how we do it

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
Ten coaches - from underprivileged areas - in every community each running a registered, active hockey club. These clubs oversee: training, competition, equipment and other matters that are common in sport organisations. All our coaches receive a monthly allowance (their first job) and most important: their school fees. Education first!
Hundreds of children mentored on and off the pitch by our coaches. The children learn the importance of cooperation, how to respect each other and how to set goals. Other subjects covered include health and hygiene. The coaches motivate the children to play in a safe environment and, by example, demonstrate that anyone can have a bright future despite where they come from.
Thousands of people are reached through the programs facilitated by 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 programmes

Our work


For the coaches, the Hockey Dreams Coach Academy was developed. This is a trainee programme in which our coaches discover and develop their personal leadership and their ambitions for their surroundings. In other words, how they can be game changers in their community. They are preparing for the job market or an enterprise by finishing high school and continue with college or a micro credit. They gain new coach skills on the pitch, which should also give them confidence in their organisational and leadership skills off the pitch.

Our work


For the kids, the coaches are central in facilitating sport and play. The coaches grow into role models who create a safe environment where the kids make new friends, learn sportmanship and become team players. Through hockey, kids practice communication skills, assertiviness, empathy and resilience. The coaches provide weekly training sessions in their communities or at public schools. They also organise hockey camps, leagues and tournament.


The impact

A sustainable community

Through our programmes, we are setting up sustainable hockey communities run by local people. We share our knowledge, provide provide equipment and each coach is assigned a project and responsibilities. The local coaches eventually set up  their local NGO.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 results

At this point, Hockey Dreams is working in different countries: Zambia, Malawi and Uganda. We see the results our method. Zambia is a good example of changes in the lifes of our coaches. They are attending school, developing as a person, able to take care of friends and family. The firsts of our coaches are finishing college and finding jobs now. They have become a role model for many people around them!  

African kids participated in one of our camps
Young coaches following our programmes
Local schools and projects linked to our programmes
African kids participating in weekly clinics (and counting!)
Reusable hockey sticks got a second life in our communities
Partners, sponsors, suppliers and hockey clubs involved

The Graduates

At some point, the Hockey Dreams journey comes to an end for our coaches. It depends when, but they all have fulfilled the Academy and now follow their dreams. We like to call them our Graduates. How they do now? They will tell you themselves!

  • Dec 2019

    Samuel Tagwirey

    Samuel Tagwirey
  • Dec 2019

    Martha Kalomo

    Martha Kalomo
  • Dec 2019

    Shadrick Katele

    Shadrick Katele