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Busy Half Term Week for Manx Hockey 25 February 2008

February half term has certainly been no break for the Manx Hockey Association, as they fully utilised both weekends of the holidays.

Friday February 8th saw the 1st England Hockey course run, designed specifically for teachers. Ten primary school teachers attended the 3 hour course, which is aimed at ‘beginners to hockey’ and included moving the ball, moving with the ball, shooting and defending. Everyone who attended learned a great deal and also got quite involved with a 5-a-side game at the end!

It is hoped these teachers will now put their knowledge to good use at their respective schools and improve the overall standard of hockey being played. The course was made possible thanks to the sponsors of the Hockey Development Officer, Heritage Homes, the Isle of Man Sports Council and the Department of Tourism and Leisure.

A level 1 coaching course was held over the weekend which followed, 17 candidates attending, some of these who have come through the newly established Young Leader system. The Saturday and Sunday were both long days with plenty of hard work. These candidates then had 1 week to get all their paperwork in order and plan their assessment session, which took place the following Sunday.

All 17 candidates passed and again, they will now share their knowledge at their respective club training sessions.

If this was not enough, 3 more level 2s also passed their practical assessments during the 2nd weekend February 16th-17th; Lisa Watson, Richard McAleer and Lesley Shimmin. They, along with those who qualified in December 2007, now have until the end of March to submit their portfolios to England Hockey for final assessment before they are qualified at level 2 standard.

Hockey Development Officer, Dominic Hobdell, remarked

“I think it is fantastic the communication within the clubs that we are continuously getting around 16 new coaches qualified every year on an Island this size. It is also very encouraging to see some of our young leaders coming through the system and now being fully qualified coaches.”

The MHA also wished to thank their sponsors, Richmond Travel, for their continued support.

Minister for Department of Tourism and Leisure, Adrian Earnshaw commented

‘This shows great motivation from Dominic and the hockey association in organising so many different courses in such a short space of time. I think everyone can see the positive changes happening in hockey and I wish them well for continued future success’.

Busy Half Term Week for Manx Hockey

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