Bourne Leisure Centre hosts the new Alex Danson Hockey Academy

Bourne Leisure Centre hosts the new Alex Danson Hockey Academy
August 24 13:23 2017 Print This Article


Southbourne’s Everyone Active’s Bourne Leisure Centre was recently chosen as one of the first locations to host the brand-new Alex Danson Hockey Academy. Danson, an Olympic gold medal winner, set up the programme with the leisure centre to encourage more children and young people to take up the sport of hockey.

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Part of the Olympic gold medal winning team at Rio 2016, Danson has won nearly 300 caps and made her debut on the international stage at the young age of 16. She has since become known as one of Britain’s greatest hockey players and is excited to have the opportunity to introduce the sport to thousands of young people.

When does the programme take place?

The camp will take place on Tuesday 29 August from 10am to 3pm and is available to children aged between 9 and 11. The aim of the Alex Danson Hockey Academy is to encourage 10,000 children to become more active through hockey over the coming three years.

The programme’s coaches will be using Quicksticks to introduce the children to the sport of hockey and to help them gain confidence by using a lighter and larger ball than the one used in regular hockey. The England Hockey Quicksticks website contains a wealth of information about Quicksticks, including explaining how it can be played on any surface and is primarily aimed at 7- to 11-year-old children.

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Introducing children to hockey

If you are interested in introducing your child to hockey, or refreshing their skills if they have previously played at school or with a hockey club, there are a number of useful field hockey drills available online that can be very helpful. Using field hockey drills helps children to improve their skills and can increase their confidence if there are certain areas of the game with which they tend to struggle.

The programme’s sessions are designed to be fun and friendly, and will suit all abilities. They will also provide the opportunity for children who demonstrate a natural flair and ability for hockey to develop their skills and progress in the sport. The Alex Danson Hockey Academy is a great way to introduce children to a sport that most will not get the chance to experience outside a school environment.

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