The Cardiff Devils are extremely proud of the work undertaken by the Devils Community Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1126298), the club’s official charity.
Set up and established under the guidance of former player and current MD Brent Pope, the Devils Community Foundation (DCF) has built a strong reputation across South Wales. Now being led by Jamie Elson the DCF continues to cultivate strong relationships and deliver a number of exciting schemes within the community of South Wales.
The DCF goes from strength to strength each year, rolling out a series of successful school and community programmes as well as it's exciting weekly on ice sessions.
Currently the DCF engages in direct Ice Hockey coaching and development to over 200 children and adults weekly, through it's extremely popular DCF Junior Teams, Skills Sessions, Learn to Play, and Play the Game programmes with sessions taking place five nights a week. These initiatives are a great way to get involved in this fantastic sport, meet new friends, and take part in healthy recreation. All sessions are led by fully qualified coaches, and also see Cardiff Devils players attend sessions, to ensure you are taught by the best.
The DCF is proud to run the full range of teams through it's Cardiff Junior Devils programme which starts at U10, and then provides U12, U14, U16 and U18 junior teams, as well as two senior teams in the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL). There are also pathways through to senior womans team, the Cardiff Comets, and for disabled athletes with the Cardiff Devils Sledge Hockey Team working alongside the DCF.
There are a number of Schools and Community enagement schemes that the DCF lead throughout South Wales, including a brand new Floor Hockey and In-Line Hockey 12 week coaching programme that is being launched in 2013. New schools match night ticketing offers are also being launched for the 2013-2014 season, as well the popular "Adopt a School" offer for local companies.
In addition, the DCF continues to build upon its strong working relationship with strategic partners such as Cardiff Councils’ Sport Cardiff and Active Cardiff, Sport Wales, alongside alliances with Cardiff Business School, Cardiff Met University, South Wales Police and Fire Service and many others.
The DCF is also heavily involved in innovative approaches to promoting sport in our city, currently establishing a working partnership with the Cardiff Blues Rugby Football Club, Cardiff City Football Club and Glamorgan County Cricket Club. This strategic alliance has created an excellent opportunity for the ‘Big 4’ professional sporting organisations within Cardiff to expand their cross promotional involvement within the sporting community and is helping to introduce Ice Hockey to new audiences.
Brent: “Ice Hockey is a family sport that has always attracted a wide demographic of people. One of the secrets to the club’s success in South Wales since its inception has been the positive relationship that the players and the club have had within the community as local role models. This is what the DCF is all about and we are continuing to build on this”