Kirkby Stephen Hockey Club hosted its first 24 hour Hockey Festival on Saturday 30th June, attracting over 300 people to come and join the fun in the glorious sunshine. The festival was held to help raise funds towards replacing the all-weather synthetic pitch located at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School, which belongs to Kirkby Stephen Community Sports Association.
The festival was a great success with all ages and abilities joining in over the course of the day. Kicking things off in the morning the junior tournaments welcoming over 100 children to the pitch. They were followed by the Family Fun matches which saw Grandparents, parents, aunties, uncles and long lost cousins dusting of their sticks to join the children. To carry the festival on through the night over 80 players then took to the pitch to play hockey of all standards in what was a friendly and fantastic effort from all involved
In addition to the tournaments One Sports Warehouse attended the event during the day allowing players to buy new kit from top to toe and sample new hockey sticks which was very popular. (www.one-sports-warehouse.com). With fun stalls, face-painting, raffle, homemade cakes & refreshments, music, BBQ and a Bar… there was plenty to keep everyone entertained from morning to night. Players could even have a half price sports massage courtesy of Anthea Bowman of AB Sports Therapy who kindly donated every penny made to the event (www.absportstherapy.co.uk)
The event was a huge achievement raising over £3,000. It was a pleasure to see so many members of Kirkby Stephen Hockey Club having fun and playing alongside other Cumbria Clubs, ex-players, friends and family plus the wider community.
Kirkby Stephen hockey club would like to offer sincere thanks to everyone who helped out at the event with the planning, organisation, setting up and cleaning up. Thank you goes out to everyone who helped out with organising the children during day at the pitch and the evening hockey sessions too... and to all the volunteers who helped with the refreshments, stalls, car parking, BBQ, music and Bar.
The event wouldn’t have been the success it was without everyone who came to the pitch to play and to support. It was a great community sports event which will hopefully help to fund hockey in the town for future generations.