Ice Hockey fans will see a rather different Swindon Wildcats skate out at the Link Centre ice rink this season, as the club re-launches itself afresh for their new campaign with a modern new logo and a move to Red and White as their principal colours.
The new logo and colour scheme comes ahead of the launch of an exciting new venture for the Wildcats, in which the club will further expand on their role as the community sports club of Swindon.
"We've been very busy developing our activities both on and off of the ice over the last couple of seasons," said General Manager Steve Nell.
"We offer fans of all ages a fantastic sporting experience, which has seen our Kidzone activity achieve record levels. Our season ticket sales are well up, and we are confident that our young team will reward our supporters with some great on ice entertainment.
"The combining of Red and White is synonymous with the Town of Swindon and its sporting clubs, and we are keen to cement our standing as one of the towns premier teams alongside are Sporting Partners, Swindon Town Football Club and Swindon Speedway
"The coming season will be an exciting one for all hockey fans in the region."
As Head Coach Peter Russell is looking to make the final additions to his roster in the coming weeks, the Wildcats' commercial team continue to develop the club's partnerships and allegiances.
There are many different opportunities for Companies to become involved with the Wildcats, catering for all budgets and Marketing requirements. For more information call 01305 340803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The club will be revealing their new shirt design in the coming weeks, as well as the names of the final players to sign up for the new season which gets underway this September.
For further information about the Wildcats, visit the club website at www.swindonwildcats.com or contact the General Manager by email to email@example.com or telephone on 07771 863674.
Hockey team floats new Community Interest Company
The town's premier Ice Hockey club, the Swindon Wildcats, has launched a new not-for-profit Community Interest Company, "Wildcats in the Community", formalising and growing their development effort that works closely with children, youths and adults alike in local communities, writes Swindon Wildcats general manager Steve Nell.
The Company has identified the following core objectives:
Develop links with Children and Youths from local communities throughout the South West of England.
Encourage participation in sporting activities & promote a healthy lifestyle for all age groups.
Improve provision of sports education within schools
Combat child obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease
Provide safe and controlled environments for children within local communities
Extend accessibility of ice sports to disabled, less-privileged and vulnerable minors
Provision of quality, choice and opportunity for children of local communities
In trial activities between September 2007 and April 2008, the Swindon Wildcats worked with over thirty schools and 12,000 children as part of a schools programme. Over 120 children each week participated in the first phase of the club's bespoke Learn to Skate programme, with over 180 each week taking part at the culmination of the programme in April 2008.
Responding to the amazing success and keen enthusiasm shown by local schools, the programme is being expanded to five days a week, working with 500 children from the local area every week.
A key component of the Wildcats In The Community programme is 'equality'. The activities will serve all members of local communities, emphasising accessibility and participation for all youths, children and adults, no matter what gender, ability, ethnic background or social status. The programme is there to be enjoyed by all and feedback from the hockey club's trial activities demonstrates the Wildcats to be a fun organisation to be associated with, providing valuable auxiliary educational activities for our participants.
The Wildcats In The Community programme is much more than just the Learn To Skate activity; with a varied and evolving programme of events that begins with introducing children to different aspects of
sport, with routes through to active participating in different ice sports for those that wish to take part themselves, and whole- family entertainment with the Swindon Wildcats senior ice hockey teams.
Pictured right, CIC director Dawn Dolphin with 8 year old rookie Oliver Gill and community coaches Aaron Nell and Joe Dickins
From attending schools to taking part in an assembly or a dedicate dclassroom event, the initiative then progresses onto physical activities including the "Wildcats Roadshow": Children have the opportunity to take part in activities including Ball Hockey at their respective school and also have the opportunity to come along and watch the Swindon Wildcats compete at the Link Centre.
Through links with the other rink users at West Swindon's Link Centre ice rink, the scheme also encourages children and adults to participate in other ice activities, including free skating and dance;
as well as a close relationship with the Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Club right the way through from beginners ("Rookies") through all of the age groups as part of ice hockey's national development programme.
Schools and youth organisations also have the opportunity to raise funds through their participation in the "Cash Back for Schools" initiative: By nominating a game and marketing it within their school
or organisation, all tickets sold to children for and on behalf of that group are paid back in full – the adults receive a hefty discount, too. Through this scheme in 2007/08, in association with Specsavers Opticians in Swindon, the hockey club refunded over £2000.
The Launch Day at the Link Centre on 22 July saw delegates from all over the region attending a drinks reception, introductory presentation and a networking session as the Company introduces itself as Swindon's most vibrant community sports initiative.
For further details about the Wildcats in the Community, including a free brochure outlining the activities and information on how to participate, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 07771 863674.