Hockey for Heroes will march from Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to Marlow Hockey Club in Buckinghamshire as part of Operation Stretcher in aid of Help for Heroes.
#OpStetcher will commence with a game against a Welsh XI before the squad head off visiting various clubs across England and Wales. The tour will end at Marlow Hockey Club on the 4th June where the team will take on a ladies select team put together by Danny Kerry, Team GB Ladies Coach.
The event in Marlow is open to all and includes hockey games along with a family fun day featuring various activities including a bouncy castle, inflatable pitch racers and many other family themed activities.
Throughout the tour the squad of 44 will take it in turn to carry a stretcher containing former Royal Marine Dominic Robert Lovett who was injured during a military training exercise and is now tetraplegic. A total of two hundred miles will be covered and over thirty games of hockey will be played throughout the 10 day tour.
‘’We are about to embark on this 10 day objective, we feel prepared and ready to take this challenge head on. The planning and preparation has gone fantastically well and the squad are ready to make #OpStretcher a huge success.” Says Joel Forrester, Hockey for Heroes CEO.
The tour will see volunteers walking alongside the stretcher with buckets to collect money and Hockey for Heroes welcome anyone to walk alongside them throughout the 10 days. Great Britain Men’s Team Manager, Andy Halliday will be supporting #OpStretcher, dribbling a hockey ball along the entire route behind the stretcher.
“As an ambassador for this fantastic charity and self confessed inventor of extreme hockey dribbling, I will be hoping to boost the fundraising and awareness of the great work done by the hockey for Heroes team. I’ve dribbled the London Marathon and the 3 highest peaks in the UK, now the toughest challenge yet, 200 miles in 10 days behind the stretcher.” Says Andy Halliday, Great Britain Men’s Team Manager. Clubs and teams taking part in #OpStretcher:
26th May – Sofia Gardens and Gwent HC – venues Sofia Gardens (Welsh Select) followed by Gwent Hockey Club
11.00 – Welsh Select
19.00 – Welsh Masters
20.30 – Gwent HC
27th May – Gloucester City HC – venue Plock Court pitch
14.30 – Lansdown
16.00 – Cheltenham
17.30 – Gloucester
28th May – Chippenham HC – venue Chippenham Hockey Club
14.30 – Stroud
16.00 – Wotton-under-edge
17.30 – Chippenham
101 Crow Lane West, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9YN
29th May – Royal Wootton Bassett HC – venue RWB Academy
13.30 – REME HC
15.00 – Wallingford
16.30 – Royal Wootton Bassett
30th May – Newbury HC – venue Newbury Hockey Club
16.00 – Royal Navy
18.00 – Newbury HC
19.30 – Newbury HC
31st May – Sonning HC – venue Sonning Hockey Club
16.00 – Royal Air Force
18.00 – Sonning HC
19.30 – Bicester HC
1st June – Amersham and Chalfont – venue Amersham and Wycombe College
16.00 – Army
18.00 – HIgh Wycombe HC
19.30 – Amersham and Chalfont HC
2nd June – St Albans HC – venue Oaklands College
16.00 – UKAFHA
18.00 – Hertford HC
19.30 – St Albans HC
3rd June – Old Loughtonians HC – venue Old Loughtonians Hockey Club
12.30 – East London
14.00 – Leeds Beckett HC
15.30 – Old Loughtonians HC
4th June – Marlow HC – venue Marlow Hockey Club
10.00 – Ladies Game
11.30 – Ladies Game
13.30 – Marlow Men
15.30 – Danny Kerry (Ladies GB Coach) Invitational XI
17.30 – Barbarian’s team
All are welcome to come along to watch any of the games and show support for tour.
About Hockey for Heroes. Using field hockey as our sport, Hockey for Heroes raise funds for Help for Heroes. Our efforts date back to 2012 and encompass a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey.
In 2015 our team toured the UK for 10 days, played 33 matches across 3 Countries and climbed Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. During that tour we raised over £50,000 for Help for Heroes.
Further information about the charity and the tour is available at http://www.hockeyforheroes.co.uk