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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.

Back to Hockey

Back to Hockey has inspired thousands of players to pick up a hockey stick and they have told us they love the social element of the session, it’s a great way to get fitter and the perfect opportuni

Flyerz

Fun and friendly sessions inclusive of all abilities and ages. Flyerz Hockey enables disabled and non-disabled players to play together

Hockey Heroes

A fun and welcoming introduction to hockey for all 5-8 year olds

In2Hockey

A progressive format of the game suitable for 10-14 year olds

Quicksticks

An introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

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England Hockey

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K-Sports Hockey

K-Sports Hockey

K-Sports Hockey is a traditional, friendly club based in Aylesford, Kent. Running both Mens and Ladies field hockey teams plus involvement in youth hockey we are firmly embedded in the history and future of club hockey in kent.

Gravesend Ladies Hockey Club

Gravesend Ladies Hockey Club

Established in 1949, GLHC is a registered charity and is located at Gravesend Rugby Club. Its two ladies hockey teams play competitively in the Kent Women’s Outdoor league throughout the winter season (September – April).

Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club

Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club

Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club provides men's and ladies' hockey for all ages and abilities, including veteran's and junior hockey, both at weekends and during the evenings mid-week.

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Old Bordenians Hockey Club

OBHC is family club with Clubs First accreditation.

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning liabilities.Each session will include:Meet & Greet Games/Heart Rate Raiser/Physical Activity Session 1Physical Activity Session 2Cool Down using the essence of Yoga

Sport For Fun - Canterbury

Sport For Fun - Canterbury

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning disabilities. Each session will include: Meet & Greet Games/ Heart Rate Raiser/ Physical Activity Session 1 Physical Activity Session 2 Cool Down using the essence of Yoga

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2022 Commonwealth Games

2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is perfectly positioned, sitting at the heart of the UK and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth.