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Hockey: Olympic champion to visit Crostyx

PUBLISHED: 14:23 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 09 May 2018

Helen Richardson-Walsh signs autographs

Helen Richardson-Walsh signs autographs

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Crostyx Hockey Club are hosting an open day at Woodford Wells on Sunday as part of England Hockey’s Your World Cup campaign.

The event will give youngsters and families the chance to pick up a stick and give the sport a try ahead of the Women’s World Cup in London this summer.

And Olympic gold medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh will be attending to provide tips, sign autographs and take photographs to inspire and engage the next generation of hockey players.

Hockey-based activities on offer include a Stick Duel Arena which will stage exciting 1v1 and 2v2 battles with junior skill sessions for children aged six to 12 twelve hosted by Crostyx coaches, alongside an introduction to hockey session, aimed at participants of all ages.

There will also be a 3D skill session open for all ages to participate in.

Crostyx juniors will receive medals and certificates at the club’s awards ceremony from Richardson-Walsh and there will also be tennis cricket, table tennis, squash and racketball, plus traditional stands with cake sales, raffles and a BBQ.

Following the recent successes of women’s hockey, with Great Britain winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and England securing bronze at the Commonwealth Games, the sport has been propelled into the nation’s psyche, increasing in popularity.

Charlie Farrow, England Hockey relationship manager for Essex, said “Since London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, a pattern of growth in the number of people watching and playing hockey has emerged.

“With the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup on home soil in 2018, England Hockey fully anticipates that this tournament will have the same impact. Thousands of children and their families are expected to watch the event and engaging this audience ahead of the event is a key objective for us.”

The Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup takes place from July 21-August 5 at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre when 16 world-class teams, including England, will battle it out.ons.

For more information on this summer’s big event visit englandhockey.co.uk.


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