Olympic fever hits hockey club as gold medallist unveils new pitch
PUBLISHED: 16:12 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 30 August 2016
An open day was held on Saturday
The future of Olympic hockey could well feature a local name, after a £300,000 development was opened at the weekend by Olympic heroine Maddie Hinch.
The Team GB gold medallist opened Bromley and Beckenham Hockey Club’s brand new pitch, as part of a nation-wide initiative to recruit new hockey players.
But on the back of Team GB’s success, club treasurer Charles Darby explained Olympic fever had already gripped the club.
“It’s absolutely brilliant, the thing that’s really blown us away was the number of women we’ve had over the past few weeks inquire about joining the club” he said.
“In the past week I’d say we’ve had between 15 and 20 a day, that shows what Olympic success can do.”
‘Mad Dog Hinch’ - named so after her bravery on the pitch, visited the hockey club to unveil it’s new pitch..
The goalkeeper, who saved four penalties in GB’s final against the Dutch last month, was met with large crowds.
Mr Darby continued: “I was told we had around 300 people there.
“It was full of parents who came along to watch their kids play with Maddie Hinch, there is still an Olympic fever - everyone wanted to get involved and see the gold medal.”
Miss 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.”