By 11am DUHC’s first ever junior festival was underway. 225 children from 12 different clubs and schools across the North of England gathered on our new pitch in opening ceremony style.
The morning consisted of a skills clinic whereby each team – or Country I should say – covered passing, 2D and 3D elimination skills and goal scoring with our awesome coaches. Simultaneously, England’s former U18, and DUHC’s current M1s, goalkeeper, Ore, put our aspiring goalies through their paces with specific keeper training. Having acquired some flash skills, the tournament commenced in the afternoon and there was some brilliant hockey on display!
A world cup would not be complete without a medal ceremony. Every child won a certificate and medal presented by our junior international players; and our players of the day won a prize kindly donated by Mercian Hockey and presented to them by our very own Welsh International Coach.
It was fantastic to see so many children playing hockey, so thank you to parents and coaches for bringing them all, and even the sun came out for us! A massive thank you to The Hockey Youth Trust for providing our equipment and GB Sports Tours for all our bunting and decorations, we really looked the part. I also want to take this chance to thank everyone who volunteered and made it happen and we hope everyone involved had a really fun day. We are already looking forward to our next festival which will be in May half-term – keep those diaries free!
By Emma Headley