The Art of Hockey – Primary School Competition

4 Mar

The Hockey Museum has launched a UK-wide competition for primary schools today, with the winning design being displayed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, is open to primary schools across the United Kingdom. Children are invited to design their own piece of two-dimensional artwork about the sport of hockey, using South American influences.

Teachers can download competition guidelines, entry forms and inspiration posters to support the way in which they organise the competition in school. The inspiration posters provide a good display to show children some of the artwork already in The Hockey Museum’s collection.

Chosen for its interpretation of the theme, the winning design will be exhibited in the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Operations Centre at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; at the FIH Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland; and as part of The Hockey Museum’s exhibition at The 2016 Champions Trophy on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

Other shortlisted entries will be displayed at The Hockey Museum and within its exhibition at The 2016 Champions Trophy, plus a number of children and schools will win Art materials.

This competition is a critically important element of The Hockey Museum’s Education programme, which aims to reach all schools across the UK, and potentially from around the world, with its online resources and access to the Museum’s collection.

“The Art of Hockey competition celebrates the start of our journey as a Museum into the world of education” says Jon Rye, volunteer Education Officer at The Hockey Museum. “We know that schools have been enthused by Olympic and Paralympic athletes from around the world, and as an Olympic sport Hockey can continue to provide the inspiration for children and young people.”

Deadline for entries is Friday 6 May 2016. More information and all of the competition resources can be found at The winning design will be announced on Friday 10 June 2016, eight weeks before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begins.

Mike Smith, Curator of The Hockey Museum, said: “The Hockey Museum is gathering a vast and interesting collection which will give children and young people the opportunity to explore the history of our sport, and teachers rich material with which to engage children in learning. It is our duty to ensure that the collection is shared and to give hockey’s history a future.”

Tony Billson, Chairman of The National Hockey Foundation, said: “The National Hockey Foundation is pleased to be able to support such a wonderful competition. Our aim is to encourage the development and growth of our sport, and we hope that this competition will encourage new young hockey enthusiasts – players, officials or spectators.”

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