Over 1500 women get Back to Hockey

Sevenoaks - Back to Hockey

Our Back to Hockey spring campaign is now in full swing and has attracted more than 1,500 women back to the game.

Run by clubs, Back to Hockey sessions are coached sessions where the emphasis is on making friends, learning new skills and most of all having fun! The sessions are aimed at women who may not have played hockey before or may not have played for a long period of time.

By the end of the campaign over 200 clubs across the country will have delivered Back to Hockey sessions. Bev Blackburn, Adult Participation Manager, said, "It’s great that so many women have wanted to give Hockey a go! Praise must also go to the clubs who have supported the campaign and the local promotion they have undertaken in order to attract the players to their sessions. We hope all those taking part will continue to enjoy the sessions and might even convince a few of their family and friends to go along with them"

We caught up with Anna after attending her first Back to Hockey session at Sevenoaks Hockey Club. Having not played since having children 16 years ago, Anna said "I had the most fun in ages! A very enjoyable evening that was well organised and run – it’s nice to see that just because we are older, we haven't lost our competitive streak! The coaches pitched it perfectly and I'm looking forward to next week already"

Below we've got a handful of the great tweets that people have been putting out about Back to Hockey!

'On my way home from my first @EnglandHockey #BacktoHockey with @WappingHC. Had lots of fun, will definitely be back next week!'
@ninabelk

'@EnglandHockey Back to Hockey is a great fun @HamptonHockey haven't played for nearly 20 yrs but with my sis having a fab time!'
@saspettigrew

'Loved @EnglandHockey Back to Hockey session @IpswichHC tonight. Already excited for next week! Thanks to all the ladies who attended.'
@Rixie1

'Had 27 women at my #BacktoHockey session last night @EnglandHockey. What a superb turn out!! #chuffed #eager #competitivetoo.'
@scouseborrowe

'@EnglandHockey Friday morning at The Edge, an institution for ‘Back to Hockey’ Ladies. Fun hockey, quality coffee and cake!'
@AlderleyEdgeHC

If you are interested in playing hockey again, you can find your local Back to Hockey session here. Don’t worry if the sessions have already started – you’ll be more than welcome to join!

Already taking part and want to win a Back to Hockey starter pack? Simply share with us how you are getting on! Post your stories, photos and videos on our Facebook page or tweet us @EnglandHockey with the #BacktoHockey. Details of the competition can be found here.

Below are a couple of the photos we’ve been sent so far!

Alderley Edge - Back to Hockey
Alderley Edge

Tavistock - Back to Hockey
Tavistock