HKAHC’s ‘Jockey Club Ice Hockey Generation Next’ Program Received 4.7 Million Funding from the HKJC Charities Trust
Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club will be implementing a 3-year ‘Jockey Club Ice Hockey Generation Next’ program to foster and nurture a new all-rounded generation of players, after receiving a 4.7 million dollars donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
The donation from the HKJC Charities Trust is the largest sum dedicated to the Hong Kong Ice Hockey community to date. Mr. Thomas Wu, Chairman of Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club, hopes that ‘the ‘Jockey Club Ice Hockey Generation Next’ program can forge ahead and nurture a new breed of young hockey players who not only possess the skills necessary to compete internationally, but also the discipline and will to give back to the sport and the community.’
One of the coaches for the program, Mr. Robert Kang, said that “The Jockey Club Ice Hockey Generation Next is a program that will target the elite core of hockey players in Hong Kong. Creating a competitive league for U18 and U16 players, both boys and girls, will allow these players to have a stepping stone to transition from youth programs to higher level competition smoothly. Aside from the skill development, high level training and competition this program will provide, there is a bigger and far more important vision and goal for this program. Ice hockey is a team game and this concept of team work, fair play, commitment, unselfishness and respect for the game we love is the foundation and main philosophy for Generation Next. Hockey is all about attitude, character and playing for your teammates, this is a very important concept that players must buy into in order to enjoy the hockey experience. Everything from arriving to the rink for training on time to winning the championship game and everything in between, it comes down to having the right mindset and attitude towards the game.”
The ‘Jockey Club Ice Hockey Generation Next’ program is now openly recruiting 180 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who possess basic skills of Ice Hockey and a will and desire to receive competitive Ice Hockey training. After an initial try-out, they will be divided into 6 teams spread evenly in the U16 and U18 age groups for a three-year training programme comprised of both training sessions and actual games. “Learn the rules” sessions explaining international regulations will also be provided through the 9-month season with the help of the Hong Kong Ice Hockey Officials Association.
A Summer Clinic with four half-day sessions will be arranged each year. While the first three sessions of the Clinic are for Generation Next members exclusively, the last session will be open to the general public for promotion of Ice Hockey. Internationally renowned star player will be invited to run these clinics alongside Generation Next coaches. Generation Next participants are expected to take part in the public clinics as ambassadors to introduce the games to visitors and beginners as a way to give back to the sport and community.