The French Hockey Federation has been awarded the FIH’s Pablo Negre Trophy for the emphasis in their governance on making hockey more inclusive, more sustainable and more accessible.
Since the election in 2020 of new President Isabelle Jouin and her team, they have increased the emphasis on these themes passionately over the past two years in spite of a complex financial and social COVID context, the European Hockey Federation said.
Through the development of different forms of hockey, FFH strive to make hockey more accessible and democratise the sport in France.
The FFH is also raising awareness in its community and clubs to become more sustainable and eco-responsible. Both European Qualifier tournaments held in August in Calais and Dunkirk this year received, for the first time in France, the “eco responsibility label” by the CNOSF (National Olympic Committee). They back this up in their choice of private partners, only working with partners that have a CSR policy in place that is in line with theirs.
Their development project is focused on making hockey more accessible and visible. The creation of satellite clubs is one example. The FFH has put in place various training courses in order to have sufficient educators to animate the small hockey pitches and new clubs as well as through leadership courses.
They strive to have an “events” hockey pitch in every region of France to demonstrate the sport during events, (summer) tours and festivals and thus increase participation and visibility.
The Paris Olympics provides a fantastic opportunity for hockey to take the spotlight. For the FFH, the ambition is focused on the legacy of the Games.
“We must be Paris 2024 ready, not only after the confirmation of the participation of both our national teams, but also for our community to carry the values of our sport.
“The FFH is more than ever committed to their election promise: Succeed, Modernize, Perform.”
Meanwhile, Margaret Hunnaball was honoured with an FIH President’s Award for her role not just as one of the world’s top umpire managers but for numerous initiatives to develop umpiring and safeguarding.
Tornike Tevdoradze, pictured above, was awarded the HRH Sutan Azlan Shah Award for all his activities to introduce and grow hockey in Georgia.
Gino Schilders was honoured with the Etienne Glichitch Award in recognition of his contribution to the growth and development of hockey, in particular for the Czech Hockey Federation, in the last 25 years.
The Czech Hockey Federation, under the guidance of Gino, has been supported by the Czech National Sport Agency and the Czech Women’s National team will get funding for their road to Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028. This is the first time in history the Czech National Sport Agency supporting hockey in the Czech Republic.