FRIENDS FUND EXCITING CLUB TO SCHOOL PROJECT
Many positive and creative ideas and suggestions are born out of the quarterly POD meetings delivered by Hockey Wales Club Development Officers; however, something particularly pleasing to see is the recent success of the ‘Strengthening School Links’ project.
Hockey clubs located in Mid-South Wales identified this as a priority for their area; leading to a successful grant application from the highly regarded charity, Friends of Welsh Hockey. The grant funded 10 primary school teachers to attend the 4689 course run by Hockey Wales; with each teacher receiving £150 worth of kit free for their school.
With a view to creating more of a hype for hockey across primary schools; the project has also upskilled teachers and ultimately developed the stronger link with schools, the clubs initially set out to achieve.
Friends of Welsh Hockey Chair, Roger Caddick told us:
It’s great the school has embraced the game linking to the school curriculum and generated links with the local Knighton Hockey Club. It’s just what we are about; helping young people to keep fit and enjoy life’
Knighton Church in Wales Primary School has since set up an after-school club, which averages attendance from 25 children each week. Knighton Ladies hockey club remain in regular contact with the school; extending an invitation to the children to join Hockeyfest this 10th September.
Club Development Officer, Adam Howard:
Having attended the after-school club several times, it’s fantastic to see so many children seeing the benefits of this project. A huge thank you to Rebecca Chidgey for setting up the after school-club; taking full advantage of her 4689 qualification. These partnerships are key when developing sports within rural communities