WHAT WE DO

The kick-off

Hockey Dreams Foundation was founded by Gijs Hardeman in April 2012. At that time, the foundation was known as the Kadish Foundation. Gijs started the foundation after working for the Dutch hockey association in Zambia for half a year. Invited by the IOC, the Dutch hockey association supported a hockey program at the new artificial grass pitch in the middle of the compounds in Lusaka. The hockey coaches introduced the sport within this community. With all his power, Gijs created this project. His disappointment after returning in the Netherlands and leaving all the people he met there was big. So, he decided to continue the project by himself: Hockey Dreams Foundation was born.

 

What we do

A future through hockey. Hockey Dreams Foundation is using hockey as a tool to provide youth a better future. We create worldwide opportunities and we provide the base for development. We highly believe that sport development has the ability to improve communities. Besides, through sport many people can be reached. Our focus is on our coaches, who we enable to get education and develop on personal and environmental level, because they are our foundation for the community.

“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

Sustainable community

We share our knowledge with the coaches and we provide them opportunities for education and we provide equipment. Every coach is assigned a project with responsibilities. By performing their tasks, all the coaches receive an allowance. In our believe this is the best way to keep the knowledge over there long-term. The result will be a self-sustaining community. When a coach spot is available, the coaches choose their successor themselves. It is also their responsibility to make them familiar with the organization. This way the knowledge is transferred by locals instead of people from abroad.

Hockey Dreams infographic community

Young professionals

Our goal is for coaches to be able to provide their family with the necessities of life. Secondly the coaches have the opportunity to finish their high school, learn the English language, follow a computer class and possibly attend college. The Hockey Dreams Foundation provide financial help for these services for coaches to develop into young professional. Coaches also develop personally: they become role models because of their work and responsibilities.

Ten coaches per community, all of them coming from the compounds, who are the organisation: the regional hockey clubs. The clubs are similar to the clubs we know in the Netherlands: training, competition, equipment and everything concerning sport organizations.

Hundreds of kids are accompanied by our coaches as well on the pitch as outside. The coaches motivate them to play in a safe environment and are the example of a bright future, no matter where you come from. The children learn the importance of cooperating, respect each other and how to set goals. Other subjects appointed are health and hygiene.
Thousands of people are reached through the project of the Hockey Dreams Foundation, not only coaches and children. By creating a healthy and safe sport community, we stimulate parents, family members, friends and other athletes to be part of this developed, self-sufficient and sustainable community.
 

Our programs

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.

Coach Programma

College Fund

Hockey Dreams 

Hockey Camps

Hockey Stixx!

LAB

Girls First

Super 5’s

 

Where we work

Hockey Dreams started in Zambia, the beating hart of the foundation. Our dream is to work in 10+ countries en get as many people involved in our vision and ideas about how to create a better world through hockey. At the moment, we operate in the countries below.

Zambia
Malawi
Oeganda
Zimbabwe

Zambia

Malawi

Oeganda

Impact

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.

Hockey Dreams community process

 

Timeline

  • Jul 2017

    Ulemu's Hockey Dream

    Ulemu's Hockey Dream

    Coach Ulemu visits the Netherlands for his Hockey Dream

  • Feb 2017

    First ladies team Amsterdam in Zambia

    First ladies team Amsterdam in Zambia

    With a special teambuilding trip, the girls played hockey on the pitch in Lusaka and visit the projects of the foundation.

  • Jan 2017

    Ambassadors

    Ambassadors

    Dutch internationals Bjorn Kellerman and Maria Verschoor commit themselves as ambassadors to the Hockey Dreams Foundation.

  • Oct 2016

    New strategy

    We changed our name from ‘Kadish Foundation’ to ‘Hockey Dreams Foundation’ and refined our mission, vision and values.

  • Oct 2016

    Coach Samuel

    Coach Samuel from Zambia is on his Hockey Dreams in the Netherlands for 3 months. He joins hockey camps from SportWays, gets to train and coach at hockey club Amsterdam and is part of the first men’s team at Baarn. 

  • Mei 2016

    Community Uganda

    Uganda was added to the foundation as the third official hockey community where we operate. 

  • Januari 2016

    Education goals

    Education goals

    The first two coaches from Zambia – Martha and Brenda – start their education in Hospitality Management, including an internship at an hotel. 

  • December 2015

    Big transport

    Big transport

    A container full of hockey equipment was transported to Zambia, thanks to our loyal sponsors and ambassadors of the foundation. 

  • November 2013

    Community Malawi

    We created a new official Hockey Dreams community in Malawi. 

  • Juli 2013

    African Hockey Experience

    African Hockey Experience

    The first edition of our fundraising trip (African Hockey Experience) is launched in Zambia. The revenue: over €10.000!

  • Augustus 2012

    First coach in the Netherlands

    First coach in the Netherlands

    Floyd – one of the coaches from Zambia – is in the Netherlands for his Hockey Dream. He’s part of SportWays hockey camps to learn and implement his knowledge in Zambia and develop the community afterwards.

  • Apr 2012

    Founding

    On the 16th of April 2012, our foundation was born.