University of Cumbria students delivered a fantastic Quicksticks Hockey competition for local schools, as part of the SPAR Lancashire School Games.
Supported by Lancashire school games organisers, Steven Jamieson (Lancaster) and Tim Fletcher (Heysham), the students delivered an event for 64 local school children, aimed at introducing pupils to the fast paced game of hockey.
Quicksticks is a version of hockey, which is used by primary schools to safely introduce hockey into the curriculum. Involving teams of 2 girls and 2 boys, the game is played on a smaller pitch with lighter balls, and with no goalkeeper.
Steven Jamieson said: “Quicksticks is a great introductory sport and one that can easily be played by schools with varying facilities. The game is great for developing hand-eye-coordination, effective teamwork and quick decision making skills. Due to the lack of a goalkeeper, games often finish with high scores which makes it an exciting sport to be part of.”
Slyne with Hest St Paul’s Primary School achieved first place in the competition, with Bowerham Community Primary School placing second and Heysham St Peter’s Primary School, third.
Steven added: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and Slyne with Hest St Paul’s Primary School will now go forward to the SPAR Lancashire School Games county final to represent Heysham, and Bowerham Community Primary School will represent Lancaster.”
“Well done to all of the students who helped to make this a highly enjoyable event – as well as being supported by the University of Cumbria, students from Morecambe College also came to officiate matches.”
The SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals will be held at Stanley Park, Blackpool on the 2nd July 2019.
Hest St Paul’s Primary School (Slyne)
Bowerham Community Primary School