[img_assist|nid=3386|title=Ready to dribble?|desc=Ashley Jackson (left) and James Tindall launch Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh and the npower Big Dribble|link=node|align=left|width=385|height=387]This Spring Great Britain Hockey will launch The npower Big Dribble. The initiative will see a giant hockey ball travel the length of the country, stopping off in 40 towns and cities along the way. At each stop communities will be invited to be part of a record attempt to ‘dribble’ a hockey ball an incredible 2012km. They will even have the chance to send the GB hockey squad good luck wishes ahead of the Summer’s Games by signing the giant ball.The road show, which will raise funds for national children’s charity WellChild, will begin its journey in Edinburgh on April 15. Over the course of the next 18 days, thousands of people across the UK will have an opportunity to get involved in the free to attend events which will celebrate hockey and create excitement ahead of this year’s big summer of sport. The npower Big Dribble will conclude its journey on May 2 when it will arrive at in Trafalgar Square for its grand finale.
Locations hosting The npower Big Dribble events include Gateshead, Leeds, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Bristol and Reading to name just a few. Schools, families, sports teams and individuals are all invited to welcome the ball’s arrival into their town and to get involved in a range of free, fun hockey related activities. All events will offer communities a chance to contribute to the record breaking dribble attempt. Participants will be invited to dribble a hockey ball up to 100 metres, contributing to a running total online. Every individual who completes the course will be awarded a certificate. In addition, many of the events will also offer a chance to meet GB hockey players, past and present, and to get involved in a range of free, fun activities including The Cage Goal Scoring Challenge, Giant Hockey Skittles and a competition to win an electric scooter – complements of event sponsor, npower.
In addition to getting the country dribbling, the road show is also being used to test the UK’s Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Equipment will be transported in new Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL all-electric vans, powered using npower charging posts, in an effort to showcase EV technology, while identifying areas where further development is required.
Sally Munday, chief operating officer of Great Britain Hockey, says: “Our vision is to capture the imagination of the British public, to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds and sporting abilities to get involved in hockey. The npower Big Dribble will arrive on the doorstep of thousands allowing them to experience a taste of one of the nation’s favourite team sports. Having a go couldn’t be easier – it’s great fun and what’s more, no equipment or experience is necessary.”
Volker Beckers, chief executive officer for RWE npower, adds: “npower has a long and proud tradition in supporting sport at all levels, and when we heard about Great Britain Hockey’s record-breaking campaign, we wanted to offer our support. It’s our way of getting behind GB Hockey and wishing them all the best at this summer’s major sporting event. Both hockey teams have a great chance of collecting Gold medals.”
For those unable to attend an event, Great Britain Hockey is encouraging people to host their own ‘Little Dribble’ to raise money for WellChild; whether it’s in the school playground, at work or in the local park, there’s no better time to take part. A free information pack containing fundraising ideas and advice on how to manage a Little Dribble event is available for download at www.thebigdribble.com.
Andy Halliday, Team Manager of the GB Men’s Hockey squad and Jason Lee, Head Coach, will complete their Little Dribble, supporting WellChild, at this year’s London Marathon on April 22.
To find out where your nearest npower Big Dribble event is taking place please visit www.thebigdribble.com
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