HOCKEY is not exactly a non-contact sport but it is a great sport for girls in the Bay.
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It promotes confidence and is a great way to stay fit.
Girls taking up this fast paced sport aged 13-18 who register to play for the 2019 season will receive a full rebate on fees and there are also deals for families who sign up for this winter sport.
“They will still have to pay to register with Hockey NSW, but we hope that the rebate of the club fee will be a great incentive for the parents to encourage their girls to keep active.”
The Hockey NSW registration ensures that the players are insured whilst participating in the club activities.
The Australian Sports Commission reports that girls aged 12-14 are losing interest in sports.
Lindsay Brown, Secretary of the Nelson Bay Hockey Club told News Of The Area, “Hockey is a great way for girls to keep fit and the mentoring that the club is offering these teens makes the program something special.”
The mentoring program aims to connect the girls to the more senior players before the season commences, allowing the girls to feel more confident and supported when they are attending games. Children of parents who play sport are more likely to participate in out of school physical activity which is why the club is looking to see families commit to the sport.
Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie said the government was committed to getting more kids active.
“We know that teenagers, especially girls, drop out of physical activity in their early teens. We also know this is the period in their lives they start forming lifelong habits.” Senator McKenzie said.
Roxy Gwyn-Kabayama is a member of the club and a trained life coach, she said, “Providing support to women and girls in regard to body image and confidence issues which is one of the reasons why girls stop participating in sports.”
The mentoring program will also include training days with guest female hockey players who have represented both Australia and the State at various levels.
By Marian SAMPSON