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By Dave Claxton – Sport Techie

The Hungarian national hockey team has launched a motivational 360 virtual reality experience to inspire the next generation of ice hockey players in the country.

In the experience, the team sings along with a stadium full of Hungarian fans to the national anthem and is intended to inspire younger players by seeing fans encouraging the national team.

To launch the experience, two members of the national team, forward István Bartalis and defence man Arnold Varga visited a youth training session and provided the players with cardboard VR headsets.

The initiative was launched by Gyerehokizni.hu, the organization which has responsibility for encouraging young people to play ice hockey. It is supported by Skoda, the Czech automotive manufacturer and also the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation.   

Hungary is currently ranked 19th in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) world rankings. Last year they claimed their first victory in the Ice Hockey World Championships after 77 years of waiting beating Belarus.