Hockey Maker programme honoured

Hockey Makers pose at the Suffolk County Show Roadshow as part of the Hockey Nation programme

England Hockey’s hugely successful Hockey Maker volunteer programme has been awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

The Award has been given for the engaging volunteer programme, which saw over 500 Hockey Maker roles fulfilled between February and October at Hockey Nation events and activities across the country. Hockey Makers were deployed to events including the npower Big Dribble at over 40 locations, to over 30 Hockey Nation roadshows, to assist with GB players’ visits to schools, to the Investec London Cup, Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals and, of course, to the XXX Olympic Games.

England Hockey Chief Executive Sally Munday said: “This award tops off an incredibly successful year for hockey; 30,000 new participants, an Olympic medal and thousands of new volunteers across the sport.  We are hugely grateful to all of the hockey volunteers who have been part of the Hockey Maker programme and this award should be dedicated to them for giving up their time and energy to support the programmes and initiatives that England Hockey has led to get more people involved in our sport”

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 organisations which have successfully harnessed the hard work, commitment and generosity of volunteers to change Britain for the better have been recognised with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, the Cabinet Office and Buckingham Palace announced recently.

The list of recipients reflects the diversity, optimism and excitement of a national year of celebration. The Award recognises well known voluntary groups which have made a contribution throughout Her Majesty’s 60 year reign, alongside newer organisations that engaged volunteers specifically to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to build on the sporting legacy of London 2012.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 was announced in February 2012 to commemorate Her Majesty’s 60 year reign by recognising voluntary groups that operate across the UK or in the one of the four home nations.

It is a special, one-off category of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which was established in 2002 as part of the UK honours system to recognise the work of grassroots organisations at a local level. During the past ten years, over 1000 community groups and local charities have received this prestigious honour.

England Hockey has worked hard on recruiting, recognising and rewarding volunteers through extensive recruitment, welcoming hundreds of new volunteers into the sport. The programme includes improved communication and awareness, an identity through branding and clothing and other benefits and rewards.

For a full list of recipients click here.

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