School is where most people will experience hockey for the first time. Hockey Wales as a National Governing body have great ambitions for the sport over the coming years and recognise the important role that schools can play in supporting these ambitions.
We wish to ensure that every young person enjoys a quality hockey experience and so will be working with key people and organisations such as Local Authority Sports Development and PE and School Sport teams to help achieve this goal.
4689. This is our new junior route to get involved in hockey. Simply put, a child can progress at the right level for them, whilst still getting the full learning experience.
Benefits of 4689 for Schools and Clubs
- Links to the Curriculum
- A resource which will provide an opportunity for all abilities
- Teaching hockey through game-based play
- Opportunities for more children to play
- Leadership opportunities built in for young people at an early stage
If your school has a young ambassador programme, why not encourage your proactive YA’s to take on additional responsibilities? They can choose to become a Hockey Ambassador - providing an ideal role for those already interested in the sport!
National Schools Competitions
National Primary Schools
Following on from the highly successful introduction of 4689 to schools last season, local competitions will now be included to offer the full range also.
To support player development, there will no longer be a national primary schools final but instead will be be more localised 4689 competitions held throughout the year.
Partnership Owning Development of hockeygroups (POD) or local authority level, and will be offered with close links to feeder Hockey clubs.
National Secondary Schools
Schoolboys Competition - No change this season. Will run as U12/U14/U16 & U18
Schoolgirls Competition - U14/U16 & U18 will be run as in previous years. Regional organisers are considering the introduction of an U12 competition, either 7 or 11-a-side.
Age groups to be determined on 1st September.
County and Regional Hockey
Extensive discussions over the previous two years, along with the introduction of 360° Hockey Centres and the upcoming introduction of the new 360° Super Sunday Series and Gemau Cymru have culminated in the following:
360° Hockey Centres are now the only route into the Welsh performance system. Hockey Wales will no longer support County Schoolgirl, Inter UA, Regional(s) or Territorial competitions.
These opportunities will not feature in the priority calendar. If county competitions are determined as a priority for that area, we understand it may be relevant, but unfortunately they cannot be Hockey Wales supported in terms of funding or access to Welsh squads.
Due to less appropriate competitive opportunities for boys, there will be no change to any regional boys’ competitions. These will operate as in previous years.
School competitions from September 2014
The competitions review identifies the need to expand and improve our current schools competitions to grow the game and provide more support in Education for both boys and girls.
The suggestion being that a tiered competition is established to encourage more schools and colleges to enter hockey competitions at the appropriate levels.
Hockey Wales would like to invite any interested teachers to become involved in a national working group to develop a new schools competition structure over the next 9 months. This hopes to provide more opportunities for more players ready for Academic Year 2014/15.
If you would like to be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.