NZCT helps remove financial barrier for children to start playing ice hockey

NZCT helps remove financial barrier for children to start playing ice hockey

Good news for the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club. NZCT awarded the club $3,000 to buy new ice hockey gear. Thanks to this extra gear, the financial barrier for children to try ice hockey disappears.

The Queenstown Ice Hockey Club provides the opportunity for players to play hockey through leagues and training sessions. Currently the club has 250 members and they want to encourage every child to try ice hockey. Nicky Thompson, Secretary at the club, said: “The equipment that children need to play ice hockey is expensive. All the gear, such as helmets and protection, costs on average $540. We realise this is a big investment for parents, especially when their child has just started playing ice hockey and is finding out if he or she likes it. Thanks to the grant from NZCT we can remove this financial barrier and buy extra gear that the children can then hire for the first two years from us.”

Nicky is in the process of buying all the new gear ready for the start of term 3. She enjoys volunteering for the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club. Her son is really passionate about ice hockey and by volunteering Nicky can give something back to the club. “I need to buy helmets, shorts, and shoulder, elbow and knee pads. We also need to replace some of our current gear which has become worn out from constant use. I’m really thankful to NZCT because we can now stimulate children to participate in sport and the benefits it brings.”

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