New five-a-side hockey programme is a hit

Rotherham Hockey Club’s programme has been popular with both sexes. Image by Kenneth Allen via Geograph.

A new five-a-side hockey programme, run by a local club, has been a success, with attendance figures doubling since its first session.

Rotherham Hockey Club, based in Brinsworth, launched the four-week programme on Friday 22 July at the Firth Rixson Aurora Sports Club.

The trial sessions take place every Friday evening, until 12 August, at 6.45pm, and each session costs £3 per person or £5 per family.

The club promises to provide friendly hockey matches in a safe and fun environment, which also provides coaching for players of all experience and abilities.

Aimed at families

The programme is aimed at families – as well as youth and senior players, who are looking to build match fitness ahead of the forthcoming hockey season – and attendance figures have increased week-on-week.

15 people attended the first session and, by the next session, the figure had doubled, with 13 juniors and 17 adults attending.

David Woodward, Rotherham Hockey Club’s Development Officer, said that the sessions had been well attended by both genders.

“[The] programme [is] aimed at anyone interested in the sport, from those players wanting to get fit for the new season to those thinking of starting or rejoining the sport,” he added.

“The activity is open to the local community to offer a sporting activity at a local venue [and] at an affordable cost.

“We have the coaching staff to help those of all ages and will look to include disadvantaged people where this is practical.”

Further events

The programme is one of several activities that has been organised by the club, who finished bottom in the North Hockey Men’s League Division Two East last season.

They are holding a five-day hockey camp between Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August, which is aimed at children aged from five to 17 years and will develop their playing skills.

The hockey camp also includes a day session at Underbank Outdoor Activity Centre. It costs £75 for the entire week, or £15 per day, and £30 for the trip to the activity session.

There will also be an open day on Wednesday 17 August from 12pm to 4pm, which provides an introduction to the game for those aged five to 14 years.

The club are also hoping to hold the five-a-side hockey programme on a regular basis, due to its popularity.

Mr Woodward said: “We feel that the sport can be adapted to a five-a-side game, and that it is important to offer physical activity for those wanting to take up or return to the sport without too much time commitment.

“There are plans [to regularly organise sessions], but [we] need to get feedback from those attending and [to] book the facility.”

For further information about the events that Rotherham Hockey Club are currently holding, contact Mr Woodward on david.woodward@rotherhamhc.org.uk or 01709 372613.

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This news story was self-published in August 2011.

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