Development & Coaching Committee unveils Four-Year plan

Theo Ykema, Chairman of the Development & Coaching Committee, presented a summary of the DCC's first 4-Year Development Plan to the FIH Statutory Congress, held in May in Utrecht. The Four-Year Plan covers the period 1998-2002 and focuses on four key areas.

In addition, the plan was presented and discussed in a special meeting to which all FIH member associations were invited. Representatives from 25 countries representing both developed and less developed hockey nations took part in the meeting and provided valuable feedback to the DCC.

The highlights and goals of the plan include:

Task Force Promotion

Based on analysis of its potential, strengths and weaknesses as compared to other sports and games, and considering possibilities to increase hockey's attractiveness, to improve its image and popularity, to increase exposure and to fulfil conditions for its development with limited resources.

Task Force Youth Hockey

Further the introduction and development of hockey with children and adolescents using inspiring, dedicated methods and playing formats for these age groups in different countries.

Task Force Education and Training

Developing education and training systems, and methods for application in developing hockey countries, and supporting material such as brochures, video cassettes and (Internet) help desk for administration, facilities, coaching, umpiring and other relevant aspects in the development of hockey.

FIH-DCC Coaching Operations Group

Furthering and improving Olympic Solidarity, Continental Federation and FIH Coaching courses and the introduction of the Coaching Certification system of the FIH.

The DCC also plans to institute a global network of development officers to offer more "on-the-spot" consultancy around the world, and to work to increase the level and effectiveness of communication and exchange of information- particularly through electronic means - between the FIH, Continental Federations and Member Associations, which is critical for the success of its plan.