UK Forums All Stars Charity Weekend

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UK Forums Charity Allstar Weekend

On the 26th and 27th July 2014, the annual UK Forums All Star weekend event took place at Ice Sheffield.

The UK Forum All-Stars was set up so that ice hockey fans from across the UK could get together and have a great time over an ice hockey weekend, whilst raising money for good causes. With the spirit from previous charity hockey weekends, David Grant and Gareth Hubback set out to set up a weekend which would be fun for everyone who entered, and raise serious amounts of money for worthwhile charities. The event has been running since 2008 with the players made up of players and hockey fans of mixed ability from all over the UK. It has been a staggering success from the first event raising £3,600, lasts years event raised over £30,000 with this years set to be even bigger.

This year there were more teams and charities supported than ever before which included Breast Cancer Care, Dreams come true, Help for Heroes, Prostate Cancer UKSheffield Children’s Hospital, The British Heart Foundation, Autism Plus and Blue Cross.

This was the first time I’d seen this event but I was pleasantly surprised in just how well organised and enjoyable it was to watch. The format is very similar to Special Hockey tournaments with those of different ages and ability sharing the ice, evenly matched lines of players and very few stoppages during play. The games are played with great spirit and with a focus on fairplay and fun. A good crowd cheered the teams on and were treated to players having to perform ‘The Macarena’ or the ‘Hokey Cokey’ on the ice before some of the games to encourage the crowd to give up their small change. During one match we were treated to the ‘hockey hug’ where players all dropped their gloves and hugged the nearest player.

The 'Hockey Hug'

The ‘Hockey Hug’

A good crowd cheered on the players of all sides

A good crowd cheered on the players of all sides

The Autism Plus team won this years event

The Autism Plus team won this years event

Many of the players had gone out of their way to add to the event and raise additional money and awareness for their charities. From cycling miles to get there, custom haircuts and head gear to quirky costumes, the effort and commitment from those involved was inspiring stuff.

The victors of the event this year were the Autism Plus team however all the teams and charities were winners and should you have the opportunity in the future I thoroughly recommend attending and enjoying a weekend where you can meet other hockey fans and witness the good natured and sometimes unusual on-ice activities unfold.

Further details on the UK Forums Allstar weekend and the charities can be found here http://www.ukfallstars.co.uk/

Autism Plus team with the trophy

Autism Plus team with the trophy

 

 

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One Response to “UK Forums All Stars Charity Weekend”
  1. The current total raised is now over £42,000. A great effort!

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