Bodmin Junior Team Rewarded
BODMIN Dragons Hockey Club's junior team are celebrating a successful inaugural season after unveiling new home shirts, sponsored by the Bodmin Rotary
Head coach of the juniors, Paul Simmonds, told Guardian Sport: "We are really grateful to the Rotary Club for providing such support in our first season.
"With their help, we have managed to purchase new shirts, a goalkeeper's kit, coaching jackets, hockey balls and other training equipment.
"Their support in our first season has been invaluable and the whole team would really like to thank them."
Speaking for the Rotary Club, president Allan Foad said: "As an ex-hockey player I am personally delighted that we have been able help in this case.
"This is the sort of community project that Rotary is there to support and we hope to see the juniors going from strength to strength."
The junior squad have shown such eagerness throughout the season that the coaches have agreed to hold a session once a month over the summer.
Simmonds said: "The juniors made such progress that we wanted to keep up the momentum over the summer, ready for the start of the season in September."
Bodmin Dragons announced last September that they would be launching a youth side, aimed initially at Year 6 and 7 students in the Bodmin and Wadebridge area. The Dragon Centre offers some of the best facilities in the South West for hockey and the number of young players coming through the system was decreasing.
Sam Taylor, the youth team co-ordinator, said: "Bodmin was previously represented with regional and national standard players only 15 years ago and we are determined to get the enthusiasm back for the sport."
Junior training is open to boys and girls from the ages of nine to 13 and will be held at the Dragon Centre, Bodmin, throughout the summer. These will be on June 23, July 28 and August 25.
The hour and a half session is £3 and juniors are required to bring a drink and shin pads. All other equipment is provided.
Anybody who is interested in playing hockey, juniors or adults alike, can take a look at the website www.bdhc.net or contact Sam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.