Fund­ing brings hockey into schools

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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.

Hockey Marl­bor­ough

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.

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