Quicksticks a hit with teachers and pupils alike

Two young players in the thick of the Quicksticks action in Cheltenham

Following on from the success of Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team in Rio, England Hockey continue to support physical education and school sport. As part of this commitment England Hockey recently visited Cheltenham to deliver teacher training to local primary school teachers and a Quicksticks session to students at Tirlebrook Primary School.

Twenty eight children from years five and six enjoyed playing Quicksticks which is England Hockey’s introductory four-a-side game for seven to eleven year olds. The game involves sticks with coaching points on them, a bigger, lighter ball which is easier for players to control and session cards and lesson plans which makes delivering great sessions simple for teachers.  Information about Quicksticks equipment and resources can be found with the following links:

http://www.youthsportdirect.org/catalogsearch/result/?q=quicksticks

www.playquicksticks.co.uk

https://hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/

Youngsters enjoying their quick sticks experience

We asked some of the children to tell us what they enjoyed about Quicksticks and were greeted with plenty of enthusiasm:

Rachel said “It’s really fun and energetic! You can move around with the ball in space because there are fewer players on a team.  Today I’ve learnt to play hockey a bit more, and I really enjoyed it!”

Zack said “It’s fun getting everyone involved and not leaving anyone out. Quicksticks gets you active and involved and I like how we can play with both year five and six and with girls and boys.  It’s really active and you get to be with your friends and play lots of games.”

Later in the day Demy Dowley, England Hockey’s Talent Development Lead Coach delivered a Quicksticks workshop to twenty five local primary school teachers. The workshop provided the teachers with lots of hints and tips to be able to deliver fun and engaging sessions to students through small sided game play.

Tara Godsall a teacher from Oakwood Primary School in Cheltenham said ‘It has been great to see the different ideas we can use in our sessions and how we can change the games to involve a whole class at once time has been useful because that’s always been a challenge. One of the things we’ve been talking about has been around incorporating the game throughout the session as part of the practices so the children are playing and learning all of the time without really realising it.”

Quicksticks gets the thumbs up from the pupils

Abi, a teacher from Tirelbrook Primary school said ‘I like the fact that the element of fun has been emphasised throughout the workshop as PE is a subject where children can really enjoy themselves. I would say it doesn’t matter if you are a PE lead or a primary school teacher these workshops are great to find out how to provide great hockey sessions to the children and how to help them enjoy the game.

Over the next few months England Hockey will be running a series of free teacher training workshops for both primary and secondary schools as well as a variety of other initiatives to support delivery of hockey within schools.

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