Harleston Magpies hockey club stage successful first taster evening

Seth Read, a Magpies coach, with some of the youngsters at the hockey taster course. Photo: Bex Pott

Seth Read, a Magpies coach, with some of the youngsters at the hockey taster course. Photo: Bex Pottruff - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies Hockey Club opened up its pitches for the first of this year’s hockey taster evenings for boys and girls in school years one ‎to seven.

An amazing response saw over 80 youngsters take part in the first session. Almost all were completely new to the sport and to the popular local club.

After sticks were provided and warm up exercises completed, the lead coaches, ably assisted by club members both old and young, introduced youngsters to the basic skills of the game before completing the evening with some mini hockey matches.

“We were thrilled with how well it went and to see so many new youngsters at Magpies,” said James Smith, Magpies Boys Youth Development Officer.

“Hockey remains one of the highest participant sports in the country and is growing across the age spectrums year on year. The GB Ladies Olympic gold in 2016 is still inspiring and swelling support for our sport. The atmosphere created by our new recruits and their enthusiasm for giving hockey a go made for a really enjoyable evening.”

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Magpies’ location in the heart of the Waveney Valley ‎just outside Harleston provides the club with a great pool of local villages and towns to provide hockey for. This year’s course has attracted youngsters from over 20 local primary schools like Harleston, Dickleburgh, Mendham, Hoxne, Gislingham, Laxfield, Debenham, Pulham, Worlingworth to name just a few.

“We don’t know yet if we’ve found a star of the future, but there were certainly some very promising signs,” said Richard Larkin, one of the lead youth coaches at the club.

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“Last night we encouraged 80 boys and girls to think about hockey as a sport for their future. We hope they will come and join the club this autumn and carry on with hockey as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

‎The Hockey Taster Course continues every Friday up to and including July 7, 2017. For more details see the Clubs website www.magpies-hockey.co.uk

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