What we do
A future through hockey. Hockey Dreams Foundation aims to enable a better future through hockey. We do this by developing sustainable hockey communities: the hockey pitch provides a background for local learning opportunities. Coaches and kids from communities with challenging circumstances come together through their shared passion for the hockey sport. Together they play, share, learn and grow. Hockey Dreams Foundation is there to assist youth in realizing their ambitions for a better future. The players and coaches of today, gain the confidence and competences to be the game changers of tomorrow.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
– Nelson Mandela, 2000
How we do it
Having a Theory of Change that actually works, involves a powerful process at Hockey Dreams. Our methodology revolves around our local coaches. We lay the emphasis on the development of their educational, personal and social skills because they are the pillars of the Hockey Dreams communities. Through them we can reach so many others.
A sustainable community
We believe in setting up local communities organised by local people. We identify local coaches who eventually set up and manage a local NGO to ease operations in their respective countries. We share our knowledge with them, provide opportunities to continue with their education, and provide equipment. Each coach is assigned a project and responsibilities. All the coaches receive an allowance when they perform their tasks. We find that this is the best way to maintain their commitment and retain their knowledge and skills in the long-term. The coaches choose their successors when a coach spot is available. It is also their responsibility to train their replacements. In this way, the knowledge is transferred from one coach to the next with little intervention from abroad (the headquarters in the Netherlands).
Hockey Dreams’ aspiration for local coaches is that they work their way into careers that allow them to provide for their families. The foundation facilitates this by providing opportunities to complete high school, learn the English language, follow computer courses and possibly attend college. We want the coaches also develop personally and become role models because of their exceptional achievements.
The funding of projects in various countries and regions is mainly from the Netherlands. It concerns private and business donations, subsidies, actions from hockey clubs or teams and activities that we organise ourselves. For donors, we always think about the advantage that they can draw from it – in addition to help build this project – and draw up a suitable plan for this. Each country has a community made up of eight different programmes, which together form the foundation of the community. We aim to visit the communities at least once a year to evaluate the progress and the process of the programmes.
At this point, Hockey Dreams is working in different countries. In Zambia, the pioneers coaches finished their high school and a few of them are now attending college. We believe they should be an example for all youth from their community. Sport has the ability to remove children from using drugs or get in touch with criminal activities and the hockeyclubs are a safe environment for them. We have seen our method resulted in changes. Zambia is a good example of a project which changed the life of ten underprivileged coaches. They are attending school, they are developing as a person, they are able to take care of friends and family and they have become a role model for many people around them.