Over 125 Back to Hockey clubs and growing!

Wimbledon Back to Hockey

Over 125 clubs have already signed up to be part of our spring Back to Hockey campaign. It launches on the 11th May and there's still time for more clubs to be involved. Simply speak to your Relationship Manager to find out more.

That’s exactly what Wimbledon HC did last year and has since generated approximately £1,500 for the club. Julie Quester, the clubs Back to Hockey organiser tells us how.

"In liaison with our England Hockey Relationship Manager, we decided to introduce Back to Hockey in April 2014 for three main reasons. First of all we wanted to offer parents of juniors a chance to play and gain a better understanding of how the game has changed since they played it last. We saw it as a great opportunity to increase the number of players particularly in the lower teams at the club. Finally the club saw the sessions as a great way to raise additional funds. 

The sessions were promoted to our junior parents via email and we also spoke to parents to increase interest. Not stopping there we also utilised Facebook and Twitter to advertise the sessions.

Our sessions for both men and women were held initially in the sports hall, before moving outside during the summer. This season we have held both and indoor and outdoor sessions and have had a real mix of players come along. Players ranged from people picking up a stick for the first time to those who were returning to the game after having children or having taken a break from the sport.

Several of the players now play regularly for our ladies 3rd team, with other players continuing to take part in Back to Hockey sessions. We’ve raised approximately £1,500 from hosting Back to Hockey sessions this season and have managed this through sharing the pitch with the men’s 5th /6th team training and the coaches giving their time voluntarily."

What would you say to clubs thinking of running Back to Hockey sessions?

"Go for it. If you don’t try you won’t know how successful you can be. I would recommend starting with one session a week and really build the number of players attending. Ask regular players to attend and join in the sessions. You can then gauge when the Back to Hockey players are ready to take the step to Saturday league matches."

If Back to Hockey sessions could help your club and you would like to take part, speak to your local Relationship Manager to find out more.