Stretcher Challenge Training

 

Bisham Abbey National Sports Center, home of GB hockey, welcomed Hockey for Heroes to their facilities this weekend for what was a great weekend of hockey.

On Saturday 17th the men’s team spent the day being briefed on the 2017 tour #OpStretcher.

In 2015 Hockey for Heroes squad toured the UK for 10 days, played 33 matches across 3 countries and climbed Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis. During that tour we raised over £35,000 for Help for Heroes.

On the 26th may 2017, over a 10-day period, Hockey for Heroes will march from Sophia Gardens – Cardiff, to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – London. We will be carrying the full distance an injured ex-Royal Marine Dom Lovett on a stretcher.  Along the route various clubs will play host to us with our team playing over 30 games of hockey across the 10-day period.

Distance to cover: over 200 miles.
Games on route: Over 30 games of hockey across 10 days.
Money raised: target £50,000 plus.

The 2017 tour is going to be our biggest tour to date requiring exceptional levels of stamina, strength and mental determination to complete, so the squad met at Bisham to discuss all aspects of the tour. 

As part of the day the men practiced the vital skills needed to march long distances with a stretcher including the knowledge on how to transition the stretcher on the move between the team members. 

Other topics included routes, pre-tour exercise plans, kit requirements, nutritional information and personal safety.

Further information about the tour will be released in January 2017.

Zoe Yates

Bracknell, United Kingdom