Plymouth Primary Mixed Hockey Festival gets the Inspire Mark

This week’s 2011 Plymouth Primary Mixed Hockey Festival has been granted the Inspire Mark – the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The festival  takes place on Thursday and Friday  June 9-10 at University College Plymouth St Marjon & St John (UCP Marjon) involving 60 primary school teams who will not only compete against each other, but also receive coaching and test their skill out in a skills challenge competition. The event aims to inspire young players to join a club with the opportunity to attend club based development centres for 4 weeks after the festival across the city. In addition the event will see a team over 50 young leaders from schools and Higher Education students working together to deliver the event involving nearly 600 pupils.

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “Plymouth Primary Mixed Hockey Festival is encouraging hockey players from primary schools and young officials to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as UCP Marjon, we are delivering on our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in sport.”

 Jamie Oxley, UCP Marjon Relays Coordinator said: “The event has inspired thousands of youngsters over the years and this year is even more special marking our anniversary in the build up to the London Games. The aim is to inspire and provide as many players with a positive experience that they want to join a local club or become a volunteer coach & official.”

Through the RELAYS community classrooms project UCP Marjon work with students from across the city to develop their coaching and leadership skills to provide sporting opportunities for all. The development of coaches and umpires is a key focus at this year’s festival and just one example of the work of the RELAYS project with the support of Devon Hockey Umpire Association, Julia Gill and Paddy Volunteers providing coaching to support the development of the umpires.