Funding brings hockey into schools
Hockey Marlborough has been boosted with Kiwisport funding of over $4500 from Sport Tasman for its Active Stick in Schools programme, which is in its third year.
An estimated 600 year 1 to 8 children from around nine Marlborough schools will receive basic skills training in a series of sessions over the next four months at a cost of more than $18,000.
spokes- man Mike Treloar says the introductory programme, which was delivered by seven trainers on behalf of Hockey Marlborough, had grown strongly and proved very successful.
It has resulted in a big increase in skill development and playing numbers.
The number of year 1 to 8 players had risen by 20 per cent annually over the past three years, he says.
‘‘Some schools are now in their third year and have 180 kids participating.
‘‘Teachers are totally confident in the programme and are also trained in the basic skills enabling them to take part and help run the sessions,’’ Treloar says.
The aim is to get 50 per cent of participants to join a school or club team to ensure the sport kept growing.
In all, 650 people across all ages are playing hockey in Marl- borough.
Treloar says Kiwisport funding was crucial to Hockey Marlborough’s programmes, helping pay for gear and the wages of the trainer.
The funding has enabled them to deliver 340 sessions this year and thereby teach kids the fun aspects of taking part in sport.
‘‘This is what leaves a lasting impression in the kids’ minds,’’ Treloar says.
Sport Tasman CEO Nigel Muir says it’s great to see Hockey Marlborough developing its profile and growing the sport among the young people of the district.
‘‘Hundreds of young Marlborough youngsters will benefit from these Hockey Marlborough projects, and Sport Tasman is delighted to be supporting these two initiatives,’’ he says.
Kiwisport is a Governmentfunded initiative started in 2009 to promote sport for school-aged children.