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England Hockey

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01628 897500

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Mum & Mia

Friday 24th November

Special Olympics Multi-Sport Club

Wednesday 22nd November

Women's Hockey Training

Tuesday 21st November

Men's & Mixed Hockey Training

Wednesday 22nd November

England Hockey Development Centre

Multiple Dates

England Hockey Development Centre

Multiple Dates

England Hockey Development Centre

Multiple Dates

England Hockey Development Centre

Multiple Dates

England Hockey Development Centre

Multiple Dates

Funding opportunities

What is Hockey?

Team, ball game played with sticks.

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.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

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

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Team Leicestershire

'Team Leicestershire' is the umbrella Association for all traditional competitive school sport in secondary schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

National Programmes

Back to Hockey

Back to Hockey is a great way for women to play hockey with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship.


In2Hockey is a fun, exciting and dynamic game designed for 10 to 14 year olds to help them develop their hockey skills and techniques, and to provide a gradual progression into the 11-a-side version o


An introductory game of hockey for 7-11 year olds

Rush Hockey

Rush Hockey is participation led fun activity aimed at all adults whether they have hockey experience or not.

Local Contacts

Simon Dowdy

Relationship Manager (East Midlands)

07718 980 507


  • Blaby District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Leicester City Council
    Sport England
    Loughborough University
    Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Age UK L&R
    British Heart Foundation
    Melton Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Equality Standard


  • Equality Standard
    Rutland County Council
  • East Midlands Platform
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Age UK L&R
  • Harborough District Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Sport England
    Loughborough University
  • County Sport Network
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council