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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

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
info@englandhockey.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01628 897500

The National Hockey Foundation

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

Youth Development Officer

Are you:

A talented and enthusiastic hockey coach

Hold an England Hockey Sessional Coach (Level 2) or overseas equivalent

Able to connect and enthuse young people

Significantly experienced in coaching young people 5 - 14 years of age

Experienced in working independently and as part of a team, including leading a team of people

Harleston Magpies are seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to lead our youth hockey coaching and development activities for young people up to 14 years of age. This is a new full-time position to deliver high quality coaching programmes and competitive opportunities for all abilities.

Barbara Reynolds

Relationship Manager

07718 980 517

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
    Somerset Skills & Learning
  • Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
    South Somerset District Council
  • Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
    Zing Somerset