Academy hosts sports day for youngsters on top of the game

Fleet Wood Lane Primary School's Quicksticks Hockey team. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Fleet Wood Lane Primary School's Quicksticks Hockey team. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Teams from six primary schools, Fleet Wood Lane, Holbeach Bank, Holbeach Primary Academy, Long Sutton, Sutton St James and Tydd St Mary, took part in a Holbeach and District Quicksticks Hockey tournament at the academy in Park Road.

The Quicksticks Hockey tournament for primary schools at University Academy Holbeach was won by Tydd St Mary Primary School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Quicksticks Hockey tournament for primary schools at University Academy Holbeach was won by Tydd St Mary Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The four-a-side tournament was organised by students from the academy’s Sports Leaders programme, including Holbeach United Football Club prospect Jordan Keeble (16).

He said: “Around 16 teams played seven games each, with each game lasting six minutes before it goes to sudden death penalty shots.

“The aim was to get children involved in sports and officiating, while the students from University Academy Holbeach were officiating, scoring, giving first aid, timekeeping and helping the children to warm up.

“We all had big roles to play and it took a while for us to learn, but we really enjoyed it and it was good to see the kids getting involved in the tournament.”

The Quicksticks Hockey tournament for primary schools at University Academy Holbeach where the team from 'Holbeach Primary Academy competed.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Quicksticks Hockey tournament for primary schools at University Academy Holbeach where the team from 'Holbeach Primary Academy competed. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Tydd St Mary Primary School took four out of the first five places and its blue team now goes on to the regional finals later this month against primary schools from Spalding, Bourne and the Deepings.

University Academy Holbeach PE teacher Natalie Whitby said: “The Quicksticks tournament was really successful and the sports leaders worked really hard in the organisation of the whole event.

“The hard work showed in that the event went really well, everyone had a nice day and the sports leaders got to show the knowledge of sport they gained during the years they have been on the course.”