Many of Great Britain’s sports stars cite meeting an athlete in their childhood as the moment that encouraged them to go on to the sporting success. With the Olympic Games in London set to inspire a whole new generation, Great Britain’s Olympic hockey stars are swapping the training ground for the playground to help build the buzz and launch In2Hockey, the new version of hockey designed especially for delivery in secondary schools.
Every member of the GB men’s and women’s squads training for the London Olympic Games returned to school during February, March and April to deliver dedicated In2Hockey training sessions and take part in question & answer sessions with pupils.
In2Hockey is a fun, exciting and dynamic game designed to help pupils develop their hockey skills and techniques, and to provide a gradual progression into the 11-a-side version of the game. The easy to use support materials enable deliverers to run quality hockey sessions no matter their previous experience of hockey.
Hundreds of schools applied for an athlete visit, with many joining forces to open the opportunity to thousands of youngsters from Penzance to Dundee.
Check out what the kids thought below.
“It was fun and we thought it was a really good idea. We learned quite a lot in the Q&A session about Mark's [Pearn] training and that if you work hard you can achieve your goals. It was good being able to meet someone who was going to be in the Olympics, a professional player. He showed us some moves, some tricks - dragging it back and flipping it up and also a V thing…we couldn’t do it. He helped us and gave us some tips. He was friendly and his tracksuit was awesome!”
Year 8 pupils in Bristol visited by Mark Pearn
"When the GB hockey players came into school to teach us all a few points on how to become better hockey players it was a nice feeling. Knowing that the best players in Great Britain have taken time out of their lives to come and teach school children a thing or two. For all the people wanting to be up there with them in 5-10 years it was good to find out everything you have to do to become a GB hockey star! They sounded like they were looking forward to the Olympics especially as it is ‘on their doorstep’. During the question and answer session it was interesting to find out some of the answers. The chance to have this time with these stars was amazing considering how the Olympics is just around the corner."
James Taylor, pupil at Bromsgrove School visited by Richard Smith and Alastair Wilson
"Thanks very much for arranging the visit for Katie and Susannah to attend Robert Sutton. It was a great afternoon and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The players were fantastic with the students and provided great motivation and inspiration. We wish you all every success with London 2012!"
Caroline Smith, Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College visited by Katie Long & Susannah Townsend