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Hockey clubs up and down Wales have certainly made our nation proud during the Covid-19 pandemic. Putting themselves at the heart of their communities, clubs have raised money, lifted spirits, kept us active and looked after each other.

This week, we are putting Rhondda Ladies Hockey Club in the spotlight as part of the National Lottery Dedicated To…campaign which celebrates our grassroots sporting heroes.

When Coronavirus hit, it was a double whammy for Rhondda. The area was still struggling with the impact of the severe flooding which wreaked havoc for the club. Rhondda Ladies had just finished raising money for flood victims and had finally returned to their home pitch before lockdown struck.

But the club were not to be disheartened. With many of their players in keyworker roles – including nurses, police officers and teachers – the club quickly set about an online toilet roll challenge to recognise their efforts.

The club was also keen to keep their players active so it embarked on a challenge to complete the miles it would take to reach Tokyo on foot or by bike. The so-called Red Army managed to get halfway – an impressive 5000 kilometres.

A virtual presentation evening was organised, celebrating the achievements of teams and individuals. And once restrictions lifted, the club was of course delighted to restart training. It was awarded a National Lottery grant of £1665 from Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund. Thanks to the National Lottery, the Fund has supported grassroots sport to remain a key part of local communities.

Club secretary Kay Tyler explains,

“We would like to say a massive thank you because we have been able to buy the equipment we need to return to hockey safely. To be able to see the club back training and playing in a safe environment has been fantastic.

"To see this group supporting each other and exercising is wonderful because it is so important for our mental and physical health.”

Like many other clubs, the Red Army welcomed players who, due to Covid restrictions, were unable to cross local authority lines to play with their own clubs.

With the help of National Lottery funding, thousands of grassroots sports workers and volunteers from local clubs and organisations across the UK, have been be able to continue to help the nation to remain active, happy and motivated during the Covid-19 pandemic. £30 million is raised every week for good causes by National Lottery players and are supporting the most vulnerable in our communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.

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