Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has agreed a sponsorship deal to become an official partner of England and Great Britain Hockey, with its Harvester brand becoming the organisation’s official restaurant partner. As part of the three-year sponsorship M&B, will create Hockey Houses in a number of its restaurant and pubs for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Harvester will also support the England Hockey Board’s “Grow Your Own”, initiative which aims to attract thousands of people into their local hockey club, often for the first time, to start playing regularly. Harvester’s new summer menu, which launched this month, also includes the Great Britain Hockey logo to showcase its support. Erik Castenskiold, director of corporate affairs at M&B, said: “The next 18 months will see an increased focus on sport throughout the UK and, with more than 1,600 restaurants and pubs across the UK, we believe M&B is well placed to help the England Hockey Board to support grass roots hockey and encourage more people to join their local club. “Our three year sponsorship will enable us to support British Hockey in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, as well as post the event. This represents a tremendous opportunity for our customers and our employees at a time when more and more people will be looking to get actively involved in sport.”