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Local and National Provision in Hockey

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Local and National Provision of Hockey The purpose of this assignment is to examine, what is available for the sport of hockey locally and nationally, from picking up a Hockey stick, to playing for England. Hockey is very popular sport among men and women in many countries around the world. Hockey has several regular and prestigious international tournaments for both sexes. These events include the Olympic Games, the quadrennial World Hockey Cups, the annual Champions Trophies, and World Cups for juniors. The national governing body for England is called "England Hockey". This body is seen to be the 'guardian' of the sport as it works in co-operation with both the national and continental organisations to ensure consistency and unity in hockey nationally and around the world. At grassroots level, my local club "Spencer" offers approximately 25 training sessions and matches from September to the beginning of the Easter holidays for juniors (ages 7-18). This comes at a price of �69 for the entire season, the only things that these children need to bring along to sessions and matches are mouth and shin guards as well as wearing the appropriate clothing. Matches and training sessions are on Sundays which means that children who play matches on Saturday with their schools are still able to play on Sundays too. ...read more.

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It is envisaged that the award will provide the voluntary sector with greater insight into Hockey, and provide more volunteers as we prepare for London 2012. This award was set up in November 2005. The NGB is funding grassroots development in collaboration with Club redevelopment. So if the NGB was to fund the development or the redevelopment of club facilities and equipment, the club would have to sign a contract which would have a clause in it. Saying that as part of the funding they would have to have an up and running grassroots level at the club for a certain length of time. "Stix Skills" is a fun award scheme for anyone less than 14 years of age to find out how good their stick skills are! They participate in 6 tests and you gain points for things like scoring goals, dribbling round a cone and lifting the ball over a stick. All theses points are added up and the person is awarded Cub, Bronze, Silver or Gold for how well they did (Gold being the best). They would receive a certificate and a badge for their achievement. This is an example of a scheme that would encourage children to start playing Hockey. ...read more.

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They all have at least 3 teams of each gender and Spencer has 9 men's teams. All of these teams mentioned are part of sponsored leagues regionally or nationally depending on ability. The provision for the disabled is very limited. There is no hockey Para-Olympic team and very few clubs offer anything for the disable hockey players in this country. To conclude, I believe that the provision for the sport of Hockey is quite concentrated. The provision for Men and Women is massive, you have a huge variety of clubs all over the country and locally that all have the Financial Status, Facilities and Organisation to be able to make their club sustainable. This is in the contrary to the provision locally and nationally with disabled participants, as there are very few clubs that offer facilities or are able to facilitate disabled players, this may be due to the amount of disabled participants or the backing of them. The sport of hockey for the disabled is very new so this may explain why there is very few or no provision for them at all. The Provision for grassroots levels is also very good, especially with additional agencies alongside the NGB to help and enhance the development of it. Almost all clubs locally and nationally have junior sections, some bigger than others, but in contrary, not all of them are of a good standard and with a high attendance rate. ...read more.

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