Looking to get fit in the New Year? Bicester to run rush hockey sessions

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Bicester Hockey Club are running rush hockey sessions for anyone interested in getting fit or wanting to play the sport.

Last year, the club had 14 adults between the ages of 19 and 54 try hockey by playing the shortened version of the game, with six of those going on to play regular hockey.

Rush hockey is a simplified five-a-side version of hockey using a ball that is twice the size and half the weight of a regular hockey ball. This makes it easier to play with than a standard hockey ball. The rules are simplified, too, and as a result the game is fast, engaging and exciting.

Cherwell District Council, in conjunction with the club, will run rush hockey sessions at Cooper School Astro turf on Monday nights from 6.45-7.45pm, starting on January 6. Cost is £2 per session. Further details can be found at www.rushhockey.co.uk or by contacting Chris Birch clubdevelopment@bicesterhockeyclub.org.uk or 07973287751.

Club captain Steve Birtles said: “Rush hockey provides the perfect entry into hockey. It is fun, easy to learn, frustrating to master and exciting; 11-10 is not an uncommon final score. Taking up a new team sport as an adult is difficult but we have recognised this by implementing rush hockey.”

Rush hockey player, Paul Wilkes, added: “I started playing Rush Hockey having never played hockey before. It is a great bunch of people that play and new players are always warmly welcomed and quickly brought up to speed. After six months I decided to give the regular game a go and now feature in the men’s fourth team. Five other rush players also play regular hockey now and absolutely love it!”