It would take more than some wet Welsh weather to dampen spirits on the pitch at Ross Hockey Club’s 2016 Hockey Fest, earlier this month.

Despite the rain, more than 67 children armed themselves with hockey sticks to try out their skills on the pitch at Monmouth Leisure Centre.

The annual festival, designed to promote all things hockey, gives children of all ages a chance to learn some new skills and put them into action, under the guidance of players from Ross-on-Wye’s male and female squads.

Amy Roskilly, from Ross Hockey Club, told the Ross Gazette:?“The eager participants went away damp but happy, with a festival wristband and some well-earned sweets. Ross Hockey Club would like to thank Tudor Sweets of Ross-on-Wye for providing the goodies for the 5-10 year age group.”

In the 11-13 age category, Florrie Taylor was named Player of the Match by her peers on the day. Florie won a family voucher supplied by Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo and Laser Tag centre.

Meanwhile in the 14+ category, Amie Jenkins walked away with a family session of stand up paddle boarding provided by SUPYOFI at Symonds Yat.

A huge thank you goes out to all the players who took part on the day. For more information on Ross adults and junior squads, including training times and locations, visit