By David Carr
Streatham-based Werewolves of London Special Hockey Club, which offers a special needs ice hockey programme for children and adults who have developmental disabilities, have secured a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund grant towards player loan-kit and new uniforms.
The grant comes at an exciting time for the club, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this season. The team are preparing to travel to Chicago, USA in early April to take part in the 2018 USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival.
“Since the move back to the new ice rink in Streatham our player numbers have grown steadily,” explained committee member Michael Shepherd.
“We now have nearly 50 players and our kit-loan scheme really helps take away the cost of participating in our programme and the time to procure the equipment they need. With more players joining, players growing and older kit wearing out and needing replacement, the Big Lottery Fund grant is vital in giving us the ability to continue to offer this service.
“We can now look to increase our player numbers further as well as to look to buy new team uniforms for the first time in many years. We are very grateful for their support.”
The Werewolves are no stranger to participating in tournaments overseas having taken part in several Special Hockey International Tournaments in North America as well as hosting the International Tournament twice in 2006 and 2012. This will be the first USA Hockey organised tournament the team has attended and they expect to take part in three matches.