Russia's first Hockey Museum and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko have announced their association. As part of their joint activities, the Hockey Museum and the Timchenko Foundation have planned a number of joint events for the next few months. Among the earliest ones are: Russia's only Tough Girls Hockey tournament for girl teams in 2017, which will take place between 6 and 8 March in Strelna, St Petersburg, and a tournament to mark Submariner Day in the town of Polarny, Murmansk Oblast, 19 March.The first joint project of the museum and the Timchenko Foundation was a family hockey festival called УI Love Mum, Dad and HockeyФ held at the township of Shuya (Republic of Karelia) to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day. The Hockey Museum provided hockey-related retro posters and gift certificates for a group tour of the museum for the tournament winners. УWe have long worked to make hockey a mass participation sport. And you have to start with children, putting in place everything needed to promote hockey in this country. This is what our association with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko is meant to achieve,Ф said Aleksey Kasatonov, president of the Park of Legends SRK [Sports and Entertainment Centre (SEC)]. The Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko has long been focusing on sports projects. The Timchenko Foundation's Good Ice programme is designed to promote children's ice sports and to offer a favourable environment and more options for children's hockey, including for the disabled. Having been launched in 2012, the programme is being successfully implemented within the Northwest, Far-Eastern and Volga Federal Districts. УIt is a great honour for us to join forces with the largest Hockey Museum in this country. This marriage will enable young aficionados of the sport to get access to hockey memorabilia, see with their own eyes exhibits that were involved in the most spectacular achievements of ice hockey in this country. We find it important that sporting children have an opportunity to learn about the history of great national victories,Ф said Igor Baradachev, deputy CEO of the Timchenko Foundation and head of the Sports programme. Opened in 2016, Russia's first Hockey Museum sees its mission in not only preserving the ice hockey heritage of the USSR and of the Russian Federation and inculcating patriotism using the sports achievements of our compatriots as an example, but also in encouraging the younger generation to take up sports.