Dragon’s Den style selection for the first Leadership Certificate

We are thrilled to announce the selection of participants for the EuroHockey Youth Leadership Certificate. In order to make this selection from the nominated candidates, a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style selection event was held. During this process, hopeful candidates presented their ideas for a project that they will develop throughout the programme.

The panel of ‘Dragons’ comprised of Lead Mentor Jamie Hooper and EuroHockey Staff Julie Aubert and Cameron Findler. The panel had the privilege of hearing from the aspiring candidates, all of whom were eager to contribute to the development of hockey across Europe.


Amongst them, six outstanding candidates have been selected to embark on this exciting programme:

Anna PimIreland
Corentin DouchyFrance
Daan de BrouwerNetherlands
Daphné ParisisLuxembourg
Luke RussellEngland
Martin AleksandrovBulgaria

Speaking about the ‘Dragon’s Den’ process, EuroHockey Intern Julie Aubert said:

“In a process marked by dedication, passion, and enthusiasm, we were deeply impressed by the calibre of individuals who stepped forward. Their commitment to not only excelling on the hockey field but also in driving meaningful projects for the sport’s growth outside of it was truly inspiring. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the candidates who participated in the selection process. Your dedication to the sport and your innovative ideas for its advancement were truly commendable.”

“Furthermore, we are delighted to highlight the diversity of our selected candidates. With representatives from various countries across Europe, including both male and female participants, our programme embodies the spirit of inclusivity and collaboration. This multicultural tapestry promises to foster an environment of learning and exchange, where different backgrounds and experiences converge to propel hockey forward.”

We are excited for this programme to now begin and can’t wait to support these talented individuals to elevate the sport but also inspire the next generations of young leaders.

The course was created by EuroHockey and experts from SportsInQ as a part of an Erasmus+ project titled Aspiring and Inspiring Youth Leaders.

Read more about this programme here

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