Local Sport / Keeping active with walking hockey

The latest sports innovation in the Douglas Shire doesn’t involve high-tech strategies or anything too complex, but a perfect mix of walk, talk and fun games.

Walking hockey is run by the Douglas Hockey Association to engage locals whose physical limitations prevent them from playing regular field-hockey or other team sports.

Douglas Hockey Chairman Greg Mill said it was an exciting opportunity to make hockey more inclusive.

Whether you can’t play sport because of a disability, injury or age, you can still get the support of a club, enjoy our game, get fit and make new friends


“It’s designed to be low-impact, If you can walk, then you can play.Walking hockey can help people remain active through their lives, regardless of age or ability.”

The game is played on a small pitch, with mixed teams of six per side.

Mr Mill said walking hockey programs had already been launched in England, where it picked up the national England Hockey Innovation Award and has had glowing reviews from participants.

“When I read about the program, I fell in love with it,” he said.

“Given the community we’re based in, it definitely appeals to our area.”

Training and fun matches will be run at Coronation Park, Jack Street, Mossman on Wednesday nights at 6.00pm.

Mr Mill said “our aim is to have community club walking teams competing against each other for the 2021 Douglas Challenge Walking trophy.

“You never know, if it takes off, we could have a national competition,” he said.

Douglas Hockey will be running a ‘come and try night’ on Wednesday 2nd September 6.00 pm, all equipment supplied (wear sports clothing and walking shoes ) plus a free BBQ will be run held the evening.

Give Marcelle a call on 0427 542212 or alanmarcellefry@gmail.com to RSVP or find out more about our Wednesday Walkers.  

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