French Hockey Federation – FIH Pablo Negre Trophy

Posted On 08/11/2022

The French Hockey Federation was awarded the Pablo Negre Trophy for the emphasis in their governance on making hockey more inclusive, more sustainable and more accessible.
Since the election in 2020 of new President Isabelle Jouin and her team, they have increased the emphasis on these themes passionately over the past two years in spite of a complex financial and social (Covid-19) context.
The French Hockey Federation works with different organization: *Ufolep, Sport dans la Ville, and Sentez vous le sport. These parentships aim to increase social insertion through hockey, whether that is via youth in deprived areas, increase female participation in our sport or education.
Through the development of different forms of hockey, they strive to make hockey more accessible and democratise the sport in France.
The FFH is raising awareness in its community and clubs to become more sustainable and eco-responsible. Both European Qualifier tournaments held in August in Calais and Dunkirk this year received, for the first time in France, the “eco responsibility label” by the CNOSF (National Olympic Committee). They back this up in their choice of private partners, only working with partners that have a CSR policy in place that is in line with theirs.
Their development project is focused on making hockey more accessible and visible. The creation of satellite clubs is one example. The FFH has put in place various training courses in order to have sufficient educators to animate the small hockey pitches and new clubs as well as through leadership courses.
They strive to have an “events” hockey pitch in every region of France to demonstrate the sport during events, (summer) tours and festivals and thus increase participation and visibility.
The Paris Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity for hockey to take the spotlight. For the FFH, the ambition is focused on the legacy of the Games.
“We must be Paris 2024 ready, not only after the confirmation of the participation of both our national teams, but also for our community to carry the values of our sport.
“The FFH is more than ever committed to their election promise: Succeed, Modernize, Perform.”

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