Between July 10th and 23rd Lincoln Minster School will undertake Operation Olympus, where 20 pupils from Years 9 to Year 12 and one member of staff – Teacher of PE & Games and Head of Year 8, Mr Tom Eves – will take hockey to new heights.
The pupils will be joined by the CEO of Hurricane Sports Foundation Gary Johnson, Andy Halliday the GB Men’ Manager, and 10 members of the Hockey for Heroes organisation, including Managing Director, Joel Forrester.
The group are trekking up the Annapurna Range to climb approximately 5,200m. Once at the pre-arranged location, the party will play a 40-minute game of Hockey that will set a World Record for the highest game of Hockey ever played.
En route, pupils from Lincoln Minster School, Andy Halliday, Gary Johnson and colleagues from Hockey for Heroes, will be visiting schools and communities to coach fun, engaging Hockey games to children and young adults.
Gary Johnson, the CEO of the Hurricane Sports Foundation, has spent time developing each pupil into young Hockey leaders who are confident, knowledgeable and comfortable in delivering game-based activities under his watchful and precise guidance.
The pupils from Lincoln Minster School will be able to use their newly accumulated coaching skills, working alongside their experienced and skilled mentors from Hockey for Heroes. Each member from Hockey for Heroes can draw upon on their vast amount of expertise from their military, teaching and professional backgrounds.
To add a further challenge to the trip, Andy Halliday will be dribbling a Hockey ball throughout the duration of the trek. Amongst his many fantastic Hockey playing and coaching achievements, Andy has raised thousands of pounds by performing his ‘Extreme Dribbling’ challenges across the UK. This may be his ultimate challenge yet.
The most important and fundamental aim of the trip is to leave a legacy of Hockey for the Nepalese people. A country that has low levels of Hockey participation.
The school hope to inspire through coaching and donation of sticks and balls to the various communities it engages with, and aims to teach the benefits of Hockey and how it can bring people together, whether it is for leisure, competition or just to stay fit and healthy.
It is with the school’s love of the game of Hockey, that it wishes to ‘Take Hockey to new Heights’.