University Academy Holbeach hosts hockey tournament for youngsters

Quicksticks Hockey action at University Academy Holbeach with 'Holbeach Bank Primary School against Sutton St James Primary  School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Quicksticks Hockey action at University Academy Holbeach with 'Holbeach Bank Primary School against Sutton St James Primary School. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The next generation of hockey champions may have been uncovered at University Academy Holbeach which played host to a sporting tournament for primary schools.

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.

University Academy Holbeach Sports Leaders (front) Jonathon Clark, Jordan Keeble, Nicole Hayes, Christina Hillier, (back) Callum Walker, Carla Snowden, Kieran Crane, Molly Harrall and Hannah Chapman.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

University Academy Holbeach Sports Leaders (front) Jonathon Clark, Jordan Keeble, Nicole Hayes, Christina Hillier, (back) Callum Walker, Carla Snowden, Kieran Crane, Molly Harrall and Hannah Chapman. 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).

“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.”

Scouts from Long Sutton Hockey Club came along to the tournament with a chance to do some talent-spotting and find out whether any youngsters would be interested in taking up hockey more seriously

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.”