On Monday, April 10th the official kick-off of the Urban Hockey Experience took place at the Henrick de Keijserplein in Amsterdam. The Urban Hockey Experience is a side event of the Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017.
On Monday, April 10th the official kick-off of the Urban Hockey Experience took place at the Henrick de Keijserplein in Amsterdam. The Urban Hockey Experience is a side event of the Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017. The event offers a social program with the aim to inspire the people of Amsterdam to play a form of hockey.
Prior to the official kick-off, about forty students from the Oscar Carré Primary School participated in an Urban Hockey clinic. Municipal councillor of Sports Eric van der Burg and KNHB director Erik Gerritsen, supported by Kitty van Male (player of the Dutch National team and local hockey club Amsterdam) and Morris de Vilder (player of the Young Dutch National team and local hockey club Pinoké) and two students played an exciting battle. Enthusiastically cheered on by the audience they played a game of 3 versus 3.
The Urban Hockey Experience on public squares
As of the first week of April, all children in grades 6, 7 and 8 from primary schools located in Amsterdam can play Urban Hockey on twelve different public squares throughout the city. Trainers and materials are provided for and participation is free of charge. Over the coming weeks teams will be formed across the different squares, which will compete with each other. The team members will receive their own t-shirt, so they will be recognizable and can distinguish themselves from the other teams.
During the REHC2017
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 at four kilometers distance and will accommodate the Urban Village. The City and Village will be connected by a special Urban hockey trail. Let’s go Urban!