Bicester Area U11 Quicksticks Hockey

The recent Bicester Area Schools Quicksticks Hockey Festival for children in Years 5 and 6, hosted by The Cooper School, resulted in success for the smallest School in the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnersip, Finmere, who won the event for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to Finmere and to the second placed team, Fritwell. Both teams have qualified for the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership In2Hockey Final in the Spring.

This well established and highly successful event was organised by Chris Birch, Development Officer at Bicester Hockey Club, in conjunction with The Cooper School. Ten teams took part in the event, representing Schools from across Bicester and the outlying villages, including teams from Five Acres, Fritwell, Launton, Finmere, King's Meadow, Bure Park and Chesterton Primary Schools. The competition, which was played on a round robin basis, provided the young players with the opportunity to put their skills to the test in a competitive but fun environment and the standard of play was high. Young Leaders from The Cooper School expertly umpired the matches while Bicester Hockey Club coaches and volunteers supported at the event and signposted the young players to further playing opportunities at their local club.

All children at the festival received certificates, with the winners and runners up being presented with medals provided by Bicester Hockey Club.

During the event, the Spirit of the Games value of respect was a focus area and sporting behaviour was demonstrated by the young participants throughout. A child from each team was presented with a special certificate to recognise the high level of respect they had shown to others.

The highly successful partnership of Bicester Hockey Club and the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership Schools in the Bicester Area, built up in recent years, has meant that hundreds of young people have been introduced to, and have had fun playing, hockey. Many have joined Bicester Hockey Club’s Junior Section and it is hoped that the children who have participated in this festival will have been similarly inspired.

“Our team enjoyed the event. The leaders gave us good support and we are looking forward to practising back at school”. (Children Chesterton)

“The children all enjoyed the hockey”. (Teaching Assistant Launton)

“Another fantastic competition, well organised and the children all had a great time! Thank you for all your hard work”. (Teacher Fritwell)

 “The event was very well organised with lots of games for all to participate”. (Teacher King’s Meadow)

For photographs of the event, please select the following link http://ssconews.blogspot.co.uk/.

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