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  This weeks’ Association Newsletter includes resources and advice with the current on-going COVID-19 situation, as well as key capability updates and the latest Sky Sport Next episode  
  Following from our weekly Wednesday CEO and Chairs meetings, we have set up a Microsoft Team especially for Association Leaders. Associations should have received an invite on the 1st Apri to access the platform. 
Microsoft Teams is a fantastic platform to foster partnerships, collaboration and networking – particularly in the current climate.
Two particularly helpful aspects of the platform at this time are the ability to use as a direct communication tool, either with the whole group or with individuals in the group, through chat functions, video calling and posts. The sharing of resources is also facilitated with dedicated spaces for uploading files and links.
HNZ would encourage you to download the MS Teams app onto your computer for easy access and to take a look around the platform. We are here to help you navigate your way around it, or if you would just like a little more training or assistance.
Here are some useful training and information links to get you started
HNZ’s guide to getting started on Microsoft Teams  
  Microsoft Teams Video Training 
Microsoft Teams Help & Learning Website 
You can also contact Rachel ([email protected]) with any initial queries regarding Microsoft Teams.  
  Hockey NZ has included in its worst-case budget the honouring of the 1st instalment for all RDP as per your signed and returned Association Investment Schedule agreements. However, we can only do this where we can report back on the delivery that has taken place or was planned pre or post Covid19.
If you have undertaken any delivery as per your Association’s Investment Schedule for the Association Development Programme please submit the reporting template 
by 12 pm, 1st May to Rachel ([email protected])   This will allow us to build a picture of what has occurred, communicate with funders and payout first instalments where suitable delivery has occurred. If we do not receive your reporting, we will be unable to pay out the first instalment as it is a requirement for the Class 4 gaming funding accountability.
Please contact Rachel should you have any queries regarding the reporting.  
  Following up from the financial information collected early in the Covid19 lockdown, Hockey New Zealand would like to understand how Associations are tracking both organisationally and financially, including what changes have already occurred and what is being considered.
This will help us inform our board and shape our response as the rapidly evolving situation progresses. The survey will also allow us to accurately advocate to Sport NZ, RSTs and funders about what hockey needs. As such if you could please answer the following few questions via this survey link here, 1 answer per Association ideally.   Thank you to those Associations who have taken the time to fill in this survey, to date we have had 13 responses, it would be great if we were able to gather a full picture of all our Associations in the country.  
  One of the measures that Hockey New Zealand is taking to ensure we get through the COVID-19 situation intact, is to cease all non-operational spending.
To this end we have put our technology projects on hold for the time being, until hockey is able to recommence across the country.
To give you an update regarding where these projects currently sit:
CRM/Membership Management Platform Work has paused as of the 6th April Fusion5 were in the final stages of the design process, this followed a 3 day workshop which included Associations and Clubs as well as Hockey New Zealand to help shape what the future platform would look like and it’s functionality. The build process was to begin at the end of April and was scheduled to be completed in June with testing to commence then The project has been paused until further notice, until such a time that our sport has gotten back underway. It has been left in such a way that we will easily be able to recommence. Competitions Management Early in 2020 we issued a closed Competitions Management RFP to 5 potential providers on the back of an extensive RFI. We have shortlisted 3 potential preferred providers and have notified these companies. We have invited these companies to further present their technology solutions to us in July. We will look to involve Associations with the next part of the process and the final solution selection Again, due to the current situation, there will be no development or implementation until a time that our sport gets back up and running
We are committed to both of these technology projects and are eager to pick these up as soon as we are able and will keep you updated with progress as we navigate our way through the next few months.
If you have any questions regarding the technology projects, please contact Rachel in the first instance ([email protected])  
  Sport NZ is teaming up with some of the  top coaches  and leaders in coach development from  around  New Zealand and  the world to bring you a webinar series called  ‘Connecting Coaches’.  The series will  discuss a range of different  topics and  give you the chance to ask your own questions.   The first  in the series, ‘Transforming character strengths into productive results’  will be hosted by Andy Rogers (National Sport Development Consultant at Sport NZ) with  guest speaker  Dr  Ralph Pim (a global expert in character and leader development through sport)  on Thursday 30 April at 11am (NZST).    The webinar  will  help you to  understand:  Character strengths and social-emotional skills and why they’re important in developing athletes  What the most important character components are that lead to success and wellbeing  Strategies to convert these into productive behaviours, no matter what the situation is.   
  To be the first to hear about  upcoming Connecting Coaches webinars,  sign up to the Balance is Better website. On this website,  you will also find  a mix of articles,  video  interviews  and  the latest  advice  for coaches  from specialists and trusted sources.    Please feel free to circulate this email to your network. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sport NZ at  [email protected].  
  Hockey Scholarships
Hockey New Zealand will next week be advertising hockey scholarships in partnership with High-Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ) to enable the development of targeted players within the Performance Network plan. This is to support and accelerate the individual’s development through additional athlete services and/or financial assistance.

There are two scholarship categories; To provide support and enable the development of the physical and mental demands within the performance environment of Hockey in New Zealand, namely the Performance Network and National teams. This aims to target players that are 2-4 years from transition to the Vantage Black Sticks national squad. To provide enhanced support to enable performing athletes to commit the required training time to ensure optimal development to transition to a high-performance environment. This aims to target players potentially 1-2 years from selection into the Vantage Black Sticks national squad.
Further information and applications for the scholarships will be sent later in the week to CEO’s and Development Managers before sharing with the players on the Hockey NZ website and social media channels early next week.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Bryce Collins, Athlete Pathway Manager at [email protected] mobile +64 27 200 3828.  
  It’s great to see the recent conversations going on with regard to the postponement of the various WMH 2020 World Cup events. Clearly WMH’s decision to postpone the World Cups to 2021 has some flow-on effects which need considering before any decisions are made with regard to participation. Adding three World Cup events to the currently scheduled early May Trans-Tasman tournament creates some interesting questions particularly around participation, player availability and selection criteria and costs for each event.
We’ve asked WMH to confirm how the postponement will affect the current two yearly cycle of events, specifically if the cycle will simply move out a year or whether it will remain as it is with another World Cup to be played in 2022. We’ve not had a definitive response at this stage.
We’re conscious that this uncertainty currently limits our ability to make reasonable and pragmatic decisions for 2021 but wanted you to to understand that we are considering all our options and will update you as soon as we have the information required.  
  Drug Free Sport New Zealand is excited to announce that their newest online education programme, Clean Sport 101 will be launched next Tuesday, and they need your help to spread the word among your members.   Supported by a social media campaign featuring former All Black Keven Mealamu, Paralympian Hamish McLean and Olympians Eliza McCartney and Caitlyn Ryan, Clean Sport 101 has been designed as an introductory course for club level athletes and support personnel who are yet to receive clean sport education.
With a focus of providing education to club level athletes, Clean Sport 101 will support clubs and sports organisations in ensuring their members are aware of their anti-doping responsibilities. Upon course completion, members will have a basic understanding of clean sport, why it is important and know where to access various resources.   Key Clean Sport 101 information Topics include the Anti-Doping Rules, potential risks to athletes including supplement use, examples of how athletes can best fuel their bodies and what a ban from sport actually means The course is simple, easy to understand and only takes 15 minutes to complete Athletes will login via the DFSNZ e-Learning platform so completions can be tracked (and reported to you upon request)
On Tuesday, Clean Sport 101 will be launched across social and via a media release to NSOs and stakeholders. To ensure this course is shared across all levels of sport throughout NZ, they are asking for you to spread the word across your digital channels.   
  Sky Sport Next have today put out the first Hockey Home Advantage Video. This features our Performance Network Coaches and Vantage Black Sticks players putting together training sessions for our hockey community.    Could we please ask that you share the Hockey Videos on your channel to ensure that our community is able to engage with these.  
Upcoming Key Dates
  Community Events 29th April & 7th May – CEO and Chairs Meeting (via Microsoft Teams) 30th April & 14th May – Community Hockey Leaders Catch Up (Via Microsoft Teams)   POSTPONED EVENTS 2020 Awards Dinner – Date TBC Balance is Better Regional Forums  
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