WHAT WE DO
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.