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
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.
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.
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.
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!