In the run up to the Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017, Amsterdam is hosting the Urban Hockey Experience, designed to spread the word about hockey and have a positive impact on disadvantaged areas in the city. The event will give children who don’t usually come into contact with the world of hockey the chance to try out urban hockey for themselves.
Urban hockey is a challenging form of the game played on the street and in playgrounds. The Urban Hockey Experience will run from now until August 28th and includes street hockey matches in teams of three or five, plus urban tricks, battles and challenges.
The Dutch hockey association KNHB and Amsterdam city sports council are organising training sessions at play areas across the city. The lessons will be given by local sports & community workers and hockey trainers from some of Amsterdam’s field hockey clubs, including Pinoké, AMVJ, Athena, Rubicon, VVV and Xenios. The following locations have been earmarked for training sessions:
Nieuw-West: Mondriaanplein and Botteskerkpark
Zuidoost: Egoliplein and Vreeswijkpad
Centrum: Sportspeeltuin Wittenburg and Noorderspeeltuin
West: Columbusplein and Speeltuin Wiltzangh
Zuid: Hendrick de Keijserplein and Gaaspstraat
Urban hockey will also be a feature at the following events on this year’s sports calendar: King’s Games (21 April), NextGen Games (26 – 28 May), the Amsterdam Olympic Days (22 – 23 June) and the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam (5 – 9 July).
European championship hockey
The Urban Hockey Experience will reach its peak during the Rabo EuroHockey Championships which take place in August. The city’s Olympiaplein, close to the Olympic Stadium, will be transformed into an Urban City. The Championships’ venue, the Wagner Stadium, is at four kilometers distance and will accommodate the Urban Village. Between City and Village there will be riding an American Schoolbus as a shuttle bus for free. Let’s go Urban!