Schools Programs

FHBC Academy Program (Secondary) and FHBC Schools Program (Elementary/Middle)

Field Hockey BC Academy Program

Registration open January to March 2017 for the 2017-18 school year

Please see the Field Hockey Academy document A YEAR IN REVIEW 2015-16 (PDF 5.7 MB).

This is a partnership between FHBC, NVSD, WVSD and WVFHC and will deliver to the needs of the student athletes. Training takes place every other school day in the afternoon, typically between 1.30-3pm at Rutledge (Ambleside Park) in West Vancouver or Sutherland School in North Vancouver.  All participating athletes will receive PE credit for their involvement with the Academy. More information provided below.

Information Evening 2017

An open information evening for interested parents/athletes was held in January.  An information evening for registered athletes was held in April.

If you have further questions, please see the NVSD Field Hockey Academy webpage for all information or contact Melody Haddow, FHBC Athlete Program Manager.

What is the FHBC Field Hockey Academy?

FHBC has formed partnerships with North Vancouver School District (NVSD) and West Vancouver School District (WVSD) with support from West Vancouver Field Hockey Club (WVFHC) to provide the opportunity for student athletes to further their athletic potential in the Field Hockey Academy.

FHBC appoints expert and fully qualified coaches to lead the Academy programs.  The program is designed to be complimentary to FHBC’s Regional programming. All Academy players (meeting the selection criteria and program policies of the FHBC regional programming) will be eligible to dovetail into Regional Program for the four week tactical block prior to the Regional Tournament (where Provincial selections are made) in April.

Some Essential Information

The Academy is open to grade 8-12 students, male and female. Applications accepted from cross boundaries, with NVSD pupils given a priority and a lottery system (administered by NVSD) applied to the waitlist.

Students continue to play school field hockey for their current school and do not transfer to the academy host school for the High School season.

The Academy will operate from about 1-3pm every alternate day on a 2-week rota  (Monday, Wednesday, Friday in week 1 and Tuesday, Thursday in week 2).

Training groups will be split in various ways depending on session structure: ability / stage of development, school grade/age or district.

Sutherland Secondary will be the host school with indoor, fitness and education related elements on site but the majority of field sessions held at Rutledge field.

The annual fee for the program is $2500.

The coach to athlete ratio is based on 1:8 or a maximum of 10 students.  Sessions are supported by a teacher (who attends all sessions and reports on progress as per a normal PE class). All students stay at their own school for all other curricular subjects but go to location specified (field or Sutherland) for Academy sessions. Transportation is the responsibility of each athlete/family.

Students receive academic credit for their involvement in the Academy. Curriculum will focus on long term player development through a holistic approach. This curriculum meets BC Educational standards and will be ratified by NVSD prior to implementation.

NVSD is in charge of and leads on administration, registration, payment and the selection lottery for accepting wait-listed applications.

Field Hockey BC Elementary and Middle Schools Program

Field Hockey BC is pleased to announce the continuation of its program aimed at introducing the sport of field hockey, the second largest team sport in the world, to elementary and middle school children.  This opportunity has become possible once again thanks to funding from the Hamber Foundation and the Province of British Columbia.

What is the Schools Program?

• This structured 6 week program will introduce children to basic field hockey skills and will promote the importance and excitement of playing as part of a team. The program is targeted at children in Grades 4, 5 & 6.
• The Program extols the virtues of health and exercise in a fun, safe and controlled environment. It also introduces children to a new and growing sport in BC.
• The culmination of the Program is a half-day Field Hockey Festival in week six that can take place at the school or at a local facility (as appropriate). This event will feature all the students involved in the program playing small games against each other.

What is Provided?

• Expertise (certified coaches many of whom are current National players).
• Equipment: balls and sticks
• Each school will also receive a Coaching manual outlining structured lesson plans for an 8-week program that they can keep for further reference.

What does the school need to provide?

• Schools need to provide the students, a venue (school gym or field subject to weather) and a slot on your weekly timetable.
• Mouth guards – each student is required to have a mouth guard – FHBC provides mouth guards for the price of $4 per mouth guard.
• Transportation to the Field Hockey Festival (as appropriate).

In addition, every participant in the Schools Program will receive:

• A certificate upon completion of the program to be presented at an assembly

When does the Program take place:

Traditionally the program is incorporated into school timetables for a six week period between October to June.

For further details contact on our schools programs, please contact Susan Ahrens.