Vancouver hawks schools program


Our Story

Since 2018, the Vancouver Hawks have been offering its free THIS IS HOCKEY introductory program to local elementary schools.

In 2022, we committed to making the program available to ALL public elementary schools in the City of Vancouver.


What We Offer:

A FREE one-week introduction to field hockey for the entire school - grades K-7.

All equipment is provided by Vancouver Hawks, and the program is run in the school gymnasium. 

We look to provide two lessons to every class/grade, and we hold a school-wide assembly where coaches share their individual sports stories, demonstrate higher-level skills, and invite students to compete in challenges with them at the end of the week.

What We Teach:

Fundamental Movement Skills

Basic Field Hockey Skills


That sport is FUN!


Because Field Hockey is one of the most played sports in the world. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn new sports and be inspired by our coaches.

Knowing and building confidence in a sport is fundamental to a child's future participation.

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Our coaches:

NCCP-Certified coaches

Local student-athletes

National and university-level players

Our Ethos:

The Vancouver Hawks are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.  By providing free programming in local schools, during school hours, and in their gymnasium, we create equal opportunity and exposure to the sport in an accessible and community-based way.

We strive to work with schools in order to fit our program into their school community.

Our Impact:

33 Vancouver Elementary schools have participated in the program since 2022, with 21 of these located in East and South Vancouver.

Over 10,250 Elementary-aged children learned a new sport.


Participating Schools 2022/2023

General Wolfe Elementary, Chief Maquinna Elementary, Grenfell Elementary, Britannia Elementary, Ecole Jule Quesnel, Lord Nelson Elementary, Charles Dickens Annex, Edith Cavel Elementary, Trafalgar Elementary, Norquay Elementary, Selkirk Annex, Xpey Elementary, Beaconsfield Elementary, Moberly Elementary


Participating Schools 2023/2024

wək̓ʷan̓əs tə syaqʷəm Elementary, McBride Elementary, Simon Fraser Elementary, False Creek Elementary, Osler Elementary, Nootka Elementary, Hastings Elementary, Tyee Elementary, AR Lord Elementary, Henry Hudson Elementary, J.W Sexsmith Elementary, Crosstown Elementary, Sir James Douglas Elementary, Champlain Heights Elementary, General Gordon Elementary, Quilchena Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Champlain Heights Annex, Kerrisdale Annex

"I just wanted to thank you, on behalf of all of the staff at Gordon Elementary School, for the fabulous job your Vancouver Hawks' coaches did last week teaching our students field hockey skills and demonstrating your talents with us during the end of the week assembly. We really  appreciated your program and feel that our students benefited from learning about a different sport and new skills from such experienced and enthusiastic coaches." - Gordon Elementary School Teacher

"Thank you so much for bringing such an amazing program to Champlain!! What an opportunity for our kids to participate in a new and exciting sport! The program was so well organized and the coaches were all excellent. Hopefully you will be able to come back to Champlain again in the future. " - Champlain Heights Elementary

"Thank you again for such a wonderful program! I really appreciated how knowledgeable the leaders were and how smooth the program ran. It was a wonderful experience for the kiddos, and I would love to have you back anytime! A big thank you again."  - Simon Fraser Elementary

“Thank you (and your staff) so much for the workshops last week! The kids had a wonderful time and the sessions were so well organized and executed!

Finding ways to support students to continue playing would be wonderful and we'd be happy to do what we can on our end.” – PE Teacher, Chief Maquinna Elementary


Give a big thank you to Rowan and all the assistant coaches. They were amazing, and I know it takes a lot of energy to run that many sessions a day. It was very well organized. 

I would be very happy to participate in the fall program next year.” – PE Teacher, École Jules Quesnel


Get Your School Involved


Stephanie Nesbitt

Schools Program Coordinator


Alex Bale

Executive Director

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