Our student blog this week comes from our Junior School hockey captains who have both overseen a tremendous season of hockey for our junior girls.
I started playing hockey in Year 2 and I instantly fell in love with it. I enjoy learning about the game and learning new skills, I especially like lifting the ball and counting how many times I can hit the ball in the air. I have gained a lot of belief in what I can do and have enjoyed playing in different teams. I have gained lots of knowledge and skills from going to as many practices as I could. I have also been given lots of advice from Mr Hodgkinson and this has given me a great deal of confidence which makes me love hockey even more! I like to do different sports, but hockey is definitely my favourite, with netball coming a close second. Playing a team sport means you can celebrate with your friends when you win, and support one another when you don’t win.
In Year 5, I was chosen to be joint hockey captain with my best friend Carly. This was perfect as we both wanted it so much and we would have been sad for each other, if just one of us was captain. I felt really proud to be hockey captain and I have learnt so much from it. I feel I have learned to be more organised as it is important to get the slips back to Mr Hodgkinson, so that he knows who can play the games and who cannot. Being captain means you must be responsible and make sure everyone knows what they are doing, and you must write reports about the matches. As captain I have learnt to be supportive to players who feel they have not played well and I must be a good role model, never giving up, and always trying my best.
We have had lots of success at AKS and won lots of tournaments and these memories will stay with me forever. I’m really proud of myself and all my team mates and I love it when we win a medal (I have lots for hockey!!). In the last couple of years, I have also gained good friendships which I never thought I would have made, and with those friendships come a lot of great memories. When I leave school, I want to be a professional hockey player and I dream of playing for England one day. If I work hard enough you never know! My dreams could come true and maybe yours could too!
Charlotte – Year 6
This year has been an extremely successful year for our under 11’s hockey squad. We became Lancashire champions, North West Champions and runners up in the North of England Championships, narrowly losing out in the final, 2-1.
Many people want to play hockey but can’t always be bothered to come to practice. Well, I can honestly say it’s worth it. In my opinion, playing team sports is so much more fun than playing individual sports. It isn’t just about working together on the field, it’s about making lots of new friends. Friends, who are always there to pick you up if you stumble or fall and friends, who will be with you right until the end of your time at school.
It is such an honour to be joint captain of this amazing squad. It is a fantastic responsibility. My responsibilities, as captain, are handing slips out for tournaments and matches, and making sure they are all collected in before the day of the hockey fixture. The fun part of being captain is when you say three cheers after you’ve won against your opposition. I love going to collect a medal or trophy at the presentation after a tournament.
Recently the Commonwealth Games have been on TV and I have been watching hockey which inspired me and I hope it will inspire some of you too. My ambitions for the future are, to one day, play for the 1st XI school team and go on the hockey tour, which sounds quite exciting. However, my dream is to play hockey for my country in the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics, which I know will take some hard work and a lot of commitment.
On behalf of all the hockey players from Year 2 to Year 6, I would like to give the biggest thank you ever to Mr Hodgkinson for all the hard work and effort he has put into the hockey year after year. Without Mr Hodgkinson everything we have achieved this year wouldn’t have happened. Nobody could ever ask for a better coach.
Carly – Year 6