Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup
Over the last week more than a 1000 school children took to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre hockey pitches celebrating one month to go until the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.
On Thursday the 21st of June England Hockey welcomed 34 schools featuring 340 children across five London Boroughs in a minis festival.
They were lucky enough to meet and greet the England squad where many of them made good luck posters for the squad ahead of the World Cup later in July.
Rebecca Ellis, the PE leader at Ellen Wilkinson Primary school in Beckton said “Today has been amazing most of our children haven’t done much hockey but we were supported with some coaching from England Hockey a few weeks ago where we got a great taster for it ahead of today.
“We live in a challenging borough where there are lots of things that children will be faced when they grow up and I am a firm believer if children are involved in sport, especially in team sport that they will keep them out of trouble, off the streets and giving them positive life skills to take on further.”
Secondary school pupils from years 7 and 8 took to the pitch on Friday. Eighteen schools with 31 teams in total as part of the East London festival.
They started the day with an exclusive watch of a training match where they cheered England on against Spain.
They finished with an exciting shoot out and to round off the morning they met the players pitch side for a chance for an autograph and a selfie. They enjoyed the international game and loved meeting the players, it was a true eye opener for them.
This three-day festival is in conjunction with the East London Project.
This project has been running pre 2015 with support from Sport England and London Mayors office including multiple partners across London with the simple aim to encourage more people to play and watch hockey.
If you would like to learn more about the project or get involved, please contact [email protected]