Rush Hockey is a hit with LOCOG

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Representatives from the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) visited Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre last week as part of a full day tour of the region.  One of the main sports on show was Rush Hockey, which was very well received by the distinguished visitors.

LOCOG visit to Bisham Abbey Charles Allen

Charles Allen CBE is the Chair of LOCOG's Nations and Regions Group and is responsible for bringing about the UK-wide benefits of London 2012.  So it was really important to show him exactly what England Hockey and clubs around the country have planned to ensure that hockey creates a lasting legacy long after the Olympic Games have finished.

Bucks New University's hockey players took to the pitch at Bisham Abbey to demonstrate their Rush Hockey skills.  The university was one of the first establishments to start playing the new small-sided game and it’s fair to say that they put the two Great Britain players, Nick Brothers and Richard Smith, through their paces. Although Nick, who is one of the three GB goalkeepers in the squad, has strongly suggested that it was unfair to test his outfield skills!

LOCOG visit to Bisham Abbey Charles Allen

A mixed group of both men and women took to the field and with a GB player in each team they gave the LOCOG representatives a fantastic spectacle.  Carina Page, Sports Development and Strategy Manager at Bucks New University, said “we are really honored to attend this event. Rush Hockey is designed to be fast, fun and more accessible to people and our teams were pleased to be able to showcase what it has to offer.  The whole idea of the game is that people can just turn up and play and we hope that the Bucks New University players have showed the LOCOG representatives how quickly people can adapt to the game."

Michael Whytock, a Bucks New University student, and Rush Hockey player added, “Tonight has been an amazing opportunity.  It's a privilege to share the pitch with the Great Britain players and see what they can do close up. The game is a lot faster than regular hockey but it's great fun and this is a good chance to have a go at it."

Rush Hockey team

Bucks New University's Sport for Fun project, which is supported by Sport England, will be starting a University Intramural Rush Hockey League early next year.

And it’s not just a hit with Bucks New Uni…

Students from Anglia Ruskin University have also been having a go at Rush Hockey.  Players of all abilities and many who had never played before came down to take part in a Rush Hockey tournament hosted by the university.  They are already planning another one, this time perhaps on a tennis court to see how well the game works on different surfaces.  And students who came down from Writtle College have already offered to host another tournament in the New Year.

Rush Hockey team

Stephen Dupree, Head of Sport & Active Lifestyles at Anglia Ruskin University said "England Hockey have come up with a winner, this is a fantastic form of the game,  I have no doubt it will catch on. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of participation, fun and physical activity. Students today have greater time restrictions than was possibly once the case and Rush Hockey, provides the opportunity to play a format that is inexpensive, fun, social, accessible, and active.  In terms of logistics, we can put four or five students in a car and send them off to play, so if local tournaments can be created, this offers a great way to get a hockey fix!

Venues across the country are now hosting Rush Hockey taster sessions.  To find out where these are please go to

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