3rd World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival
The 3rd World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival will be held in Santiago, Chile, in conjunction with the BDO Hockey Junior World Cup in September this year.
FIH will organise the festival, in close cooperation with the Pan-American Hockey Federation and the Chilean Hockey Association, for young people aged 15-21. This festival is only for very special young people - the National Youth Hockey Promoters.
National Youth Hockey Promoters
These Promoters will have won a national competition by designing and producing the best Youth Hockey Promotion. This means that they have drafted a fantastic Youth Hockey Promotion Plan, a website, video, poster, event, whatever!
This production will be included in the national strategy of their National Hockey Association and the lucky prize-winner will be rewarded with a wonderful trip to Chile. The National Hockey Association will select this National Youth Hockey Promoter.
In Santiago, the capital of Chile, the Promoters will enter an international competition, presenting their production to the hockey world. The creator of the most outstanding contribution will be awarded the title “Global Youth Hockey Promoter 2005”.
Besides presentations there will be youth leaderships workshops, cultural and of course hockey events. The precise content will be drafted once we know how many countries will send a National Youth Hockey Promoter to Chile.
To give you an idea, here's link to the last World Youth Promoters Festival held in Amstelveen in 2003.
Why organise another World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival?
The aim of the Global Festival is to create hockey development awareness among young people (who are our future coaches, managers and administrators), to promote hockey as a global sport played all around the world and last but not least to give Youth a Voice.
The reactions of the participants in the 1st and 2nd Festivals and those of their National Associations have been so positive, that we cannot stop now but must continue these Festivals. Almost all of the participants of the first two festivals are active within their hockey association and have become member of the FIH Youth Hockey Panel.
Santiago has offered to host all Youth Hockey Promoters with host families. The hospitality of these families and the international flavour of all the events will guarantee an unforgettable experience for the successful Promoters.
The 3rd World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival will take place from 17-25 September 2005. For some parts of the world this might not be a holiday period, but the FIH can provide a letter addressed to school principals, asking them for permission to participate in the unique WYHPF.
We hope that many countries will try hard to reward their best Youth Hockey Promoters with a trip to Chile! It is not only a fantastic prize for the National Promoter, but also an incentive for all 15-21 year olds to think about the promotion of their sport.