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New funds for Gillingham hockey club

A hockey club in Gillingham has won a £250 grant towards its new artificial pitch.

From Press releases - 19 July 2016 12:00 AM

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A hockey club in Gillingham has won a £250 grant towards its new artificial pitch.

Gillingham Anchorians Hockey was nominated for UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award by employee Yvonne Kerswill, from Hempstead, Gillingham, whose daughter plays hockey.

The club has been playing hockey in the Medway towns for 61 years but needs community funding and support to secure the next decade for its 200-strong membership.

Chairman Gary Jackson says local backing is crucial: “All our members and supporters have been working extremely hard to raise money to replace our astroturf surface which cost a staggering £200,000. We appreciate the fantastic support from UK Power Networks as it recognises the important role we play in offering hockey in a family environment for people of all ages and abilities in Gillingham and Rainham.”

While the new surface is now in place, fundraising continues. Yvonne, a quotation and design planning assistant in Maidstone, said: “Every little helps. There have been fundraising junior discos and fun days to get the parents playing hockey.

“The playing surface was really old and now it’s good quality surface which helps the club to bring together a good set of teams. There are a lot of players who train each week and the club has a good community feel about it. The club also recently ran a ‘Back to Hockey’ campaign to encourage more players to try the sport. The young players start playing the sport with tiny hockey sticks and they can progress to playing in the adult teams.”

The club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. They run four men's, three ladies, an Under-8s, Under-10s, Under-12s and Under-14s teams, veterans and mixed sides. For information visit the website www.gillinghamanchorianshockeyclub.co.uk/

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in the South East, including Kent, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to promote healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities and support local communities.

Last year the electricity company donated £13,000 to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff. Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up.