Bromsgrove's walking hockey is a big hit
Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30
A slimming world group, a couple of 60 year olds and even a lady who is getting treatment for cancer donned their tracksuits on Monday to give hockey a go with a slight twist!
Bromsgrove HC has evolved their Back to Hockey sessions to cater for a new audience to ease people back into the sport by hosting 'walking hockey' sessions. Alan Gormley set up the sessions and was over moon that 35 people turned up ready to take on walking hockey."It was incredible to see so many new faces to the session on Monday; I was optimistically aiming for 20 so it is great that so many more attended, showed my marketing paid off!!"
Alan's enthusiasm for hockey is a clear driver to why so many people enjoyed their evening and are eager for more!The idea stemmed from a Back to Hockey participant who found the sessions were a little too hard and instead of giving up suggested this idea to Alan.
Liz Morris who proposed the idea to the club loved the session; 'I loved hockey when I was younger, I played at school and then for Birmingham Municipal HC until I was about 30 then it all stopped. After a gap of 20–something years I tried Back To Hockey but needed something a little slower so I suggested to Alan that we start a walking hockey club. It's been great tonight with so many like-minded people and I have made some new friends – really enjoyable."
Anne Turton attended the Monday evening session using it as rehabilitation; 'I played a lot of hockey as a youngster and it was my passion. I played a couple of seasons with Bromsgrove ladies but then I stopped and I wasn't very active. In August 2015 I was diagnosed with myeloma – bone marrow cancer. I have come through some pretty hefty chemo sessions and this is part of my recovery periods, to build up stamina and to get as fit as I can. I wanted to get out and meet people rather than sitting at home feeling sort for myself."
Participants were raving about the session; "Thanks so much for the walking hockey session last night – it was great to get back to playing hockey despite being banned from running by my knee surgeon! It was lovely to see such a good turnout and the session was really well organised and a great way to get to know other people."
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