Schools are a key delivery partner for hockey, and where many people play the sport for the first time. England Hockey has produced a range of adapted formats and equipment, along with support materials and guidance to support and encourage the delivery of hockey in schools at all levels.
The Hockey in Primary Video on this page will give a further detailed explanation of the different formats; these will depend on the school facilities available, the age and stage of the players and teacher experience.
Delivery options suitable for primary schools.
Hockey Heroes is specially aimed at beginners aged 5 - 8 years.
It not only focuses on helping children develop some physical hockey ‘superpowers’ such as dribbling, passing and goal scoring, but also places as much emphasis on character development superpowers including teamwork, communication, perseverance and respect. Downloadable certificates are available for you to use to celebrate the children discovering their superpowers!
The school specific delivery content outlines a series of game and challenge-based content aimed at key stage 1 which can be delivered either in curriculum or extra-curricular. Digital illustrated lesson cards provide full game explanations, along with hints and tips on how to adapt the delivery to suit individual players or the group.
Each game develops fundamental movement skills and improves children’s agility, balance and co-ordination.
See Hockey Heroes in action, by clicking here.
Quicksticks is designed specifically for key stage 2 in primary schools and 7 - 11 year olds. It is four-a-side and very easy to deliver. It can be played on any surface, and uses a larger, lighter and safer ball. It is a fun, fast, safe and exciting game that has been designed so that anyone can deliver the game, regardless of previous hockey experience.
See Quicksticks in action by clicking here.
The In2Hockey format of the game has been designed specifically for children aged 10 – 14, to give them the best and most appropriate age related experience of the game. It is designed to be easier for schools to provide and is accompanied by resources and equipment to help to make the game as easy as possible for teachers to deliver, even if they have little hockey knowledge. In2Hockey follows on from hockey’s introductory 4-a-side game Quicksticks. It can be introduced as a 6-a-side game without goalkeepers, or played as a 7-a-side game with goalkeepers.
The 6-a-side version can be played on various surfaces and uses adapted equipment and simplified rules to make this possible. Overall, In2Hockey aims to develop hockey skills and techniques and to provide a gradual progression into the 11-a-side game.
Key differences at a glance:
6-a-side In2Hockey 7-a-side In2Hockey No goalkeepers Introduction of goalkeepers Added restricted zones for safety Introduction of more formal hockey rules, such as penalty corners Suitable for multiple surfaces Amended rules to make understanding of the game easier
Further information and guidance can be found in the In2Hockey Advisory Guidelines, where pitch dimensions, pitch markings and key safety points are also provided. The Advisory Guidelines and latest rules for 6 and 7-a-side and further resources and information are available online at the Hockey Hub.
See In2Hockey in action by clicking here.
Quickflicks is a series of hockey-based educational challenges ideal for the classroom..
The collection of visual resources helps teachers to deliver a range of primary curriculum subjects in a fun and engaging way.
From calculating the number of Quicksticks hockey sticks that can be placed around the perimeter of a hockey pitch to measuring the force of different sporting objects, the challenges are brought to life by the use of videos and images, alongside downloadable cards.
To make it easier for schools to access support to deliver more fun, safe, and enjoyable hockey opportunities, we’ve developed a schools membership offer which aims to bring together and enhance the range of support available for schools and teachers.
To find out more about our Schools Membership package visit our dedicated page. If you are ready to sign up, click on the banner below to register your school today.
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