The Magmen’s work with charitable organisations and community based projects is an integral part of the club’s work. The UWMHC has been involved with charitable endeavours for many years and our work has gone from strength to strength. This year promises to be no different.
Since 2009 the Magmen have, in combination with the UWLHC, ran the ‘Hungry for Hockey’ scheme, which seeks to introduce the game in local primary schools to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Volunteer coaches from both clubs have visited the schools weekly for the past three years to run workshops, drills and teach the games rules. The yearlong programme climaxes with a visit to the University to take part in a fun inter-school competition, which always provides great entertainment.
The hard work and effort behind the ‘Hungry for Hockey’ initiative was acknowledged by Warwick Volunteers, who presented both clubs with the Warwick Volunteers Community Award at the 2010 annual Sports Federation Ball which involves all sports club affiliated to the University of Warwick. More importantly however, the scheme continues to bring lots of fun to the kids and volunteers alike which will inevitably continue this year.
The ‘Leamington Dolphins’ is another valuable tenet of our work in the local community. The ‘Dolphins’, a swimming club for the disabled and those with learning disabilities, have benefitted greatly from the support of UWHMC volunteers over the past few years. The swim sessions take place every Sunday night and provide great respite for carers.
In addition to our community based projects the club also support a charity. In 2011-2012, this Charity was Macmillan Cancer Support. Through the generosity of the club’s members and supporters, several thousand pounds were raised for the cause.
In order raise support for our charities in 2012, and indeed for the three years prior to this, the club has participated in the Stratford Half Marathon alongside the UWLHC. A fantastic club day that has become a tradition, the run raised in excess of £4000 last year. Furthermore, the club has organised and participated in a series of events including talent shows, live lounge music events, the Warwick Sport naked calendar and the revamped UWHC Charities tournament which drew in ten clubs from Warwick Sport and raised £400.
In short, the ever expanding work of the Charities and Communities projects in UWMHC provides not only great fun to its members, but also a great opportunity to give something back to those around them.