On Wednesday 3rd May Loughborough University Men’s and Ladies Hockey Club opened its doors to over 100 eager young hockey players from the local community as they put on a schools hockey tournament.
Preceded by skills sessions delivered by some of the Loughborough players, including a handful of internationals, the children were then given the chance to pitch those skills against other teams in a friendly tournament.
With the aim of giving the local school children an insight into University life, the festival also offered a really fun day and hopefully inspired some of the next generation of hockey players. The venture comes as part of a determined effort from the hockey club to engage and add value within the local community.
Of the day’s activities, Women’s Hockey Club Chair and organiser Ffion Thompson commented:
I have never seen so many children smiling all at one time. It was a great day not only for the kids but for the coaches and volunteers as well. We hope this can be the start or a yearly thing.
During the season the clubs also hosted masterclasses and Q&A’s before two of the Men’s Premier League games, covering topics such as drag flicking, goal keeping and ball skills. They then had the opportunity to be ball patrol for the game. They got the best view in the house, watching seasoned internationals from all over the country going head to head.