Walking Hockey - Keep Fit For Longer.
STOP PRESS: Extra £2000 received from business sponsors. Total required now only £3000.
Health, fitness and fun!
We have developed a brand new sport, Walking Hockey, which is taking the hockey world by storm.
If you listen to the video you will hear how much fun people are having. It's not every day you hear laughter on a sports field!
Walking hockey has given people with serious illnesses, retired people, pensioners, people with absolutely no hockey knowledge, retired players, injured players, mums, dads and their children the chance to take part in a fun, social environment where they can get exercise and make new friends.
Now Australia, New Zealand and Dubai want us to go there and teach them how to play, to coach their coaches and share the benefits of the sport across their countries.
This has to be self funded in the first instance with, we hope, future ventures being jointly funded.
In addition we will be:
- Discussing and developing the ways we each attract and keep adults in hockey (and by inference in sport) for longer - and therefore enjoy the health and fitness benefits this will bring for more of their life. We intend to maintain this work after the initial visit. We already have players in their seventities playing the sport for the first time.
- Discovering how these countries attract, develop and retain children in the sport and comparing this to how we do it so that we can create a best in class process that benefits the children throughout their career.
- Setting up twinning ventures to facilitate future player, coach and other kinds of exchange. This twinning will be extended so that people visitng the twinned areas, from both here and abroad (on unrelated business, on vacation etc.) will have a point of contact to help them when they arrive.
We've had interest in Walking Hockey from many sources, both in the UK and abroad. We have had lots of media coverage, from the BBC, radio, newspapers and clubs and associations including the National Governing hockey bodies of England, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Dubai and the USA.
Our full story can be found at www.walkinghockey.com.
The sport has a very wide appeal, from families, brand new players, players who had retired because the normal sport was too much for them to people who hadn't played for over 50 years!
We have some particulalry poignant personal testimonies, such as this:
In August 2015 l was diagnosed with Myeloma (cancer of plasma cells in bone marrow). Following induction treatment l was admitted into Queen Elizabeth hospital April 2016 for bone marrow transplant. This was pretty full on and l experienced some very dark times as my body coped with the trauma and side effects of the procedure.
However, l was determined to stay positive and do everything l could to help me remain that way. This is where my Walking Hockey journey begins. I was a keen hockey player in my youth and when l saw the article in the local newspaper about this new initiative, l decided to give it a go – and lve never looked back. I LOVE it! It has helped improve my stamina, lve met some lovely people and it’s such great fun and great form of exercise.
I would encourage anyone to give it a go: you certainly will not regret it believe me, its brilliant!
And then there is this from a 68 year old lady:
Thank you both for another amazing session last night.
I am so sorry that I burst out into a run - I really cannot understand it as I haven't been able to run for several years due to damaged knees etc.
It got me thinking.
I don't do any really competitive sport now - golf, but that doesn't involve rushing around. I ski, but only with my peer group so we don't do anything too challenging now.
But get me on the hockey field with opposition and I am rejuvenated and spurred on to getting the ball from the opposition, and all aches and pains are banished by the adrenaline rush.
It is very exhilarating.
I would recommend it to anyone!
To me, this makes the whole project worthwhile.
It isn't every day that you get the opportunity to make such a positive difference to peoples lives through sport.
The funding will help us to travel to and within the countries where we are sharing and teaching Walking Hockey so that we can maximise the impact and utilise the limited time we have there most effectively.