Walk­ing hockey comes to Freo

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IT might be played at a slightly slower pace, but walk­ing hockey does not lose any of the reg­u­lar game’s fun.

The walk­ing ver­sion of field hockey has boomed in England over the last few years and now Fre­man­tle Hockey Club is bring­ing the sport to Stevens Re­serve.

Fre­man­tle Hockey Club men’s vice-pres­i­dent Matt Al­lan said other than the pace of the game, there were some sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween walk­ing and reg­u­lar field hockey.

“The game is played on a pitch around an eighth of the size of a stan­dard hockey play­ing field, with no goal­keep­ers, smaller goals and a few rule mod­i­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

“The re­duced pitch means fewer players per team, so there’s lots of op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the game, and whilst we use a reg­u­lar hockey stick, the balls we play with are a softer ma­te­rial than tra­di­tional hockey balls.

“Lit­er­ally any­one can play; re­search from the UK has seen a wide group of par­tic­i­pants that in­cluded players in their 30s that had to give up the game due to injury, weight loss groups, peo­ple in their 70s that had never played hockey and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“Hockey is truly a sport that can be played from four to 84 years old and we want our club to of­fer ver­sions of the game for ev­ery age and abil­ity.”

The Walk­ing Hockey pro­gram is on Fri­days, 10am-2pm. Email jim­[email protected]­pond.com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d492346

Laurie Pack­ham and or­gan­iser Jim Banks get in some walk­ing hockey.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.