New girls hockey competition taking to the fields

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HOCKEY is fast becoming quite a popular sport and has had a lot of interest shown by girls locally. To help boost girl’s involvement, the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association (GVHA) Junior Committee is holding a free girls hockey clinic on Sunday, March 3, followed by the association’s new girls only competition.

Hockey Victoria has introduced a ‘Female Hockey Pathway’ so that they don’t fall behind in the expanding female sporting landscape and this program aims to increase these numbers that are currently at 44 percent of all players registered with Hockey Victoria.

GVHA president, Cameron Druitt said, “The new girls only competition aims to increase female participation in our sport.

“In 2019 Hockey Victoria is rolling out the female pathway to the regions and GVHA will be offering a free clinic and then a local U12 girls only competition. Historically the local competition was all mixed, only splitting into girls and boys at a representative level.

“Hockey Victoria found that when girls play in a mixed competition they tend to take on less significant roles in the overall playing and leadership dynamic of the team.

“By offering them the opportunity to play in a girl’s only team and competition, we are encouraging them to take on these significant roles both on and off the field.

“The GVHA are giving them opportunities to further develop their skills and ability on the ball as well as increasing their confidence.

“We hope it will also give them an opportunity to create relationships with other girls their own age and ability, build solid lifelong friendships, and provide them with an opportunity to take on key leadership roles.”

For further information, contact Cameron on 0432 407 410 or Anne Forster on 0411 887 316.