Ways to Play - Overview

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Hockey is for all regardless of experience, ability or age and there are many ways to play the game to suit your desires and be flexible around your other commitments. Whether you are looking for a gentle introduction to the sport on an informal basis or want to play in a team on a regular basis, there will some something suitable for you and your family.

Here you will find an overview of all the different ways you can play hockey. To find more about a specific format please click the link through to its dedicated page. You can also find you nearest club here.

For clubs wanting support on what formats could help them develop, please visit our club guidance here and as always don’t forget to contact your Relationship Manager for local support, their contact details can be found here.
Most hockey activity takes place in clubs, with them offering a number of ways to play to cater for a variety of ages, abilities and experience. There are hundreds of clubs across the country that provide a fun, social and welcoming experience. You can find your nearest hockey club here.

Hockey Heroes is for children aged 5-8 years that are new to hockey and focuses on fun and enjoyment.  The 8-week programme 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.


Quicksticks is designed to introduce young people to the game of hockey. It is 4-a-side, 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. For more information click here.

In2Hockey is 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. Click here for more information.

Flyerz Hockey are fun and friendly sessions inclusive of all abilities and ages. It enables disabled and non-disabled players to play together, along with the whole family as siblings and parents can get involved as well. 

The number of clubs offering Flyerz Hockey is ever growing and excitingly we are also working closely with Access Sport who are a charity with a focus to make inclusive sports and clubs the norm. To find out more click here.

A fantastically fun way to try something new. Back to Hockey is fun, social and informal. With sessions aimed at men and women of all ages and abilities. Aimed to make new and returning players feel at ease, Back to Hockey coaches are encouraged to gently guide them through a series of fun and interactive sessions, all in a super-friendly and relaxed environment.

Increasing in popularity, Walking Hockey is 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.

Small sided games and leagues are becoming more and more popular. Be it five, six or seven-a-side, they offer a true hockey experience and by reducing the amount of players per side it  increases the average number of touches players have. The game can be played with our without goalkeepers and the rules can be adapted for the players taking part.

Rush Hockey is fast, friendly and seriously good fun. It is small sided and can be played indoors or outdoors. With only a few simple rules, Rush Hockey aims to get people playing quickly. The larger, lighter ball allows mixed genders and abilities to play together so it is a great way for players to come together and meet others. Find out more here.

The Player Pathway provides an environment that helps all junior players realise their potential, whether that means they are the best club player they can be, seek a lifelong commitment to the game through coaching or volunteering or perhaps go on to represent England or Great Britain at junior or senior level. The Player Pathway is made up of a number of tiers and full information is available here.

Hockey participation is on the up across all schools. Primary schools tend to deliver Quicksticks, with secondary schools focusing on In2Hockey or the 11-a-side version of the game.

Hockey is the second largest team sport within British College University Sport (BUCS) with around 550 men's and women's teams playing between October and March. Small Sided Hockey is becoming really popular at universities for those who want their hockey fix without committing to a team. Students can usually find out about opportunities to join sports clubs when they begin their studies or through the Athletic Unions.

Club play starts at Over 40 for the men and Over 35 for women. There are club leagues all across the country allowing individuals to play with and against like minded individuals. For the latest Masters news click here.