We've done it! The npower Big Dribble reaches 2012km

A young person hits the big red button on the npower Big Dribble
We did it! On Tuesday, on the penultimate day of the npower Big Dribble, we surpassed the 2012km mark a full day ahead of target. It was the Oxford dribblers who had the honour and Oliver Lobo in particular whose feat was captured live by the BBC's local TV crew.

Thank you to absolutely everyone who has taken part so far. And just because we've passed 2012km we're not stopping yet!  Tuesday's grand finale in Trafalgar Square is set to be a celebration of the npower Big Dribble with a great line up of fantastic guests, including Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Olympic rower Ben Hunt-Davis, TV presenter Gillian McKeith and actress Sarah Barrand.  They'll be joined in London by the Chief Executives of Sport England, the British Olympic Association and Commonwealth Games England - Jennie Price, Andy Hunt and Adam Paker respectively. Well known hockey fan Hugh Robertson MP, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, will also join us in celebrating and do a dribble.

Sir John Madejski of Reading Football Club takes part in the npower Big Dribble in ReadingAfter today's exciting events in Oxford, the npower Big Dribble rolled into Reading. The rain stopped, the sun came out and hundreds more dribblers joined in.  Among them were Sir John Madejski (right), Chairman of Reading Football Club who were recently promoted to the Barclays Premier League, and celebrated Olympic rowers Katherine Grainger and Debbie Flood.

Launched by Great Britain Hockey 17 days ago, the npower Big Dribble has been taking the nation by storm having now visited 39 towns and cities across the UK.  The road show’s giant hockey ball is now set for the final leg of its journey when it rolls into London’s Trafalgar Square.

Communities up and down the UK have been picking up hockey sticks and getting involved in one the nation’s favourite team sports.  Participants, who have contributed to setting a new record by dribbling a hockey ball around a 100m track, have featured a host of sporting stars past and present plus special guests including TV personality Tim Lovejoy, England netball stars Tamsin Greenway and Rachel Dunn, and Chair of UK Sport and the Youth Sport Trust Baroness Sue Campbell. They have been joined by hockey clubs, families, school children, employees from local businesses, police officers, a town mayor and even a bride and groom who interrupted their wedding to dribble in Gateshead!

A bride enjoys the npower Big Dribble in Gateshead

The action-packed road show, which is raising funds for national children’s charity WellChild, has been encouraging thousands of people across the UK to get involved in the free to attend events which celebrate hockey and create excitement ahead of this year’s big summer of sport. 

People have also been able to send good luck messages to the GB hockey squad ahead of the Games by signing the giant ball.

Sally Munday, Chief Operating Officer of Great Britain Hockey, says: “The support we’ve had from the British public has been incredible and we’re thrilled that such a broad spectrum of people have had the chance to experience hockey in an exciting, fun environment. The road show has certainly captured the people’s imaginations and we’re confident that more people will be inspired by the sport ahead of and beyond this Summer.”

Volker Beckers, CEO RWE npower commented: “I am extremely proud to be associated with such a successful and inclusive event. It has been the perfect way for people of all ages to get behind the GB Hockey Team and wishing them all the best for this summer’s major sporting event. Best of luck from everyone at npower”

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, who will be taking part in a 100m dribble in Trafalgar Square, said: “This 18 day event has been a big success and I want to congratulate Great Britain Hockey and npower for their vision and hard work, in raising so much money for WellChild.  Many people across the country have been introduced to Hockey through the Big Dribble. It has inspired them to try out a new Olympic sport and also increase excitement ahead of London 2012.”

WellChild LogoOver £10,000 has been raised for the charity to date, so whether it’s in the school playground, at work or in the local park, there’s no better time to take part.

To make a donation text BIGD12 (followed by £3, £5 or £10) to 70070 or visit www.wellchild.org.uk.

To find out more about the road show as it reaches the final stage of its journey, visit www.thebigdribble.com

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