Great response as kids hook into hockey
MORE kids are trying their hands at hockey with Gladstone's Hook in 2 Hockey program attracting a bigger crowd than organisers expected.
A total of 80 kids aged between five and 10 have taken the chance to try the sport for the first time in a five-week program.
Two weeks into the Friday afternoon sessions, organiser Jordyn Wilson can't believe how well the players are picking up the sport.
"We got 80, that is about all we could take," he said.
"It was a pleasant surprise, a great response to the program."
Taking kids through all the basics of the game, the Hook in 2 Hockey is a national campaign for the sport.
But Wilson and other Gladstone officials are hopeful the program will deliver some talent into the local competition.
"We are doing basic hockey skills ... passing, trapping, tackling and games," Wilson said.
"It will be good to see some new players. It would be a good reflection on what we are doing here."
For $40, the kids have all been given a stick, ball, mouthguard, replica Australia shirt and shinpads as well as coaching for the five-week program.