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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.

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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.


  • Improves fitness and stamina
  • Improves co-ordination
  • The sport can be mentally stimulating, will improve your fitness and your hand-eye co-ordination.


Dependent on the club and coach, starting playing can cost from as little as £2 per session but 'taster' sessions may be free.


Hockey clubs are supportive of beginners, and are likely to help out with equipment and advice.


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


  • 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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Rainbow Laces

Fri, 22 Nov 2019

Rainbow Laces – Come Out Active for LGBT equality in sport.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth


An introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds

National Governing Bodies

England Hockey

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Clubszone Beeston

Kids Summer Activity Club Beeston.
For Children Aged 5-12 Years Old.

Soar Valley Leisure Centre

We are a popular and busy centre in the heart of your local community.

Junior Hockey Training – U12 & U14

Junior Hockey Training – U12 & U14

Junior hockey training for children in school years 6–9.

Our junior training takes place every Wednesday and Friday throughout the hockey season at Welland Park Academy. There is ample parking and sticks are provided if you don't have your own. You just need trainers with good grip, shin-pads and mouthguards.

Junior Hockey Training – U8 & U10

Junior Hockey Training – U8 & U10

Junior hockey training for children in school years 2-5 with qualified coaches.

6th September 2019 to 11th October 2019;
25th October 2019 to 13th December 2019

10th January 2020 to 3rd April 2020

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.


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  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
  • Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
  • Charnwood LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Harborough LSA
  • H&B LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
  • Leicestershire County Council
    O&W LSA