Ladies in Felixstowe who have been inspired by the gold medal won in Rio by the Team GB hockey team have turned out in their droves to try the sport.
Felixstowe Hockey Club have seen over 15 new female members sign up to the club in the weeks since Rio, seven of which will be making their debuts this weekend as the Suffolk hockey league gets underway.
The club have announced a special reduced membership of just £50 for the year for new members, and local ladies have jumped at the chance to pick up a stick and have a go.
Marc Lloyd, ladies head coach at the club says the interest in the club hasn’t been a surprise, but the club are thrilled at the numbers of new people wanting to try hockey. He said: “The gold in Rio won by the ladies hockey team was for a lot of people the highlight of the Games. As a result we’ve had 17 new ladies join the club over the last three weeks and they are thoroughly enjoying their hockey and have been coming back for more each week. As a club we are excited and thrilled that seven of them want to play competitively already, and there will be huge side line support for them on Saturday.
“We are the perfect club for people who have never played before and who want to give it a go; we have teams for all levels right from beginners upwards so there is something for everyone. If anyone else out there is interested we would love them to come along on a Tuesday night and have a go. We are keen to set up a 4th ladies team for next season as we also have huge numbers of youth girls coming through the ranks, so it’s an exciting time for Felixstowe Hockey Club and hockey in general.”
Charlie Farrow England Hockey Relationship Manager for the East added: “We are seeing a real surge of interest at nearly every hockey club from new or returning adults and lots of young people wanting to be the next Alex Danson or Maddy Hinch. This is not only a result of the wonderful result in Rio and the brilliant role models the girls are being for our sport but also a testimony for all the great hockey clubs who week after week provide such a great place to be involved in our great Olympic Sport.”
The Felixstowe men’s section have also seen an increase in new faces post Rio and will also welcome some debutants when their league gets underway in a couple of weeks.
Ladies train on a Tuesday night from 7pm on the astro turf at Felixstowe Academy on Maidstone Road, and the men train on a Wednesday night from 8pm. To find out more about the club, membership and games visit www.felixstowehockeyclub.co.uk
For information, or an interview please contact Helen Rudd, FHC Publicity Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07841901934
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