Club sys­tem is vi­tal to hockey de­vel­op­ment

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE -

EACH week in these pages The Hockey Mu­seum will delve into the sport’s past and bring the game to life. HOCKEY is a team game, which is prob­a­bly one of the rea­sons that it has de­vel­oped into such a pop­u­lar sport.

How­ever, a team needs an­other team to play against in or­der to per­form their sport.

In­evitably, the mem­bers of teams will be­come friends and there may well have been other ties that brought teams to­gether.

As hockey, and in­deed sport in gen­eral, be­comes an amaz­ing, al­most ex­plo­sive de­vel­op­ment from the for­ma­tion of the very first club in 1871 be­came stronger, so did the clubs and be­fore the end of the 19th cen­tury many such clubs had two, even three, teams.

The clubs were the ab­so­lute con­duit by which hockey de­vel­oped into a pop­u­lar sport and spread through­out Bri­tain and, very soon, around the em­pire and into the con­ti­nent of Europe.

There are many other fac­tors that helped hockey de­velop but it was the for­ma­tion of clubs that was the cat­a­lyst that brought it all to­gether.

The club sys­tem re­mains the bedrock of hockey to this day. For more in­for­ma­tion: mu­

Ladies Day: East Mole­sey Hockey Club 1887 – the oldest known pho­to­graph of a ladies’ club team

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