Hockey is an exciting sport, offering a great chance to make friends, get fit and do something as part of a team. But it isn’t always the most accessible sport to get into.
This is where 4689 comes in. Launched in September 2012, 4689 is a brand new way to play hockey. Aimed at junior players, the programme follows the Play to Learn and Multi Skills ethos which is directed at ability, rather than age.
What does 4689 mean?
A progressive format, 4689 does exactly what the name suggests, but with the added bonus of introducing young people to hockey and umpiring at an early age to get them used to different roles in hockey and to develop the different strengths and interests that young people may have.
There are four levels, with teams set at 4 v 4, followed by 6 v 6 (4 players plus a coach and umpire for each team), then 8 v 8 (6 Players plus a coach and umpire for each team) and ending 9 v 9 (7 players plus a coach and umpire for each team). This allows a flexible and accessible level of hockey that won’t prove too taxing for the novice learner. Nor will it prove too easy for the more experienced hockey players out there.
If you want to deliver the 4689 experience, then depending on your experience you’ll be able attend a three or a six hour Sports Leaders UK endorsed training workshop, which gives you access to the 4689 website at http://www.hockeywales.org.uk/play/4689-2-3/. The website is a comprehensive resource, giving you:
- 46 technical cards
- 30 activities and videos
- Competition formats and rules for all levels
What do I get out of 4689?
The answer is plenty! There’s so many benefits through this form of hockey delivery:
- A fundamental resource to provide great opportunities for all level of players
- Teaching and coaching through game-based play
- Links to the curriculum
- Great opportunities for more children to get involved
- Leadership opportunities built in for young people at an early stage
- Ability to utilise and maximise existing play space, enabling more young people to take part.
The next 4689 coaching course taking place on Thursday 22nd November at Brecon Leisure Centre from 7.00 pm at a cost of £25.00 per person.
To register to attend, please visit the website at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/midwalescourses . You can also contact the organizer direct:
Elliot Pottinger, Club Development Officer (Mid Wales), 07974 783753 / 02920 334909