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Hockey Futures charity launched at Golden Hockey Ball

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 December 2016

Great Britain players face the camera with HRH the Countess of Wessex and Gareth Malone at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey)

Great Britain players face the camera with HRH the Countess of Wessex and Gareth Malone at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey)

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Great Britain's Sam Quek at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey) Great Britain's Sam Quek at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey)

Hockey Futures, a new charity, was launched at a prestigious event at the Tower of London this week.

The new national charity has been set up by England Hockey to transform lives through the power of hockey, aiming to create new opportunities for young people to access the sport, igniting undiscovered passions, developing vital skills and uniting diverse groups.

From the playground to the podium, Hockey Futures hopes that more hockey dreams can come true.

The great and the good were out in force at the Pavilion at the Tower of London, with more than 400 people from the world of sport, TV and business present at the Golden Hockey Ball.

Great Britain players join the London Youth Choir and Gareth Malone on stage at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey) Great Britain players join the London Youth Choir and Gareth Malone on stage at the Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London (pic England Hockey)

HRH the Countess of Wessex, the Patron of England Hockey, was in attendance as broadcaster Colin Murray hosted a packed room, including the GB women’s Olympic gold medalists and men’s squad members.

Sam Quek joined the party, having only just returned from Australia and her appearance on ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity’, while Olympic rowing champions Katherine Grainger and Matthew Pinsent and Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back were also present.

To round off the show, BBC’s Gareth Malone led the London Youth Choir and athletes in a rousing rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful from his new Christmas album.

A spokesperson said: “It is an exciting time to be involved in hockey with interest in the sport at an all-time high and England hosting the Men’s World League next summer, followed by the Women’s World Cup in 2018.

“JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BT Sport were amongst the businesses that attended the event with Barclays donating their table to British Breast Cancer.”

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