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Wapping Hockey Club notices surge after Team GB Olympic gold

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2016

Wapping Hockey Club has seen a surge in numbers due to Team GB's Olympic success (pic; Iain McAuslan)

Wapping Hockey Club has seen a surge in numbers due to Team GB's Olympic success (pic; Iain McAuslan)

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Club’s open day sees increase in interest

Wapping members celebrate Team GB's gold medal in the women's hockey at the Rio Olympics (pic: Iain McAuslan)Wapping members celebrate Team GB's gold medal in the women's hockey at the Rio Olympics (pic: Iain McAuslan)

Wapping Hockey Club has already seen a surge in interest from new members following the historical success of Team GB’s women’s hockey team at the Rio

Olympics.

The team’s exciting gold medal match against the Netherlands on Friday and their stunning unbeaten record have already inspired total beginners and those returning to hockey to pick up a stick.

Wapping saw a doubling in new joiners at its annual Club Day on Saturday which celebrates the start of the new season and invites new members to discover the east London club.

The club has received an unprecedented number of over 100 new joiner inquiries, with a notable increase immediately after the GB hockey women’s semi-final and final victories.

Wapping chairman Stuart Burnside said: “Hockey is perhaps the ultimate team sport. Players shine, but it’s the team that stars.

“This may be because it is the most equal sport for gender participation nationally, and enjoyed by one of the broadest range of ages.

“At Wapping, we focus on removing barriers to access and provide an environment that works whatever your gender, income, background, ability or disability.

“For this reason, demand has been strong for some time, with the club already near doubling in size since the 2012 Olympics, and we now have 19 senior league sides, making us one of the largest team sports clubs in east London.

“We have everyone from total beginners to internationals under one roof, I can think of few sports that offer this.

“Team GB women’s hockey managed an incredible eight wins from eight and won an Olympic gold medal on Friday night primetime TV.

“It’s fair to say that’s caused demand to surge further. We had enquires after the semis, more after the final and probably twice as many new faces than usual

at our club’s open day on Saturday. Long may it continue. Let’s keep building pitches and inspire a generation.”


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