Ahead of the Hockey Revolution Part 2 Conference kicking off in Dubai tomorrow, an FIH Hockey Academy Management Course with a strong focus on athletes’ pathways was held today for officials from Continental Federations and National Hockey Associations.
The 25 participants coming from all continents discussed best practise on how to develop talent and, at the same time, promote education for life after athletes sporting careers. This aligns well with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, in particular to promote the protection and support of clean athletes, which is a top priority for FIH.
Experts from the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) explained the different stages of an athlete pathway, from the creation of a talent pool, to talent selection, development, progression, and presentation and competition retirement. FIH aims to support hockey players in the transition from their sporting career to life beyond the hockey fields. One opportunity is so-called “athlete friendly education centres”, labelled by WAoS.
Speaking about key highlights of the day, André Oliveira, FIH Academy and Education Manager, said: "This session proved incredibly engaging. Whilst participants learned a great deal about athletes' pathways, it was a great opportunity to share with one another case studies and learnings from their own organisation's experience in such areas. We hope that each of the delegates will leave Dubai with significantly more knowledge about this particular area, but more importantly we hope we have inspired them to create a more strategic and holistic approach to the development and wellbeing of athletes from their home."