Builders back­ing hockey am­bi­tions

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

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.

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