CHIDLOW Primary School students have taken part in a hockey program allowing them to develop a different range of skills than those required in sports such as football.
Physical education teacher Joseph Smart said 118 students had taken part in this year’s inaugural Sporting Schools Hockey Program.
Smart said when thinking about what sports he wanted to provide the children at Chidlow Primary School this year he did not just want to go with the options sush as football that they already knew.
“I wanted children to experience as much as they can and I know many of the children here hadn’t played hockey before so I wanted to give them that opportunity,’’ he said.
“Hockey provides the children at Chidlow Primary school with an extra sport that uses a two-handed strike motion but not in the normal fashion like cricket or softball.
“A lot of skill and control is needed to play hockey and it is really good for children to realise this from a young age.
“It is not the strongest or fastest that are the best at hockey but instead it is the ones with more control over their movements.
“The advantage of using Sporting Schools is that it allows for the school to get external providers at no cost.
“As a small semi-rural school, Sporting Schools offers us an opportunity which without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve.”
Hockey WA’s participation manager Ryan Lenegan said hockey was a sport for anyone and was played by men and women, boys and girls from the age of five through to people in their 80s.
“Our Sporting Schools Programs can be delivered before, during or after school and can be tailored for all ages and abilities,’’ he said.
“As the state sporting organisation for hockey, we offer schools and coaches quality programs to encourage children to participate.