I've been fairly active all through my life, heavily involved in horse riding until about the age 15. I then moved to Yeovil to live with my dad and played hockey for the last year of school. I wasn't able to carry on at College or University due to part time work commitments.
I started Back to Hockey as I wanted to be more active due to starting an office job (and gaining weight more than I liked!). As well as wanting to be more active (and being bored in the gym), I really struggle with self-confidence and thought this would be a good way to push myself and get involved in a team sport without having the pressure of a team!
I was extremely nervous on my first session however I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the sessions and how nice everyone was. Week on week I felt my confidence grow and skills improve and slowly but surely I even noticed a difference in my fitness (I could breathe a little at the end of the session after a while!).
With my new confidence I left the gym I was at and joined a smaller local gym I'd been hearing a lot of good things about. It's fairly male dominated as the focus is on weights and body building. It's one of the best decisions I have made as I enjoy the gym so much more now too!
After a few months I wondered if I would be good enough to join a team. I chatted to Keith the coach of the Back to Hockey sessions to see if he thought I would 'make the grade' and went along and watched a training session for the ladies 3rd and 4th teams for Yeovil and Sherborne Hockey club. I haven't looked back since, I went to my first club training session very soon after and started playing matches for the club in January.
I have had the opportunity to play in a few difference positions even scarily midfield which was a whole new world to me! I have found myself back in defence now and thoroughly enjoy playing with the team this season. To top of a very enjoyable season, at the awards ceremony I won the most improved senior player award at the club and couldn't have been more chuffed! Completely unexpected and what an amazing feeling, If you would have told me 18 months ago I would get that award I more than likely would have laughed at you!!
I go now because it's fun, I want to go and because there's no pressure. I love to learn and improve on what I can already do. I have learnt so much and met lots of new people from different walks of life that I would never meet otherwise.
I am now doing a lot more than I was before the Back to Hockey campaign, hockey 2-3 times a week and the gym 2-3 times a week.
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