Slough HC Go Girls Tournament

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On Friday 22nd March 2019 Slough Hockey Club hosted their 1st ever ‘Go Girls’ Hockey Tournament, this event came of the back of their mixed tournament.
Harpreet Dhah - Club Chairwoman, Allison Ford – Womens Club Captain, Nadia Amin – Club Coach and Rosie Carlton ran the event, inviting local schools (Year 5) to attend a full, fun day of Hockey at Slough HC. They managed to organise the whole event within 6 weeks. They hosted an incredible day and they should be proud.

When speaking with Allison you could see how excited she was about the day, it was the first of what looks like a great future for the ‘Go Girls Tournament’. Allison said "Many tournaments at this age group are mixed and can sometimes be dominated by the boys. The Go Girls Tournament came about as a direct response to a comment made by one of the schools coaches at the Slough Schools Sports Network tournament in February, which we host. Harpreet and I knew we wanted to run it straight away as we both are keen to promote girls participation." 

Harpreet has a passion for hockey and you can see how much the day meant to her, she has 2 children who both play. "GB women's hockey is a real success story and we wanted to carry on the legacy and encourage girls participation. It was fantastic to see so many girls playing and enjoying hockey" she told us.

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Considering they only had 6 weeks to organise, they had an amazing response with 9 teams/Schools attending: Priory, Long close, Willow, Marish, Montem, Castleview, Penwood, Godolphin and St Mary's.

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The event was a huge success, the club had a great selection of volunteers and it wouldn’t have been possible without them. The girls (and coaches) had an amazing time and everyone left with a smile on their face and a new skill to work on. 

Rosie Carlton from Slough Hockey Club was one volunteer who helped run the event. She was the chief time keeper, making sure the event ran smoothly and on time. She said "What a great day! The event had such a 'feel good' factor. I'm sure we have helped inspire some hockey superstars of the future." 

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The day consisted off 2 sections. The first hour was a fun learning session, the groups rotated around different work stations to learn skills such as dribbling. Some of the schools had played Hockey before and others hadn’t so it was a great way to start the day. After the sessions the tournament began, there were 2 pools, Pool A and Pool B, followed by a Semi-final and a Final. 

Nadia, a coach at Slough Hockey Club was there to make sure that each work station was fun and the girls were learning skills they would need later in the matches. "One of the main reasons I coach, is to give children the opportunity to play sport in a safe environment and introduce them to the amazing game of hockey. The event at SHC bought together children from so many different backgrounds in what was one of the most inspiring and exhilarating events the club has seen to date. We will carry on driving our passion for the sport and hope to see some of those players rising above the stars one day."

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The tournament was excellent, the girls had a series of mini matches and there was competitive fun in the air. The first couple of games were exciting as the girls were finding their stride, they quickly got the hang of hockey and the battles began! There was fantastic hockey from all. Everyone was defending and attacking, there were some intense moments that had the organisers on the edge of their seats when, with only minutes to go, in the semi-finals, both scores on both pitches were  1-1.

The day ended with Long close taking Gold, Marish taking Silver and Castleview taking Bronze.  

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When speaking with the coaches and teachers they were really pleased with the day and how much the girls gained from the event. 
‘I thought it was an excellent day. The Montem coach told me how much he enjoyed the coaching in the morning. I thought it was a fantastic effort from the club, great team spirit. We loved the coaching and the matches.’ – Mrs Clair Harris – Castleview School.

Some of the schools had previously attended the mixed tournament, which the love, but they were so pleased with how the girls came out of their shell at the girls only tournament and they are looking forward to next year.