Get Inspired: How to get into hockey

Harry Potter star Emma Watson gets back to hockey

How do I start?

But what is hockey?

  • Hockey is in some ways like football. It's an 11 a-side team game, where the aim is to score a goal in the opposing team's net.
  • Each player passes a small hard ball around the pitch with a hooked stick.
  • A match is 70 minutes, with two halves, and the winner is the team which scores the most goals.

Is it for me?

  • There are different variations of the game, so hockey is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or gender. There's also a real social side, with a culture of team bonding off the field.
  • It is very common to have two or more generations of a family in one team.
  • It is the country's most gender-equal sport.
  • After Team GB women won Gold in Rio, 10,000 people picked up a stick at their local hockey club.

What to expect when I start?

  • Hockey clubs are welcoming to beginners and are likely to help out with equipment and advice.
  • You don't have to be an expert in fitness, it is accessible for every level of fitness, ability and body shape.
  • The sport can be mentally stimulating, will improve your fitness and your hand-eye co-ordination.
  • For children, matches can be smaller-sided, played on any surface, and use larger, lighter and safer balls.
  • Or you could always look for a club like Bromsgrove that offer walking hockey sessions.
  • Flyerz' hockeyexternal-link in England have a range of specific sessions for the visually impaired or blind, those who are deaf or hearing impaired, people in wheelchairs, those with learning disabilities, and people with ADHD, Aspergers or Autism.
  • There are also a range of disability options in Walesexternal-link, Scotlandexternal-link and Northern Ireland.external-link

To get you in the mood ...

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Are you inspired to try hockey? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.