Finding sports that your children love to get involved with can sometimes be a little bit of trial and error. I, like most parents want my girls to find a hobby they love and look forward to as well as being great exercise and good for developing social skills.
We’ve tried the dancing, we’ve done the swimming but after a few weeks and once they’d learnt to swim they lost interest. So we’ve been looking for something new, something a little different and we found Hockey!
The girls were invited to join a six week Hockey Heroes program with England Hockey! A great chance to try a new sport.
Hockey Heroes is a fun, inclusive programme aimed at children aged 5-8. Which aims to develop children’s physical and character ‘superpowers’, unlocking the hero inside them!
It’s a really nice way to encourage children to learn new skills and have more of an understanding of why they’re doing it and what it means.
So how did the girls get on? The first week was unfortunately a complete wash out. We had a whole months worth of rain in one day and of corse it was our first day at hockey! We did try and get started but it was just torrential so unfortunately we had to call it a day.
We persevered and by the next week the sun was shinning and the girls could get stuck in!
The girls have absolutely loved going to their weekly Hockey Heroes lessons. They loved the aspect for being part of a team, learning new skills and of corse collecting their stickers at the end of each session!
Of corse I took the opportunity to get involved! Any excuse.
What’s really nice is they encourage it, as the class is aimed at beginners they like for the adults to get involved with the kids as it builds their confidence up. For the first few sessions Lottie wanted to partner up with me but once we reached the later weeks, she was making new friends and showing off her skills independently.
Each week the class was focused on unlocking a new Hockey Heroes Superpower. They develop the physical hockey skills like dribbling, passing and goal scoring, but the course also has an emphasis on the character development superpowers that come with it; including teamwork, communication, perseverance and respect.
The girls have had so much fun becoming Hockey Heroes. The course is the perfect way to introduce children to the sport. To find a location near you and sign up visit Hockey Heroes here.
When you book your first course, you’ll receive the Hockey Heroes equipment pack. Which includes; two plastic hockey sticks, a ball, a personalised t-shirt and stickers to customise the sticks – a really nice touch to get the kids excited.
We attended Hockey Heroes at New Forest Hockey Club. The next Hockey Heroes course starts on 19th January, you can find out more and sign up here: https://play.englandhockey.co.uk/hockeyheroes
Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Hockey England, all thoughts and opinions are my own.