What We Do

What We Do

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.


Executive Officer: Emily Gaddum

I am very excited to be given the opportunity in this new role to grow the Hockey Foundation. The support the Foundation receives from our generous hockey enthusiasts, who believe in growing the sport at the grass root level, is vital to the success of our sport in New Zealand.

I look forward to the exciting journey ahead, and to see the impact the Hockey Foundation can have on our community. I believe we have the ability to get hockey out there as one of the leading and most highly participated sports in New Zealand.

Hockey Foundation Long-Term Goals

  • Provide quality experiences for Kiwis to participate and remain in hockey
  • Strengthen our delivery structure through quality experiences in coach development including umpires and officials
  • Enable 200,000 Kiwi Kids to Participate and remain in hockey programmes
  • Support health, wellbeing and leadership through hockey in our communities

To do this we need to invest back into the community, with outcomes that align with the Hockey Foundation and Hockey communities needs, goals and priorities

“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

“A good coach can change a game; a great coach can change a life” – John Wooden

“One coach will impact more people in a year than most people do in a lifetime” – Billy Graham