Com­mu­nity spirit fo­cus of pro­gram

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers are ready to take up their sticks and get back on the pitch for a busy new sea­son that will in­clude an ex­panded ju­nior hockey pro­gram and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Last year’s City of Kar­ratha sport­ing group of the year award win­ner starts its se­nior pro com­pe­ti­tion tonight on the Bul­garra tennis courts, with ju­niors’ games start­ing the fol­low­ing week at the same time and place.

NBHA pres­i­dent Annabelle Lit­tle said or­gan­is­ers had a “huge pro­gram” in store this year, with new pro­grams de­signed to raise the lo­cal pro­file of ju­nior hockey.

“The club is build­ing sub­stan­tially this year with nu­mer­ous Hookin2Hockey pro­grams for ju­niors run­ning through­out the City of Kar­ratha,” she said.

“A new in­ter­me­di­ate com­pe­ti­tion is be­gin­ning at the high school and in ad­di­tion to the se­nior pro comp, the Kar­ratha Clas­sic will run later in the year.”

Mrs Lit­tle said the NBHA hoped to in­clude as many lo­cal schools as pos­si­ble in their ju­nior hockey pro­grams to cre­ate a bet­ter tran­si­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve al­ways wanted to build hockey and we’ve al­ways had a gap be­tween the ju­niors and se­niors, so we wanted to try and make a com­plete path­way from the ju­niors to se­niors com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

NBHA mem­bers are also get­ting in­volved in a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity events this year, in­clud­ing the Rides and Slides fam­ily night held last Satur­day, the up­com­ing Kar­ratha Mother’s Day Clas­sic, and a game of bash hockey.

Mrs Lit­tle said the com­mit­tee was keen to pro­mote a strong sense of com­mu­nity spirit, both in and out of the club.

The NBHA is al­ways open to new play­ers.

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