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Emma Watson joins international athletes at Hockey Futures launch event

Emma surprised schoolchildren at Thorpe Hall Primary School in Walthamstow, East London, joining a hockey session alongside Rio 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE and Commonwealth & European medallist Emily Defroand.

Hockey was a big part of my life growing up and I’m thrilled that England Hockey are committed to making the sport more accessible to children all over the country through the launch of Hockey Futures. Hockey is the nation’s most gender equal sport and it was fantastic to visit a Hockey Futures session at Thorpe Hall Primary School and see children playing together, learning new skills - and teaching me some new hockey tricks too!

Redditch Hockey Club

Redditch Hockey Club is passionate about developing and increasing hockey participation amongst young people in the local community. In collaboration with Hockey Futures they have created quality outreach hockey programmes in local schools offering easy transition into club sessions. This has ensured that all young people have the opportunity to play and become part of their hockey family.

Tim Gibbs ( Chairman of Redditch Hockey Club) explains why they have chosen to work with Hockey Futures: 

Our club is in a high area of deprivation, we recognise the value a coach and mentor can have on a young person’s life. Hockey Futures has enabled us to position our Head Junior Coach within our local first school. Having Becki in the school, has provided over 200 young people access to hockey through fun, engaging, coached P.E lessons and after-school club sessions based on our astro turf. Becki’s presence within school has given the children a positive mentor to inspire, guide and assist them to reach their potential both on and off the pitch. As a club our values align closely with Hockey Futures, we strive to break down barriers to participation within our community and passionately encourage young people across the local area to take part in hockey, irrespective of their background or ability.