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PUBLISHED: 11:15 26 August 2015

England Hockey and Join In have launched 'Big Help Out Hockey' (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

England Hockey and Join In have launched 'Big Help Out Hockey' (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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New initiative launched to help encourage more volunteers in sport

With the 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships at the Olympic Park well underway, England Hockey and sports volunteer charity Join In hope to boost volunteer numbers with a new initiative for grassroots level.

‘Big Help Out Hockey’ will work with amateur hockey clubs across the UK, aiming to inspire new and exisiting volunteers to help out each week at their local clubs.

It is hoped the numbers well help contribute to the #BigHelpOut target of 10,000 set by Join In and BBC Get Inspired ahead of Sports Personality of the Year in December.

Join In already has nearly 2000 volunteer roles that need filling and there are tasks available for everyone both on and off the pitch.

England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh believes she would never have reached she has were it not for the help of volunteers earlier in her career.

“Some of our most important team mates are those off the pitch,” she said. “The coaches who helped us develop and kept us motivated at club level through to the event volunteers who make each event run smoothly- we couldn’t do it without them.”

For more information and to sign up to Big Help Out Hockey visit

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