Preparations are underway for two hockey tournaments next month, for children involved in the Swoffers outreach hockey programme.
The tournaments, which were postponed last year because of Covid-19, will take place on 7 and 21 May on the astro turf at Footes Lane – the home of Guernsey hockey.
The first is a Taster Tournament for Year 5, with the second – the Outreach Swoffers Tournament – pitting more experienced players against one another.
2021 is the second year of Swoffers’ three-year sponsorship of an extension of junior hockey.
‘We are thrilled that these children who have been learning and enjoying hockey over the last year, thanks to the outreach programme, are finally able to compete against one another,’ said director Spencer Noyon.
‘It was a shame that last year was disrupted, and then again at the start of this year, but the children are ready and eager to show off the skills they have learnt, and Swoffers is delighted to have helped make this possible with our sponsorship. Supporting sport at grass roots level is something that is important to Swoffers and when the opportunity came up to sponsor hockey development in our primary schools we jumped at the chance.’
Guernsey Hockey coach Mike Kinder thanks Swoffers for its support.
‘We are immensely grateful to Swoffers for their sponsorship which has enabled us to continue this fantastic work. It’s amazing to see the children trying out new skills and gaining confidence. They have put in a lot of work and to have their tournaments cancelled last year was a blow. So they are extra excited that they will finally be able to play competitively next month,’ he said.
‘These tournaments are played in a really good spirit and it gives us the chance to show the children our fantastic hockey facility at Footes Lane and for them to show us their new-found skills. We are really looking forward to them.’
Photo caption: Katy Taylor and Mike Kinder delivering one of their outreach sessions at Castel Primary School.