At the start of 2016, The Hockey Museum launched an exciting UK-wide competition for primary schools, with the winning design being displayed at the 2016 Champions Trophy in London and at The Hockey Museum.
The competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, invited children to design their own piece of two-dimensional artwork about the sport of hockey, using South American influences.
A bumper batch of entries was received! Judges Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain and England Hockey player), George Pinner (Great Britain and England Hockey Goalkeeper) and Ben Rea (National Hockey Foundation) had an enjoyable but challenging role in selecting the winning entries.
Ten-year-old Alice Hannan from The Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Surrey designed the winning entry superimposing the flag of Brazil over a hockey pitch with the addition of a hockey stick pattern.
Twenty-one other winners were named as Highly Commended entries and win a set of art materials for their own use and some art vouchers for their schools.
"The standard of entries was fantastic with a variety of techniques and it was extremely hard to pick one overall winner" says Helen Richardson-Walsh. "I loved how the winning entry incorporated a hockey pitch into the Brazilian flag with the subtle use of hockey sticks adding texture to the overall feel."
All of the winning entries can be seen here.
The Winning entry was designed by:
Alice Hannan, 10, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
The Highly Commended entries were designed by (in age order):
Alfie, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Amelia, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Finn, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Ruby, 7, Castlehills Primary School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Isabel, 9, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Anya, 9, Hook Junior School, Hook, Hampshire
Elisha, 10, The Brent Primary School, Dartford, Kent
Jessica, 9, Hook Junior School, Hook, Hampshire
Saira, 9, Grove Primary School, Romford, Essex
Cherry, 10, Kings Heath Primary School, Birmingham
Ella, 10, Yalding St Peter and St Paul Primary School, Yalding, Kent
Ellie, 10, The Brent Primary School, Dartford, Kent
Jay, 10, Temple Mill Primary School, Strood, Kent.
Rowan, 10, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Devon, 11, Holywood Primary School, County Down, Northern Ireland
Eloise, 11, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Georgia, 11, Yalding St Peter and St Paul Primary School, Yalding, Kent
Katie-Lee, 11, Castlehills Primary School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
"The competition was a huge success and a great platform from which to begin our education programme" says Jon Rye, volunteer Education Officer at The Hockey Museum. "All of the Trustees and volunteers at The Hockey Museum have been impressed by the calibre of artwork received, and will enjoy promoting the competition winners during our Champions Trophy exhibition."
"The National Hockey Foundation has a particular interest in encouraging Junior Hockey and is pleased to be able to sponsor this project linking Art and Sport with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games" says Ben Rea, Trustee of The National Hockey Foundation. "The Foundation is full of admiration for both the high standard of the work and the large number of entries."