Olympic hockey dribbles into the north east – Video

AN EIGHT foot, giant hockey ball rolled its way into Gateshead’s Baltic Square on Monday, as part of The npower Big Dribble nationwide record attempt to ‘dribble’ a hockey ball an incredible 2012km.

The npower Big Dribble, organised by Great Britain Hockey and supporting national children’s charity WellChild, invited local schools, families, sports teams and businesses from across the north east to welcome the ball’s arrival and to get involved in a range of free, fun hockey related activities.

Lynne Dobison, England Hockey Board relationship manager for the north east and Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club coach, said: “The npower Big Dribble arrived in Gateshead allowing locals to experience a taste of one of the nation’s favourite team sports. Having a go couldn’t have been easier.”

“Our vision is to capture the imagination of the British public, to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and sporting abilities to get involved in hockey.”

NewsGuardianTV went along to get the low down on the event and to speak to Lynne...