More than 250 young hockey players descended on Milton Keynes on Sunday when the city’s club hosted the latest round of the Bucks County Mini Tournament.
A total of 39 seven-a-side teams, ranging from U8 mixed up to U12 boys and girls, took part in the event at Woughton on the Green – the usual home of Milton Keynes Hockey Club.
City youngster were joined by players from Buckingham, Aylesbury, Wycombe, Harrow, Amersham and Chalfont and Gerrards Cross to compete in the competition – the surprise sunshine helping to make the occasion a great success for all involved.
A seven-a-side game played across half a full-sized pitch, mini hockey is a fast version of the sport that ensures a type of involvement that provides children with enjoyment and a chance to develop their own skills.
Girls and boys participate side by side in what is a high scoring, fast moving and fun game, for those both playing and watching.
“This was the first junior tournament we have hosted on the newly laid pitches at Woughton and it was great to see both buzzing with eight pitches of boys and girls from all over Buckinghamshire,” said Lindsay Kettleborough, who helped organise the day.
“Lots of parents came to support their children and helped to create a very family environment.
“At Milton Keynes Hockey Club we are delighted to offer a platform for so many young people to try hockey, as well as keep fit and live the legacy of the UK hosting the Olympic Games last summer.”
For further information about junior hockey in Milton Keynes, visit the club’s website at www.mkhockey.co.uk