More exciting news to come from us! One of our dreams as a club is to have as many kids in our area skating and enjoying Rink Hockey. The model we’ve created over the last 4 years is proving to be a big hit but we think we can grow further. We’re very blessed to have so many novices who attend our early training sessions that we have been planning on how best to accommodate everyone.
So how do we do that? Our idea is that as we visit schools in the Sheffield region and put on taster sessions, we have the makings of a new school team. As we’re based in Shiregreen we’re well aware that the chances are more kids from around Sheffield may not be able to attend our sessions because of travel or involvement in other pass times. We came to the conclusion that we could expand in greater numbers if we just cast our net further. What did we find? We have lots of children interested in Rink Hockey.
Now we have schools interested all over the city region and the Wildcat’s name is hot topic in school PE departments. With the help of club members, our chairman Keith, has been able to create a competition which we aim to run as often as possible in which novice skaters can play other children of their same age and abilities. Our first competition was this week with teams built up from our regular novice session and a guest team from Loxley Primary School, the Loxley Arrows.
Everyone had so much fun, the noise was rapturous and there were plenty of smiley red faces at the close of play. The Wildcats would like to extend a warm thank you to all the kids, parents, helpers, coaches, time keepers, referees, the Loxley Arrows and of course Keith for working hard to get this new event off the ground.
From the feedback we’ve had already we think the next one can’t come soon enough!
We couldn’t be more excited for this. We’re looking forward to seeing our young Wildcats on the TV tonight training the Blue Peter presenters how to skate and play Rink Hockey. It’s a brilliant opportunity for us as a club and wonderful for the profile of the sport as a whole in the UK. We are still very early in our development but it just proves with a lot of heart and determination you can achieve great things.
Just to give some perspective on the shoot, the kids were asked to use what they have learnt and actually coach two novice adults how to not only stand up on wheels but also play the game too. The presenters, Lindsey and Richie, were absolutely fresh to Rink Hockey and we were so impressed with them and how the kids were able to articulate how they approach and play the game. When in reality they have been playing for such a short space of time.
We look forward to seeing more people to join in so hopefully as a Rink Hockey community we can use this to benefit us all. Let’s get more people playing the sport and keep moving forward.
Our segment will be broadcast tonight, Thursday 6th February 2020, at 5:30pm. So make sure you watch, tell your friends to watch and get their friends in on it too. Let’s start shouting about the secret that is Rink Hockey and let other people share what we love to do.
If you miss it at all then you can always watch it on BBC iPlayer.
Remember, there is a more than likely a club near to you no matter where you live so if you fancy giving it a try then get in touch and we’ll help you join in!
Last thing, thank you to the BBC and the Blue Peter team for being so supportive of us. We can’t thank you enough for this opportunity and we’re proud to now hold Blue Peter badges. You do great work so thank you again from everyone at the Sheffield Wildcats!
For those of us who like to see a good old fashioned newspaper article here’s a copy of our write up in the Yorkshire Post yesterday. We’re trying very hard to raise the profile of our sport and attract new members to the club. So if you think Rink Hockey could be for you then get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. We have gear to lend so all you need is enthusiasm to learn new skills. It’s fast, exciting and you learn to work with others in a safe team environment. Plus you get to meet Keith too!
Thanks to the Yorkshire Post for their support
Writer: Chris Bond
Photos: Lucozade Sport
Happy New Year to everyone! We had our first training session of the new decade last night and it was great to see so many faces new and old. January is speeding up to be a big one so thanks for all your support.
To give you a taste of what we’ve been up to recently, over the Christmas period we hosted a skate party open to all who just wanted to skate and listen to some Xmas tunes. We loved meeting some new friends from the Sheffield Roller Derby community and hope to welcome you all again soon. We also managed to squeeze in a brilliant fund raising event on the last Saturday before Christmas helping pack shoppers bags at our local Morrisons. We managed to raise a huge sum which also saw a portion donated to a local charity supported by the store. Not to mention our Christmas raffle which was another huge success. We’d love to extend a massive thank you to EVERYONE involved in all our fund raising, whether you helped organise, sell tickets, pack bags and of course kindly donated money. Your help and support is always appreciated. We can’t do any of this without the help of many.
To kick off this new year we’re excited to be able to share that Keith Whitton has again been interviewed to showcase his and all our clubs efforts to grow our sport in the Sheffield city area. After being named by Lucozade as one of their 50 top movers list for 2020, Keith was approached by the Yorkshire Post to promote what makes our club and sport so appealing to youngsters. The article is out today in print and online so please click the link for a brilliant read. Congratulations to Keith of course but I think he’d be the first to recognise these wonderful features are recognition of how great our club has developed and continues working together to create an inspiring place to be.
More to come soon!!
To get us all in the Christmas spirit we’re dusting off our favourite wooly jumpers and elf costumes for a family skate party. Everyone is invited so come and bring everyone you know, family and friends to celebrate another great year with the club. Save your shopping for another day and come along for some seasonal skating fun.
We will also be drawing our Christmas raffle at the party so it’s going to be a very lucky day for some people! Prices are £5 per skater and £1 per raffle ticket! We have loads to sell and all proceeds go back into our club. So please make it a Christmas for us all to remember!
We’re excited to say that the brilliant crew from BBC super show Blue Peter are coming to film and take part in one of our sessions to see what Rink Hockey is all about. Their presenters Lindsey and Richie will be strapping on their skates and giving it their best. So we need a big crowd to cheer them on! We’re thrilled to be asking if anyone would like to be a part of the day and cheer on the teams then you can pre-register your involvement in the day by emailing Kelly Thomas who will be able to collect your details and give you the info we have of the day.
Filming takes place this Saturday, 2nd November, at Ponds Forge sports centre in their main hall. We are asking our supporters to arrive around midday so we can arrange games featuring the presenters shortly after. To be eligible you must be 15 or under and each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can sign a release form on their child’s behalf. Oh and you MUST bring your biggest cheering voice too!
Send your emails to our club secretary, Kelly Thomas and she will be a able to pass on further details before you arrive.
You can also message us on our Facebook page too. Please share the post so we can reach out to as many people as possible.
We all hope to see you there for what is going to be a fantastic day!
As the new season starts we have extremely exciting news to share. Our very own Chairman, Keith Whitton, has been selected by Lucozade Sport and the Independent Newspaper to be represented on their Movers List for 2019/20. This is a list of 50 amazing people in sport, selflessly giving their time up around the UK to grow the sports they love. Keith is not only our club chairman but also oversees youth coaching, recruitment of new players of all ages and is integral to all our crucial fund raising.
We’re so pleased that Keith’s hard work in the local area and nationally with the sport has been recognised. His tireless endeavour to get children in the Sheffield area skating and playing Rink Hockey is a shining light for our sport and helps grow the Wildcats to the great inclusive club it is today. We are still at the very start of our journey and without Keith’s experience and forward thinking we wouldn’t be where we are today. As a club we are so proud of his achievements and he deserves all the recognition he’s now receiving.
Earlier this summer Keith was also awarded a lifetime membership to our national body the NRHA for recognition of his 50 years of involvement in Rink Hockey. This in itself is a just and wonderful accolade to have. So 2019 has been a brilliant year for Keith and all the Wildcats family. We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings.
Please make sure you check out this years #MoversList for Keith’s story and the rest of the 50 wonderful people working to make sport accessible and successful in our country. Congratulations to everyone involved and of course to @LucozadeSport and the Independent for bring all their wonderful stories to a national audience.
You can read Keith’s story and all the others featured here