Bolsover’s hockey boost

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New hockey sessions are being launched by authorities in Bolsover to help girls to either get back into sport or take up a new one.

Hockey is one of the most popular girls’ sports in the country at youth level, however a large percentage of players give up the game due to other commitments after leaving school.

At London 2012, the Great Britain women’s team took a bronze medal, qualifying from a pool which including eventual gold medallists Holland and beating New Zealand in a play-off after losing their semi-final.

The Back2Hockey sessions will start on Monday 2nd September, and will be held from 6-7pm at The Bolsover School, Mooracre Lane for girls aged 14 and over.

There is no upper age limit on the sessions, with women of any age welcome to come along and join in the games.

Sessions will take place on the outdoor astroturf pitch, and are aimed at encouraging ladies to get back into the sport which they may have played at school, college or university before falling away from in later life.

It is hoped they will also provide an opportunity for individuals to try the sport for the first time outside of a competitive environment.

Individuals are encouraged to bring a drink and wear shin guards for protection should they have them.

Hockey sticks will be available to borrow on the day, but if participants have their own stick they are encouraged to bring them to speed up the preparations.

The first session will be free for all participants, with each subsequent training session costing £3.

The Back2Hockey sessions are funded by Sport England and provide a gentle introduction or re-introduction to hockey.

The aim is to provide a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy training and playing in a friendly and relaxed environment.

At least 8 people are needed for the session to be played, so if you are interested then please telephone 01246 242364 or email enquiries@bolsover.gov.uk to register.

The Council also stages other Back2Sport sessions, including sessions for those wishing to take up or be introduced to basketball and rounders.

For more information on these additional sessions, please telephone 01246 242364.