Pupils at Oasis Academy Short Heath, Birmingham, have received early Christmas presents this year after people in the local community donated high-quality hockey equipment for their school team. The children also received professional training, and Team GB’s Olympic-gold winning women’s team donated a signed hockey stick to be auctioned to raise funds for the school’s team.
Oasis Academy Short Heath were one of the lucky schools to receive donated sports kit from the Reclaim Sport kit collection, a donation drive in Birmingham launched by BBC Get Inspired ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Along with the arrival of the donated equipment, England Hockey Coach Paul Smith made a special visit to the Academy to take the school’s team training session through their paces. If that wasn’t enough, Team GB’s Olympic-winning women’s hockey team sent a signed hockey stick to be auctioned to raise money for the school’s team. Local auction-house Biddle and Webb sold the item for £220.
Commenting after the training session at the school, Principal of Oasis Academy Short Heath Michelle Lee said:
“We are very grateful to the people of our local community who have given their sports equipment so generously. Our pupils were so excited to see all the new kit, and had a wonderful time training with England Hockey’s coaches.”
“At Oasis Academy Short Heath we teach our children all about the importance of being active, and the many benefits of taking part in sport. These donations have given our hockey team a real boost, and they can’t wait for the next chance to get out on to the pitch.”