High Hopes for Hockey
Field hockey is growing in popularity in primary schools, especially around the coastal area of Lincolnshire. Emily explains the basics of the sport and includes an interview with a hockey coach.
Field hockey is a form of hockey played in over 70 countries with teams of 11 or with 5, 6, or 7 players.
Teams include a goalie, two defenders, three midfield, and five up fronts but kids normally play with 6 players: 2 defenders like normal, 3 midfields and 1 up front.
This very popular sport is usually played on a grass field, ideally 100 yards long and between 55-60 yards wide. The normal game duration is 70 minutes, with two periods of 35 minutes each.
The object of the game is to use the sticks to hit, push, flick, or scoop the ball into the opponent’s goal. Opponents attempt to intercept the ball.
The sport is proving very popular in East Lincolnshire. Mrs Potts, a hockey teacher involved in primary school leagues, has been teaching Year 5s to pass a ball and how to be a good team player.
“It’s a treat is to go down to the Skegness Grammar School to play on proper pitches, to play against other schools and have lots of fun!” she says.
In training sessions there is also an emphasis on good teamwork and being kind and supportive to each other.
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Emily, Year 5