Hockey Festival at Harleston Magpies

Wednesday 27th March saw 180 pupils from South Norfolk SSP primary schools take part in our year 3-4 Hockey Festival at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club. 

 

A short briefing regarding the rules, format of the day and most importantly our Spirit of the Games campaign. All pupils were ready and eager to go from the outset and it was clear that all teams were well prepared, organised, and confident.

 

The morning saw the children take part in 5 hockey activities. These activities were designed to help the children understand the basic skills needed to play hockey and start to understand the basic rules. There were lots of smiling faces which showed that the children were enjoying the activities.

 

In the afternoon schools put the skills they had learnt in the morning carousel into practice. Each school team was placed in a pool of 5 teams with all teams playing each other in their group. This year’s tournament intent was on increasing confidence and our aim was to change the focus of the competition and empower young people to develop their understanding of the School Games Values. By removing the traditional scoring schools were tasked with looking for pupils in their team who displayed the School Games Value ‘Determination’ and these pupils were celebrated at the end of the event.

 

Congratulations to all pupils who participated in the tournament, coaches and teachers who helped make the festival go so well and a fun day for all involved. Many thanks to Harleston Magpies Hockey Club for the use of their pitches, facilities. A massive thank you to the leaders from Harleston Sancroft Academy and Langley School leaders for running the skills sessions and umpiring the afternoon games.

 

Teacher feedback from the event:

"It has been a great event to teach the children about team values, sportsmanship as well as learning hockey skills."

 

If your pupils enjoyed the event and would like to continue playing hockey regularly here are some further opportunities: Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Welcome | Harleston Magpies Hockey Club (magpies-hockey.co.uk)

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