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Nov 14

How you can benefit from Team GB’s hockey gold medal success

In August 2016, Team GB’s Women’s Hockey team came back from the Rio Olympics with a gold medal, which was a first Olympic gold medal for British hockey. The team are now trying to encourage and inspire people of all ages to take up the sport so they can share the benefits of the team’s success. Here we look at what might have helped the team to succeed along with what to do if you are interested in taking up the sport for yourself.

How the medal was won

The gold medal at the Rio Olympics was the climax of four years of hard work for a British team who managed a bronze medal at London 2012 and arrived in Rio determined to do better. Their final match against the Netherlands ended in a draw, which had to be followed by a penalty shootout. Having used a sports psychologist prior to the Olympics to ensure they were mentally prepared, the team’s physical preparations were also important, especially for the possibility of a penalty shootout. This would have included a lot of practice for the penalty takers as well as for Maddie Hinch, the Great Britain goalkeeper.

How you can get involved

If Great Britain’s women’s hockey team have made you want to give hockey a go or take up the sport again if you haven’t played since school days, there are many local clubs that offer tryouts and are trying to make the sport accessible to people who just want to “have a go”. It may be that you have been inspired by Maddie Hinch’s goalkeeping heroics and fancy trying it for yourself.

Goalkeepers require the same basic kit as everyone else, but they also need additional items such as face masks and special pads. The best way to purchase these is to look for a hockey goalkeeping kit sale where you may be able to purchase the items you need at a lower price.

The GB hockey team would like to try to encourage participation in hockey from children of primary school age and upwards as it is never too early to start playing. They will also be hoping that Great Britain hosting the Hockey World Cup in 2018 will once again grab the public’s imagination and encourage more people to take up the sport.

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