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New hockey partnership set for launch

17 October 2012

A new community sports partnership aimed at improving standards and increasing the take-up of hockey in North Wales will be launched this Sunday.

Glyndŵr University and Hockey Wales, the national governing body for the sport, are to work closely with schools and hockey clubs to increase awareness of the sport in the region.

The partnership has already seen the opening of a new Hockey Wales office for North Wales based at the university’s sports centre in Wrexham.

And this Sunday, Glyndŵr University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Scott and AM Lesley Griffiths will help to launch its new regional plan for North Wales.

The plan will see the organisation work more closely with schools in North Wales to develop new routes into hockey for young people.

Anna-Marie Brown, sports manager at Glyndŵr University, said: “We are delighted to have strengthened our partnership with Hockey Wales. We have been working with the body for a number of years but this new initiative and investment will see Glyndŵr University play a more active role in promoting the game in North Wales.

“The university is committed to developing all community sport and we look forward to developing what will I’m sure become an incredibly fruitful partnership for years to come.”

Sunday’s event will see the launch of 4689, a new game format which will allow young hockey players to play at higher levels as their skill level improves.

Debra Barker, Hockey Wales regional manager for North Wales, said: “There is a growing demand for hockey in North Wales and this is the first time that Hockey Wales has had a permanent base in the region. We hope that our partnership with Glyndŵr University will get bigger and better over time. Our ultimate aim is to unearth new talent through the system and keep the best players in Wales.”

Children can take part in Sunday’s activities, which run from 11am to 4pm on the hockey pitch at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham. For more information contact Sarah Latham on 01978 283422. 

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