Ways To Play

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As a traditional sport we’ve got to make sure that we offer hockey in a way that’s relevant to people in today’s society. Whilst the majority of people want to play for their club in an 11-a-side league every weekend, with training sessions during the week, our player research and knowledge of participation habits have made it clear that behaviours are changing.  

Many players don’t want to play every week but are happy to play at any time of the year. They want opportunities that provide good experiences but are also local enough to allow room for other interests and commitments. Lives are busier and the desire for easy to access experiences are ever increasing. Club hockey competes with other leisure and family commitments and needs to be flexible and meet expectations if people are to keep coming back. 

There are a number of Ways to Play that can enable clubs to continue growing and give more people the chance to play. The benefits to clubs include; retaining existing players and attracting new ones, additional income, extra publicity, new volunteers and the opportunity to maximise pitch space. 

Example of different Ways to Play include; 

A fun and welcoming programme aimed at children aged 5-8 that aims to develop both their physical and character ‘superpowers’, unlocking the hero inside them!

Quicksticks
An introductory game for 7-11 year olds.

In2Hockey
A fun, exciting and dynamic game designed for 10-14 year-olds to help them develop their hockey skills and techniques and to provide a gradual progression into the 11-a-side version of the game.

Flyerz Hockey
A really positive term for disability hockey in England. Created by our clubs, Flyerz is something that people want to belong to.

Small sided games and leagues are becoming more and more popular.

Back to Hockey
Fun, social and informal sessions aimed at people who either have not played for a number of years or are looking to play for the first time.

Perfect for players who are looking for a less physically demanding version of the game.

You can access free marketing materials to use to promote our various programmes by accessing The England Hockey Marketing Portal. Here you will be able to personalise and download a variety of print and digital marketing materials. You will need to register the first time you visit but once signed up you will be able to login using your email address and password.  If you have any questions about using the marketing portal please contact clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Once it is safe for hockey to return, we expect that our Hockey Family will be eager to get back to the game we love!  The ‘Hockey’s Back’ plan will give you and your club some fun, easy ways to get back to hockey and #reclaimthegame.