Norwich Dragons player Beth spreading the hockey gospel to Uganda

Beth Elgood, pictured playing for Norwich Dragons, is helping hockey players in Uganda. Picture: Clu

Beth Elgood, pictured playing for Norwich Dragons, is helping hockey players in Uganda. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

Beth Elgood will have more luggage than the majority of her fellow passengers when she jets out to Africa today.

The Norwich Dragons player will be weighed down with hockey equipment donated by club members, which she will be handing over once she reaches her destination, the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Beth will also be taking a selection of prosthetic legs to the East African country as part of her voluntary work for the charity Legs4Africa, and is pleased to be travelling with a sympathetic airline.

'When I told them what the extra luggage was they let me have an extra 23 kilos allowance free of charge which was much appreciated,' she said. 'I am visiting a friend in Uganda and it just seemed like a good idea to help Legs4Africa and also do my little hit to help develop hockey over there.

'It will be the first time we have been able to reach out to amputees in East Africa so it's quite a special trip in that regard.

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'I am also meeting with a man who runs Ugandan Youth Sport who uses sport as a means to empower and educate some of the communities' poorest people and will ensure the equipment gets through to the county's hockey association. I am sure it will be put to good use and I would like to thank all the people at Dragons who have helped with this.'

Beth will be taking 34 hockey shirts, some shorts and socks, 12 hockey sticks and hockey bags to Uganda.

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Meanwhile, Harleston Magpies Under-15 girls and boys teams are both through to England Hockey National Finals.

After two tough matches for the boys, who hosted the regional finals at Weybread, and three challenging matches for the girls at Ipswich, the two young teams got the results they needed and can look forward to an exciting challenge at Lee Valley London on May 12 and 13.

Mark Emms, team manager for the Under-14 boys team said; 'Our boys played some really strong hockey and they thoroughly deserve their chance to represent Magpies in the last eight at the national finals.

'It's fantastic to see the club getting both of its U14s teams through to this stage of the competition.'

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