Club Connect schools visit Glasgow National Hockey Centre

Club Connect Day
52 school pupils took part in Club Connect Day

Fifty two of Scottish Hockey’s Club Connect pupils were given the opportunity to test their skills on a 2014 Commonwealth Games pitch, and had the privilege of being part of skills sessions and Q&A with some of our international players.

Both of our Scottish Hockey Club Connect Schools, Perth High School and St Matthews Academy, visited the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow to take part in a fun day of hockey.

The Club Connect Programme is a partnership programme between Scottish Hockey, the schools, and local clubs to embed the club and the sport in local schools. The programme has been piloted since 2016 and so far has seen over 60 pupils increase their hockey coaching time within school and has resulted in an increase of the uptake of the sport locally.

Fran Lonergan coaching skills
Scotland international Fran Lonergan coaches a skills session

Jess Martin, Club Connect Coach, Perthshire Hockey Club said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the Club Connect players to play against other players from another area of Scotland and put into practice the skills they have been learning within the Club Connect Programme.”

Kirsty Blackstock, Club Connect Coach said:

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to play on the Commonwealth Games pitch and continue on the legacy of the games. The kids had the chance to play as a team and test their skills against other children of the same age and ability level.”

Jayne Cafferty, Perth High School PE Teacher & Perthshire HC:

“The pupils were very excited to have a day away from school as a reward for their hard work within school hockey training. The opportunity to meet their hockey idols has inspired them to work hard in order to potentially reach the same level one day.”

The Club Connect Programme has provided the players with more contact time to increase their skill base and the programme has made a big impact on the kids’ social skills and encouraged them to take more responsibility out with the sport.

If you would like more information on the Club Connect Programme and how this could work for your club please, contact your Regional Development Manager.

Q&A Session
A Q&A with Scotland internationalists

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