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Gold medal hockey player Maddie Hinch coming to Beckenham this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:02 25 August 2016

Olympic hockey star Maddie Hinch, who helped Team GB strike gold after a dramatic penalty shootout, is coming to Beckenham on the morning of Saturday 27 August to help celebrate HockeyFest.

Olympic hockey star Maddie Hinch, who helped Team GB strike gold after a dramatic penalty shootout, is coming to Beckenham on the morning of Saturday 27 August to help celebrate HockeyFest.

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The goalkeeper is coming to Langley Park School for Girls on Saturday

Great Britain on podium with the medals.
WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEKGreat Britain on podium with the medals. WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK

Bromley and Beckenham Hockey Club is throwing its doors open to potential players - following on from the success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

Star of Team GB’s gold-medal-winning women’s hockey team, Maddie Hinch will be at Langley Park School for Girls this Saturday.

The goalkeeper will be at the school from 10.30am to 12.30pm, as part of the HockeyFest initiative.

The school will be open to visitors from 10am to 5pm.

HockeyFest, running from August 20 to September 11, is part of a national initiative to get people playing the sport.

Gold medallist Maddie Hinch said: “I got into hockey by playing rounders at school - apparently I was very dramatic diving for the ball and the teacher suggested I should go in goal in hockey.

“I hadn’t played it before then but once I had the pads on I just learnt to love it.”

“I advise everyone to get involved with hockey as soon as possible, it’s a great sport to watch as a group we always talk about inspiring people to get involved with the sport and these events are perfect to get the nation playing.”

Since 2011 the number of junior players has risen by 64 per cent as more people have been inspired since London 2012.

Director of development at England Hockey, Rich Beer, 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.

“HockeyFest gives families the ideal opportunity to visit their local hockey club and see what it has to offer all ages and abilities.”

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