Young people from throughout Sefton joined MP Bill Esterson at a new junior development scheme at Formby Hockey Club last week.
Keen hockey player and member of the Formby club, Bill said he was delighted to support the initiative which aims to get more young people playing the Olympic sport in which Great Britain women won a bronze medal and the men’s team finished fourth.
Formby Hockey Club is holding new junior session each Sunday from 10am at the club on Cricket Path in Formby as well as creating new partnerships with Sefton schools.
The idea is the brainchild of Formby Hockey Club development officer Marc Bourhill.
Marc said: "The idea behind this initiative is to capitalise on the success of the Olympic Games and the success of hockey as part of those games to introduce more young people to the sport.
"So what Formby Hockey Club is trying to do is take hockey out to schools and open it up to young people throughout Sefton. Young people would really enjoy hockey, if only they had the chance to try it. That's just what we want to do.
"Hockey offers young people a huge amount. It's more than just a sport, it gives young people the chance to meet new friends and enjoy the social aspect of being part of a thriving club.
"It's got so much to offer and Formby Hockey Club itself offers fantastic facilities. And the club itself has a fantastic spirit.
"The thing about hockey is that it is a game that you can play for life. It's a brilliant game to play as everyone on the pitch plays a central role.
"It's a sport that is played throughout the world and you can always end up meeting up with fellow hockey enthusiasts anywhere around the world. On a trip to Trinidad I met a bunch of people who played in a club there and I got the chance to go along, play a game and make friends with people in another part of the world. That's just how social hockey is."
Bill said he was delighted to help promote the game in Sefton.
Bill said: "I've played hockey since I was 11. It is a great sport to be involved in.
"This is the ideal opportunity to promote hockey and get young people involved.
"Hockey was one of the big successes at the Olympics. During the games, more than 630,000 people went to watch the matches. Hockey has been given a boost from the Olympics and Formby Hockey Club wants to build on that.
"In the 1988 Olympic Games, we won a gold medal but we didn't build on that at that time. But now we have the infrastructure to build on the Olympics and develop the game for young people.
"I would encourage anyone who is interested to contact the club. You'll be given a warm welcome by them all, just as I was when I first joined them."
To find out more, contact Marc Bourhill on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call07742073343.