Big day for hockey young­sters

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Last Mon­day Pukerua Bay School chil­dren tested out their new-found hockey skills, as they wrapped up their Ac­tivePost Small Sticks pro­gramme with a fes­ti­val day.

Nearly 180 chil­dren played in the round-robin tour­na­ments.

Help­ing out was newly cho­sen Black Sticks de­fender, Dane Lett, who will de­but in the up­com­ing four-test se­ries against Ja­pan in Wellington and Kapiti.

It was the first year the Ac­tivePost in-school hockey pro­gramme was run at Pukerua Bay by Wellington Hockey. Com- mu­nity hockey of­fi­cer for Wellington Hockey, Dan Grant, said it had been a suc­cess.

‘‘We’re hop­ing the kids will keep play­ing and join their lo­cal hockey club next year,’’ he said.

Fun Sticks teaches chil­dren aged 4 to 6 the fun­da­men­tal skills needed for any sport – ball skills, co-or­di­na­tion, body po­si­tion, player and space aware­ness.

Chil­dren then progress through the re­main­ing stages, which fin­ish with Kwik Sticks - where 12 and 13-year-olds can par­tic­i­pate in full 11- a- side hockey matches.

Get ’em: Har­vey Price tus­sles with Joey Rock­ell, right, while Black Stick Dane Lett watches.

Good save: Ol­lie Git­tens makes a run.

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