Out and about with the Hockey Nation

GB fans

We went back out on the road to visit our Hockey Family and see what fans and clubs had been up to during the Olympics.  

Hockey club Norwich Dragons are hoping that the hard work their volunteers have been putting in for the Hockey Nation campaign will pay dividends after the Olympics. The Norfolk club has been hosting ‘Give it a Go’ activities since the start of the Olympics in the form of Quicksticks and In2Hockey and these will continue after the games. The clubNorwich HC Hockey house is also a hub for spectator activity, adorned with GB bunting and cardboard cut outs provided for those clubs and pubs with the ‘Hockey House’ title (see photo). Not only do they look great, it means they will be screening all GB games live. With 3 days of Olympic hockey action remaining there’s still plenty of time to turn up at the clubhouse and watch the action enjoying a friendly atmosphere. So far, it has proved popular and their social networking has produced some passionate support for GB via Twitter (check out @dragons_HC).

The Men’s and Women’s GB teams in action at the Riverbank Arena has already inspired a former Norwich Dragons player to return to the fold through one of the club’s ‘Give it a Hockey nation portalGo’ sessions. That led to the player playing again for the club in matches. That’s not the only way to get involved, another new participant turned up to a session having been enthused by the hockey on TV; a simple search for hockey clubs in the local area turned up Norwich Dragons and another new participant joined the fold.

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“We’ve had really positive feedback about how proactive hockey has been in providing opportunities for people to try the sport from local sports development contacts,” said Mike Hardy from the club, so much so the Clubs First Accredited club found two ladies from the local council decided to get involved in sessions. With the plethora of channels the BBC currently offers with wall to wall Olympic activity all day, it might take a little time for sports fans to venture outdoors. When they do, hockey clubs around the country – exemplified by Norwich Dragons – will be waiting with open arms to welcome participants of any age or ability to the fun and social world of hockey.

Marcus Adams ‏@marcusadams9876
YES @GBHockey2012 Atmosphere was intense on the pitch!!!#throughtosemis

Amelia Roberts ‏@ameliarobs
Cmon @TeamGB @GBHockey2012 screaming at the tv#playforpride I'm watching with pride! Counting down the days till hockey season! #cantwait

Fans review

Chris Davies

Chris has been playing club hockey for three years and is the Mens 4th IX and Summer League Captain at Stourport Hockey Club. Here are his thoughts on the GB men's semi-final match against Spain...

"GB only needed a point but certainly made hard work of it. I didn’t think they played badly but the Spaniards saw an opportunity and went for it. GB were the stronger in my opinion and we have to be grateful for some excellent umpiring in the final ten minutes. I can understand the complaints, a lot was at stake, but I think the right decisions were made. Thankfully the second umpire overturned some decisions at the end of which could’ve seen a very different result."

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