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Investment in Indoor Hockey puts North Wales Hockey Club firmly on the map!

The Winter months often lash out unapologetic weather conditions, creating ice rinks out of our pitches, fading participation numbers and many a cancelled training session! Such conditions regularly force increased indoor hockey activities, which our Club Development Officers have been working hard to ensure are available for everyone to play.

Clwb Hoci Ardudwy ac Arfon is a club on a mission; striving to strengthen their indoor hockey offer, whilst dually drawing in new members, Ardudwy ac Arfon have developed a three-year plan, with ambitious but achievable targets.

In what can only be described as a perfect example of collaboration, Ardudwy ac Arfon have linked arms with hockey advocates Bangor University, who’ve actively encouraged the sport over the years, remaining avidly keen to see more high-profile indoor hockey events come to the ‘City of Learning’.

Sharing her delight over this recent partnership, Iona Williams, Sport Development Manager for the University

Having the indoor equipment at the University will give students the opportunity to play a different version of hockey. The partnership with Ardudwy has made this happen and given both parties the opportunity to play indoor hockey at a fantastic facility

Funded by Sport Wales after a successful application for a ‘Development Grant’, which is open to clubs to support larger scale development projects and can fund anywhere between £1,501 – £25,000; the three-year development plan set out by Clwb Hoci Ardudwy ac Arfon will see them grow a vibrant minis section (4-7 year olds) to support the already thriving junior section.

The current coaching staff will be strengthened with more young leaders embarking on the 4689 qualification alongside another Level 2 Coach being introduced to provide contemporary guidance and mentoring to young coaches; directing the senior squads towards successful league and cup campaigns. The club’s investment in indoor hockey will see them have 40 people regularly taking part in recreational hockey outside of a traditional club setting; perfectly demonstrating the versatility of this forward thinking, passionate hockey club; something Head Coach & Club Manager Nicola Ashcroft thrilled about

Since receiving the Indoor boards and goals through funding we have been MEGA excited as we’re the only facility in North Wales with brand new, up to date boards and goals. It means that Indoor training can now be adapted properly, the equipment will last a long, long time. Training Indoor hons in on your passing skills and is great for fitness along with the social side of things. All in all Ardudwy ac Arfon HC have benefitted so much through receiving this equipment and it show’s in our standard of play. Not only have our Indoor training and games improved but our Outdoor play has too because of it. It’s certainly one of the best things the club has done over the years. We look forward to years of use of the up to date equipment and the events that will be on in the future

Reflecting on the success of the partnership, Club Development Officer for North Wales, Tom Little shared his hopes for what this investment could mean for hockey in the area

It is great to see such an investment come to reality for the hockey club and everyone involved. It has been a lengthy process, but the club have maintained an unclouded vision that they want to grow and do it in the right way. This wouldn’t have been possible without the crucial partnerships formed between the club, Bangor University and Sport Wales. Indoor Hockey is such an exciting form of the game and now with the right infrastructure we can really exercise the versatility of the sport and reach out to more people in the region

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