TV star & GB players launch The npower Big Dribble

Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh launched The npower Big Dribble with the help of Great Britain internationals James Tindall and Ashley Jackson.
Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh launched The npower Big Dribble with the help of Great Britain internationals James Tindall and Ashley Jackson.

In London's Trafalgar Square, the trio set the ball rolling on the exciting initiative, which will see a giant hockey ball travel the length of the country, stopping off in 40 towns and cities along the way.

The npower Big Dribble launch with Mille Mackintosh, James Tindall and Ashley Jackson

At each stop communities will be invited to be part of a record attempt to ‘dribble’ a hockey ball an incredible 2012km. They will even have the chance to send the GB hockey squad good luck wishes ahead of the Summer’s Games by signing the giant ball.

The action-packed road show, which will raise funds for national children’s charity WellChild, will begin its journey in Edinburgh on April 15.

Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh launched The npower Big Dribble with the help of Great Britain internationals James Tindall and Ashley Jackson.

Over the course of the next 18 days, thousands of people across the UK will have an opportunity to get involved in the free to attend events which will celebrate hockey and create excitement ahead of this year’s big summer of sport. The npower Big Dribble will conclude its journey on May 2 when it will arrive at in Trafalgar Square for its grand finale.

Locations hosting The npower Big Dribble events include Gateshead, Leeds, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Bristol and Reading to name just a few. Schools, families, sports teams and individuals are all invited to welcome the ball’s arrival into their town and to get involved in a range of free, fun hockey related activities. All events will offer communities a chance to contribute to the record breaking dribble attempt. Participants will be invited to dribble a hockey ball up to 100 metres, contributing to a running total online. Every individual who completes the course will be awarded a certificate.

The npower Big Dribble comes to a town near you

The npower Big Dribble will be in the following towns and cities on these dates: Edinburgh (14 April), Glasgow (15 April), Carlisle (16 April), Gateshead (16 April), Durham (16 April), Middlesbrough (17 April), York (17 April), Leeds (17 April), Manchester (18 April), Liverpool (18 April), Wrexham (18 April), Sheffield (19 April), Nottingham (19 April), Derby (19 April), Loughborough (20 April), Leicester (20 April), Coventry (20 April), Birmingham (21 April), Warwick (21 April), Cheltenham (22 April), Swindon (23 April), Bristol (23 April), Cardiff (23 April), Exeter (24 April), Plymouth (24 April), Bath (25 April), Salisbury (25 April), Southampton (25 April), Portsmouth (26 April), Brighton (26 April), Guildford (27 April), Sevenoaks (27 April), Maidstone (28 April), Canterbury (28 April), Norwich (30 April), Bury St. Edmonds (30 April), Cambridge (30 April), Oxford (1 May), Reading (1 May) and London (2 May at Trafalgar Square).

The npower Big Dribble logoIn addition, many of the events will also offer a chance to meet GB hockey players, past and present, and to get involved in a range of free, fun activities including The Cage Goal Scoring Challenge, Giant Hockey Skittles and a competition to win an electric scooter - complements of event sponsor, npower.

In addition to getting the country dribbling, the road show is also being used to test the UK’s Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Equipment will be transported in new Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL all-electric vans, powered using npower charging posts, in an effort to showcase EV technology, while identifying areas where further development is required.

Sally Munday, Chief Operating Officer of Great Britain Hockey, says: “Our vision is to capture the imagination of the British public, to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds and sporting abilities to get involved in hockey. The npower Big Dribble will arrive on the doorstep of thousands allowing them to experience a taste of one of the nation’s favourite team sports. Having a go couldn’t be easier – it’s great fun and what’s more, no equipment or experience is necessary."

Volker Beckers, Chief Executive Officer for RWE npower, adds: “npower has a long and proud tradition in supporting sport at all levels, and when we heard about Great Britain Hockey’s record-breaking campaign, we wanted to offer our support. It’s our way of getting behind GB Hockey and wishing them all the best at this summer’s major sporting event. Both hockey teams have a great chance of collecting Gold medals."

The Little Dribble

For those unable to attend an event, Great Britain Hockey is encouraging people to host their own ‘Little Dribble’ to raise money for WellChild; whether it’s in the school playground, at work or in the local park, there’s no better time to take part. A free information pack containing fundraising ideas and advice on how to manage a Little Dribble event is available for download at www.thebigdribble.com.

A marathon Little Dribble attempt

Andy Halliday, Team Manager of the GB Men’s Hockey squad and Jason Lee, Head Coach, will complete their Little Dribble, supporting WellChild, at this year’s London Marathon on April 22. The pair's Little Dribble will see them dribble nearly 43km. Their online sponsorship page can be found here.

Stay in touch with The npower Big Dribble

Twitter logoTo find out where your nearest npower Big Dribble event is taking place please visit www.thebigdribble.com.

Follow the Big Dribble on Twitter @GBHockey2012 using the hashtag #npowerbigdribble.

You can send your pictures and videos from your Little Dribble or your visit to The npower Big Dribble to bigdribble@gbhockey.co.uk. We'll upload the best to Facebook and YouTube.

Donate to our Official Charity Partner, WellChild

Visitors to The npower Big Dribble sites will have the opportunity to make a donation to our Official Charity Partner WellChild. Simply text BIGD12 followed by 3, 5 or 10 to 70070. For example, BIGD1210 donates £10, which will show up on your phone bill.

Those who wish to make a donation online can do so by following the links from the event microsite at www.thebigdribble.com.