Beaches Hockey Club
WHAT HAVE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS BEEN SO FAR?
Beaches Hockey Club was always a strong senior club, but we didn’t have any junior teams to feed into those. So we set about creating a junior development structure to ensure the long term viability of the club. We started with a single U9 team in 2014. That grew quickly and in the space of 5 years, we now have U7’s, U9’s, U11’s, U13’s and U16’s.
WHY DID YOU APPLY FOR THIS GRANT?
With the creation and development of multiple junior teams, comes additional costs and responsibilities. For each team that we enter into the competition we need to make sure that we have a good quality goal-keeping kit (upwards of $600.00), practice balls, game balls and training equipment. We rely on the fundraising efforts of our members and the support of our sponsors, but it isn’t always enough.
HOW WILL THIS GRANT BENEFIT YOU? AND HOW DO YOU PLAN ON USING IT?
As mentioned in the previous question, the goal-keeping kits, training equipment (markers, rope ladders, cones, practice balls, ball cages and so on) are all really expensive. This grant will help to ensure that all of our players across all of our age groups have access to the best quality equipment to help them be successful.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE?
Beaches Hockey Club hopes to build on our junior numbers and to help develop individual players to be the best that they can be. We currently have 2 NSW hockey representatives in our junior ranks and representatives in North Coast CHS, North Coast PSSA and NCIS. Who knows, one day there might be a Hockeyroo or Kookaburra that has come through our junior system and that would be outstanding!
WHO INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?
That’s a difficult question to answer. I personally get inspired by seeing improvement in our players and watching the kids develop into hockey players as they move through the age groups. From a players perspective, you can’t go past Jamie Dwyer. He was (and still is) the ultimate professional. After a successful hockey career he now runs his own hockey equipment business and continues to support junior hockey.
AppliCations Now Open
If you are a local Coffs Harbour, Nambucca or Grafton child or junior group who needs assistance with your academic, sporting, community, cultural or social project, we want to hear from you.
Tell us how the McDonald’s Junior Grant can help you achieve your dreams!
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