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Hockey in Britain part 2
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04-21-2012, 08:44 AM
Join Date: Feb 2012
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It's a chicken or egg argument.
If there's interest facilities will be built. If you build them interest will grow.
As 99 likes to say it's a cultural thing.
Apologies if this comes across as an "in Canada" thing not my intent trying to show what communities can do if they have a mind to.
Unfortunately it is a cultural thing. Winter sports in the UK have verry little interest in the gen pop, ice hockey even less then that.
When most local councils are struggaling to keep schools and hospitals afloat, the last thing they are going to invest in is an ice rink.
When it comes down to it, hockey in your country will always prioritise certain things, ice hockey is such a bread a butter part of Canadian culture it will live quite possibly forever.
Over here we are competeing with so many other sports, yes local communities can do great things, but they are much more likely to group together to build a cricket green, or a football/rugby field...etc etc etc.
I'd wager over any given weekend, there could be what...20/30/40 thousand people going out regularly to watch some form of hockey. And thats in a country of nearly 60 million. The Maple Leafs will beat that alone in one game, and thats not even counting all the other hockey in Canada and your population is about 38 million. Its not very accurate facts but that shows you the difference we face.
Ultimately ice hockey will probably always be an underground sport in the UK, where as in Canada it is 'the' sport.
Like I said before it will only take some buisness men like Nike etc to go out there and build facilities and promote the sport, but they'd have to do it out of their own pocket with no hope of any return.
There are more systemic problems in the sport over here that need to be sorted before any more plans for new rinks are done. Lets walk properly all together rather then have some sprinting and some crawling.
One all encompasing UK governing body.
Without that, hockey over here cannot grow.
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