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Hockey is perhaps one of the most social sports played in the UK and at the highest level, one of the fastest and most exciting to watch and take part in. Hockey has come a long way since the early days when it was played out on shale pitches. These days the facilities include astro turf or even water based astro turf pitches, helping to speed up the game and bring more skill into play. Hockey is played in a similar way to football in that you have two teams of eleven and the formations are very similar. It’s a great game played by both men and women (sometime in mixed teams) and there tends to be a good social scene around the sport.

Health benefits

The health benefits of playing hockey are much the same as football – although the game is played over 70 rather than 90 minutes, players are required to perform a number of sprints during a game and so stamina is crucial. Players are required to have good aerobic capacity and benefit from improvements to cardiovascular health. Because of the start and stop nature of the sport, the pattern of play mimics high intensity interval training which can burn more calories and boost your metabolism.

Other benefits include improvements to hand-eye coordination and improved balance and coordination. The mental health benefits of being part of a team and social scene can also help to reduce anxiety and stress.

Did you know?

  • At the 2012 London Olympic Games, hockey was the third most spectated sport. 
  • Men’s hockey has the fastest swing speed out of any sport, even golf or baseball, at 103 mph.
  • There are no left handed sticks in hockey and players may use only one side of the stick.

You can find Hockey facilities at any of these local facilities: