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Lincoln Roses Hockey Club attracts record number of players thanks to Britain's Olympians at London 2012

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Roses Hockey Club have had a 50% increase in membership since the Olympics .

Roses Hockey Club have had a 50% increase in membership since the Olympics .

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A hockey club has attracted a record number of members following the success of Britain's Olympians at London 2012.

Lincoln Roses Hockey Club has grown by more than 50 per cent after both children and adults drew inspiration from Team GB.

On Tuesday, TV crews from Sky Sports News visited a training session to record part of a programme about the Games' legacy.

The club, which plays at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School, were also nominated for Sports Club of the Year at this year's Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Awards.

Chairman of the club, David Elworthy said: "The surge has been helped by the initiatives we've run but the awareness of hockey has also risen hugely.

"The Olympics has been a big help, especially with Georgie Twigg coming from Lincolnshire. She's come through a Lincoln club and gone on to win a bronze with the women's team. It's helped massively to get children and women involved and it really has ignited everyone's interest."

Lincoln Roses says it now intends to introduce a fifth men's team after Christmas, as well as two mixed youth teams.

The club, which also has three women's teams, is run by seven volunteer coaches.

And Mr Elworthy, from Louth, says their efforts, along with participation in national schemes, have helped to grow membership from 70 last season to 110 this term.

Five-a-side "rush hockey" has been introduced to offer people an introduction to the sport.

Also, the Back to Hockey initiative has encouraged people to pick up their sticks again, even if they had not played since school.

Graduate graphic designer Hollie Allott, 22, of Beaumont Fee in Lincoln, joined the club in June.

"After I finished university I was really bored, as all my friends went home and I started not to have much of a social life," she said.

"I played when I was at school and decided to pick it back up again.

"I was thinking about it and then when I saw the Olympics it got my blood going.

"The whole Games was inspiring – I just thought 'wow' and decided 'right, I'm going to start playing again'."

Third team member Paula Heather, 37, from Fillingham, said she had not played hockey for 20 years.

"I was going down to training on Tuesday and then decided to take part in the Back to Hockey scheme," she said.

"Now I go with my neighbour, who had never played hockey before.

"It's such a fun sport and it's a great way of getting fit, as well as being a really sociable thing to do."

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