Hockey Project

AYPAD created Hockey Project with a mission to expose the sport to thousands of young people while promoting peace through sport. Hockey is a relatively a new sport in Africa and with many young people living through hardship and deplorable conditions, the need to introduce the sport was timely as its engages young people to reduce the traumatic effects of War, Violence, Abuse and embrace peace while developing their unique hockey talents that can contribute meaningfully to societal growth. The project develops professionals, hockey players, coaches and managers to improve their knowledge on the game, skills, coaching techniques and the impact it has on a nations’ development. The main focus is to use field hockey as a great way to fulfill young people competitive spirit. The fast-paced nature of the sport make it a great activity for young people to include in their exercise routine, whether looking for a recreational activity to play with friends or a more intense competition on a league team. Young people across our countries and communities will have the opportunity to play and be exposed to field hockey in their physical education class; they will have the option to continue to play with their local club. Our goal is to provide an avenue for young people to play hockey while having fun. The program comprises of Field Hockey, Inline Hockey, Beach Hockey and Ice Hockey. We are working to get the first Ice Arena in West Africa.

Final Goal

$15,000

Fund Raised

$1,300

8.67%

Goals

1. To provide crime prevention program that emphasizes life skills development and education through Hockey.
2. To create a platform where young people can meet, play hockey and promote sustainable development.
3. To develop the skill of Africa young players, coaches and umpires by provide capacity building training.
4. To increase the number of young people in Africa actively engaged in Hockey Sport 

Challenge

    Recreation is an essential ingredient for healthy communities. Recreation development is influenced by varied forces and factors. Isolated communities possess characteristics and demonstrate patterns of recreation which set them apart from their distant urban neighbors, although facing a number of unique challenges to recreation development. The biggest challenge faced is raising money, equipments and playing facilities especially from large donors to fully develop Hockey. AYPAD Organization is constantly approaching partners and donors to partner and aide in developing Hockey.

Solution

The program  act as a crime prevention program that promotes education, physical activity, healthy lifestyles and social development for the youth (ages 6-21; boys and girls) throughout the African Continent using organized hockey. Further, short term outcomes for this program examine the health and well-being of youth by providing them safe environments to be physically active, alongside optimizing the usage of community structures.
The intermediate outcomes focus on community capacity building such as encouraging community buy-in through the development of a minor hockey program. The long term outcome of the program is to teach participants life skills, including: making positive life choices that will help the participants succeed in the future and preventing school dropout and/or to promote educational or personal development opportunities. Finally, at a higher level, the program aims to prevent violence in communities and continent as a whole.