Midlands Hockey Inc holds one of eight regional hockey franchises sanctioned by Hockey New Zealand. We operate in a region that incorporates the Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Tauranga, Thames Valley and Waikato Hockey Associations.
For more than a decade, Midlands Hockey has been a dominant force in New Zealand Hockey's National Tournaments. In the early days, that was Midlands Hockey's focus - selecting, developing and supporting National Hockey League and Under 21 teams as they prepared for National Tournaments each year.
Things changed in 2007 when Midlands Hockey implemented a visionary High Performance programme, bringing outstanding coaches to the region and leading the way in talent development in New Zealand.
Our High Performance programme is focused on developing and growing exceptional athletes. This programme attracts athletes who have aspirations to be the best they can be and they are regularly challenged through high intensity squad trainings, personalised athlete development plans and the opportunity to represent Midlands Hockey at the highest level.
In addition to their own development, they understand the benefit of giving back to their sport. These athletes work alongside our Coaching team to provide further development opportunities for the region's top school aged athletes through a variety of camps and academy programmes.
We're seeing some real success in the high performance area. Since 2007, Midlands teams have finished on the podium at National Tournaments 16 times. In 2013 alone, our teams won two National titles and 29 of our elite athletes were selected in New Zealand senior and age group squads.
2012 saw a major change to the Constitution of Midlands Hockey to include community sport. This paved the way for Midlands Hockey to support the delivery of all hockey opportunities to the more than 9,500 hockey players within the region.
Today, in the community sphere, Midlands Hockey is focused on partnering with its five member associations to deliver a well-planned and innovative community programme focused on growing hockey in what is already New Zealand's largest hockey region. This includes developing and partnering for the delivery of programmes for the five year olds who are experiencing organised sport for the first time, right through to the senior and masters players who are often returning to the sport for the social and physical benefits that organised sport provides. We're confident that we're reaching all hockey lovers, be they players, coaches, officials or volunteers.
Throughout the region, we see hundreds of hockey enthusiasts training and playing in 'ORANGE', a colour that has become synonymous with Midlands Hockey.