2014 UK Forum All-Stars Preview


Jono Bullard from Cat’s Whiskers TV will be donning his skates & a natty pink kit for Breast Cancer Care at the UK Forum All-Stars charity hockey tournament this weekend (Sponsor him by texting JBBC72 £5 to 70070). Here he previews what’s to come this weekend and speaks to co-organiser David Grant.

It’s that time of you once again as the most anticipated hockey weekend of the summer is upon us, the UK Forum All-Stars charity hockey tournament which takes place in Sheffield this weekend.

The festivities start at the Steelers Sports bar on Birley Moor Road, Sheffield from 7pm on Friday evening with a quiz and charity auction.
The auction has some excellent lots of hockey memorabilia, including a signed Mike Modano Dallas Stars jersey, a Scott Nichol game worn London Racers jersey and a specially commissioned Dubai Camels jersey. Many more lots are also available which can be viewed on the dedicated Facebook group for the auction where can also place a bid for the items.

The hockey action starts at Midday on Saturday at Ice Sheffield, where eight teams representing different charities will take part in a round robin tournament to decide who takes part in Sunday’s final.
There are two more charity teams this year due to the demand from players wanting to take part and the charities themselves wanting to be involved. I spoke to co-organiser David Grant about which charities are involved and why. He said “To give a background of the charities, Breast Cancer Care and Dreams Come True are our ‘blue ribbon’ charities that we will always support. Help For Heroes & Prostate Cancer UK are great charities who have helped us promote the event over the past couple of years.
Autism Plus, Blue Cross for Pets and the British Heart Foundation are new charities that we are supporting, and in areas that we’ve not covered before. Finally the Sheffield Children’s Hospital is a preferred local charity that means a lot to a lot of people.”

The event is about to hit a huge milestone. At the time of writing the amount raised for charity since the first UK Forum All-Stars event 2008 stands just shy of £100,000, an incredible amount of money. I also asked David about what reaching such a target means for the event, he said “It would be a hugely significant day in the history of the weekend, as non of us ever dreamed of hitting that total. From there we can start to push for our next event target and continue for the event to leave a legacy in the hockey world.”

The event certainly is leaving a legacy, this year will see over 140 players representing the various charity teams and two days before the weekend begins this years total raised currently stands at over £27,000, just £3,500 away from beating last year’s total raised.

Try and get along to Ice Sheffield this weekend if you can, you will see players of all abilities taking part in competitive hockey games on behalf of their charities. The action will take place from Midday to 7pm on Saturday & Sunday and a weekend ticket costs just £5 with a day ticket costing £3. Children can enter for a donation to the charities.

If you’re still unsure, have a look at this video from last years event which explains what the All-Stars weekend is all about. I’ll hopefully see you at the weekend.


1 Response to “2014 UK Forum All-Stars Preview”

  1. 1 ianbraisby July 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Superb effort over the years by all concerned. Hope this weekend is a huge success again, can’t be there in person as I’ll be on holiday. Will be sponsoring you later today Jono, but for obvious reasons I will be sneakily hoping the Autism team wins.

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