Minister for Sport and GB star visit Maidstone HC and Sharron Davies Picks up a Stick

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The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, and Olympic Bronze Medalist Beth Storry went along to Maidstone HC's Give it a Go session last night.  Both the Minister and Beth were able to see first hand the immediate impact the Olympic Games has had on encouraging people of all ages to take up hockey.

GB star Goalkeeper Beth Storry spoke about the influence the Olympics had on her when she was growing up, "It [the Olympics] played a big part in encouraging me to get into hockey. I've always loved playing sport, I remember from a young age watching it on the television and wanting desperartely to be a part of it."

Since the Olympics finished, hundreds of budding new hockey players have been turning up at Give it a Go sessions all over the country. One of the biggest success stories has been Lincoln Roses who had an extra 100 people turn up to their club; their current membership stands at 128.

Lincoln Roses Club Captain Gary Johnson said, "We started two weeks before the Games with sessions for children and also for parents - everyone gets involved. During the games there has been an extra peak of interest but we are ready and prepared to welcome everyone."

Maidstone Hockey Club Give it a Go sessions have been a huge success...

Last weekend, as part of Join In The Battlebus stopped off at Cannock Hockey Club. Sharron Davis had this to say:

"There are things you can do that don't have to be so competitive," added Davies. "Even hockey: it can be competitive, but there are many people who play because they enjoy it, and play for an hour and then go out for a coffee or a glass of wine. We're not just talking about the next generation of Olympic athletes we're talking about engaging the whole country."

See the pictures of the trip to Cannock here

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