Hockey for Heroes
Hockey for Heroes, H4H, is a national charity that uses Hockey to raise funds for Help for Heroes, with their efforts dating back to 2012 and encompassing a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey.
I began my Hockey H4H journey in September 2018, after attending a selection day at Bisham Abbey, the home of GB Hockey.
Athletes from all over the country were put to the test in physical and psychological tests, as well as Hockey skills and even a dip in the Thames for good measure!
I am honoured to be selected to be part of a team that values resilience, teamwork, hard work and commitment, a similar philosophy I try to replicate when coaching Hockey at RGS.
We met in December for a weekend at Lilleshall and I received my H4H kit. Every sports person loves new kit, and on this occasion, I felt immensely privileged to wear the H4H badge. Playing amongst many ex and serving military personnel, it is rewarding to help contribute towards the work that Help for Heroes is doing in sports recovery, funding wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports.
Most recently was H4H’s meet at Exeter University, where both the Mens\’ and Ladies’ teams played exhibition games against the University. Playing together for the first time posed its challenges but, after addressing any issues in the team talk, we came back fighting. With seconds to play and 3-1 down, we won a penalty corner as the final whistle went.
The next Ladies H4H day will be hosted at RGS on Sunday 24 February. We will be playing three competitive matches against Stourport, Worcester and Olton and West Warwickshire Hockey clubs. There will also be an opportunity for the RGS girls to get involved. We welcome your support on the pitch at RGS The Grange from 10.00am onwards.
RGS is signed up as a ‘Warrior’ school to H4H and therefore will be fundraising for the charity. The first event in school will be ‘Beat the Keeper’ and a cake sale on Friday 8 February. With the Headmaster amongst the teachers set to be in goal, I hope the pupils are ready to take on the challenge!
By Leanne Bennett, Head of Hockey