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GB Men’s Hockey Squad train at Aspire National Training Centre

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2013 10:10 GMT

Aspire National Training Centre (ANTC) in Stanmore has been delighted to host the Great Britain men’s indoor hockey squad for two training sessions on 2nd December and 9th December. Users of the Centre are invited to watch the training session from 3.00pm to 5.30pm before meeting members of the team in reception afterwards. The team are also donating a signed GB hockey shirt to Aspire as a raffle prize, which will be drawn after the training session on 9th December.

ANTC was the first fully integrated training centre in Europe for both disabled and non-disabled people. The Centre is used twice weekly by London Wheelchair Rugby, as well as hosting Candoco dance company, powerchair football and a huge range of sports and activities for both disabled and non-disabled people.

Team GB player, Darren Cheesman tweeted after the session on 2nd December,

“Inspiring to watch some guys playing Wheelchair Rugby before our session this afternoon.”

Team Manager, Andy Halliday, tweeted:

“Thank you to @AspireCharity for a warm welcome to @EnglandHockey and use of great facilities in Stanmore.”

Aspire National Training Centre is a popular local sports and leisure facility, with fully accessible gym and ramped access to the 25m swimming pool. All profits from the Centre support Aspire’s charity services, which provide practical help to people who are paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

For more information, or to arrange photos and interviews on Monday 9th December, please contact Amy Wackett, Communications Manager at Aspire on 020 8420 8957 or email

Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at anytime and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.

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