England Men support Hockey for Heroes at Unibet EuroHockey Championships

England Men's Captain Barry Middleton with the Hockey for Heroes shirt on  Credit Chris Lee England Hockey 480

England Hockey is proud to announce that for the upcoming Unibet EuroHockey Championships, the men’s team will display the Hockey for Heroes logo on their shirts. The men’s team, led by Barry Middleton, will be playing five matches at the event starting with a pool match against Russia at 7.30pm tomorrow. All matches will be broadcast on the BBC.

Hockey for Heroes is the brain-child of two hockey players and ex-servicemen, Carl Woods and Gary Ryder. The group aims to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity, which was founded in 2007 to provide direct, practical support for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women, veterans and their loved ones.

The Hockey for Heroes team raise funds through a mixture of exceptional physical exertion and hockey events.

Hockey for Heroes Founder Gary Ryder told England Hockey:

“To see where Hockey for Heroes has gone, from four years ago being an idea between a few friends to today, when the England team will compete with our logo on their shirts it is absolutely incredible. It’s great to have England Hockey’s support and it just doesn’t get any bigger than having you own national team behind you.”

Hockey for Heroes’ fundraising goes from strength to strength. In their latest challenge, in 2015, during only 10 days, between Thursday 21st May & Saturday 30th May 2015, the Hockey for Heroes Invitational Squad comprising 26 players from 20 different hockey clubs undertook 33 Games of Hockey and the 3 Peaks Challenge (Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis & Snowdon).

“We’re very lucky to have a hockey community that cares about each other and the success of our tour is testament to that. We really want to increase the awareness of Help for Heroes and to promote what we’re doing but we also want to promote our love of the game. What better way than with the support of the England team?”

Andy Halliday, the England Team Manager, himself a mentor on the Help for Heroes Pathfinder scheme and an active supporter of Hockey for Heroes said:

“It’s fantastic that we are able to provide such great support for both Hockey for Heroes and Help for Heroes. As a Help for Heroes mentor I witness first-hand the positive impact that the charity has on helping our service personnel. I am very proud to be part of the link that we are able to provide through the efforts of Hockey for Heroes. This opportunity will help broaden the awareness of both the sport and the charity.”

The Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015 showcases the best eight men’s and women’s teams in Europe, including both England teams. England’s men narrowly missed out on a medal in 2013, finishing fourth after defeat to the Netherlands in the bronze medal match. Bobby Crutchley’s side will be aiming to get on the podium in front of a home crowd this time out. The event will offer entertainment both on and off the pitch with a large fan park, including a fun zone for children. The stadium capacity has been expanded to cater for demand for tickets, with some sessions on the verge of selling out again at the increased capacity. Visit www.eurohockey2015.co.uk.  

About Hockey for Heroes and the Help for Heroes Charity

Help for Heroes raise money to help injured and fallen servicemen and women, running a series of recovery centres across the country. Read more about the centres and their activities here – http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help/recovery-centres/

Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have put on 350 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports.

Using Hockey as their sport to help, the Hockey for Heroes team work to raise funds for Help for Heroes, with their efforts dating back to 2012 and encompassing a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey. You can find out more about Hockey for Heroes on their website: http://www.hockey4heroes.co.uk/.