"Now we've been given help by Access Sport, that was our saviour".
Matt Lovell, a volunteer at Access Sport's partner club Waltham Forest Hockey Club (who won Pro Active London's Club of the Year 2012 Award), has been nominated for the Magnificent Media 7 Award, and we are calling on you to vote for him and help him win £5,000 for the hockey club!
The Magnificent Media 7 competition launched in May to celebrate sporting greatness in the media world during this outstanding summer of British sport. The aim of the activity is to recognise and reward those in the media sector who are either outstanding sports people in their own right, or are making an outstanding contribution and supporting the sporting dreams of others. To vote for Matt please visit http://www.mailconnected.co.uk/flash/magnificent7.
Here's Matt's story:
Six years ago Matt set up a youth section at Waltham Forest Hockey Club. It began with just 2 kids but today there are well over 100. Through his commitment and ability to enthuse others to volunteer, youth activities are still provided free of charge. This year he has been central to the team encouraging the whole family to get involved in the game - through u8s sessions where parents join in too, a 10 week adult beginner course, and social hockey for those who just want to play for a bit of fun. Since September 2011, he also works 4 days a week so that he can spend his fifth day coaching hockey taster sessions in primary schools on a voluntary basis.
Thanks to his efforts the club now has a number of 'hockey families' whereby up to three generations of the same family are involved in the sport. Matt has also clocked in excess of 150 games over the last few seasons as an umpire, mentored beginner umpires and acted as Men’s 4 captain and Ladies’ 4s coach. Aside from the club, Matt currently coaches in the Essex Development centres and is fixtures secretary for the Alliance Sports Junior League. He would be truly deserving of recognition as one of the Magnificent 7.
In Matt's words, why you should vote for him:
With the Youth section at Waltham Forest Hockey Club doubling in size this year and the Adult Beginner courses really taking off, there is a real opportunity for us to harness the Olympic Games this summer and offer Hockey to an even wider pool of people in the local community.
Winning the £5,000 would allow us to train additional coaches up for the club and provide funds for new equipment such as a keeper’s kit for our new ‘Academy’ team which I will be captaining from September. This will provide an opportunity for our 13 and 14 yr olds to play competitive matches and enable us to continue to offer our Junior and Beginner coaching to the whole community completely free of charge.