More Amazing Challenges And Fundraisers As Clubs Stick Together During Second Lockdown

Old Southendian HC - Women's 1st/2nd XI

We may not be able to pick up a stick once again for a few weeks but that hasn't stopped hockey clubs from once again joining together and coming up with some brilliant challenges in the second lockdown. Your spirit is incredible!

After we shared so many brilliant fundraisers and club events earlier in the year, it's fantastic to see so many continue to combine forces to raise money for excellent causes and ensure they are looking after themselves and their team-mates.

England Hockey want to know what you and your club will be getting up to over the next few weeks - email stories@englandhockey.co.uk to share your plans so you can be featured on this page.

Old Southendian HC
Determined not to let their fitness levels drop and to help raise money, Old Southendian HC's women's 1st and 2nd teams have set up an exercise-based challenge taking place over 28 days.

With a new task to complete every day (ranging from 100 star jumps to inchworms and climbing 10 flights of stairs), you can join in with them as well - check out their Instagram page here for full details.

You can also donate by clicking here.

Leeds Univervisty Union Women's HC
The club have already completed some amazing work for charity over the last few months and recently donated a huge 145kg of food and other items to the Leeds and North West foodbank. Brilliant work!

East Grinstead HC
October 2020 saw the East Grinstead women's team raise an fantastic £1,200 for Breast Cancer Now thanks to their #WearItPink #PlayItPink campaign.

The men's 2nd team are now joining forces to raise money for Movember, including hosting a virtual pub quiz with a fancy dress theme of 'The Movies'. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram to see more of what they get up to.

Isle of Wight HC
Another team determined to stick together and not let their fitness levels drop, the Isle of Wight women's 1st team will be combining to walk 950 miles over lockdown. That's the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Furthermore they are raising funds for both the upkeep of the club and for Home Instead IOW's 'Be A Santa For A Senior' scheme, who deliver gifts to lonely, isolated and vulnerable people in their community.

You can donate by clicking here.

Harborne HC
Harborne's women's 1st team will be swapping their sticks for running shoes during lockdown as they aim to run 1,000km over the next few weeks to raise at least £1,000 for Blood Cancer UK.

You can help them smash that target by donating here.


Mossley Hill HC
Mossley Hill's women spent their scheduled 'week off' from league games with a Halloween hockey match raising money for South Liverpool Foodbank! In total they raised £1145 and it was a great day had by all and even some very interesting choice of outfits!

Worcester HC
With lockdown on the horizon, Worcester turned their final training session into a Christmas-themed fancy dress evening while also encouraging their members to donate collections for a local food bank.

Berkswell & Balsall Common HC
In the last weekend they could play before lockdown, five teams from the club took on the #PlayInPink challenge to raise money for Breast Cancer UK. Showing the true togetherness of the club, both men's and women's sides took part and they raised £900 for the charity.

Edgbaston HC
Across the next few weeks, Edgbaston HC's women's 1st and 2nd XI are taking on different physical challenges to raise money for Noah's Star. 

The 1st XI are aiming to collectively walk, run and cycle 1,930km while the 2nd XI will be undertaking 200 hours of activity.

You can donate to their cause by clicking here.

Somerset Gryphons HC
A group of 25 members of Somerset Gryphons have challenged themselves to run 1,000km over the course of four weeksn to raise £1,000 for Alzheimer's Society.

Within the first week they'd already completed 280 miles and raised nearly £900. There's still time to donate - click here to do so.

Bridgwater HC
The last few months have been tough for many of us and charities such as Mind have been crucial in helping us through it.

Now Bridgwater HC have decided to repay the charity's amazing work by running, walking and cycling 1,000 miles across the next few weeks. They're already well on their way to hitting their target but there's still time to donate - click here.

Reigate Grammar School - U15 Girls
With Christmas on the horizon, the U15 girls' team from Reigate Grammar School are hoping to inject a bit of festive spirit for those who need it over the next few weeks.

The squad are collectively travelling the distance of 2,388km between the school and Lapland in order to raise money for Stripey Stork's Santa Stork campaign, ensuring local children in needs will receive gifts at Christmas.

They've already smashed their initial target but there's still time to donate - click here.

University Of Huddersfield HC
Across November 2020, members of the hockey club are joining with the Engineering Society to walk, run or cycle a distance of 2,000 miles to raise money for Movember and Orchid.

They're well underway in terms of mileage but need your support if they are to hit their target - click here to donate.

University of Bath HC
Determined to keep up their competitive spirit, the University of Bath hockey squad are taking on their rugby counterparts to see who can virtually run the 9,648km to Tokyo.

They're currently well on their way to not only reaching their target in terms of distance but also when it comes to fundraising too as they are running in aid of Student Minds. There's still time to donate though - click here.

University of Manchester Women's HC
Another university side determined to help make a difference for others, two teams are all taking on their own challenges to raise money for great causes.

The 1st XI are aiming to run, walk and cycle a combined 1,000km to raise money for Students Minds and raise awareness of the importance of mental health support. Click here to donate.

The 2nd XI are aiming to run 740km (the distance from Manchester to Marlow to Stratford and back to Manchester) by 18 December. They are doing so to raise money for FareShare, who redistribute good food that would go to waste to those who need it most. Click here to donate.

Josh Greaney, Loughborough Students Men's HC
A member of the 1st XI, Josh completed an extraordinary feat in November as he ran his first ever marathon around the university's campus.

He's also raised more than £1,000 already for Movember and there's still time for you to add to that - click here to donate.

University of Warwick Ladies' HC
They may not be able to grow moustaches but that hasn't stopped the University of Warwick's women from doing their bit for Movember.

Between them, 36 members of the team will each run at least 60km across the month to raise money for the charity. Many athletes have already completed the feat and they've so far raised more than £2,000, which is around four times more than their original target.

How much money can they raise? Click here to donate.

Wotton-Under-Edge HC
Across 12 weeks, members of Wotton-Under-Edge HC will be running, swimming, cycling or walking a total of 6,776 miles - the distance between the club and Tokyo, where next summer's Olympics will be held.

They're doing so in memory of their former chairman and hugely respected club member Dr Alan Hooper, who sadly passed away this year. They are raising money for The Cotswold Way Association, a charity he was heavily involved with - you can donate here.

RAF Women's Hockey
With fewer Poppies sold this year and Remembrance parades heavily scaled back, the Royal Air Force Women's Hockey team committed to a 10k challenge to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Each player, including those currently deployed on operations in Cyprus and Mali completed a 10km run wherever they happened to be on the 11th of November. In total the team raised £3,223.
 
Goalkeeper and RAF Engineer Kathy Morten said: "League hockey has been cancelled and the gyms are closed, so having a challenge like this with an incredible team of women behind me was exactly the motivation I needed to get my running shoes on and get myself out of the door. We haven’t been able to train together since February, but the 'Hockey Family' is always there when we need it."