27 AUG 2016

A return to hockey after 35 years

Celebrating England Gold at the Maidstone Hockey Festival

Former Minister for Sport and Maidstone and the Weald MP Helen Grant returned to the hockey pitch this weekend, 35 years since her last game as a teenager.

Maidstone Hockey Club's Hockey festival was organised to attract new members and encourage former players back to the sport whilst also celebrating the women's team GB Hockey gold medal in Rio

Players of all ages turned up throughout the day ast Saturday 27th August to participate and support the event, culminating in a barbeque at the club house in South Park, on Armstrong Road.

Helen said "I've been looking for an excuse to get back into hockey for ages. I really miss my team sports and I used to play hockey at County level in Cumbria. The Maidstone Hockey Festival was just the chance I was looking for. The players and coaches were warm, welcoming and lovely and I hope to become a regular at Maidstone Hockey if my schedule allows".

Chairman of Maidstone Hockey Club Matt Evans said "Our festival was part of the national 'I Am Team GB', 'Join in' campaign. Over 140 men, ladies and juniors took part in games throughout the day and attended a coaching session. The event was a resounding success and Maidstone Hockey Club are looking forward to the new season with a raised awareness and support for the game following Team GB's gold medal in Rio'.

For more information about Maidstone hockey go here

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