Primary Hockey has flourished in North Oxfordshire in recent years, with relationships being forged and strengthened between schools and Banbury, Bicester and Oxford Hawks Hockey Clubs.
481 year 5 and 6 children from across the partnership have participated in one of four cluster competitions supported by the clubs during the past fortnight, and in some cases coaches from the community clubs have been offering taster sessions, school clubs and teacher training.
Oxford Hawks supported the leaders at Gosford Hill School in the delivery of the Kidlington cluster event, whilst Bloxham School hosted the Warriner cluster with coaches from Banbury Hockey Club on hand to offer advice and guidance. Prior to the Banbury Area event, coaches from the club had visited a number of schools to introduce students to In2 Hockey (an adapted version of the game using larger, softer balls, and smaller pitches). At the Cooper School, Bicester Hockey Club supported the Bicester Area event, with the majority of the leaders being club members themselves.
The competitions held are part of the Oxfordshire School Games pathway, with the winners from each feeding into the Partnership Final next week.