Builders backing hockey ambitions
A HOCKEY club looking to compete in the National Hockey League has won backing from a housebuilder and is now in with a chance to win a £200,000 top prize.
The City of York Hockey Club won funding from Persimmon Homes Yorkshire as part of the property firm’s Healthy Communities scheme.
The scheme is aimed at amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under.
Persimmon will hand out £750 to either an individual or sports team in the area with the money to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
The hockey club is looking to bring in coaches that will allow the club to make the step up to national level and also has plans to have the club at one site across the city to avoid teams travelling up to 20 minutes from clubhouse to the pitch.
In January 2018 Persimmon’s 30 businesses over England, Scotland and Wales will choose a team or individual to represent them in the grand final.
An online public vote will decide the overall winner, with one individual or group scooping the £200,000 top prize to create a lasting legacy and two runners-up winning £50,000 each. The other 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.