The University of Sheffield recently took part in a record-breaking non-stop 10-hour field hockey match to raise funds for charity. The match was hosted in order to raise money for two charities: Neurocare and The Teenage Cancer Trust. Both male and female teams were fielded, and the match ended up as the longest ever played on the Goodwin pitches. Most of the players taking part were members of the university’s own hockey club, and players of all abilities were on the field, thanks to the aim of the organisers to ensure all participants had a fair chance of being involved.
The event organiser, Emily Ramsden, said that it was a good way for people to join in and improve their skills or just have a bit of fun. Many who took part hadn’t played for years. She added that it was a good day, enjoyed by all, and it also raised money for some very worthy charities.
How the Event Unfolded
The match was scheduled to be played from 10 am until 8 pm, and players of all abilities came together to raise money for the two causes. At one point, there were as many as 30 players on the pitch, despite the event being held close to exam season. Initially a six-a-side set-up, the game evolved as the number of players grew throughout the day and went on to fill half a pitch, before becoming a full pitch game later on.
How You Can Get into Hockey
Hockey is played at plenty of schools, but it doesn’t enjoy anywhere near the same level of popularity as football or netball do. This means many people leave school having never had the chance to play. Luckily, it’s never too late, and you can start playing hockey at any age. England Hockey’s website offers a wealth of advice on playing and can help you find a club in your area. Other online resources, such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/, can help you with field hockey drills and training tips.
The costs of getting started are minimal, and you’ll often be able to borrow equipment. There are both men’s and women’s hockey leagues in the UK, as well as a flourishing junior scene for younger players, meaning it’s easier than ever to get involved in field hockey.