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What is Hockey Young Ambassadors Programme? (HYA)

The Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA) Programme is designed to support, upskill 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 for the younger generation and/or who want to develop themselves. It is not a requirement to play hockey or be a member of a club.


We have had over 400 young people come through our HYA programme, from schools, clubs, colleges and universities. The HYA programme aims to recruit, deploy and celebrate the outstanding young people who volunteer their time in sport.

Being a HYA isn’t just about Coaching and Umpiring

Those are part of our offer, but the HYA programme is much more than just these two elements. As a HYA, we look to develop the young person themselves, improve their confidence, networking skills, public speaking skills, develop employability skills and look to develop them as a young leader. A person who can lead, motivate, and inspire others around them, through the power of hockey.

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Benefits of the 
HYA Programme

For Young People

  • Opportunities to learn and develop new skills e.g. communication, leadership, event management, teamwork etc.

  • Opportunities to volunteer at National and International events, gain work experience

  • Opportunity to improve confidence and self esteem

  • Recognition and reward for your commitment to volunteering

  • Opportunity to meet new people

  • Opportunity to receive support for job applications and university placements

For Clubs, Schools & Universities

  • A passionate workforce of young people

  • Role models to help inspire others

  • Provide a voice for young people in the club / school / college / university

  • Recognition of having Young Ambassadors and role models within the school / club / college / university

  • Opportunities for clubs / schools / colleges / universities to offer something additional to their young and inspiring leaders

Benefits of the 
HYA Programme

For Hockey Wales Partners & Other Organisations

  • Access to a passionate and skilled workforce of young people to support community events

  • Role models to help inspire others

  • A voice for young people to ensure you understand and meet the needs of young people

For Hockey Wales Strategy

  • Have a passionate and skilled workforce of young people

  • A voice for young people at all levels of the organisation to ensure we understand and meet the needs of young hockey family

  • Inspire the next generation of young leaders

  • Help grow our game

Nomination for YA of the month form:

Each month we will be announcing a YA of the month! At the end of the year, those 12 YA’s nominated will then be up for the chance to be crowned Hockey Wales YA of the Year!


If you know of a YA who is doing great work for hockey, please let us know:

  • Full Name of Nominee

  • Club/School of Nominee

  • Nominee email address

  • Name of Nominator

  • Relationship to Nominee

  • Reason for nomination

Case Study Submissions

This is a chance for you to share the amazing work you are doing!


Whether that is starting a new after school club or helping with the social media within your club, we would love to know what all of our YA’s are up to throughout the year:

  • YA First Name

  • YA Surname

  • Club/School

  • What have you been up to?


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