The Hockey4All (H4A) programme got up and running with the first sessions of the Erasmus+ funded programme taking place in Turkey and Belgium.
H4A was introduced to the EHF development committee during its biannual meeting on the 23rd September as part of an overview of the EHFs involvement in various Erasmus+ programmes. It will run from 2022 until 2024.
It is a small collaborative partnership with the specific purpose to use sport, in particular hockey, to encourage children of a young age to be more respectful of each other and of difference.
The goal is to increase the number of young children – with or without mental disabilities – to have access to the practice of regular physical activity by combating discrimination and intolerance in sport.
The project is co-ordinated by the Kahramanmaraş Sütçüimam University (KSU), working with the EHF and hockey clubs AD Lousada (Portugal) and Atlètic Terrassa (Spain) as well as representatives from the Municipality of Lousada.
At the opening meeting, Cameron Findler, the EHF’s Education and Development Coordinator, visited KSU in Kahramanmaraş where each group clearly laid out their responsibilities and the steps forward for the programme.
The group engaged in a training session and were able to see how hockey is growing in the area with a visit to local facilities.
Following this meeting, the EHF staff were enthused to begin work on its first two objectives: the info-session and the coaches seminar.
The EHF subsequently hosted a transnational coaching seminar in Brussels to assist the coaches from each of the Hockey4All partners to prepare for their inclusive hockey encounters over the coming months.
The seminar had 10 coaches, two from each of the Hockey4All partners and each with a different level of experience; the focus of the seminar was on sharing. One of the key activities was a discussion on what makes a good coach, with each participant offering their perspective.
The group also got to watch the Honor Division clash between Royal Daring and Royal Herakles. While watching this match, the group was asked to focus on the basic individual technical skills of the players.
** To read more about the Hockey4All project, click here; https://hockey4all—erasmus.webnode.pt/
** To view the ongoing updates from the Hockey4All project, click here: https://eurohockey.org/hockey-4-all-project-newsletter-archive/