The crazy world of Walking Hockey

Today was meant to be a quiet day on the Walking Hockey front. I’m glad to say it’s been anything but.

We have been contacted and in touch with people from Denmark, Australia, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, the Netherlands and several clubs in the U.K.

It’s brilliant to see the continued growth of and interest in our great sport !

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Bedford HC are Walking again !

The new season is on the horizon!!

Bedford Hockey Club‘s hugely successful Walking Hockey returns for the new season. Bedford Hockey Club is a family-friendly club, in Queen’s Park, Bedford

Walking Hockey is low impact, so suitable for a wide age-range, and fantastic when high impact, faster activity is simply unattractive, or too challenging (possibly due to illness or injury). It is, also, a great way for those new, or returning, to hockey to have a go, with a view to moving on to playing mainstream hockey – looking to join the junior or veterans ends of the Club, or one of the 14 senior sides.

Above all, it is great fun, with much laughter, and sessions finish with Tea and Cake in the Club House.

Regular participants can join the Club, as an Associate Member (£55), for open participation in all Walking Hockey sessions throughout the season (to the end of March) or simply turn up and pay-as-they-play (£5 per session).

There are plenty of sticks available to use. Own shin guards recommended, but not essential.

Just Turn Up for a guaranteed warm welcome

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Braintree HC Walkers

 

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Braintree Hockey Club has recently celebrated it’s walking hockey 2nd birthday, numbers built then dropped but are increasing steadily again.
We run sessions through the year weather and bank holidays permitting with our sessions operated on a Monday evening, we did experiment with trying a second session during the day but failed to get the take up.

We are looking for clubs reasonable near us so we can have a match or run a tournament but at this stage have not had success having had a match against local rivals thwarted by the snow in 2018. So if anybody reads this whose club run Walking Hockey and would fancy having agame against us we would be only to pleased to hear from you.

Likewise if there are teams who would like to come to Essex we can put on a festival or Tournament.

Any body who reads this article looking to play walking hockey and is close enough to travel to Braintree then please let us know.

Bedford HC – Welcome to the Walking Hockey Family

Jean Fitch from Bedford HC tells us about their Walking Hockey story:

The timings of our sessions were selected as, during the season, Wednesday might is Ladies’ Club training and Sunday mornings are Juniors. As we have to pay for pitch use, this enables us to piggy-back onto the pitch slots. We have continued on into the summer as the Walkers were so keen to keep it going, although we will take a break for July and August.
The Sunday morning sessions are quite a different mix from the Wednesday evenings. Although we do have a few youngsters who do the Wednesdays, with their parents and grandparents, we have even more juniors join us on a Sunday, coming to do the Walking, before or after their coaching sessions, whilst waiting for older or younger siblings to finish. We have, also, found the Sunday tends to attract more adults who have never played hockey before, and the timing was chosen to try and encourage parents to give it a go rather than standing on the side-line or sitting in the clubhouse, which some have done. The Wednesday sessions tend to be our more established Walkers plus some individuals looking to get back into hockey and some Club players using the sessions as a means of getting back after injury. We usually have about 18 turn up for a session – the most was 24, when we split them into 4 teams and did a mini tournament. The local council, with us providing a coach, also facilitated an 8 week course of Indoor Walking Hockey, which was great.
Next May Bank Holiday (2020) we will be having a Vetstival (Festival for us oldies!!) and are hoping to include Walking in some way, either with a show game or, possibly, by having an actual Walking tournament.
At the moment, there aren’t any other local sides who have taken up doing Walking, although we take every opportunity to try and get them to start, so we can get some inter-Club games going – watch this space!! We usually have a few Club Days through the summer, which is where we first tried the Walking a year ago. If there are any going on this years, we will definitely be looking to include Walking, and possibly invite some local Clubs to bring a team over to give it a go.

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