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Gill Gemming

Role in NA
Coaching and Development Manager

When and where?
Activities took place throughout New Zealand. Hockey activities took part in all 31 Associations

What was the target group?
Activity 1: 5-19yrs
Activity 2: 14-19yr
Activity 3: 5-7yrs
Activity 4: All

How many people took part?
17 668

What was the aim of the event?
Four main activities took place. Specialist activities like the Colouring Competition catered for different age groups. It also meant that schools could take part.  ‘Sticky’ our Coaching & Development Youth Cartoon was very much involved at the centre of all Youth publicity – also to make a link back to last year’s Marathon Day where ‘Sticky’ was first launched.

Marathon Weekend then is the start of our special Youth Programmes that continue through to 28 May which links to ‘Smokefree World Day’ our main sponsor Smokefree.

Description of the event
Marathon Day was publicised to all NZ Hockey Associations from 13 February at the NZ Hockey Administrators Conference. The theme was identified and a presentation of the activities from 2005 was shown to the participants to give them an idea of the type of initiatives that could be used.

Promotion then was circulated throughout all Associations and Secondary Schools via email, mail out, and via our Regional Development Managers nationwide. There was also a challenge put out to the South Island Associations to take part as the North Island had dominated the previous years.

1. General Activities undertaken on 13 May - Hockey Games
Minis 4v4, 6v6 (5-8 yrs): 2056 participants
Maxi 8v8 (9-10yrs): 4858
Intermediate 11v11 (11-13yrs): 4602
Secondary 11v11 (13–19yrs): 6152Total: 17 668

2. National U21 Tournament  - Tauranga 14 May
Players aged 14-19. 117 in this age group (61 female and 56 male). The notable point was that there were 6 Black Sticks international players who took part and this was superb role modeling to other players to have them involved. Two of those, Emily Naylor and Simon Child, had only just returned from the World Cup Qualifiers. Both these players were awarded players of the tournament.

3. Colouring Competition
This was placed on the website on Friday 12 May. Closing date was Friday 2 June, this was to allow time for Schools, Clubs and Associations to circulate copies and collate entries. Hockey NZ received 548 entries!

4. CD - Small Games
This was produced to support volunteer coaches and especially teachers. Nicola Connell, the Oceania Youth Representative at last year’s youth festival in Chile, worked with Gill Gemming and Kelly Hudson from the Hockey NZ Coaching & Development Team to put together 60 skill specific Small Games on a CD.

Follow-up from the event

Future targets/plans: To launch a ‘Youth Online Chat’ opportunity for 15-23 year olds, to be first held in July. Nicola presented this to the Hockey New Zealand Youth Council on 27 May Flyers are being created now to advertise this initiative and they will be distributed to Associations and to all age group provincial players at the national tournaments in the first two weeks of July.

As part of the theme ‘A Sport for Everybody’, Auckland Hockey was conducted a series of hockey sessions with children who have hearing disabilities during Hockey New Zealand Youth Week 20–28 May.

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