This month, players from the Widnes Wild have been visiting local primary schools to spread the word about ice hockey, and to give children from the Widnes and Runcorn area a chance to take up the sport.
Wild players have been warmly welcomed into schools and have presented school assemblies to groups of up to 350 children, aged 4-11. After explaining some of the rules of the game and telling children a bit about the team, students were invited to come and try on equipment and pull on the Wild shirt for the very first time. Once students were kitted up and ready they enjoyed taking part in fun stickhandling and shooting challenges, set for them by the Wild players.
Karl Nicholson of the Manchester Phoenix Sledge Hockey Team has also been teaching children some of the basics of sledge hockey, and giving them the opportunity to try out the sport.
Wild player Ben Brown said, “It’s been great to see local children getting excited about ice hockey in Widnes. I hope these visits can inspire young children to get involved in the game and eventually to progress through to playing in the Wild senior team.”
The Wild have more school visits scheduled over the next two months, and aim to reach over 2,500 4-11 year olds before the start of the 2014/15 season.
Keep your eyes peeled for our newest Wild recruits appearing on the under 16 Hockey Basics session, running every Thursday 18.15-19.15.