Your World Cup: Walking Hockey

Over 370 clubs have signed up to be part of the Your World Cup campaign, which aims to inspire clubs to seize the opportunity of hosting a World Cup on English soil. We want to work together with clubs to provide opportunities for more people than ever to enjoy our great game and one way to play, that is quickly increasing in popularity, is Walking Hockey.

Perfect for players who are looking for a less physically demanding version of the game but still enjoy showing their skills and being involved in the team and social aspect. Walking Hockey is exactly as the name suggests - you play Hockey, walking. It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health and ability, as well as getting those back into hockey who had to stop due to injuries or other reasons.

Clubs have already seen a variety of benefits in providing Walking Hockey including;

•New Members – The sessions can cater for those players who are unable to take part in mainstream hockey
•Keeping Members - Giving those that do play the opportunity to play for many more years
•Increased Revenue – In addition to a small fee to cover the sessions, many clubs have also adopted a flexible membership option for Walking Hockey Players
•Greater Publicity – By promoting suitable sessions to new or returning players and gaining positive PR, clubs have raised their profile in the local community
•Social Offering - Letting social groups and families (and generations) play together in a fun and friendly environment
•Additional Volunteers – With more individuals at the club the pool of potential volunteers increases
•Maximum Pitch Usage – By thinking practically about the space available in existing bookings, many clubs have found they don’t need to book additional spaces and therefore get greater value for money
•More Players – Whilst many start with Walking Hockey, over time you will find they can filter through to your Back to Hockey or mainstream club sessions

To support clubs we have provided a number of tools to help you promote and run your sessions, including;

Clubs Support Guide
A brand new guide that supports clubs to offer Walking Hockey, from preparing and promoting sessions through to session ideas and simple rules.

Marketing Portal
An online portal where clubs can personalise Walking Hockey marketing materials like posters and social media content to support with promotion of your sessions.

Coaching Ideas
Access a range of coaching videos, activity cards and resources for Walking Hockey. To provide your coach with a variety of content to help create an enjoyable environment, tailored towards the individuals attending, to ultimately keep them coming back week after week.

Relationship Manager Support
Don’t forget to catch up with your local Relationship Manager to share your ideas and they can provide bespoke advice and guidance to make the most of Walking Hockey. Their contact details are available here.

How Do Clubs Get Involved?

If you haven’t already, sign up to Your World Cup you can do that here! Straight away you will be able to access the items above, plus all of the other Your World Cup tools and resources.

Once you have arranged your Walking Hockey sessions, make sure you enter them as an event on the Your World Cup portal for potential attendees to find.