Amelia Ashill, Holly Morgan, Ellie Allsop and Caitlin Price, all from Year 11, are Hockey Young Ambassadors. The Hockey Young Ambassador (HYA) programme within Hockey Walesactively develops young leaders and volunteers in hockey.

The girls can be seen in the photo below attending the HYA Conference recently.  We are extremely proud of their achievements and delighted to share the following write up, about the girls, that we received this week from Hockey Wales:

Amelia, Holly, Ellie and Caitlin are now into their second year as a Young Ambassador for Hockey Wales and the progress they have made of their first year has been fantastic. The 4 of them are so passionate and enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation of hockey players and the work they have put in to develop our next generation of players is faultless.

The girls have been supporting the local primary school sessions that feed into Gwent Hockey Club as well as the monthly Tournaments that John Burrows organises to offer the beginner players a competitive outlet. Within the school sessions they lead on the coaching activity and umpire the matches played at the tournament. No doubt that without the girls umpiring support at the tournaments, the matches wouldn’t go ahead.

As well as the coaching / umpiring support, the girls also took it upon themselves to organise a Christmas Quiz for the Hockey Club that would be used as a fundraiser for the Youth Section of the club to get new and more equipment to support the growth of the club, and this was a huge success. Following on from this, the girls will be holding another fundraiser this year to raise money to purchase first aid kits and face masks for the youth and senior teams, both important items of equipment to maintain the safety within the club, which the girls identify as an important element.

As part of the training opportunities provided by Hockey Wales, the YA’s have never been shy to jump in and give everything a go, varying from leadership, coaching and umpiring workshops. Holly, Ellie and Caitlin also took up the opportunity to volunteer at the Senior Women European Championships that we hosted in Cardiff in August 2017. Holly and Ellie took on the role of ball patrol and Caitlin was a FanZone assistant, all putting maximum effort into their roles and doing the school and club proud.

This year, Holly and Amelia have already attended the Introduction to Umpiring Award that we delivered at our national Conference and now have that award certification to also support their 4689 in coaching award. The numbers of YA’s joining the programme from the club has doubled this year and personally I think this is down to the fantastic work that the girls done last year that has inspired more girls and boys to take on the role to support the growth and promotion of their club and schools.

The focus that the girls have identified for this year is providing hockey opportunities to those schools that don’t currently deliver much sport, and even though children may not move onto Gwent HC, this doesn’t matter to the girls as all they want to do is give the younger generation a quality Hockey experience.

The girls will definitely continue to go on and do great things both inside and outside of Hockey as they are excellent leaders and have the ability to transfer these skills into all aspects of life. They really are a credit to the themselves, Gwent HC and their school.