With sponsorship from Jobsite, the club successfully applied for Sports Match funding from England Hockey and together with a private donation the project got underway.
The main aim of the project was to engage with the local community and attempt to introduce and develop young people’s hockey skills guiding them through to more advanced Hockey training with the Minis at the Club, swelling the numbers on Sunday mornings.
The project to date has funded the training of 16 coaches at both levels one and two so that the club has now amassed an overall grand total of 23 level 1 coaches, 11 at level 2 and 2 at level 3.
After a good deal of groundwork the Project formed an association with the Havant and Waterlooville School Sports Partnership and Havant Borough Council’s Sports Development Department. Together with the partnership, HHC has managed and delivered the Junior Schools Mixed Hockey league and the Junior Mixed Tournament at Havant College and will do so again in the new 2012/13 season. This initiative has seen the involvement of well over 280 participants from local schools.
In addition, the project has planned and delivered four Hockey Camps held at Havant College in October 2011, February, April and June 2012. 175 boys and girls aged between 8 and 12 attended – all received certificates and invitations for further advanced coaching with the Minis section of the club on Sunday mornings.
School based coaching has been delivered at 13 schools including: Clanfield, St Albans, Bidbury, St Thomas Moores, Emsworth, Denmead, Warblinton, Hordean and Ditcham Park Bosmere , St Peters. Chidham and Funtington. Approximately 245 pupils have received or are due to receive coaching.
Last January, the project accepted an invitation from the Premierleague4sport initiative ( in association with HM Government based at Portsmouth Football club ) to work as a central hub with the main aim of encouraging and supporting the development of Hockey in a number of satellite clubs/schools for older pupils. Ditcham Park and Warblington Schools are currently involved with this project but others will come on stream next season.
(Extract from Richard Cook submission to Havant Hockey Club AGM)