Olympic gold medallist and Great Britain Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh to visit local hockey club as part of HockeyFest initiative
Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club are getting the new season off to an inspiring start as they welcome the captain of the gold medal-winning Great Britain Ladies’ Hockey team, Kate Richardson-Walsh, to Kings International College this Sunday (September 4th).
The ladies’ Great Britain Hockey team made history when they won gold at Rio 2016 last month, beating two-time Olympic champions the Netherlands in the final and inspiring a nation in the process. And now her visit is set to motivate players at Camberley and Farnborough Hockey club as they prepare for a new league season.
“Kate is one of the stars of the game and a true inspiration,” said Club Chairman Colin Forsyth. “The whole club is buzzing about her visit and we are truly honoured to be able to welcome her. It will be a massive boost for everyone involved at Camberley and Farnborough as we head into a new season and will hopefully inspire some new players to dust off their hockey sticks and come and join us.”
Richardson-Walsh will be visiting Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club as part of England Hockey initiative HockeyFest, which sees clubs come together to celebrate the social side of hockey. The club will be welcoming players new and old to join them at Kings International College for her visit on September 4, where there will be a Q&A and photo opportunities. Plus, there will also be plenty of other activities taking place on the day for players of all levels to enjoy.
Schedule: Sunday 4th September
Open day for Colts (age 5+) from 10am-12 noon.
12noon-2pm: Kate Richardson-Walsh visit (including Q&A and photo opportunities)
Adults 7-a-side mixed tournament 2pm-4pm
All are welcome, including new players who would like to try out for the club.
The club has enjoyed great success in recent seasons, including winning the England Hockey National Vase in 2013-14 season, as well as securing promotions each season for its men’s and ladies’ teams, with three promotions last season alone.
Speaking about the impact successes such as Rio 2016 have for hockey at a club level, Colin Forsyth said, “Membership soared as a result of London 2012, bringing many new members into our youth set up and we are now starting to see the positive impact on our adult teams, as young players improve and progress into playing at the top levels of the club.
“We are hoping that the historic achievements of the England Ladies’ team in Rio 2016 will do the same. Kate’s visit on September 4th will hopefully be just the start of that process.”
The club has previously welcomed Olympic heroine Alex Danson and Great Britain Goalkeeping Coach/Assistant Team Manager John Hurst to run coaching clinics. Junior Section Chairman Martin Aldrich said, “It’s been great to have visits and coaching from stars of the game, especially since Alex [Danson] attended Farnborough Hill School, where some of our own youngsters go. To now be able to follow that up with a visit from Kate [Richardson-Walsh] is just incredible.”
Ladies’ Club Captain Keri Wilson added, “Last season saw both our Ladies’ 1st and 2nd XI promoted, as well as our Men’s 3rd XI, and we have seen during the Olympic Games an increase in the number of enquiries from people wanting to get involved in hockey. We always welcome new people along, even if they’ve never held a stick before.”
Training starts at 8pm at Kings International College and is a great and enjoyable way to keep fit. This season, Ladies’ training takes place every Tuesday from 8-9.30pm, with Men’s training on Wednesdays from 8-9.30pm. BacktoHockey sessions are also running at Tuesdays from 8pm for those looking to get back into hockey.