A tournament involving almost 70 young Jersey hockey players will reach its final stages next week, bringing an end to a competition that has been specially created to allow them to play the sport during the summer.
The final session of the ‘Deutsche Bank Summer Hockey Sevens’, organised as part of the Deutsche Bank Hockey Development Programme, will take place from 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd June at Les Quennevais and will decide which of the six mixed seven-a-side teams – the Lions, Tigers, Panthers, Cheetahs, Pumas or Leopards – will win the overall title.
The tournament, which started in April, had to be expanded this year following its success in its inaugural year last summer, with even more young boys and girls aged between 10 and 15 taking part. Over the course of the last eight weeks, they have played a combination of ‘round robin’ and ‘play-off’ games, with points being awarded each week. The team with the most tournament points at the end of the competition on Tuesday will be crowned the overall winners. There will be a presentation to the winning side immediately following the final game at around 8.15pm.
The sessions have also offered further development opportunities, with inexperienced umpires being mentored and coached by senior umpires, whilst the teams have been managed by parents and members of Jersey senior sides under the guidance of qualified coaches.
Jersey Hockey Association President Ian Cuming said:
"I am absolutely delighted that the Summer Sevens has continued and improved upon its inaugural year. The attitude and enjoyment of the boys and girls taking part has been admirable and wholehearted thanks must go to the organisers, coaches and umpires who have made this tournament so successful and to Deutsche Bank for their continuing support, not just for this competition but to hockey development generally."
Paul Shevlin, Chief Operating Officer, Deutsche Bank, added:
“The fact that this tournament has grown so much since it was launched last year is a reflection of the enthusiasm that exists amongst young people to play hockey in Jersey. Congratulations will of course go to the winners of the tournament, but really all those who have taken part will have gained from it – initiatives like this are so important for young people to develop new skills, gain self-confidence and build relationships with others who share a passion for sport.”