BECOME A HOCKEY YOUNG AMBASSADOR

Apply annually or speak to your club about becoming a Silver or Gold Hockey Young Ambassador.

The Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA) programme actively develops young leaders and volunteers in hockey, giving young people a voice.

Any hockey club member aged between 14-18 can apply to become a HYA, applications are run on an annual basis.

 

 

What is a Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA)?

A HYA is responsible for raising the profile of hockey whilst helping develop their club's status. The HYA programme is delivered by Hockey Wales and works alongside the widely recognised Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Programme led by Sport Wales. 

The role of Hockey Young Ambassador is to:

  • Increase hockey participation in schools and/or communities
  • Promote the positive values of sport through hockey
  • Be a role model in advocating hockey
  • Be the young people’s voice in schools, clubs, PODs and communities

Some key responsibilities HYAs often undertake:

  • Coaching hockey in a club environment
  • Running sessions in schools to promote hockey opportunities
  • Organising events such as fundraisers, tournaments, parties, awards evening & club events
  • Volunteer at National Events such as Cup Finals, Youth Finals, International Matches & Hockey Wales Awards
What levels of the programme are there?

There are three stages to the Hockey Young Ambassadors' programme - Silver, Gold & Platinum

Silver: This is the first stage of the programme; anyone aged 14 - 18 can apply to become a Silver HYA. No previous experience as a Young Ambassador is required. All applicants must be a member of a hockey club and have an enthusiastic attitude towards increasing the amount of people playing or supporting the delivery of hockey.

Training will be provided to ensure all HYA's develop confidence and enhance their skill set by the end of their first year as a HYA.

               DID YOU KNOW.... we currently have over 50 Silver Hockey Young Ambassadors!

Gold: This is the second stage of the programme. The majority of HYA's look to continue through the programme to become a Gold HYA once they have expericed the Silver level. Applicants are usually 15 years and over due to the increased responsibility taken on at this level. Gold HYA's are the voice of young people within their area and attend quarterly Hockey Wales POD meetings.

               DID YOU KNOW.... there are 9 fantastic Gold Hockey Young Ambassadors across Wales!

Platinum: This is the top level of our HYA programme. These HYA's are committed volunteers to the hockey world having gained vital skills throughout the HYA programme. Some examples of the activities they have undertaken include, public speaking to fellow HYA's , chairing and leading meetings and presenting to the board of directors and local authority contacts.  

Platinum HYA's are selected by Hockey Wales

How do I introduce HYAs to my club?

All clubs in Wales are encouraged to recruit 2-4 HYAs to help raise the club's profile whilst developing vital life skills. As a Club Mentor you are responsible for facilitating and supporting your HYA's aspirations. 

Application forms will be sent out to all clubs to recruit Hockey Young Ambassadors within their own club. 

Consider some of the following areas to task your HYAs with:

  • Leading or assisting coaching sessions to children and adults
  • Accountable for registration, taking payments and administrative roles
  • Marketing and communications enhancement within the club via social media, posters and spreading the word of hockey
  • Setting up extra-curricular activities in schools, thus bridging the gap between schools and club
  • Introducing and regularly delivering hockey into local primary schools
  • Assisting Hockey Wales staff at national events, cup finals and Roadshows
  • Organising local fun days, festivals and mini tournaments
  • Developing a Club Awards Ceremony

Check out our Mentor Guide to see if you're suitable for the programme: 

Mentor Specification
Meet the Hockey Young Ambassador Steering Group

The steering group is made up of four Gold Hockey Young Ambassadors, they meet four times a year and use these meetings
to discuss how they can develop hockey further and how they can support other YA's in their area.

At the same time the group meet with members of the Hockey Wales workforce to present their ideas and discuss
how Hockey 
Wales staff and agents can support the steering group members and other YA's to further develop
their ideas in working together towards the 
Hockey Wales' Vision for 2020

 Harri: North West
 Heledd: North West
 Alice: Mid North
 Kloe: Mid North
 Chloe: South East
 Lleucu: West

What's news with the HYAs?

Rianne interview awards

 Rianne Hopkins (Gold HYA) was invited to the Hockey Wales Annual Awards evening in October 2014 to interview the Commonwealth Games athletes live on stage. Rianne was a fabulous interviewer, creating a charismatic atmosphere for all to enjoy. She said it was a nerve-racking experience but one which allowed her to get to know such talented athletes on a more personal basis. Well done Rianne!


Read about Gold Ambassador Harri's journey as a Young Ambassador: 

Case Study: Harri's Story

Silver Young Ambassador Ellie Codd hit record hours: 

Case Study: Ellie's Story
Want to get involved or need more information?

For an outline of the roles to become a HYA, please see below:

Hockey Young Ambassador Person Specification
 Microsoft Word Icon Hockey Young Ambassador Application Form

Applications are open until all year round. If you are a young person wanting to become a HYA, please contact your club and complete the above application form.

If you are a club requiring further information or support about the Hockey Young Ambassador Programme please contact:

Debra Barker - Head of Growing the Game

Tel: 029 2033 4992

Email: debra.barker@hockeywales.org.uk