The European Hockey Federation’s Coaching and Education Manager, Norman Hughes was delighted to be on hand to jumpstart the FIH Hockey Academy during the Champions Challenge I in Glasgow last week.

The FIH has announced, based on the Educator Workforce programme that:

• FIH’s Hockey Academy is officially live and set to provide educational resources world-wide
• First stage of Educator Workforce programme is hailed a success
• ‘START Hockey’ – online programme available for everyone is now live
The International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Hockey Academy is now live thanks to the delivery of stage one of the Educator Workforce programme alongside the launch of the START Hockey on-line programme. In partnership with the World Academy of Sport, the FIH Hockey Academy aims to deliver a simplified education framework for nations and continents to develop coaches, officials and managers from grass roots through to a high performance level.
Stage one of the Educator Workforce programme started during the Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow, Scotland. A series of courses were held including Trainer training, Coach Educator training and a pilot of the FIH Hockey Academy Coach Level 1 Award. The FIH Hockey Academy Educator Workforce defines three levels – a Trainer, who trains Educators; an Educator, who educates coaches or officials; and a Coach, who coaches athletes.
Coaches were nominated by their Continental Federation to attend the Trainer and Coach Educator programmes. As a result of the three courses, the FIH Hockey Academy now has four qualified Trainers and 13 qualified Coach Educators. In addition, 22 Scottish candidates were the first to receive the new FIH Hockey Academy Coach Level 1 Award.
“It has been a fantastic few days that has really challenged the way we educate coaches,” said Norbert Nederlof, an FIH Senior Coach from the Netherlands, who was nominated by the European Hockey Federation and is now a qualified FIH Hockey Academy Coach Educator. “It has been a strong learning environment that has encouraged us to fail and succeed. It is great to see the FIH taking the lead in coach education.”
The START Hockey online programme is also now live. This online entry-level programme is open, and free, to anyone in the world of hockey, whether they watch, play, run or support the game. The online content walks participants through modules on different topics of hockey such as rules, safety, equipment and history. On completion of the programme, participants can then choose to continue to one of three development pathways – Coaching, Officiating or Management.

“We are very pleased with the launch of START Hockey as well as the Educator Workforce programme that took place this week in Glasgow,” remarked Kelly Fairweather, FIH CEO. “There has been a lot of work undertaken over the past 12 months to establish the FIH Hockey Academy and great input by the expert panel to develop a framework for world-wide delivery. The first stage has provided 13 certified Coach Educators, and we will quickly develop a global workforce to service the needs of our National Associations.”

Norman Hughes said “The EHF coaches shined at the FIH Academy with Herman Kruis, Norbert Nederlof, Coleen Reid Tomislav Jamicic and myself as part of the Educator Workforce. In Europe we are fortunate to have many talented Coach Educators and some of them supported the launch of the FIH Hockey Academy last week in Glasgow. By sharing knowledge across the world of coaching the aim and hope is to ensure more consistent standards and also competency based assessment of new coaches.”

The FIH Hockey Academy will be developed over the coming months and will include further coaching levels, as well as programmes for the development of officials and managers.

Source: FIH.CH