Tannochside triumph for hockey festival pupils

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Tannochside Primary School was the venue for a spectacular end of term inter-school hockey festival as more than 100 pupils took part in morning and afternoon sessions.

Schools able to take part during such a busy time of year managed to field up to four teams of seven, in a contest designed to celebrate the hard work put in by the youngsters duringt their class PE time and during after-school club training sessions.

The ten minute games may only have been for fun, but coaches umpiring the games all agreed the quality of play was identical to anything they’d expect from the “real thing”.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Since the tournament, we have seen a number of new kids attending our Thursday night training sessions held at the Uddingston Grammmar School pitches (under-10s, 5.30pm to 6.30pm; under-12s and uinder-14s. 6.30pm and 8pm).

“It was exciting to see some kids come along who had been pointed out by our coaches as having great abhility and potential.”

He added: “Summer camp bookings also increased in numbers, seemingly due to kids realising that their friends were booking following the festival.

“The camps have proven to be the best approach for kids to accelerate their hockey ability and talent as well as making new friends and bond as a team - exciting for the youth season ahead.”

Anyone still interested in booking to attend a camp on July 2-5 and July 22-26 should contact Ross McWilliams on 07415129372 or e-mail

Uddingston Hockey club would once again like to say a big thank you to all the schools, teachers and other helpers who assisted on the day and throughout the academic year.

The club also wants to thank the members of Uddingston Hockey Club who helped make the day a success by sorting teams and umpiring.

Uddingston Hockey Club led a team of young players from across the area to a brilliant performance at the National Primary School Hockey Festival in Edinburgh.

The local side included players from St John the Baptist in Uddingston, St Bride’s and Bothwell Primaries, along with other South Lanarkshire schools.

They were pitted against teams from across Scotland including Dundee, Blairgowrie, the Borders as well as the central belt.

Uddingston won four games, drew two and lost two, making it a great all round day for the South Lanarkshire squad.

A spokesman for Uddingston Hockey Club said: “It was a great all round day, not just for the Uddingston team, but for all the pupils who attended, who got to play hockey against other schools in glorious sunshine - a great experience for all involved.”