Hockey is an amazing, fantastic, thrilling, fast, all encompassing team sport that can be played both outdoor and indoor. Hockey is played by both girls and boys aged 5 to 17 and by women and men aged 18 to 85 ... so open to all. You can get involved in so many different ways, via the great primary school game Quicksticks, or the exciting new junior game In2Hockey aged 10 to 14 (previously Mini Hockey) or via the mainstream 11 a side game played mainly in clubs across the country. There is even a new informal fun version of the game called RUSH HOCKEY for adults.
Hockey clubs usually offer a great junior programme and there are so many ways to get involved as a young leader, coach or just volunteering, it's a game the whole family can enjoy. Hockey is an Olympic sport played across the world and England and Great Britain women and men are amongst the world leading teams. With the Olympic Games coming to London in 2012, Hockey is sure to feature in lots of television coverage, so look out for this great game. Better still get involved....
Arsenal Premier League 4 Sport is working in collaboration with Old Loughtonians Hockey Club, Waltham Forest Hockey Club and the England Hockey Board to run satellite clubs in 5 sites:
The Bridge School, Hackney, E2: Tuesdays – 3.15-4.45pm
[GIRLS ONLY] St Mary Magdalene Academy, Islington, N7: Wednesday – 3.30-5.00pm
Canonbury Primary, Islington, N1: Fridays – 4.30-6.00pm
St Mary Magdalene Academy, Islington, N7: Thursdays and Fridays - 4.00-5.30pm
William Tyndale, Islington, N1: Fridays – 4.45-5.45pm
Arsenal's Hockey programme has run for over 20 years and included over 14,000 young people in Islington alone. Along with parent club, Old Loughtonians HC, the Gunners Hockey Team has produced many county, regional and international players, including 2012 Olympic hopeful Darren Cheesman, and ensures the game is accessible to young people in the inner-city, all young participants have the opportunity to join this elite group.
Old Loughtonians are the largest club side in the East of England and have over 100 children attending each week at mini hockey. They have two Olympic standard water based pitches, plus a mini pitch. The club has worked with Arsenal in the Community since 1991/2 when the Gunners team was formed. The Gunners are the most successful side in the club winning a number of leagues and cups including many ‘Doubles'. The Gunners pioneered the way youth hockey should be developed, leading to a "Gunners" style team in almost every club now. For more information, please see the website http://www.oldloughtonians.co.uk/.
Waltham Forest is a community based hockey club in North East London with 4 men's and 4 women's hockey teams, as well as a mixed side and a growing youth section. Based at Walthamstow Academy, the club has been running since 1989. We are currently the only club in the South East of England to run disability hockey sessions. For more information on Waltham Forest Hockey Club, see their website www.walthamforesthc.co.uk.
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