Ulster Hockey targets expansion

Hockey players Pippa Best and Michael Robson pictured with Alan McMurray, Terry Jackson (Kukri) and Angela Platt of Ulster Hockey.

Hockey players Pippa Best and Michael Robson pictured with Alan McMurray, Terry Jackson (Kukri) and Angela Platt of Ulster Hockey.

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Ulster Hockey has released its four year strategic plan, targeting an impressive expansion strategy which aims to increase regular participation in the sport to 18,000 people.

Since its formation in 2009, the organisation has been hugely successful in developing the grassroots participation levels, and bringing the men’s and women’s codes together. This new document aims to set out the next stage of the sport’s development. It targets player participation and high performance development as its key indicators for large scale expansion by the end of 2017.

Executive Manager Angela Platt says the sport is aiming high, and is confident of reaching new players, coaches and volunteers to build on the success it has recently enjoyed.

“As of the 2012-2013 season over 15,000 people participated in hockey from grassroots level right through to senior level hockey in Ulster,” she said. “With this in mind, Ulster Hockey intends to increase player participation in the sport by 15% over the next four years so that 18,000 should be participating in hockey by the end of the four year strategic plan.”

The strategic plan, which is set to be unveiled in a launch in early September before the 2013-2014 season gets underway, will set the tone for what will be four years of development and expansion in which hockey will enhance the sport at all levels and ensure it is on the right path for continued development for many years.

Angela Platt continued,

“The new strategy aims to further develop the structures Ulster Hockey now has in place so that we can continue to develop hockey from grassroots to high performance level in Ulster. With key messages in place we are ready for the next step in growing hockey within Ulster and reaching the next steps in our development as a sporting entity therefore boosting the profile of hockey as a whole across Ulster,” she added.”