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Hockey

Hockey is in some ways like football. It's an 11 a-side team game, where the aim is to score a goal in the opposing team's net.

See Also:
Ice Hockey

An Overview of Hockey

  • Each player passes a small hard ball around the pitch with a hooked stick.
  • A match is 70 minutes, with two halves, and the winner is the team which scores the most goals.

There are also variations to the traditional 11-a-side game these include:

Rush Hockey is an 5 or 6-a-side indoor version of hockey

Quicksticks is a four-a-side version of the game adapted for 7-11 year olds

Zone Hockey is a five-a-side adaptation of the sport that for young wheelchair users to participate alongside able-bodied players.

Benefits

  • Improves fitness and stamina
  • Improves co-ordination
  • The sport can be mentally stimulating, will improve your fitness and your hand-eye co-ordination.

Costs

Dependent on the club and coach, starting playing can cost from as little as £2 per session but 'taster' sessions may be free.

Involvement

Hockey clubs are supportive of beginners, and are likely to help out with equipment and advice.

Equipment

A t-shirt, shorts and socks, as well as some robust trainers with a sound sole grip will get you started

  • For a beginner, clubs will be able to supply basic equipment, including sticks and balls, but in time, buying a good stick which suits you will prove a sound investment
  • Similarly some padded gloves, to avoid getting your knuckles cracked now and again and a mouth guard is no bad idea
  • A goalkeeper, will eventually need a mask, body padding and leg pads

Facts

  • In the 1988 Olympics in Seoul the Great Britain men's hockey team claimed the gold medal beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

Find Hockey Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Quicksticks

An introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds

National Governing Bodies

England Hockey

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Rush Hockey

Rush Hockey

Want to play Hockey, but never find the time to commit to it? Now there’s a format that fits around your lifestyle. Rush Hockey is fast, friendly and seriously good fun.

Rush Hockey is 5 a-side on smaller pitches with few rules, no umpires or coaches but helps people get fit and is enjoyable social hockey.

Walking Hockey

Walking Hockey

Walking Hockey is aimed at people who for a variety of reasons cannot or do not want to run around to play the game.

It is fun, social and a good way to do an activity to keep you moving.

The National Hockey Foundation

Grants to meet one of their chosen areas of focus which includes "young people and hockey", "enabling the development of hockey at youth or community level" and "smaller charities".

The National Hockey Foundation

Grants of £10,000 - £75,000 available to organisations to grow hockey at youth or community level.

Charlie Farrow