Spitfire Field Hockey Club launches boys program

April 27, 2011, 12:20 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRING, C.O.—Spitfire Field Hockey Club recently announced the start of a boys field hockey program. Spitfire is located in Columbia, Maryland and is a competitive field hockey club providing indoor and outdoor playing opportunities for U12 athletes through adults.

The inaugural boys program will be run by Andrew Zayac, current Men’s Junior National Team member, Jon Geerts, former Belgium Junior National Team member, Asim Siddiqui, former member on the Pakistan State Team and Warren Prestwich, former coach at Goucher College and William Smith College. With enough interest, the program will expand to provide year-round indoor and outdoor playing opportunties for boys.

“We have great male role models,” said Dona Dezube, Vice President of Spitfire. “We have the coaching staff, practice space and population to take advantage of a year-round program. The challenge will be finding the boys and overcoming the sterotype that the game is only played by girls. We want to show that field hockey is a game enjoyed by both males and females. ”

Spitfire will run an eight-week program for boys aged 8-18 beginning Sunday, May 8. Participants will have the opportunity to scrimmage other boys club programs from the area. Participants will also compete in the Garden State Games in Princeton, NJ, July 10 against other boys club teams.

"I'm always really pleased when boy's are provided further opportunities to play and develop," said Nick Conway, Head Coach of the Men's National Team. "More importantly, I'm ecstatic that a prominent (historically female) Club team have taken the initiative to utilize boy's playing within their Club environment for the betterment of both genders moving forward. From my perspective this is a very proactive solution and I commend the Spitfire Club for their forward thinking and innovative action."

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