LUC Ronchin wins EuroHockey Club of the Year award for small clubs

Posted On 11/11/2022

Lille University Club (LUC) Ronchin Hockey has landed the 2022 EuroHockey Club of the Year in the small club category as their unique approach to sustainability and innovative initiatives to reach a wider community have borne fruit.

“LUC Ronchin Hockey is very honoured to receive this award. It allows us to highlight and congratulate directly the volunteers and educators who work for the life of the club and the local population,” said Philippe Caucheteux, president of LUC Ronchin Hockey. 

“It is an achievement, but also a source of motivation that makes us want to go further. We hope and are convinced that this title will allow the club to experience other great moments and other projects to be born.”

Among the projects is the Hockey Potager scheme which allows parents and children on Saturday mornings to practice one hour of hockey and one hour of gardening and environmental awareness on the club premises.

It has often been highlighted, notably during the European Sustainable Development Week and by the French Federation. 

It is part of the club’s strong commitment to sustainable development and respect for the environment.  The hockey garden is proof of this, as is their watering system for our pitch, which uses over 75% rainwater. 

The club is one of the first in France to organise walking hockey and adapted hockey sessions while they host several initiation sessions and a tournament for local schools to take up the game as well as an open day with the French team to supervise them.

Volunteers are often highlighted on social networks and the club’s website for the actions they carry out and are rewarded during the awards evenings which take place a couple of times a season. They help organise a “Super Veterans” tournament for many years.

It has helped the club – which has roots back to 1928 but has been under its current banner since 1990 – grow to have several adult teams, a mixed team and a hockey school open to a diverse public and have an impact on the local population.

“The club is proud of the projects that have been in place for several seasons and in particular since the end of the Covid-19 health crisis,” the club stated in its entry form.  

“The projects allow diverse and varied populations to practice a sporting activity in order to be healthy, all in conditions of use and practice respectful of the environment and in a friendly and family atmosphere.  

“The hockey school has almost doubled between last season and this season, proving that our project of education through hockey works, notably through numerous hours of hockey practice in schools close to the club by our educator last year and this year.  

“We are proud, apart from the performances of our teams, to keep the image of a club outside, friendly, warm, open to all and where good humour reigns.”

As winners of the EuroHockey Club of the Year, LUC Ronchin will receive €1,000, an EHF Club of the Year Pennant and a VIP visit by a EuroHockey ambassador to present the awards.

To find out more about LUC Ronchin Hockey Club, check out the following outlets:

Website: https://lucronchinhockey.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucronchinhockey 

Instagram: @lucronchinhockey                                  

Twitter: @LucRonchin

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