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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

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England Hockey

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Contact Email
info@englandhockey.co.uk
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01628 897500

Fit 4 Sport

Fit4Sport are not just another sports coaching company. We are a unique Specialist PE and Fitness provider, working with children of all ages and abilities. We use sport and physical activity to inspire children to be aware of the impact and benefits of p

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Yardley Hockey Club

Yardley Hockey Club is a family orientated hockey club which looks to introduce and develop players throughout our club. With opportunities to play, volunteer and officiate, we offer a range of opportunities for you to get involved.

Kings Heath Hockey Club

We are a South Birmingham based hockey club and currently have up to nine teams playing league hockey every Saturday, along with a thriving youth section that plays every Sunday.

Junior hockey coaching

Junior hockey coaching

We offer junior coaching, games and tournaments for girls and boys from six to sixteen. Sessions are run by qualified coaches and take place on Tuesday evenings (6.30 - 7.30pm) at King Edward's School (B5 7SP) during the season.
Check the calendar on our website for full details

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

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.