Grace O'Malley Kumar Foundation

Grace O'Malley-Kumar Hockey tournament

The Grace O’Malley-Kumar Cup is being held to commemorate a dear friend and teammate, Grace O’Malley-Kumar. Playing for several teams across Old Loughtonians, Southgate, and in 2022 joining the University of Nottingham Hockey first team.

Before joining the university of Nottingham, Grace started her journey at her local club Old Loughtonians. From there Grace moved to Southgate Hockey club. Along the way Grace was fortunate enough to be selected to represent her country at under 16 an under 18 level being the top goal scorer during her first season. 

Grace then began stduying Medicine at the University of Nottinham becoming a BUCS gold champion in her first year of university and playing in the premier league. Grace immersed herself in university hockey life, being a crucial part of the team on and off the pitch. 

Being a solid team member, supporting everyone and always having their backs. This love and compassion was not just in the 1st team but was given all over the club, helping people where needed. 

Hockey meant a lot to Grace; those who knew her know how much winning BUCS gold meant to her. We kindly ask you to join us on May 4th 2024, at the Nottingham Hockey Centre. There will be hockey between 9 am and 6 pm with food and drinks.

 

 

Event Summary

The tournament will comprise of six different teams:

  • Grace’s all stars team captained by her brother James, also a junior international
  • University of Nottingham Mixed team captained by two of her closest friends, Mia Brown Nicola Fletcher 
  • University of Nottingham 1st XI captained by her ex-teammate, Maddie Axford
  • University of Nottingham Alumni co-captained by her ex-teammates, Meg Da Lange and her former Captain Katie Curtis
  • Old Loughtonians legacy team captained by Nathan Gladman
  • Southgate Hockey Club legacy team captained by her fellow Southgate and England Hockey friend, Sophia Martin 

These teams will be mainly comprised of ex-teammates or friends. Each team playing a 15-minute game, with two different pools.

Throughout the day, there will be a raffle taking place, and stores selling clothes and items with the Grace O’Malley Kumar Foundation.

The layout of the day

The pool stage games will take place in the morning, starting at 10.45 am. The games will take place on Beeston’s pitch (1) and The University of Nottingham’s pitch (4). Throughout the morning, we strongly encourage the purchase of raffle tickets, as all proceeds go direct to the foundation, and there is an incredible array of prizes awaiting the lucky winners. A sneak peek at some of the prizes available will gradually be unveiled on The Grace O’Malley Kumar Cup Instagram page. There will also be stores selling clothes and items with The Grace O’Malley Kumar Foundation, again proceeds go direct to the foundation.

The lunch break, commencing at 1.30 pm, will feature a designated seating area and food vans behind pitch 1. This provides a beautiful opportunity for the communities touched by Grace to connect and catch up. At 2 pm the raffle winners will be announced.

Teams will face opponents placed in the same position as them in the standings. The 5/6th play-off and Bronze Medal match will occur at 2.30 pm.

If attending the whole day is challenging, we strongly recommend at least joining us for the exhibition game, the Gold Medal Match, which will take place at 3.30 pm (pitch 1). After the game, there will be several speeches in honour of Grace, followed by the presentation of medals and the special Grace O’Malley Kumar Cup by a distinguished Olympic Gold Medalist. 

If you want to stick around after the tournament, a live band will take the stage at 5pm, playing some of Grace’s favourite songs. We hope you will join us on a special day that hopes to connect the communities touched by Grace while fundraising for the Grace O’Malley Kumar Foundation.

If you want to get in touch to fundraise, fill out the form below!