“Hockey has been an integral part of my life since I was a five-year old. It’s helped instil in me a healthy and active lifestyle and provided me a sense of belonging. Having great coaches throughout my playing career has been a significant reason why I love hockey. Their wise input, hours of time invested in me and their positive attitude helped me immensely to become a better player and inspired me to be the best I could be. I’m very proud to represent New Zealand and am grateful for all the coaches along the way who helped me realise my dream”. – Sam Charlton Vantage Black Sticks Defender
“One coach will impact more people in a year than most people do in a lifetime” – Billy Graham
“A good coach can change a game; a great coach can change a life” – John Wooden
The Hockey Foundation is a charitable trust that raises funds to improve the health of Kiwis through the growth and development of hockey in this country.
The purpose of the Hockey Foundation, is to support hockey coaches and coaching to make a positive impact on the lives of players, providing a quality experience that encourages new players to join the sport, for players to participate longer, and as the key to strong player development.
- Enable 200,000 Kiwi Kids to Participate in hockey programs by 2020 (80,000 were involved in 2015)
- Support health, wellbeing and leadership through hockey in our communities
- Provide pathways for players
- Provide more coach education (Coach the Coaches)
To do this we need to raise $2.5 million by 2020 to support and develop many volunteer coaches in our sport.