Saturday 19th August marked one year since the Great Britain women’s hockey team scooped the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, having built on their bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. In the past five years, English hockey has enjoyed increased popularity at a grassroots level and also in terms of attracting wider audiences.
English Hockey Statistics
Since the Rio Olympics, there are now an additional 10,000 players in England’s hockey clubs, a fantastic increase. Not only that, but in the five years since the London Olympics, the number of young girls playing hockey has doubled, no doubt partly as a result of the success enjoyed by the women’s national team. During that same period, the number of girls and boys who are members of clubs has increased by 80%. Older players are getting involved too, with the number of players over the age of 46 years increasing by 54%. All this extra attention the sport is being given led to England Hockey organising their first ever ticket ballot for the Hockey Women’s World Cup, which takes place in London next year.
Getting Involved in Hockey
England Hockey were named the 2017 National Governing Body of the Year and continue to promote the sport throughout the country. If you’re interested in joining the growing numbers of hockey players, the England Hockey website has a handy tool to help you find your local club. Simply enter your postcode, and you’ll be shown details of nearby organisations.
Whether you are completely new to hockey or just a little rusty, field hockey drills are a great way to enhance your skills and improve your confidence. Websites such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/ offer a variety of useful drills that will improve your game and fitness.
As the success of the women’s national team looks set to continue, more and more young people and adults will no doubt pick up a hockey stick and develop a passion for the sport. This bodes well for the future of English hockey and will hopefully lead to even greater success in the coming generations. With the Hockey Women’s World Cup being held in the UK in 2018, more and more people will get the chance to learn about hockey and watch some of the game’s greats in action.