Hockey players go the extra miles for the NHS
Since going into lockdown, RGS Hockey players have continued to communicate via the Showbie platform and in regular Google Meet sessions. The girls have created and shared videos of lots of different challenges, from keep ups and around the world to obstacle courses and timed skills exercises. Our senior girls wanted to go a step further and do something to raise money for our community, as well as boost squad morale and start the preseason fitness work. Therefore, after some discussions about iconic Hockey venues, the girls agreed how they are inspired to play at the Lee Valley Olympic Hockey Stadium and they wanted to travel the distance from RGS to Lee Valley and back.
After sharing out the kilometres, with 30km each, they could also complete 1000 laps of the pitch too, so that was the challenge. They set out to complete this over 14 days and led by senior Hockey captain, Sophie Thompson, Upper Sixth, they had set a fundraising target of £1,000 for Worcestershire Acute hospitals NHS trust.
The girls collated their distances, with some motivational pictures and videos being shared each day and by the ninth day they had already completed their set distance. But with five more days of the challenge, they continued to dig in and run further, with Amelia Lane, Year Eleven, clocking up almost 90km on her own! I am pleased to let you know that they covered over 900km between them (after initially aiming for 710km), over 14 days and have raised £1,075 + £190 Gift Aid. I am very proud of the girls’ initiative, resilience and team spirit in completing this challenge. We look forward to sharing with you the next challenge that is up and running for all pupils to participate in, created by senior player Lucy Ball, Year Eleven, the ‘Bung it in the bin’ challenge.
Miss Leanne Bennett, Head of Hockey and BTEC