We ran two Back to Hockey courses for women during 2015-16, the first in early autumn, and the second in early summer, benefiting from lighter evenings and, in theory, better weather.
The September/October course ran concurrently with our normal ladies’ club training on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes astro pitch. This meant anyone switching to club hockey at the end of the course could just continue coming to the same place, same time – a seamless transition designed to encourage people to keep playing. Several participants continued training and some joined teams in regular league matches for the rest of the season, others deciding they need more Back to Hockey before they’re ready to take the jump to club hockey.
The summer course is always the most popular due to the warmer weather, though the endless unseasonal rain meant participants really got the message that rain never stops us playing hockey! As always we had a lovely group of enthusiasts who quickly got to know each other and got to grips with the basics, while some of the ‘rusty returners’ turned out to be rather good, coming back from some time away. A couple joined the club and played some summer league games once the course had ended, and that’s what Back to Hockey is all about – spreading the word about what a great sport hockey is at all levels and integrating players into our club.
We’re looking forward to more Back to Hockey next season.