Ice Hockey is a fun and exciting sport and can be played by children of as little as four years old. Blackburn Junior Hawks will take you or your child from just starting out, right up to playing at senior team level.
Here at Blackburn Arena the Blackburn Junior Hawks operate a special development programmes focussed on teaching the game of Ice Hockey in a way that maximises the child’s potential. Our training programmes are run by EIHA qualified Coaches and Managers and are a safe environment to learn this exciting and entertaining sport.
Blackburn Junior Hawks run three programs which are detailed. However to join the first program you need to be a level 2/3 NISI skate level (or have comparable skating experience), This can be done via the skating programmes at Blackburn Arena. These are Saturday morning at the Blackburn Arena from 9.30am. Here you learn from a NISI level 1, and to reach level 3 will take you approximately 4 weeks. Also on Wednesday evenings at 6.15-6.45 Blackburn Arena also offer a 4 week skating course each calendar month (LINK FOR DETAILS PERHAPS)
Our Learn To Play hockey programs are 12 weeks each and works as follows
Learn to Hockey Skate
The 1st section is learn to hockey skate – the 1st 6 weeks is concentrated on specific skating to suit playing hockey, such as reactive and power skating. In the 2nd 6 weeks the students are given a helmet, stick, gloves and other protective gear so they start to get an understanding of the equipment, but still concentrate on skating. During this period the students will be assessed and graded and will be given a book so they are aware of their progress – this continues all through the programs
Learn To Play 1
After completing the 12 weeks skating the students would then move to LTP 1 (Learn to play 1) where the program starts with an introduction to the sport, with the base hockey skills being taught with emphasis on stick handling / puck control.
Learn To Play 2
The final program LTP 2, is more advanced and at this stage the students will be being developed to team playing standards, and also educate them with the rules of the game, and game time scenarios.