Club system is vital to hockey development
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: www.hockey museum.net
Ladies Day: East Molesey Hockey Club 1887 – the oldest known photograph of a ladies’ club team