Women offered a chance to get back into hockey
SPORTING women of West Devon and East Cornwall are invited to get back into hockey during a special hour tomorrow night at UCP Marjon (8pm).
Plymouth Marjon stalwart Jackie Daw will lead the session which has already attracted interest participants from across the city.
UCP Marjon hockey coach Jamie Oxley said: "The main aim of our 'Back to Hockey' sessions is to encourage ladies to have fun playing sport again.
"It's all about taking part and not about playing sport to be competitive. It's really aimed at attracting adult female newcomers to the game – if they fancy a go – and also at those ladies who have not played for years but want to return to the game in a friendly, sociable environment.
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"There are also a lot of women who do not want to play sport on a regular basis in league teams but who would welcome the opportunity to have a run-out for an hour with friends. This is their chance, on a weekly basis."
Great Britain's women's bronze medal hockey success at the London 2012 Olympics has reinvigorated England Hockey's bid to get more people playing the sport.
England Hockey say: "Whether it's your first time or you're returning to hockey, Back to Hockey is a great way for women to exercise as part of a team with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship.
"Back to Hockey provides a gentle introduction or re-introduction to hockey. It's open to all females whether you've played before or not.
"Maybe you've played hockey before at school, college or university, or perhaps in a club or work team, and want to come back to hockey.
"We also welcome new participants to try hockey for the first time. It will provide you with a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy training and playing in a friendly and relaxed environment.
"Every Back to Hockey session will provide you with opportunity to continue to play, whatever your fitness or ability, whether for fun or as part of a competitive team."
Oxley says if the women's sessions – which are set to run regularly throughout the season – are successful then a similar weekly session for adult males may also be on the cards.
He said: "Without advertising we have already had keen interest in the women's Back to Hockey sessions which has made me think there may be a case for a similar weekly get-together for men who don't want to, or cannot, play competitive league hockey on a regular basis at weekends."
Tomorrow's initial women's Back to Hockey session at UCP Marjon will cost £3, car parking is free as is the hour-long provision of equipment, if required.