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HockeyFest heads to Bexley and Dartford this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:15 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:15 02 September 2016

HockeyFest is aimed at all ages and abilities

HockeyFest is aimed at all ages and abilities

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The event is aimed at people of all ages and abilities

Hot on the heels of Team GB’s Olympic hockey success, an event celebrating the fun and social side of the sport is returning to Bexley and Dartford.

HockeyFest 2016, which is running this weekend, promises to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the sport through fun and informal events with a big community feel.

The organisers will be hoping to capitalise on the success of Britain’s female hockey players, who made history in Rio by taking gold at their first ever Olympic final.

Rich Beer, director of development at England Hockey, said: “After this summer’s magnificent sporting success, many people are keen to try a new sport and want to have fun while staying fit and active.

“Over the last four years, we’ve seen a very encouraging uplift in grassroots participation and building on this success, we’ll be getting the new season off to a flying start by welcoming even more people to the hockey community.”

In 2015, 335 clubs took part in HockeyFest and over a quarter of these saw a growth in membership numbers from the previous season.

People will be able to take part at the following locations:

Bexleyheath and Belvedere Hockey Club, Erith School Community Sports Centre, Ramsden Road, Erith, on Saturday, September 3 from 11am to 5pm.

Dartford Hockey Club, Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford,on Saturday, September 3 from 12pm to 2pm.

Burnt Ash (Bexley) Hockey Club, Dartford Science and Technology College, Heath Lane, Dartford, on Sunday, September 4 from 10am to 3pm.


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