Hockey For Heroes are back in action

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Playing a whole season in seven days. Playing 33 matches and completing the three peaks challenge in the space of ten days. Challenges that are madness to your average person on the street, but just two of the many tasks undertaken by the Hockey for Heroes squad.

With the success of their bi-annual tours in both raising awareness of the Help for Heroes cause and also raising funds for the charity, the Hockey for Heroes squad have branched out from the small group of players they started out with to holding open trials for those wishing to join the squad.

“We held a selection day a few weeks ago in Oxford and the response was fantastic." says Joel Forester, the Hockey for Heroes captain. “People from all over the place came to the selection day and it was great for us to see how far and wide the message of the squad has gone. Especially when you consider it started out as a small group of us trying our best to make something happen.”

The group embarks on a big tour every two years, aiming each time to push themselves up to and even beyond the limits of what each member feels they are capable of. The first year, back in 2013 took in 26 matches across the length and breadth of the country over the course of just seven days. The next time they went on tour, in 2015 they scaled the Three Peaks challenge, climbing Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon in 24 hours alongside playing 33 matches, all in the space of ten days.

Planning is underway for the next big adventure in 2017, but in the meantime, the squad will be popping up at various hockey clubs to keep the interest and the awareness of their cause going as well as connecting with as many of the hockey family as possible.

“The aim is to get as many people as we can following what we’re doing. We’ve been overwhelmed by the welcome and support from the hockey family and we want to continue to connect with as many of them as possible.” Forester adds “Help for Heroes is a fantastic charity which is close to the hearts of many of the players, but if things go well, we want to open it up to helping other causes. That’d be a fantastic achievement for us.”

The squad start their regular matches and build up to the 2017 tour with a double header this weekend against Oxford Hockey Club and Marlow Hockey Club. Both matches are set to take place at the latter’s Pound Lane home. Local club Bracknell will supply the ball patrol from their junior section and with Great Britain goalkeeper George Pinner and Manager Andy Halliday, two of the H4H ambassadors set to make an appearance it promises to be a great day.

There can be no doubt that the next Hockey for Heroes challenge, whatever form it takes on will be bigger and tougher than the previous two. But that’s what the group is all about, pushing their limits to see if new limits can be reached, all in the name of charity. Who could argue with that?!

If you’d like to support the Hockey for Heroes team this weekend, head down to Pound Lane, Marlow to watch them in action. All the details are on the flyer below. Otherwise you can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or visit their website to find out the different ways to get involved.

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