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.
Walking Hockey has rapidly gained international interest. Now we have been invited to discuss it with and train people in Australia, New Zealand and Dubai. We will be holding wide ranging meetings with Board members and other senior personnel and attending coaching sessions too.
The agenda includes:
How to attract and keep people in the sport for longer and what benefits this will bring to those who play. Walking Hockey has a major role to play in this.
As above for Juniors plus how do we keeping them in the teen years
Study coaching practices and content in the markets to identify best in class
Set up twinning with clubs, associations etc., for future player and coach exchange, team visits and, more generally, form a social environment so that anyone we know who visits the areas can have a friendly face and a point of contact when they visit.
We have to find £5000. This is obviously a major task but we feel the benefits to those that take up the sport significantly outweigh this cost.