The FIH run several youth programs to promote the sport of hockey around the world. Below are just a few of the many initiaves that the FIH has underway for the future generations of hockey.
The FIH Youth Hockey Panel aims to give youth a voice and to stimulate young people to take up leadership roles in hockey and think out of the box and be open-minded. The goal is to foster the growth of youth involvement in Hockey worldwide. This can be done by giving youth the opportunity to develop as coaches, umpires, leaders, administrators and event organisers.
If you share the same passion for hockey and want to become involved contact us at FIH_youth_panel@hotmail.com or ask your National Association how you can become more involved in hockey.
Every year the FIH promotes a Youth Challenge with a different theme. In 2011, the theme was Age Fit. Member Nations were encouraged to promote age specific coaching – appropriate to the age group, suiting the physical and mental capabilities of a certain age. So no 11v11 at 7 year olds and no childish games for the 16 year olds. All of the programs took place May 14-15, 2011. Below is a sample of programs that were conducted world wide.
Ask a child what its favorite part of training is... Big chance it will say “to Play a Game”! With that goal in mind, the theme of the 2010 FIH Youth Challenge was 'It's all in the Game' with a focus on better training through simply playing the game. Below are the reports from some of the many nations that took part in the weekend activities from May 15-16, 2010.
A photo collage of the 2010 FIH Youth Challenge
The first FIH Youth Challenge was organized under the title “Global Youth Hockey Marathon”, during Hockey’s International Year of Youth in 2001. The evaluation of the Year of the Youth showed the wish from National Associations to have an annual global youth event, to emphasize the need for continuous investment in youth and to create media coverage for the participating countries. On average, 35-40 National Associations have taken part in the Youth Challenge each year.
The themes of all of the Youth Challenges to date include:
May 27 - June 2, 2013