Our belief

About us

Hello, welcome to

Hockey Dreams

We believe in the power of sport

We open pathways for young people to study, develop, work, play and grow as a person. Their success brings empowerment and uplifts communities where it’s needed most.

theory of change

How we work

There is little support for young people in some African regions due to lack of resources. Even when education is available, it is hard, if not impossible, for motivated, talented young people to take charge of their future and create a better future for themselves, including access to the labour market. With more than 10 years of experience in our pockets, we run a sport for development programme. We believe sport and education is beneficial way to educate youngsters and prepare them for their futures. So, we focus on the heroes of any sport: the coaches. They learn how to play, set goals, take charge of their life, care for themselves and others, to speak up, and how to dream big. By linking organizations, local schools, sport associations and partners, we build communities where everyone is united and empowered through sport.

since 2012

Our history

Hockey Dreams Foundation, formerly known as the Kadish Foundation, was founded by Gijs Hardeman in April 2012. He started the organisation after setting up a half year project in Zambia on behalf of the Dutch Hockey Association. Invited by the International Olympic Committee, that project supported a hockey program at a new artificial grass pitch in Lusaka whereby local coaches introduced the sport to the community. When this project ended, Gijs decided to start a foundation which would continue with its objectives. Hockey Dreams Foundation was born.

our focus

Sustainable Development Goals

Hockey Dreams focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 10, 11, 16. Through our work, we create sustained, inclusive and sustainable sport communities.

We are on a mission

We are quite excited about the people chasing our dreams every day. A team of local coaches, volunteers, ambassadors and board members, all working together and brining amazing skills. And we would like you to meet them!

Doreen Asiimwe

Coach Uganda

Norah Alum

Coach Uganda

Harriet Matungama

Coach Zambia

Jacky Giramia

Coach Uganda

Ramadeith Siraji

Coach Uganda

Teddy Aciro

Coach Uganda

Jacky Giramia

Coach Uganda

Yvonne Reid

Coach Malawi

Doreen Mbabazi

Coach Uganda

Malou Janssen

communication & campaigns

Truly believes in starting small to grow organically and make big impact. Moved to run powerful campaigns and tell meaningful stories about the heroes of our foundation.

Illona Hartman

equipment & sustainability

Determined to deliver sustainable projects & support to those in need.

Myrthe Verkruyssen

project manager academy

Passion for helping people and hockey. Proud to be part of Hockey Dreams.

Esnarth Linyama

Coach Malawi

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Geoffrey Gama

Coach Malawi

Joseph Mulolo

Coach Zambia

Tadala Khulukhulu

Coach Malawi

Wilson Thanki

Coach Zambia

Richard Kajjuki

Coach Uganda

Ritah Katoka

Coach Zambia

Jackson Mwaba

Coach Zambia

Marlène Döderlein de Win

country support officer Uganda

Outright motivated to enable coaches to develop themselves and turn their dreams into plans.

Flavia van Tilburg

country support officer Zambia

Focused on guiding our local coaches to optimal growth and development. For themselves and all the kids they teach.

Charlotte Menting

projects & events

Love to use hockey as a tool to make a difference in the lives of our coaches, through development of skills and the use of their own strength.

Sarah Hays

projects & events

Constantly inspired and amazed by the power sport has to bring people together and effect positive change.

Chisomo Jamali

Coach Malawi

Grace Chikwapula

Coach Malawi

Alimo Jolie

Coach Uganda

Watch out for this rising star in the making! Meet Alimo Jolie, the youngest coach in our Ugandan HDF team! With a passion for hockey running through her veins, this talented 3rd-year secondary school student dazzles with her exceptional drills. Watch as she embraces her hockey dreams and inspires others to do the same!

Joseph Simpanzye

Coach Zambia

Petronella Mwanza

Coach Zambia

William Okecha

Coach Uganda

Stewart Kavuma

Coach Uganda

Laurien Kruize

business manager

Love to use hockey as a tool to make a difference in the lives of our coaches, through development of skills and the use of their own strength.

Rogier van Putten

partnerships

Driven by a passion for hockey and growth, excited to build partnerships with partners that want to grow Hockey Dreams with us.

Aya Attaf

social

Daan Haselager

video

Dorothy Bowman

Coach Malawi

Driven by a passion for hockey and growth, excited to build partnerships with partners that want to grow Hockey Dreams with us.

Innocent Raskara

Coach Uganda

Irene Atim

Coach Uganda

Peter Mwanza

Coach Zambia

Kayla Maulana

Coach Malawi

Victor Kumwenda

Coach Zambia

Tony Okema

Coach Malawi

Okello Elies

Coach Uganda

Kayleigh Schmitz

country support officer Malawi

Passioned to work together with our local coaches to help them reach their full capacity of becoming an inspiring role model. Helping them change change lives, every day.

Emma van Leeuwen

data & performance

Wouter Schotman

equipment support

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Ambassadors

Maria Verschoor

Maria Verschoor

Dutch National Team & Hockey Club Amsterdam

Derck de Vilder

Dutch National Team & Hockey Club Kampong

Bjorn Kellerman

Bjorn Kellerman

Former Dutch National Team & Hockey Club Kampong

Tristan Algera

Tristan Algera

Former Dutch National Team & Hockey Club Rotterdam

Terrance Pieters

Dutch National Team & Hockey Club Kampong

Board & advisors

Peter Vermaas

Chairman

Hugo van Donselaar

Board Member

Jan Willem Bredius

Secretary

Freek Tönis

Board Member

Gijs Hardeman

Advisor

Daniël Mens

Advisor

Tjarko Tadema

Treasurer

Publications

Financial overview – 2022
ANBI 2021 – 2022
ANBI 2019 – 2020
Annual Report 2020
Annual Report 2019
Annual Report 2017 – 2018
Annual Report 2016 – 2017
Annual Report 2015 – 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013
ANBI grant