Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

At Maidstone Hockey Club we are proud of our strong Junior Hockey section. However, we are all too aware that it is an ongoing task to introduce more young people to our sport, to inspire and nurture them and to provide a pathway that develops a love of the game and a route to excellence for those who show real talent.

Our Team GB national hockey success has certainly lifted the profile of hockey but we must continue, year on year, to make our sport and club accessible to each new generation. We know we have a true family club at Maidstone Hockey Club, with its fantastic all-weather pitch and facilities, qualified coaches, soundly structured coaching and fixture programmes, rewards and social activities. Once part of the junior programme we see many families get fully involved with the club. Many parents have taken steps into coaching, taken on administrative roles or support with transport, training and refreshments. Some have been pro-active in organising junior social and fundraising events for the club and many have themselves started or returned to adult hockey.

This year we want the focus of our funding appeal to be on our outreach work, linking with local primary schools to find our next generation of hockey players and their families to ensure Maidstone remains such a strong family club in our community.

If successful, the funding will be used to increase the numbers at the foundation level of hockey. In recent years we have discovered that, despite the raised national profile of hockey, it is often not taught as part of the primary PE curriculum due to teachers' lack of knowledge or confidence, lack of equipment and health and safety concerns. We will send qualified hockey coaches into several local primary schools to run fixed-term coaching courses and extra-curricular hockey activities for beginners. They will introduce and develop basic hockey skills and knowledge, and provide introductory competitive experiences, culminating in an inter-school tournament held on the club’s astroturf pitch. The participants and parents will receive further information about the Maidstone Hockey Club junior section and the youngsters will be encouraged to come along to the club on Sunday mornings to continue with the sport.

Funding will primarily be for the coaching costs. We already have existing equipment such as junior sticks, balls, bibs and cones that will be taken into the schools. For the tournament, Maidstone Hockey Club will provide the astroturf free of charge and umpires and organisers will be sought from the club membership. Some of our older juniors will support by taking on the role of hockey leaders. There will be a small outlay on certificates, medals and publicity information.

The long-term benefit of the outreach work will be measured by the number of youngsters who continue in the sport, accessing more training and competitions through the Maidstone Hockey Club Sunday morning junior sessions.
We hope you will consider us worthy of your vote so we can truly sustain the Olympic legacy, and make our community active through the sport of hockey.

Maidstone Hockey Club

Moment of Pride

This model is not new, so we know it works. Some time ago we trialled a similar model in a local primary school and several years later we have some outstanding young hockey players now making the transition from youth hockey into the adult game, with their families involved in many different ways.

Location: Armstrong Road, Maidstone, United Kingdom