Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball or a puck into the opponent’s goal using a hockey stick. This is a game which can be played either on a field, a hard court surface or on ice.
Field hockey is played on gravel, natural grass, sand-based or water-based artificial turf, with a small, hard ball approximately 73 mm in diameter. Modern field hockey sticks are J-shaped and constructed of a composite of wood, glass fibre or carbon fibre (sometimes both) and have a curved hook at the playing end, a flat surface on the playing side and curved surface on the rear side.
Ice hockey is played on a large flat area of ice, using a three-inch-diameter vulcanized rubber disc called a puck. Ice hockey sticks are long L-shaped sticks made of wood, graphite, or composites with a blade at the bottom that can lie flat on the playing surface when the stick is held upright.
Sledge hockey is a form of ice hockey designed for players with physical disabilities affecting their lower bodies. Players sit on double-bladed sledges and use two sticks; each stick has a blade at one end and small picks at the other. Players use the sticks to pass, stickhandle and shoot the puck, and to propel their sledges.
Hockey is a demanding sport that requires explosive bursts of energy. Players need to have a good level of overall cardiovascular fitness and the lower body will also develop playing this team sport. Players will also improve their responses and reactions and hand-eye co-ordination is a must for any hockey player.
The governing body for field hockey in England is England Hockey www.englandhockey.co.uk and for ice hockey is Ice Hockey UK www.icehockeyuk.co.uk. A number of Everyone Active run leisure centres offer outdoor and indoor courts for hockey and have partnerships with local teams. To find out if there is a court near you or if there is a team that practices at your local leisure centre visit your nearest centre page and look at the facilities and partnerships.
This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.
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