Hockey New Zealand Chief Executive Ian Francis declared he will resign from the role after this year to permit a new CEO to lead the game to another stage.
Francis, that has been with Hockey NZ for almost a decade for example more than four years at the helm, had earlier previously signalled into the Hockey NZ Board his intent to proceed but had been asked to stay and deal with the game during the first struggles of Covid-19.
Hockey NZ Chair Mike Bignell stated with neighborhood hockey back up and running, and together with the global match in a COVID-enforced fracture, it had been the perfect time to transition to some other leader.
“Hockey has a remarkably active two decades ahead. At the neighborhood level, we’re working with institutions to present more competition chances. We’re also increasing the thickness of our high energy playing pool throughout the growth of 100 athletes out our domestic squads.
“And globally our Vantage Black Sticks teams, that are equally rated among the world’s leading countries, will compete at the yearly FIH Hockey Professional League in addition to the Tokyo Olympics at 2021 followed by the World Cup and Commonwealth Games at 2022.”
Bignell said Francis ought to be exceptionally proud of his accomplishments over the last ten years, notably in forcing involvement expansion across New Zealand and strengthening baseball commercial partnerships and earnings.
“Throughout Ian’s tenure, hockey has turned into a yearlong game, with enrolled numbers steadily rising every year. With approximately 90,000 documented gamers, our involvement levels now are almost 50percent greater than 10 years back.
“Ian has also dominated our Vantage Black Sticks teams moving from amateurs to semi-professional athletes, and he’s played a major part in the maturation of the new FIH Hockey Professional League as one of three nationwide CEOs on the Guru League panel”
Bignell added that throughout his four decades as Chief Executive, Francis was instrumental in building powerful partnerships that have found commercial, philanthropic and broadcast earnings over quadruple to encourage the match transition into semi-professionalism.
“Ian leaves a powerful legacy behind himwith the game well positioned for another Chief Executive to keep this trip.”
Francis stated it was a privilege to direct hockey through New Zealand.
“I’m really thankful for the dedication and openness of our baseball community to work collectively from the game’s best interests, which has enabled us to push some actual progress. I am also happy to leave understanding that New Zealand has a powerful voice in the international hockey table”
Francis stated among his proudest accomplishments was hosting the Owen G Glenn FIH Men’s Champions Trophy in 2011 after first hosts India had pulled out just 12 months before.
“Champions Trophy revealed us that we can send world-class events in the home, and gave us the impetus to sponsor global events across the nation. These events are adopted by our communities, even with tens of thousands of people coming to encourage the Black Sticks in their neighborhood area”
He was also delighted with the job he’d done in directing a whole-of-sport overview of how we provide baseball in New Zealand — eliminating the duplication of resources and aligning high performance programmes throughout the nation.
“There is no doubt it has been a challenging season for the game together with Covid-19 quitting all baseball for weeks, the Tokyo Olympics being postponed, along with the continuing work in reaction to the individual inspection of the Dark Sticks Women.
“But there is real excitement regarding the brand new Premier Hockey League launch next month followed by probably the busiest period in the game’s history in 2021 and 2022.”
Former Black Stick and present Hockey Northland CEO Grant McLeod stated Francis had gone above in his desire to encourage and assist the baseball community.
“Ian is going to be recalled for its development and rollout of the Little Sticks programme, his tremendous work ethic and his ability to interact with the hockey community. His leadership throughout Covid-19 was outstanding and has been gratefully received by the institutions.”
FIH Chief Executive Thierry Weil desired to expand his sincerest thanks to Francis on behalf of the world body.
“Ian was instrumental in the operational setup and productive creation of this FIH Guru League. I have always appreciated his dedication and professionalism.”
Francis, that had been formerly Hockey NZ’s General Manager of Community Sports and Events, will continue in his job until the end of October to allow a replacement to be recruited during the upcoming few weeks and also to guarantee a smooth transition.