years later when they qualified for the FIH World Cup Qualifier. In 1998 Wales qualified for their first Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Further Commonwealth Games appearances followed: Manchester 2002; Glasgow 2014; the Gold Coast in 2018 and recently Birmingham 2022 where Wales finished 6th. In 2015 the men won Euro Hockey 111 in Lisbon and then had 5 wins out of 5 in the 2016 World League; perhaps the real indication to the significant improvement that was taking place. This culminated in the 2021 World Cup Qualification tournament in Cardiff when, by beating Italy, Ireland and France Wales qualified for their first World Cup Finals. In January 2023 Wales travelled to India, playing at the Bhubaneswar and Rourkela stadiums to finish a creditable 11th place. Wales women resumed post World War 2 hockey as early as 1946 with an unofficial game against Ireland in Dublin. From 1947 the regular Home International fixtures started again. The war had a devastating effect on women’s hockey with the number of clubs and players significantly reduced. This clearly impacted with Wales losing all their 1947 and 48 games against the Home Nations, it was not until May 1948 that they posted their first post war win against Austria in Holland. Defeats continued, some heavy over the next few seasons, Wales winning the odd game against European opposition. It wasn’t until 1957 that the cycle was broken with a draw against Scotland at Margam and a 3-2-win v Ireland at Colwyn Bay. In 1959 Wales had a god IFWHA tournament in Holland beating South Africa, France, New Zealand, and Belgium, only losing to the Netherlands. Results in the early 1960s showed Wales improving and getting much better against England and Ireland without outright wins. 1962 saw wins against Ireland and Scotland and then on the 9th of March 1963 Wales finally beat England, by 1-0 in front of 60,000 plus spectators at Wembley Stadium – 65 years of hurt finally banished! In 1964 Wales had their best Home international Championship to date, remaining unbeaten with a draw v England and wins against Scotland and Ireland. Further positive improvement could be seen and in the 1967 World Conference in Leverkusen, Wales beat Switzerland, USA and Austria; had two draws v New Zealand and Argentina and a sole defeat to West Germany. A tour to South Africa followed in 1970 and then the 1971 World championships in Auckland, Wales again only losing to West Germany. On the way home they toured Canada and then the West Indies in 1973. A successful 1975 World Championship in Scotland followed, playing 8 games and losing 2-0 to England in the final! Gradually the Home International tournament became more obsolete and Four Nations, Intercontinental Cup and European Championships came to the fore. In 1998 Wales played in their first Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Beating Nambia 3-0 ad Drawing with Canada 0-0 and losing three games. In the early 2000s the Celtic Cup tournament started and was played regularly throughout the decade. By 2009 Wales were playing in Euro Hockey 11 with some success. Further Commonwealth Games Appearances occurred: Delhi in 2010, Glasgow 2014, the Gold Coast in 2018 and a best ever finish of 8th in Birmingham 2022. During the ‘modern period’ Wales have risen the World Ranking and in December 2022 were ranked 24th.


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Os bydd unrhyw ymholiad neu am ragor o wybodaeth ynglŷn â Diogelu, cysylltwch â’n Swyddog Diogelu Arweiniol

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Mae gan bawb y
iawn i gael hwyl
mewn amgylchedd diogel, sicr.

Mae gan bawb yr hawl i gael hwyl mewn amgylchedd saff a diogel ar unrhyw adeg cyn, yn ystod ac ar ôl unrhyw weithgaredd Hoci, hyfforddiant neu gystadlaethau. Ni ddylid gwneud i neb deimlo'n anhapus neu'n anesmwyth wrth gymryd rhan mewn Hoci. Mae hyn yn mynd yn groes i union natur yr hyn yr ydym yn ceisio ei gyflawni.

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We are working with People’s Collection Wales and The Hockey Museum to digitise our current records and memorabilia. With their support we will look to engage with schools and help upskill pupils and staff with all things digital!


We are also working with Youth Sport Trust to develop a 6-module cross curricular resource which will be in line with the new Welsh curriculum. Teachers will be able to use the resources to educate generations to come through hockey. We have the help from 26 amazing teachers across Wales who are supporting with the development of this cross-curriculum resource on the Hockey Heritage School Working Group. A huge thank you to:

  • Aberdare Town Church Primary School 

  • Cyfarthfa High School

  • Fitzalan High School

  • Gowerton School


  • Lansdowne Primary School

  • Lewis Girls' School

  • Llangatwg community school

  • Llanishen Fach Primary 

  • Maesydderwen

  • Monmouth Comprehensive School

  • School Alun School, Mold

  • Terrace Road Primary School

  • Ysgol Bro Pedr

  • Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin

  • Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy

  • Ysgol Frongoch

  • Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron

  • Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

  • Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, Aberystwyth

  • Ysgol Maesincla, Caernarfon

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