Walking Hockey has a few changes compared to normal hockey rules with no goalkeepers, a larger lighter ball used to avoid too much protective equipment being required and of course only walking! These adaptions mean that trainers can be worn, there is less risk of injury and its more inclusive with age ranges spread from 35 to 70+ year olds.
All this means that its low impact so perfect for those who might find regular hockey a bit too demanding on the body but would like to take part in some gentle, fun exercise with a great bunch of ladies.
The first session attracted a mixture of former BHC players and mums, most of whom hadn’t played hockey since school but after a short crash course, everyone was ready for the 8 aside walking hockey match which was competitive but very relaxed with plenty of laughs and smiles. One of the players Maggie Rees summed up the vibe brilliantly “When you haven't played hockey for four years and you are invited to try out walking hockey it's like winning the lottery! Loved, loved, loved it and I Invite everyone to give it a go”
BHC Ladies Club Captain Kate Costin was blow away by the enthusiasm of all the walking hockey players “The session was so brilliant as for once all the youngsters were watching and supporting their mums on the side line. My mum took part which was the first time she had picked up a stick in 50 years and she already can’t wait until the next session! The club is looking to co-ordinate future walking hockey activities and I really feel that the benefits of exercise and great friendly nature of the group (tea and cake was available afterwards) could really be a game changer for ladies who might be coming to the end of their sporting careers as this is a great way to still be involved in the great buzz of playing a team sport like hockey.”
For more information visit www.bedfordhockeyclub.com and if you are interest in playing Walking Hockey you can register your interest with Jenny Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 13:46 - 12 Jun 2018 by Kate Costin