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Avon Junior Hockey League

If your Sunday’s are quiet and you feel you would benefit from some fresh air and exercise your may want to learn more about the Avon Junior Hockey League. Approximately 4 years ago, through the Sports West active sports plan, funding was found to set up regular friendly fixtures for junior hockey players in the Avon region. The intention was to provide match experience for young players who were not yet playing in their senior teams or selected for County teams. The added bonus was that it also took some of the stress out of the coach’s role as there were fixtures and venues pre-arranged leaving them to concentrate on training and travel arrangements!

The success of these fixtures resulted in a small band of volunteers forming the Avon Junior Hockey League 2 years later. With continued funding from Sports West we have seen participation grow from 35 teams in two age groups in 2004/05 to the current leagues comprising of some 53 teams in three age groups. Therefore on many of the Sundays from October to April you will find enthusiastic young hockey players at either the Gordano or Yate all weather pitches being cheered on by parents and team mates alike.

These games are not only an ideal opportunity for young players but should be seen as an ideal opportunity for young umpires and ‘learning’ umpires to get their whistles out and with coaching support learn the joys of enabling a group of young players to enjoy hockey win or loose. It is also probable that these leagues may also be an important part of the England Hockey plan for 2012, by providing age appropriate opportunities for young people to develop their hockey skills and understanding whether as a player or an umpire

The continued success of this league does depend on volunteers, umpires, coaches and the support of all the teams involved working together.  If you would like more information or would like to become involved please see our website http://members.lycos.co.uk/pskca/. If you would like to come and see what it’s all about for yourself final dates are as follows. U13 (Boys & Girls) on the 19 th March at Priory School Weston, U11 (Mixed teams) 2 nd April Yate & Gordano and the U15 (Boys & Girls) 9 th April Priory School Weston.

Should you require further information or want to get involved Email Janet Wilson

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