Hockey Wales has taken a regional approach to ensuring that our clubs and members are truly supported. Find out more about the two regions and about our Partnership that Owns the Development (POD) system that is helping YOU have your voice in the way Hockey in run in the region.
What is Regionalisation?
VISION 2020 sets out an aspirational series of targets to significantly change the role that Hockey plays in Wales. In 2020, Hockey will be a bigger, widely recognised and a more successful sport both regionally, nationally and internationally. This will be achieved through:
- An increase in the number of people involved in and playing hockey
- A stronger and more sustainable club infrastructure
- Every primary and secondary school aged child having a quality hockey experience
- An increase in recreational adult based hockey provision
- Wales providing between 2 and 4 players to the GB squads for the Olympic Games in 2020
- Wales consistently being ranked in the top 10 in Europe (seniors) with a player development structure below senior level that develops international players for the future
- A fit for purpose workforce of coaches, umpires, officials and volunteers.
Key to the delivery of VISION 2020 will be the new regional structures in both North and South Wales. In the future there will be one overarching Regional network that will be responsible for the delivery of hockey across the region. Excellent progress has been made in North Wales and from May 2013, the Men’s and Women’s associations formally merged into one new Regional Board responsible for creating and implementing a Regional Plan for North Wales. The Regional Board will be provided with the appropriate resources (both human and financial) to deliver what is needed for the Region within the framework of the Hockey Pathway. As a result of setting a clear vision, resources will be targeted into the areas most in need of support and development.
Some examples of this will be:
- A localised decision making approach ensuring members are heard, supported and integral to the future of our sport at local, regional and national level
- A Wales wide team of Community Development Coaches responsible for increasing participation and improving school – club links
- Staffing deployed into the regions that will assist the Regional Board, clubs, schools and other partners to implement the needs of the regional plan
- Club forums across Wales (POD’s) put in place to support clubs and other key stakeholders in their local areas
- A player development system that identifies, supports and promotes individual players to achieve their potential locally, nationally and within Great Britain Hockey
- A reviewed competition structure ensuring the Hockey Pathway is available to everyone across Wales Hockey will be profiled across Wales and seen as a brand, individuals and partners want to be part of, invest in and support.
Regionalisation can be defined as follows: Regionalisation Effectively bring together regional members, and stakeholders to continue co-ordinating, and developing hockey to fulfil local needs, contributing to the overall vision for Hockey in Wales. North Wales is made up of the following counties, Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey plus Montgomeryshire (North Powys) South Wales is made up of the following counties, Radnorshire Brecknockshire (South Powys), Ceredigion, Newport, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynnon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire.