Hockey a hit at school

SCHOOLS across the region are hosting Hockey Victoria’s Roadshow program this month, with hundreds of school kids around Sale getting their first introduction to the game.

At Longford Primary School on Monday, around 80 kids went through drills and games to learn basic skills, with other schools following throughout this week.

Support came from the Wellington Hockey Club, which is well-known for its inclusion programs.

Club coach Richard Hill was on hand to help out, and said it was surprising how quickly the kids got the hang of the game.

“They’ve never picked up a stick before, but it’s amazing once you make it competitive, the skills start coming out,” he said.

Hockey Victoria community co-ordinator Amy Coshan said the roadshow was all about making hockey as fun as possible.

“We bring all the equipment, schools just need to provide kids and a teacher to supervise,” she said.

“It’s just good to see the kids have a good time.”

Local clubs are conducting Hook In2 Hockey programs for children aged five to 11.

Wellington Hockey Club will run its program at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex tonight from 4.15pm, while Maffra Hockey Club will begin its four-week program next Friday from 5pm in the Maffra Secondary College Activity Centre.