Great Britain Hockey has today been awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the International Hockey Federation at its Congress in Malaysia.
The award was made to GB Hockey in recognition of its contribution to the development and promotion of hockey in maximising the opportunity of the London 2012 Olympic Games and its work towards securing a lasting legacy for hockey.
Richard Leman, President of Great Britain Hockey, said: “On behalf of everyone involved with Great Britain Hockey I’m delighted that the efforts of the organisation and everyone involved in hockey have been recognised with the President’s Award from the International Hockey Federation. It’s a testament to the extra effort put in by everyone involved in hockey in this country over the past few years, from grassroots volunteers to the staff and the athletes of the GB teams. It’s a great honour for us to receive this award on behalf of the whole Hockey Nation.”
Great Britain Hockey’s celebrated Hockey Nation programme has been central to the sport’s efforts to generate visibility for and participation in the sport, spurred by the buzz of the London 2012 Olympic Games. More than two years in the making and running since January 2012, the Hockey Nation programme has seen a number of events and initiatives run across the country to encourage more people to get involved in hockey.
The Hockey Nation programme included:
• Athlete ambassador school visits – during which more than 6000 young people met a GB hockey star and received hockey coaching.
• The npower Big Dribble – a nationwide hockey roadshow tour of 40 towns & cities covering more than 2012km, giving the British public the chance to try hockey over a short dribbling course.
• Grassroots coaching observation day – providing grassroots coaches with the opportunity to watch and ask questions of the GB head coaches as they put their Olympic teams through their paces.
• The Investec London Cup – an international tournament, to be held annually, hosted by GB Hockey in Chiswick ahead of London 2012. Featured GB, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Ireland.
• The 2012 Gala Dinner – a showpiece black tie fundraising send-off event for the British Olympic teams.
• Hockey Houses – a network of high street bars and hockey clubs set up as hockey fan venues for the Olympic Games.
• Hockey Nation ‘Give it a Go’ – a nationwide programme running throughout the Olympic period offering 20,000 opportunities for the British public to try their hand at hockey in more than 500 locations. Supported by a dedicated search website www.hockeynation.info.
• Give it a Go on the Olympic Park – two reduced size versions of the Olympic hockey pitch at the Riverbank Arena offering Olympic spectators to try hockey. In total, 30,000 people picked up a hockey stick at the Riverbank Arena during the two weeks of the Olympic Games.
The President’s Award was received by the three chief executives of the home nation governing bodies for hockey; Sally Munday (Chief Executive of England Hockey, Chief Operating Officer of GB Hockey), Helen Bushell (Chief Executive of Hockey Wales) and Robert Heatly (Chief Executive of Scottish Hockey).
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