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What is Hockey?
Family orientated sport, played mainly in clubs by both men and women. Involves two teams of 11, usually on an outdoor pitch, where the object is to get the ball into your opponents net using your stick.
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
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.