Bees School Zone – Bee Involved

Anyone at the Hive on Saturday couldn’t have failed to notice the first “School Zone” game of the season! The School Zone has been launched this season by the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees to take the Bees to the schools and bring the schools to the Bees.

Ice hockey is a great part of the community and the Bees recognise that schools are at the heart of the community. In the summer we launched the Schools Programme, headed by Gemma Plowright and Dave Williams. Both have worked tirelessly over the summer to bring the programme together and the first publicly viewable results of that were on show at the Hive with over 500 children and their parents filling a packed Schools Zone.

The Schools Programme isn’t just about bringing children to the games. A key part of the programme is the Bees visiting the schools too. Doug Sheppard and his roster will be out and about in the community meeting local school children, giving talks on ice hockey, sport, nutrition, well being, respect and more.

The Schools Programme, while primarily aimed at schools, is also open to local youth clubs and sports teams too and is a great way of unifying the community through sport.

Gemma Plowright explained; “The Schools Programme currently has over 30 schools covering Berkshire and Surrey signed up to get more involved with the Berkshire Cycles Bracknell Bees. Head Coach Doug Sheppard will be visiting schools to present on subjects such as fitness, respect and physical wellbeing as well as Ice Hockey.

“This programme is about reaching out and supporting our local children as well as raising awareness of this great sport. The Schools will receive exclusive educational videos and links to the team sponsors for discounts further supporting schools as their budgets get tighter.

Gemma continued to outline the benefits; “The Directors of the club have also offered hard working school staff, parents and children a fantastic discounted rate for tickets in the School Zone for designated matches during the season and the opportunity to try out the Learn to Play programme.”

Bees Head Coach Doug Sheppard added; “Setting up a Schools Zone and increasing the cooperation between local Schools and the Bees was a top priority of mine when I signed here earlier in the summer. I’m delighted we’ve already seen great results last Saturday. The team enjoyed the added support as well as it was great seeing that section filled with such happy faces. Now we’re looking forward to getting out and about to visit the schools as well.

“I’d like to thank Gemma and Dave for their hard work. It’s great to have such driven hard working people sharing our vision working on this project. Having committed and tireless people with the same vision as the club like Gemma and Dave working on this has made it all seem so easy but I can assure you it’s not. Both of them, have worked hard all summer long to achieve what we saw on Saturday and more. Across the summer the Bees attended some school events but to welcome so many children from local schools on Saturday was a great achievement and the start of many such nights. I look forward to this continuing to grow.”

Doug concluded; “We’re also grateful to AVSS for their support in helping this happen.”

The School Zone launched successfully on September 15th with nearly 550 loud, colourful and cheering children and adults with 10 more exciting School Zone matches planned.”. Any interested Schools or groups can email us at for more information.