Gillingham HC vs Covid-19: 2021-22 Recovery

by Katie Ridewood in Gillingham, England, United Kingdom

Gillingham HC vs Covid-19: 2021-22 Recovery

Total raised £745

raised so far



COVID-19 & 3 lockdowns has had a serious impact on the running GHC. Our project aims to ensure we can offer hockey for all going forward.

by Katie Ridewood in Gillingham, England, United Kingdom

1614547815_479de5cf-4755-4182-9075-8c61266f7220.jpegWe are a volunteer run, community based hockey club in a small Dorset town.

We offer the opportunity for everyone to take part in playing and training for all ages from 4+.

We are family friendly with many mothers, daughters, fathers & sons playing along side each other and this year we will have our first 3 generations of hockey players playing in the club.

Our hockey club provides more than just hockey, we offer friendship, support and a social inclusion for everyone.

Covid has affected everyone, with the lockdowns and restrictions we have not been able to offer regular hockey sessions to our members and have seen a significant decrease in income, whilst still having to pay out financial commitments for things like insurances.

It is important to us to be able to offer hockey sessions to anyone and everyone who wants to take part when the restrictions are eased. We don’t want to have to turn anyone away.

To do this safely we will need to have reduced numbers on the pitch and will therefore need to pay for additional pitch time and coaching. 

We also acknowledge the large scale impact Covid-19 is having on people’s mental health. We want to ensure we are in a position to support our members by training a number of people in mental health awareness courses and to train some members to become mental health first aiders. This all comes at a cost. 

We have created this project to raise funds to cover the deficit in the 2020-21 season and to help cover the increases in expenses expected over the next year so that we can continue to offer hockey, friendship, family and support to everyone in our community who wants it.

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