Twenty teams primary school teams within the New Forest took part in the New Forest School Sport Partnership Quicksticks festival at The Arnewood School, New Milton. A game designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey.
All of the teams took part in a skills based festival aimed at improving the children’s skill levels. These ‘Skill Stations’ focused on passing, dribbling, controlling the ball, shooting and teamwork whilst also developing the fundamental movement skills agility, balance and co-ordination.
The winners of the skills challenges were Marchwood with Hordle in second place and Blackfield in third place.
Rob Crocker from the New Forest School Sport Partnership said, “the skills festival provides a developmental approach, with appropriate equipment that allows children to engage and make progress rapidly. Thank you to the Sports Leaders from The Arnewood School for supporting this event.”
The following schools took part in the festival: Blackfield Primary, Brockenhurst Primary, Hordle Primary, Hythe Primary, Marchwood Junior, Milford-on-Sea Primary, Our Lady St Joseph’s Primary, Pennington Junior, St Lukes Primary and Western Downland Primary.
In October 2015, three of the New Forest SSP smaller schools took part in the Forest Schools Football competition at Ringwood School. The focus School Games Value for the competition was RESPECT. Children from Burley Primary School, Hale Primary School and Our Lady St Joseph’s Primary School demonstrated high levels of respect for each other, the officials and the spectators throughout the competition and were a credit to their respective schools.
The competition itself was very close with all teams competing for the points. Our Lady St Joseph’s started well after narrowly beating Burley 3-2 and then grabbing a last minute goal to share the points with a very strong Hale team. Burley were certainly not thinking of giving up the competition and took an early lead in their game against Hale and looked as though they would cling on to all the points. However, two late goals from the Hale team took all the points away from Burley.
In the reverse fixtures, the games were tight again with all three teams determined to fight to the final whistle. In the end it was the team from Our Lady St Joseph’s who took the GOLD medal, with Hale taking the SILVER and Burley the BRONZE.
The competition was supported by Ringwood School and their sports leaders.