Why are we crowdfunding?
Coronavirus has impacted many amateur sports clubs in many ways and Swanage and Wareham Hockey Club is one of these. Most opportunities to play last year’s season were cancelled due to the pandemic, these were opportunities to exercise, be part of a team, meet friends and raise our game competing. With the financial impact on many, the loss of opportunities to play, our junior side unable to train, some vulnerable players restricted playing and isolations, our normal ways to attract players curtailed, our membership is in danger of declining. Whilst we played very little hockey, the club still had the normal running costs of affiliation fees and insurance which all had to be paid. We have been able to keep the club going but need your help.
Our aim is to
1) raise funds for the club so we can pay our overheads, bridge the gap with new pitch hire costs and income to get going again.
2) not only survive the pandemic but give ourselves a chance to emerge stronger with a wide range of opportunities of hockey as some normality returns
3) encourage more people to come and enjoy playing hockey with us, from a range of ages, abilities and backgrounds, to experience this great sport
The good news is...
We have managed to complete a summer league competition and fixtures have come through for the forthcoming winter season. We are ready with volunteer coaches and committee members. The plan is that, from September, matches and training for adults and juniors will commence once again.
How can you help us?
You can help us in 2 ways...
1) please purchase a reward on this page
2) come along and give it a go!
Sport England have kindly agreed to match fund our total. They will give us an extra 30% on what we raise, but we need to raise at least £1200 to unlock this.
What's in it for you?
Hockey is a sociable team sport that anyone of any gender or age can play. Many of us played it at school, or some of you may not have, but have always wanted to give it a go. This is your golden opportunity! Even If you weren’t sure in the past hockey we play is fun and umpired, training is planned with coaches for a range of abilities!
How does outdoor exercise and social contact on a regular basis, sound? After many of us have recently experienced vast periods of isolation, hockey can help our physical and mental health.
Hockey is available from the age of 6 until whenever. It's easy to learn, great fun, initially equipment like sticks can be lent and the rules aren’t too tricky. Why don’t you join our hockey community? We want build a sense of community and cohesion after the pandemic as a club and via the crowdfunding opportunities you can find here! Who knows, you may become a regular hockey player, a spectator, social member or simply try new things and meet some new friends!
More info about us
We are increasing our profile in local outlets, such as the Wareham Advertiser and the Dorset Echo.