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Our Values

We believe that every young person should experience the values that playing hockey exemplifies
  • Teamwork

    Engaging in teamwork allows a young person to experience cooperation and common purpose which encourages loyalty and responsibility.
  • Respect

    We teach young people to respect themselves and others. This builds self-esteem and pride regardless of wins, championships or goals.
  • Inspiration

    Our programmes, coaches and leaders inspire young people to try hockey, play hockey and thrive through hockey.
  • Family

    Enjoying hockey with friends gives a young person the sense of belonging, companionship and ultimately self- worth.
  • Wellbeing

    Playing hockey on a regular basis will promote a young person’s positive physical, social and mental state.
  • Inclusivity

    Everyone has the right to be involved. The nature of hockey allows players of all ages and genders to enjoy the game together for a significant length of time.
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Our Approach

What we do

We partner with hockey clubs to create outreach programmes to connect with young people through schools and community organisations. We encourage hockey for all with particular emphasis on inner city deprived neighbourhoods. We help young people improve their life skills allowing them to positively develop. We introduce hockey into schools using the game of “QuickSticks”. This is fun, exciting and safe and can be taught by anyone regardless of previous hockey experience.

How we do it

We provide grants and support to hockey clubs who meet our outreach criteria and match our values and aims. We advise on target areas, schools and delivery to create sustainable inclusive programmes.

Take a look at the case study below to find out more

Emma Watson joins international athletes at Hockey Futures launch event

Emma surprised schoolchildren at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow, East London, joining a hockey session alongside Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE and Commonwealth & European medallist Emily Defroand.

Emma said, “Hockey was a big part of my life growing up and I’m thrilled that England Hockey are committed to making the sport more accessible to children all over the country through the launch of Hockey Futures.

"Hockey is the nation’s most gender equal sport and it was fantastic to visit a Hockey Futures session at Thorpe Hall Primary School and see children playing together, learning new skills - and teaching me some new hockey tricks too!

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London Wayfarers Hockey Club

London Wayfarers Hockey Club are ambitious and forward thinking, but they have not forgotten their role in the community. They strongly believe that reaching their targets can be complimented with a “Hockey for All” approach engaging with their local community.

Here Marcel van Eldik explains why London Wayfarers has chosen to work with Hockey Futures:“We share the same values and strongly believe that hockey should be accessible to every young person irrespective of their background. We are striving to ensure that we provide an opportunity for all young local players in SW London to not only play hockey but to experience the joy of being part of a hockey community. Whilst the physical aspects speak for themselves we strongly believe that the emotional attributes of the game are just as important. Being part of a team and learning to respect yourself as well as others is fundamental to a young person’s emotional development.

Coaches and mentors are key. The children need to be inspired from the start and the coaches will be responsible for not only delivering high quality engaging sessions but also encourage young players to attend after school clubs and ultimately join our hockey club. Mentors are important for ensuring that the other aspects are covered such as kit, fees and transport to coaching sessions, removing any barriers that may impact their participation in sport.

It is vital that we provide a sustainable hockey outreach programme as our aim is embrace new young players into our fast growing club and to support them on their hockey journey. Our ultimate success will be to witness the full transition from local recruit to senior team player in one of the many London Wayfarers teams.We would encourage all clubs who are in the vicinity of “Inner City Schools” in deprived areas to work with Hockey Futures, sharing resources and creating a successful nationwide programme.“

Marcel van Eldik, Chairman

Our Ambassador: Helen Richardson-Walsh

 

Helen Richardson- Walsh is a perfect ambassador for Hockey Futures. She is passionate about giving every young person the opportunity to not only play hockey but to experience the values that the game portrays. She openly talks about how the Great Britain gold winning team had a vision to be the difference, create history and inspire the future. She believes that the Rio Olympic gold was achieved by aspects over and above ultimate preparation, fitness and strategy. Teamwork and family played a significant role in ensuring their success as well as self-belief and individual focus. 

As an inspiring role model for all young people she is committed to use her opportunity to change hockey for the better and helping us achieve our ambitions throughout the UK.

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Your Support

We are aiming to raise one million pounds by the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. This will allow us to support 50 clubs in areas with very little access to hockey, allowing us to reach out to 20,000 young people in disadvantaged communities.

Fundraising

Every pound counts and will help us provide coaches, equipment and programmes to the most deprived inner city areas in the UK.

£10 will provide a stick and a ball for one young person.

£100 will provide a complete team with essential equipment.

£350 will provide a Quicksticks equipment pack to encourage ongoing delivery in the school.

£500 ensures a 6-week programme, including coaches and resources during curriculum time for one year group.

Partner with us

Become a corporate partner

We are looking to collaborate with philanthropic corporate partners who share our values. This will enable us to grow our charity efficiently and professionally and in return will ensure that the most underprivileged young people are given the opportunity to thrive through playing hockey. We will work with you to create a strategic alliance offering volunteering and fundraising opportunities. For more information contact support@hockeyfutures.org

Become a partner hockey club

By working with us to reach young people in the most deprived inner city areas you are creating an opportunity to change lives. Developing sustainable programmes will attract new club members from a diverse cross section of society. Your own coaches will benefit from a greater range of coaching opportunities which in turn will assist in the progression of your junior section.

Charitable trusts and foundations

We identify which Trusts and Foundations match our aims and objectives. We work closely with them to not only fulfil their ambitions but to also support our goals. Our initial aim is to reach young people in the most deprived inner city areas, however we are ambitious and in the future, will run programmes to include Special Educational Needs schools and community satellite clubs.

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Our Impact

Our success will be measured by the number of young people we engage by the start of 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. We measure impact by not the number of grants issued but the number of young people whose lives have been changed through hockey. The success of each of the following stages is important;

  1. The number of target hockey clubs contracted
  2. The number of focus schools enrolled.
  3. The number of young people playing regular hockey
  4. The number of new members from deprived areas
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Apply for a Grant

Your success will be based on the following criteria:

Coach qualifications and experience

Essential: DBS and EH Safeguarding Assessed Coach with knowledge and experience delivering in these age groups with a teacher present

Desirable: Coach with a level 2 or equivalent

Support from host school

Essential: Email confirmation from school

Desirable: Formal partnership between school and club

Location

Essential: Club on HF list and delivering to an area of deprivation

Desirable: Club junior activity being delivered within one mile of a deprived ward

Club open to new members

Essential: Capacity to intake new juniors

Desirable: Specific individual support and sponsorship (Equipment and financial support)

Measurement

Essential: A quantitative measurement, tracking with registers the attendance and transition to the club

Desirable: Qualitative measurement, creating a sustainable partnership with the charity. Collaborating to achieve social impact targets.

Mentor

Essential: A named person responsible for communicating and support new junior players

Desirable: Commitment to sustainable support and assessment

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