Back to Hockey is BACK! Great for beginners and returners…

‘Back to Hockey’ is a national scheme designed for women with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship. It’s for beginners who have never picked up a hockey stick before to those who have been away from the game for a while and want to polish up their rusty hockey skills. You’ll have the opportunity to get a bit fitter, learn new skills and play team hockey in a fun and sociable environment.

Date: Every Friday from 29th September 2017 until the end of November

Time: 18.30 – 20.00

Venue: Headington School (WCs available but no changing facilities)

Cost:  Great value at £4 per session. We run it as ‘Pay & Play’ – just come along when you can, no need to commit to the whole series.

Equipment: We have hockey sticks available to borrow so there’s no need to buy one. Wear clothes suitable for sport (t-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms), and trainers or astroturf shoes if you have them. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated during the session, and a waterproof just in case (rain does NOT stop play!).

 If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact Emma Forrester (

More Information: B2H goal

England Hockey website

OHC Back to Hockey

Get Back into Hockey!

Starting next week we will be running courses for both men and ladies giving an introduction (or re-introduction) to hockey, covering basic skills and providing an opportunity for game time in a relaxed environment.

The Men’s Return to Hockey course runs from next Wednesday (5th February) at Iffley Road, 7.15-8.30pm. For more details please contact Martin James.

The Ladies’ Back to Hockey course runs from next Tuesday (4th February) at Brookes, 7.00-8.15pm. For more details please contact Emma Forrester.

Both courses run for 6 weeks: the first session is free and the rest costs just £15. Please pass on the message to any friends and family who might be interested!


Back to Hockey Ladies to appear on BBC’s The One Show!

Tune in to The One Show tonight on BBC One at 7pm to watch Oxford Hockey Club’s Back to Hockey ladies try out Miranda Hart’s new fitness DVD – Maracattack!

The ladies will join Miranda Hart live in the studio to go through some moves, which combine aerobics, maracas and lots of fun! Those appearing include Andrea Devaney, Katie Tuck, Rachel Phillips, Emma Wragg and Lucy Brady, alongside coaches Lorna McCulloch, Helen Dudgeon, Hannah McFarland and Callum McCulloch.

Back to Hockey: new sessions start 25th September

We’ll be running our third ‘Back to Hockey’ course for women this autumn, starting Tuesday 25th September from 7pm to 8.30pm at Oxford Brookes astroturf. Sessions are every Tuesday for 8 weeks and cost just £15 in total – with the first session free!

‘Back to Hockey’ is a successful national scheme, designed to encourage women to take up hockey again after a break from the sport or to try it out for the first time. The 8-week programme covers a range of basic skills and game-play, but also puts the emphasis on having fun, meeting new people and getting a bit fitter! Continue reading

Back to Hockey – review of the 2011-12 season

In November 2011, the club heard about a new scheme that England Hockey were advertising called Back to Hockey. This was aimed at women who had played hockey at school or in clubs but had had a break for some time. It was also aimed at beginners who had never played hockey before. It had a focus on fun, fitness and friendship with all abilities and fitness levels welcome. We decided as a club to give this a go and the first course was run in November on a Tuesday evening alongside our ladies’ training sessions at Oxford Brookes Sports Centre.

It was a huge success with over twenty women signing up at the first session. These ranged in age and ability from mums who had children playing and wanted to join in, to women just starting out on their careers who had moved recently to Oxford, and everything in between. It was great to hear the giggles and chat going on and seeing them all clearly enjoying themselves.

We started with the basics, from how to hold a stick to how to move the ball to dribbling and passing – and eventually they also worked out how to stop the ball! Most have now moved on to more advanced skills and some are now playing in our ladies’ teams. Everyone improved immensely throughout the sessions and I think it was a worthwhile scheme to become involved in.

Our Back to Hockey ladies also starred in a video filmed by England Hockey, to promote the scheme during the run up to the Olympics.

We ran a second course in May and are planning another for autumn 2012, so please spread the word to your friends who might be interested.

From a ladies’ section struggling for players, we now have too many and need more teams which is a great position to be in. We aim to enter a seventh ladies’ side in the league next season and look forward to continuing this scheme next year and welcoming more women Back to Hockey!

Helen Dudgeon