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GRYPHON SUPPORTS ZAMBIAN HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

"A future through hockey" - Hockey Dreams Foundation partnership with Gryphon.



6 years ago, Gijs Hardeman founded Hockey Dreams Foundation. “HDF”, for short, is using hockey as a tool to develop self sufficient, sustainable communities in underprivileged areas.

HDF believe in setting up local communities organised by local people. “We identify local coaches, we share our knowledge with them, provide opportunities to continue with their education, and provide them with equipment.” HDF stimulate the development of young coaches who have the opportunity to finish high school and even attend college. These local coaches are pivotal in forming the foundation of the hockey communities. Through guiding and providing support for these coaches to set up this sport community, in turn, thousands of children, parents and peoples lives are changed for the better.



HDF are now operative in Zambia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Overall, there are 23 HDF coaches, 33 local schools involved, 839 children participating weekly and 1460 children participating in yearly hockey camps, and these numbers are growing.

OUR INVOLVEMENT…

At Gryphon, we were keen to join in on this venture to develop hockey in Zambia even more. Both organisations have just signed a Memorandum Of Understanding where Gryphon supports hockey coaches and events for kids in Zambia. We are very proud to be a part of the projects that HDF run in developing local communities thanks to hockey. With Maria Verschoor being an ambassador for Hockey Dreams Foundation, it makes even more sense to work together and focus on these programs.


Above, Maria Verschoor, Gryphon player and ambassador for the Hockey Dreams Foundation in her recent visit to Zambia.


Gryphon have agreed to kit out the team of ten coaches from Lusaka with brand new and colourful apparel, sticks and other hockey equipment. The coaches will also receive large stick bags so they can transport training gear to their projects in the compounds of Lusaka. Gryphon will assist in the collection of second hand sticks through their reseller points in Europe and sponsors the Dutch Volunteer team with HDF Promotional sweaters and shirts.


When Hockey Dreams Foundation founder, Gijs Hardeman was asked how our partnership will benefit their projects, his response was:


“We are very exited for this cooperation as it really helps to create a professional team in Zambia. It will be great recognition and reward for our local coaches who spend lots of their time making kids happy with hockey. It will also be a great motivation for other coaches and kids to be the best and hopefully be part of the coaching family in the future.”

On top of this, Gryphon are also assisting in fundraising for all programs, proposing to provide prizes for fundraising events in Europe. Because of this idea, HDF has decided to create an event called “Score for Africa”. This will add value to the fundraising event in also raising awareness about what the project stands for.

The kick off for the Brand Partnership between Gryphon and Hockey Dreams will take place in Lusaka during the African Hockey Experience 2018, where Hockey Dreams will officially hand over a Gryphon kit to the Zambian coaches. The trip is an event where hockey lovers from around the world get the chance to be part of the development programs. By visiting the projects, getting to know the local coaches and work together with them, they have the unique opportunity to experience hockey development from within the community and actually make a difference. If you would like to join in this adventure, you can still sign up: www.africanhockeyexperience.com.


For more information about the amazing work that Hockey Dreams Foundation does, and the different programmes they provide, head to their website. http://www.hockeydreams.nl/

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