#OpStretcher is almost here!
On Friday 26th May our Hockey for Heroes #OpStretcher Tour commences. The group of 44 will walk for 10 days, carrying with them Dom Lovett, an injured ex-Royal Marine…on a stretcher! Along the route various clubs will host the group so they’ll play over 30 games of hockey during these 10 days – as well as walking a huge 200 miles.
The tour occurs every two years, with the squad taking on a new challenge each time to raise money for injured servicemen and women. This year they aim to raise £50,000 plus. A worthy target for their toughest challenge to date!
Before departing the Sports Wales Centre (Sophia Gardens) at 1pm this Friday, the squad will play a game of hockey on our grounds and then walk to Cwmbran Stadium where they will then be hosted by Gwent Hockey Club and play 2 games at 7pm and 8.30pm. They’ll receive a send-off by former Wales rugby skipper Ryan Jones and Head of Elite Sport at Sport Wales, Brian Davies.
Great Britain Men’s Team Manager, Andy Halliday will be supporting #OpStretcher, dribbling a hockey ball along the entire route behind the stretcher. “As an ambassador for this fantastic charity and self confessed inventor of extreme hockey dribbling, I will be hoping to boost the fundraising and awareness of the great work done by the hockey for Heroes team. I’ve dribbled the London Marathon and the 3 highest peaks in the UK, now the toughest challenge yet, 200 miles in 10 days behind the stretcher.”