|Global Youth Hockey Marathon|
|5/10/01 -- Brussels, Belgium|
The Global Youth Hockey Marathon will take place on 12-13 May 2001, throughout the world, as part of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) groundbreaking initiative the International Year of the Youth.
Countries in all corners of the world will focus on hockey for this weekend. The event will raise awareness of the important role that sport can play in children’s lives, and focuses on hockey as a fun game at any level. Hockey’s first ever global youth event has over 50 countries taking part in national regional and local activities.
Among the events worldwide, in Asia, Bangladesh will hold a grand concert warm-up and souvenir fair, to complement their focus on workshops and competitions. Further East, Hong Kong celebrates the Global Youth Hockey Marathon by staging it’s first-ever Hong Kong Youth Cup, combined with social events and full media coverage to mark the historic occasion. Oceania sees New Zealand involving youngsters, celebrities and role models in mini-hockey tournaments across the country, to create a family weekend. Celebrations in the Americas include Indoor Hockey and Continuous Dribbling Relays in Bermuda, and a combination of games and seminars in Barbados. Africa also sees a wealth of activities, including a full weekend of hockey fun in South Africa from coaching clinics for teachers and children, to an all-night marathon in Cape Town. Further North, 600 children will be playing hockey in the Seychelles, with all the senior players officiating, and courses will be run throughout the day.
Some of the highlights in Europe include an exhibition day in Lille (France) town square involving six local clubs, including activities like adopt-an-adult and a balloon release, part of a national initiative in France. A webcam in Lille town square will allow the world to follow their celebrations live, on their own website and the Year of the Youth website. In Scandinavia, Denmark will have 24hrs of non-stop hockey, from the Europe-wide Sticks and Tricks competition, to hockey painting sessions.
Theo Ykema, FIH Development and Coaching Committee Chairman stated, For the first time ever kids and youngsters around the world will play hockey together and really feel part of a global community. We are delighted to see so many countries actively involved in making this event a success.
This unique event will be covered on the Year of the Youth website, www.fihyoty.org, with an instant photo gallery and chat-room for the virtual hockey community.