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Hockey: Olympic stars Mark Pearn and Simon Mason help Wotton-under-Edge's birthday celebrations

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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Olympic stars Mark Pearn and Simon Mason, two of Great Britain's most successful players, will be helping Wotton-under-Edge Hockey Club celebrate its 25th anniversary at the club's hockey festival this weekend.

Pearn, GB's most capped striker and a former student at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School (KLB) in Wotton-under-Edge, will be playing in a 'Wotton Legends' exhibition match on Saturday, May 24, starting at 6.15pm. On Sunday, triple Olympian hockey goal keeper, Simon Mason, also a former KLB student, will be at the festival.

Other activities over the festival weekend include U9s, U12s, and mixed adult six-a-side tournaments on Saturday. On Sunday, there is a ladies XI invitation match, and boys U15s and men's seven-a-side competitions. The schedule of matches and events begins at 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, with evening entertainment on the Saturday.

The club has had its first season playing at home on a top quality astro pitch that forms part of Wotton Community Sports Foundation's (WCSF) New Road facilities. The facilities, which are also used by Katharine Lady Berkeley's School, were funded by a generous donation from local benefactor, Sir David McMurtry.

"This has been a fantastic year for the hockey club," said the club's chairman, Stuart Emms. "We started the season with our own brand new pitch, which has probably the best views of any club in the country, and are now rounding off the year with our 25th anniversary celebrations.

"Club membership has doubled since last September when the pitch opened and we now run four men's teams, three ladies' sides, and several junior sides.

"We are extremely grateful to Sir David McMurtry, WCSF and KLB, whose successful collaboration has provided such wonderful sports facilities for the community."

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