Every so often an idea comes along that fits the time, and we believe Walking Hockey is one such idea. Born out of someone wanting to keep playing but finding regular hockey too much, it has really taken off.
On the website find out how Walking Hockey went from an idea to a reality in a few months and how it is now attracting attention across the hockey World.
We have Walking Hockey photos and videos to share and will let you see how its appeal seems universal, from teenagers to nearly octogenarians!
For starters here is a video explaining how we got going and where we hope to get to. It features Alan Gormley, the founder of Walking Hockey and John Inverdale, the well known sports broadcaster.
The evolution of Bromsgrove’s once a week evening Walking Hockey session into a full grown Walking Sports Centre continues apace.
After successful pilot programmes of daytime Walking Football and Walking Hockey both were added to the regular rota. Daytime Walking Football is on Wednesdays (11.00am) and daytime Walking Hockey is on Thursdays (10.30am).
Now we have Walking Netball opening their pilot on Wednesday 29th January, 10am at the Ryland Centre Bromsgrove . This is to be followed by a pilot Walking Basketball programme beginning on Thursday 27 February, Noon at the Ryland Centre Bromsgrove.
And if that’s not enough there’s Women’s Walking Football starting in the Spring alongside Walking Cricket.
We have been working with Peter Shands from Central Hockey Club, Canberra, to help them launch Walking Hockey. Read how Peter and his colleagues got on
”Good morning Alan,
Thank you so much for your encouragement and for your reply.
In answer to your question … yes we are planning regular competition/programs in 2020.
Thank you again for your assistance in helping Central Hockey Club “launch” Walking Hockey in Canberra Australia.
Our Walking Hockey event on Friday 13th of December was as essentially a trial run incorporated in our Christmas social event. Unfortunately we were only able to offer a few weeks notice and we had very limited dates available to us and sadly that Friday is very popular for work Christmas parties.
So we were in fact delighted we had 4 teams playing 5 a side plus subs for each teams.
We played a round robin competition between the “Shanstars”, ”Rob’s Rabbits”, ”Williams Wagtails” and ”The Owls”. “Wagtails” (an Aussie bird) won by 1 point. Players ranged from 67 to 7 years old and included some of our first grade men’s and women’s players and also some first timers. One other great thing was the level of family participation.
You can tell from the smiles that everyone had a great time and really enjoyed themselves … wish we had got a video! All the feedback was really positive … no injuries though we all thought shin pads would be a wise addition for the coming season. Everyone had close to an hour’s exercise and plenty of laughs.
Again … thanks so much for your encouragement and assistance Alan. We look forward to hearing more about what is happening in Walking Hockey World and we will keep you informed from our end.
Bromsgrove’s Walking Sports Centre continues to march forward.
We now have 3 weekly sessions (2 hockey, 1 football) and after consultations with England Netball we will be launching Walking Netball in January 2020.
Additionally we are developing both Walking Cricket and Walking Tennis for a Spring 2020 launch.
We have also entered into an exciting partnership with Age UK and have the support of iCOPE and Reconnections. All 3 organisations have similar values to ourselves such as increasing the opportunities for our ageing population to remain active for longer.