|Wales - Welsh Hockey Union|
|Written by Administrator|
Address - Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia gardens
City - Cardiff CF11 9SW
Tel - ++44 029 2033 4909 (O)
Fax - ++44 029 2033 4997 (F)
Official Web Page - www.hockeywales.org.uk
HOCKEY IN WALES
Hockey Wales is the trading name of Welsh Hockey Union Limited with the Union being formed in 1996 following the merger of the former Welsh Women's Hockey Association (WWHA) and the Welsh Hockey Association (WHA). As the WWHA was established in 1897 and the WHA being formed one year earlier, hockey in Wales has been played for well over 115 years. The Union took on Limited Company status in 2003.
When men’s hockey was first introduced into the Olympic games in 1908 (London), all of the Home Countries participated in their own right with Wales securing bronze. A handwritten record of the minutes of the selection committee for those Games is held in the Hockey Wales office. Since 1947, when Great Britain took over responsibility for preparation and selection of the Men’s and Women’s Olympic teams, Wales has provided a large number of players to the teams selected for those and subsequent Games.
Hockey Wales works closely with Sport Wales, the Welsh Sports Association, the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales, its member clubs and schools and associated organisations to the benefit of hockey in particular and sport generally in Wales. Every effort is also made to work with sponsors to the benefit of both parties.
As the National Governing Body for hockey in Wales, Hockey Wales seeks to support hockey for males and females from schoolboy/girl age groups to veterans at international, club and social levels and provides a comprehensive development programme especially for youngsters. Competitive structures suitable for all levels of ability exist and are regularly updated to ensure that they are relevant to the requirements of the Union's membership.
International teams for men and women exist at senior, under 21, under 18 and under 16 levels. The senior and under 21 teams play in European and World competitions, as well as in Celtic Cup competitions and the senior teams als0 compete in the Commonwealth Games. The under 18 and under 16 teams play in European and friendly international events. All these teams are heavily funded by Sports Wales and Hockey Wales are most grateful for this assistance. In addition to the above, a mixed international team plays in a match against the England mixed team on an annual basis – thought to be the only regular mixed international in the World.
Again with the support of Sports Wales, Senior and Junior Academies for men and women operate to ensure the development of elite performers and ensure the international future of Wales.
In October 2011 Hockey Wales launched its bold, ambitious VISION for 2020. The strategy identifies 5 big themes of work to focus on and is designed to provide an outline of what everyone involved in Hockey across Wales is working towards. VISION 2020 will help us prioritise our time and efforts in the right areas and make sure that Hockey is a successful, attractive and family friendly sport for life.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 07:39|