Come and Try Hockey

January 22, 2021

Getting children involved in sport and keeping them involved has great benefits for the children, and for the whole of the sporting community. Having more players join our sport at the lower age levels helps to maintain participation rates and competitions as they grow.

The Geelong Hockey Association is keen to see lots of new players join our sport in 2021, and lots of past players return to the field too.

The push to recruit new players for our junior competitions begins in February with Roadshows in schools and Hookin2Hockey programs.

School Hockey Roadshows

During the week February 15 to 19 the Geelong Hockey Association is assisting Hockey Victoria with the conduct of Hockey Roadshows in local primary schools. Invitations extended by Hockey Victoria were enthusiastically received, and we will be visiting 5 local schools to provide practical hockey lessons for over 600 students. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills of hockey and see what fun it is.

  • Monday February 15 – Lara Lake Primary School
  • Tuesday February 16 – St Thomas Aquinas Primary School
  • Wednesday February 17 – Manifold Heights Primary School
  • Thursday February 18 – Fyans Park Primary School
  • Friday February 19 – Bannockburn P-12 College

Further visits are planned to other schools in the coming weeks.

Hookin2Hockey Programs

Hockey Roadshows will be followed by Come and Try and Hookin2Hockey programs.

Hookin2Hockey is an introductory program for girls & boys 10 years and under, but it can be modified to suit anyone coming to the sport for the first time.  Hookin2Hockey gives boys and girls the opportunity to learn the basic skills of hockey, develop fundamental motor skills and make friends all while beginning their lifelong love of hockey! Participants learn about the game through skill based games in a fun and safe environment.

A Hookin2Hockey program usually runs for 5 to 10 weeks, which means children can learn new skills and build confidence each week. It is a fun and safe program, where everyone is welcome. Equipment and games are modified to suit the age of the participants. Equipment is provided for use during the sessions.

There are three Hookin2Hockey programs on offer in the Geelong region, commencing on February 23.

  • Stead Park, John St, Corio, 5 to 6 pm. 6 week program, each Tuesday from February 23 to March 30.

First session is free to attend, or register for all 6 sessions for $30, including insurance cover until 31/12/21.  Register here…..

  •  King Lloyd Reserve, 80 Windsor Rd, Newtown. 4.30 to 5.30 pm. 6 week program, each Tuesday from February 23 to March 30.

First session is free to attend, or register for all 6 sessions for $30, including insurance cover until 31/12/21. Optional equipment pack to purchase is $35.  Register here….

  • Torquay Hockey Club, Kuwarrk Lane, Torquay (At the synthetic soccer field), 4.30 – 5.15 pm. 6 week program, each Wednesday from February 24 to March 31.

Cost $89. Included in the cost is an equipment kit (stick, ball, shinguards) for the player to keep.  More information here….

Included in the cost of the Hookin2Hockey programs is Personal Accident Insurance Cover until 31/12/2021, and 2021 membership of Hockey Victoria. At the end of the program, if a participant wishes to join a team and continue playing hockey, there will be no additional Hockey Victoria fees to pay – only Club fees.

Winter Competition

The Geelong Hockey Association winter competition runs from April to September, with teams for players from U6 to U17, plus senior men and women. Read more …..