Hockey club launches outreach initiative
11:01am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
THE Penarth Hockey Club has launched an outreach initiative for schools and colleges.
The demise of hockey in schools over many years has led to a serious shortage in new players taking up the game and joining the club to progress through the various sides.
The work of James Davies and a team of junior coaches is attempting to address this shortfall but with limited success in terms of producing players with the potential to play for the senior men’s teams.
Penarth is the only male field hockey club in the Vale and, as such, is in an enviable position to benefit from all the potential untapped talent in Penarth, Barry and the Vale.
Consequently, in parallel to the continuing junior development activities, and in support of the Olympic Legacy Programme, the club has appointed Matt Birch as its schools and colleges liaision officer.
The outreach initiative is intended to reach out to the schools in Penarth, Barry and the Vale, both junior and secondary, in an attempt to re-engender a desire to play the game and to support that desire through activities such as promotion, coaching, provision of kit and/or in any other way the club can.
In the meantime, training on the astro turf continues at Barry Sports Centre every Wednesday; juniors from 6-7pm and seniors from 7-8pm.
The club always welcomes new, old and returning players, umpires, supporters, friends and helpers of whatever age and ability.
Further details can be obtained from Matthew Birch - firstname.lastname@example.org; tel 07906 320391.