Dozens take up the of­fer of free coach­ing

HOCKEY

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

EAST­COTE Hockey Club gave young play­ers a chance to try the sport at free coach­ing ses­sions.

The club pro­vided 20 hours of train­ing for 70 chil­dren aged between six and 16 at its base in Kings Col­lege Road, Ruis­lip.

Coach Paul Loudon led last week’s ses­sions, which were aimed at chil­dren new to the game or want­ing to start play­ing, with help from other East­cote mem­bers.

He said: “We have run th­ese be­fore and had su­perb re­sults, but this was re­ally spe­cial with so many young­sters com­ing to try hockey, in some par­tic­u­larly vary­ing weather con­di­tions.

“The chil­dren had a great time, and as always we had sev­eral shin­ing stars that we hope to see play­ing in our adult teams of the future.”

The week of sport was funded by the club and The Lon­don Mayor’s Freesport scheme, which meant the coach­ing was pro­vided free of charge to all par­tic­i­pants.

East­cote’s new sea­son of colts coach­ing starts on Sun­day, on Septem­ber 7 for the U10s and the fol­low­ing week for the rest of the age groups.

East­cote host their an­nual club week­end on Septem­ber 6 and 7 as part of Eng­land Hockey’s Na­tional Club Week­end.

There will be a mixed tour­na­ment for men, ladies and colts, and guests can have a go at the sport free of charge on the Sun­day.

The men’s and ladies’ teams will also play friendlies against Ram­garhia and Wit­ney re­spec­tively on the Satur­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact club cap­tain Leanne Parkin­son by call­ing 07968 209 483 or email lean­neparks@hot­mail.co.uk.

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