80 Budding Primary Hockey Players Say 'Hello To Hockey'

On Saturday 6 May Princethorpe College was delighted to welcome 80 pupils from Years 4 and 5 to a “Say Hello to Hockey” taster session. The youngsters, from surrounding primary schools, were introduced to the main elements of the game by members of Princethorpe’s coaching staff.

Rotating through four different training drills, the children learned about dribbling, passing, tackling and shooting. Skills were swiftly honed as children, some holding a hockey stick for the first time, got to grips with this exciting and fast-paced sport.

It was hard work so mid-morning everyone was treated to a legendary Princethorpe cookie, helping to restore energy levels, before they played in a mini-tournament where the children’s newly learnt skills were put into practice. In competitive matches, played in front of a crowd of parents, it was gratifying to see the skills which had been taught in training, being used effectively.

Rachael Mack, a Princethorpe College hockey coach, was impressed at the speed with which the children took to the sport: “Everyone progressed enormously over the course of the morning; the hard work paid off and the standard of hockey played in the mini-tournament was fantastic.”