Cairns Hockey Association | BDO Aspire Indigenous Hockey Programs
Cairns Hockey took a brave and courageous decision 12 years ago and identified that the development and support of indigenous and remote hockey development programs would lead to long term benefit. Cairns Hockey partnered with Hockey Queensland Remote and Indigenous Hockey Program and has broadened its involvement into indigenous support programs across Far North Queensland through the development of Aspire Program.
Cairns Hockey Indigenous Programs have been integrated into the Cairns Hockey 2020 Strategic Plans and form part of their social responsibility strategy. In addition, they link with education and training programs, modified competition and pathways and partnerships.
Cairns Hockey has developed specific programs, practices and policies around which the indigenous programs would be supported. The budgets and acquittal processes are all transparent through Cairns Hockey.
Aspire to be Deadly | Hockey Programs
Cairns Hockey was active during 2015 in delivering a number of programs across the region to support the Aspire to be Deadly Hockey Program. We
- Deliver into Cape York
- Deliver into Torres Strait Islands
- Deliver into Gulf Savannah Region
- Delivers into Cairns, Tableland and Douglas Region
Cairns Hockey has a Program Manager, who has valuable experience in delivering into remote and indigenous communities, as well as a Regional Hockey Program Coordinator, with extensive experience in engaging, developing and delivering modified hockey programs, designed to broaden participation, build talent and create pathways. There is also a young Development Officer, who is trained to deliver community support programs, using hockey as the vehicle to drive positive social changes.
Aspire to be Deadly | Incorporates
- Participation and Pathways Programs
- Mentor Programs
- Education and Training Workshops
- Parent and Community Engagement
It has a significant focus targeting indigenous young women and girls but has broad based support to ensure the Programs can encompass community needs
Aspire to be Deadly | Program Staff
|Aspire to be Deadly Program Manager|
|Regional Program Coordinator|
|Hockey Development Officer|
Aspire to be Deadly | Engaging Local Community Volunteers and Supporters
Aspire to be Deadly recognizes that without local community support and direct engagement and involvement from local volunteers, this program cannot be sustainable. Aspire to be Deadly is building a strong network designed to build local capacities. This is done through identifying interested local volunteers and structuring training and mentor programs, designed to meet the needs of the individual, the community involved and the program outcomes itself.
Matt Cook is coordinating mentor support programs across the Cairns region, as a part of his role. He works with Wes Ferns and the team, to provide specially modified training programs to ensure the Aspire to be Deadly Outcomes can be met and exceeded and increase indigenous involvement.
Where possible Aspire to be Deadly will collaborate with Hockey Queensland Remote and Indigenous Hockey Program to maximize opportunities and share best practices.
Communities where these programs are active
- Gulf Savannah Communities – each year these programs are highlighted and recognized through the involvement of community and parents at the Karumba Hockey Carnival
- Torres Strait Island Communities – In 2016 Tagai State College has recognized the sustainability of the hockey programs with a HOCKEY AWARD included as part of the Annual Sports Award for the college.
- Cairns and South Cape Programs – a series of monthly workshops will be delivered to offer mentor support for indigenous young women and girls working through the pathways program of Cairns Hockey and Hockey Queensland to maximize opportunities
Aspire to be Deadly | 2017 Plans and Highlights
Cairns Hockey Aspire to be Deadly is delivering across
- Torres Strait Island Communities
- Gulf Savannah Communities
- Cape York- in particular South East Cape
- Cairns Region
In partnership with Hockey Queensland RIHP, Cairns Hockey is driving regionally indigenous programs that link and connect into mainstream in a managed way and is the only regional association in Australia driving and supporting programs that benefit indigenous young women and girls in particular.
There are a series of mentor and workshop programs planned for 2017 which will assist and support the outcomes driving Aspire to be Deadly and in 2017 Cairns Hockey will look to promote these across the hockey community
Focus this year will be on
- education and employment pathways
- parents and family support
- active mentor support programs
- links with Tropicana Lodge as a residential facility in 2018 onwards
- supporting links into mainstream programs
As the year progresses we will link our highlights and good news stories and promote the continued benefits being involved in this great program
2017 PROGRAM SO FAR
Already we have
- engaged and travelled to Torres Strait Islands to plan 2017 Programs
- engaged local Cairns West School and created first Aspire School in Cairns
- pathway programs at State Under 15 selections
- support through Cairns Academy Singapore Development Team
- Migi Kokan Carnival
- 5 selected in Peninsula Presidents Team
- new partnership with Tropicana Lodge
- new program aspire to deadly good health
IMAGES AND REPORTS - HIGHLIGHTS ASPIRE TO BE DEADLY'S JOURNEY
Aspire to be Deadly started in June 2015 and it hailed the delivery of a program in the indigenous sports space of a regional hockey association – Cairns Hockey taking the lead and supporting community benefit programs for indigenous young women and girls in particular.
Cairns Hockey is very proud of this program and has in December 2015 formalized the commitment with inclusion of a social responsibility pillar in the 2016-2020 Strategic Program where it highlights its commitment to Aspire to be Deadly
It is important to share this journey and in this section we look to highlight the work this program and its benefits across the community
HIGHLIGHTS THROUGH IMAGES 2015 AND 2016
Partnership with Queensland School Sport - Peninsula Hockey 12 and Under
Cairns Hockey Aspire to be Deadly Hockey Program and Peninsula School Sport have formed a partnership that creates an opportunity for our young women and girls involved in Aspre to be Deadly to attend state championships as part of a “Presidents Team”
Currently Wes Ferns and Jess Fatnowna are with Peninsula Hockey and the “President’s Boys Team” as coach and support coach respectively assisting and building relationships to strengthen the opportunity of a girls team in 2017 made up predominately of girls identified through the Aspire Program.
More information will be provided as this program is developed but we take the opportunity to thank Vicki Sparks for this innovation and working with us during 2016-2016 to develop the concept and put it in practice.
A total of 5 young people from the ASPIRE PROGRAM will be part of the President Teams in 2017
PRISCILLA TAKAI BOWIE
ASPIRE TO DEADLY GOOD HEALTH - EMPOWER ME PROGRAM
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE ONCE AGREEMENTS ARE SIGNED
GREAT OPPORTUNITIES COMING SOON