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Melbourne college hooks into Sporting Schools


Hockey was the chosen sport for Melbourne’s East Preston Islamic College when it recently participated in a Sporting Schools programme.

More than 280 students from grades 2-6, took part in Hockey Australia’s Hookin2Hockey programme over a five week period.

Hockey Australia has developed this game to give children aged 5-12 a fun environment in which to learn hockey and its skills in a modified game-based environment. The programme also provided comprehensive resources for teachers to use as part of developing their lesson plans.

The College’s Physical Education and Health Coordinator, Erin Wyatt said one of the attractive features of this Sporting Schools programme was that it enhanced our teachers’ knowledge of the sport.

“What also helped was being able to engage in a sport that enabled the students to get access to hockey’s sports equipment that the school wouldn’t normally be able to afford,” Erin said.

“It was also a great opportunity for the teachers to step back and see how the students behaved and worked with each other one on one while the instructors took the sessions,” she said.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school.