Scoring a place in the county finals

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Chorley schools have been showcasing their hockey skills in the SPAR Lancashire School Games Quicksticks Level 2 competition.

Quicksticks is a fun, fast and safe 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 with varying facilities to engage with. The balls used are bigger and lighter and the game doesn’t require a goalkeeper, meaning that players are more active within the game.

Held at Holy Cross Catholic High School, 5 primary schools from Chorley were invited to attend the event, having been selected from the heats which ran over 14 days and included 14 schools from across the Chorley district.

Buckshaw Primary School; Christ Church Charnock Richard; Euxton Church of England Primary School; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School; St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School and Balshaw Lane Community Primary School were invited to compete for competition medals and the chance to represent Chorley in July’s SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals, held at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Euxton Church of England school were crowned overall winners of the competition, with St Gregory’s taking second, and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School coming third.

Requiring squads of 6 players, teams of 4 dribble, pass and shoot a light hockey ball with the flat side of their hockey stick.

Gemma Stokes, school games organiser for Chorley said: “Schools in Chorley have only been playing Quicksticks for a couple of years and I am very pleased to see the number of schools participating increase, along with quality of the competitions.

“Quicksticks is a fast paced and energetic game which requires the children to develop teamwork skills, strength and stamina. Due to the lack of a goalkeeper, teamwork is essential and final scores tend to be quite high.”

Gemma added: “I would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Smith from Holy Cross has helped to train all of the young leaders from the Leadership Academy who helped at the event.”

Euxton Church of England will now go forward to represent Chorley in the county finals, held at Stanley Park, Blackpool on the 2nd July 2019.