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  Hockey New Zealand     NEW FORD NHC SURVEY TIME COACHING     It’s been an incredibly busy few weeks with the successful hosting of the Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series in Palmerston North and the recent announcement of our two Olympic squads. What a proud moment for the 32 players selected to chase a medal in Tokyo.

We couldn’t be more pleased to see club and school hockey well underway after the year we all endured in 2020. Thank you for everything you and your volunteers do to keep our grassroots game strong.   We have also announced the new Ford National Hockey Championships which will see old rivalries reignited between Association-based teams.
    Following on from the hockey leaders’ session back in late April and our recent calls, we’ll be in touch shortly on how we best connect with each other on an ongoing basis. We will also introduce a Chairperson’s call every couple of months following each Hockey NZ Board meeting.
  And this weekend watch the Vantage Black Sticks in action against Australia in Perth live on Spark Sport.  
Anthony Crummy
Hockey NZ Chief Executive    A big thank you to Manawatū Hockey   With the hugely successful Sentinel Homes Trans-Tasman series in Palmerston North all done and dusted, we wanted to thank everyone at Hockey Manawatū for their amazing support and can-do attitude.
With your drive and passion to host the matches along with strong leadership from your local community, it showed what can be achieved in such a short period of time when everyone works together. Congratulations to Neil and all the team at Hockey Manawatū.   NEW FORD NHC     New Ford National Hockey Championships announced   The new Ford National Hockey Championships will see our best Association-based teams striving to be crowned at each level.
The championships, hosted in Tauranga from 12-18 September, will see a tiered approach with three tiers in both the men’s and women’s competitions and promotion/relegation occurring between the tiers.
The Associations involved in each tier will be confirmed in coming weeks. Keep up to date about the Ford National Hockey Championships here.   SURVEY TIME     Encourage your members to give their views in July    
We will again be taking part in the Voice of the Participant, an annual survey led by Sport NZ and Nielsen to assist Hockey NZ, Associations and Clubs in making evidence-driven decisions for our sport.
In July we will be distributing surveys to members via a variety of channels and ask that Associations please assist by advertising on your websites, social media channels and also by directly sending to clubs.

Find out more including some exciting new features in this year’s survey.     Under-18s action in Hamilton and Wellington next month    
After a Covid-enforced break of two years since the last National Under-18s, next month’s Vantage National Under-18 Tournaments will feature the return of an Association-based competition.
The National Under-18 Women’s Tournament will see 21 Association teams descend on Wellington to compete for the Amanda Hooper Memorial Trophy. The National Under-18 Men’s Tournament in Hamilton will feature 20 Association teams competing for the Paul Ackerley Memorial Trophy.
Both events will run from 11-17 July with the draws available here. For those who can’t make it to Wellington or Hamilton, results are available via Altiusrt here.     Dates confirmed for 2022 National Masters    
The 2022 National Masters Tournament will be held from Sunday 20 February to Saturday 26 February. The tournament has been moved a week earlier than this year’s scheduled dates to avoid a clash with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the neighbouring Bay Oval.
The change of date will ensure full access to the hockey facility including the village green area and a fully operational third turf.     COACHING     Coaching programmes underway   Coaching leaders and coaches from across the country have been busy facilitating and participating in local, national and international development opportunities, including: Women in Coaching Programme  Sport NZ Coaching for Impact Programme  Sport NZ Skill Acquisition Pilot 
Hockey NZ would like to acknowledge Emma Phelps from the Trainer Programme, who recently delivered an FIH Developer Course for the Caribbean region. This follows Jamie Carroll’s delivery of the Game Day Coach workshop that has become part of the FIH Level 3 Coaching Course.   Online Learning Portal registrations rising   It’s been two months since we launched the Online Learning Portal and we’re about to hit 400 registrations from 27 Associations.
Leading the registrations are: Large Associations: 1st Canterbury, 2nd Auckland Mid-sized Associations: 1st Otago, 2nd Tauranga Small Associations: 1st Central Otago, 2nd Mid-Canterbury   Canterbury is on track to be the first to reach more than 100 registrations. Let’s see who can challenge them!
Click here to get an overview of the lessons currently available on the portal.
If you have any questions, feedback or resources to share with our wider community, please contact Nicole Youman [email protected]     Welcoming Hilary Poole to the Hockey NZ Board   Former Hockey NZ Chief Executive and current Sport NZ Director Hilary Poole has been co-opted on to the Hockey NZ Board.
The former CEO of Netball New Zealand has 25 years of experience in a variety of leadership and governance roles within sport, finance, food, education and the not-for-profit sector.
See the full Hockey NZ Board here.   FOLLOW US ON LINKEDIN   Follow us on LinkedIn to read our latest news and opinion pieces, and view videos and presentations on how we grow and develop the game, both on and off the turf in the coming months.   JOB VACANCIES IN HOCKEY   KEY DATES   26 and 27 June: FIH Pro League matches v Australia, Perth
  11-17 July: National Under-18 tournaments, men (Hamilton), women (Wellington)    23 July – 8 August: Olympic Games, Tokyo
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