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Marathon all over the country
11 June 2004

The idea for the 2004 Hockey Marathon was to play hockey in all the cities from Romanian at hockey clubs, especially the children’s between U.8 - U.14 to increase the number of young players. So on May 15th - 16th 2004 in Radauti, Targu Mures, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Sfantu Gheorghe, Bucharest and two new cities: Galati and Onesti the event was organized.
Aim was to popularize the hockey in schools, to the people that live in the cities and also for all the parents to attract new young players. The school and the parents are a very big factor in the hockey development. 
Approx. 180 young players + 350-400 spectators took part in these events. In Radauti approx. 60 young players (boys and girls) played in a mini hockey tournament. In Targu Mures the thunder tournament of the junior team was held. In Odorheiu Secuiesc  26 children’s participated in a special class of hockey and a demonstrative games of the boys & girls U.18 team was played. In Sfantu Gheorghe outdoor games on a excellent natural grass field and a mini hockey tournament at the General School were organized. In Bucharest a tournament on a synthetic pitch (indoor dimensions) was held with participation of the CSS no.4 Bucharest, CSS no.2 Bucharest, CS Antilopa Bucharest.
 
Results of the event:  an incredible attachment for the hockey , extraordinary human potential , real possibilities to appear new players , and a very great action for hockey selection.
Follow up:

  • continuing to popularize the hockey and the selection in schools
  • organizing the next tournament “ June 1st Trophy
  • The International Children’s Day “ .
  • accelerating to work to finalize the artificial pitch: Romanian Hockey Academy - House of Hockey, asking also support from the FIH .

 
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