The EHF’s strategy for the development of field hockey
The EHF – European Hockey Federation – has a great mission statement – “To encourage, promote, develop and administrate hockey in Europe at all levels in order to maintain hockey as an Olympic sport on an Olympic program and maximise participation, standards, enjoyment and community involvement. The work of the EHF and its efforts shall be based on democracy, loyalty, equality and especially recognising the importance of our volunteers.” – and let’s hope they can stick to it, and it isn’t just a lot of fanciful ideals. It's a decidedly bold statement of their intentions and aspirations for the future. However, it does require a strategy.
Understandably, the EHF gave the mission statement a great deal of thought, and consequently launched a strategic plan for 2017 to 2024. The manifesto contains some clearly stated aims and objectives, plus 6 key initiatives, which could only have been deduced by gathering opinion from a wide populous: