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.
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.
Happy Christmas to you all.
Cheers for now and thanks again.”
Click on the link below to get your free taster session invitation to Bromsgrove’s Walking Sports Centre. You can come along at any time, not just those dates mentioned.
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Hi folks, we are having a break for Christmas after our 9th December 2019 session.
We will be back as follows:
Monday 6th January 7.30-8.30pm at Bromsgrove Cricket Hockey and Tennis Club
Thursday 9th January 10.30-11.30am at the Ryland Centre, Bromsgrove
Click here for a fabulous article from our friends at Fremantle HC in Perth, Western Australia.
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.
Bromsgrove HC now holds 2 Walking Hockey sessions each week, one evening outdoor session at Bromsgrove Cricket Hockey & Tennis Club and one daytime indoor session at the Ryland Centre.
Here is the latest news from around the world:
Fremantle HC continue with their successful programme at their new ground. Canberra will be holding their first Walking Hockey tournament later in December.
In Queensland action is taking off in Cairns and further north there is growth in Douglas Shire and Atherton Tablelands with more associations joining soon
Developments continue to launch Walking Hockey in 2020
From the USA:
Walking Hockey will feature at the CA Symposium on 12/7
From the Netherlands:
LOHC Hockey will be launching Walking Hockey soon and the Old Stars programme continues to grow
From the UK
Growth continues in England, Scotland and Wales