The Urban Hockey Experience, a side event of the Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017, was officially launched at the Henrick de Keijserplein in Amsterdam on Monday, April 10.
The Urban Hockey Experience aims to inspire the people of Amsterdam to pick up a stick and play hockey by offering coaching at locations all over the city.
Forty pupils from the city’s Oscar Carré primary school got the ball rolling with an Urban Hockey training session. After that, city sports alderman Eric van der Burg, KNHB director Erik Gerritsen, Dutch international Kitty van Male, youth international Morris de Vilder and two pupils from the school took part in a thrilling 3 versus 3 battle to officially open the event.
The Urban Hockey Experience on public squares
From April onwards all Amsterdam primary school children in grades 6, 7 and 8 can play Urban Hockey on 12 different public squares throughout the city. Coaches and equipment are provided and participation is free of charge. Over the coming weeks teams will be formed across the different squares, which will then compete against each other. The team members will all receive their own t-shirts, so they will be recognizable and to build up that team spirit.
Urban Hockey City
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 Hockey City. The Championships venue, the Wagner Stadium, is four kilometers away and will accommodate the Urban Village. The City and Village will be connected by a special Urban hockey trail. Let’s go Urban!