YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to ditch their video games and get down to a roller rink now a new hockey team has been set up.
The idea was that of 12-year-old Jack Griffiths, from Fareham, who had taken up the sport at Solent Arena, in Standard Way, Fareham, shortly after it opened last October.
He wanted other children from his school to take part and he set about raising the cash to buy the equipment needed to start a youth team.
After writing to councillors, the local MP and applying to the council, he was delighted to finally be awarded almost £5,000 from the Fareham Borough Council.
Jack said: ‘It’s really good. I didn’t think it would happen. We had to wait quite a while, but I’m still into roller hockey. I’m glad I’ve been able to start something.’
Jack’s school friends Finn Judge, 12, James Edmondson, 12, and Oli Camp, also 12, all Year 8 pupils at Cams Hill School, are in the new team called the Lizards.
Oli, of Serpentine Road, said: ‘We are going to be one of the best teams. I have been roller skating for quite a few years and we have always wanted to make a team, but we didn’t think it would ever happen. Jack made it happen.’
The Lizards also include three-year-old Eden Cerdan, from Lee-on-the-Solent.
Owner Setti Mulari said he was pleased with the youth team, which practises on a Saturday morning and a Thursday evening, and he’d like to see more people play.
Unfortunately for Jack the money has come a little too late as he is about to move to Bristol but he said he was pleased that others could now enjoy the sport.
The money was granted to the team from Fareham Borough Council’s Community Fund programme. For details call 01329 236100.
For more on Solent Arena call 01329 556186.