23 South Ribble schools develop their hockey skills

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South Ribble schools have been developing their hockey skills in the SPAR Lancashire School Games Quicksticks Level 2 competition.

Quicksticks is a relatively new sport within South Ribble and is a fun, fast, introductory game of hockey, designed specifically for 7-11 year olds.

The game can be played on a variety of surfaces which makes it an ideal game for schools to support, and the balls used are bigger and lighter than traditional hockey balls, demanding more control and a faster pace.

Held at Walton-le-Dale High School over two days, 23 schools from across the South Ribble district attended the event, with Year 5 & 6 children competing for the chance to represent South Ribble in the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals, in July.

There were two winning schools, Whitefield Primary School who won the Brownedge category, and St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Primary School who achieved Worden’s title. Both schools will now go forward to represent South Ribble, as Brownedge and Worden, at the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals.

Other schools taking part included Trinity School Buckshaw, Euxton St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Ashbridge Primary School, Little Hoole Primary School, Lever House Primary School, Middleforth Primary School, St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Walton le Dale; Leyland St Marys; Euxton St Marys; Ashbridge Primary School; Our Lady & St Gerrad’s Primary School; St Teresa’s Primary School; St Leonards; Lostock Hall Primary School and Brindle Gregson Lane Primary School.

Kevin Loughran, school games organiser for South Ribble said: “Quicksticks is a relatively new sport and is a great way of developing teamwork, strength and stamina. Teams play without a goalkeeper which means that all members of the team participate in a fast-paced game, keeping players on their toes and fully engaged.”

Michael Birchall, Specialist Sports Coach at Whitefield Primary School said: “We have been focusing on Quicksticks within PE and through after school clubs. The children have really enjoyed widening their experience of hockey and learning new skills.”

Kevin added: “We were delighted with the number of schools taking part and best of luck to Whitefield Primary School and St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Primary School who will now go on to represent South Ribble in the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals at Stanley Park, Blackpool, on the 2nd July.”