Hockey Heroes With England Hockey / AD

December 28, 2019

The last six Sunday mornings have been all about Hockey and it’s been great. Finlay, Ava and I have been trying out a new course run by England Hockey called Hockey Heroes, designed for children aged 5-8 who are new to the sport. 

Hockey Heroes is a fun and empowering programme aimed at children aged 5-8 that aims to develop both their physical skills and character “super powers” helping them unlock the hero inside them!”

Before the first session

Before their first session they both receive a package in the post which creates much excitement. Inside is a t’shirt with their name on, two hockey sticks (one smaller than the other) a ball and some stickers to label and decorate their stick with. Finlay wastes no time in getting out in the garden to practise, whilst Ava has to wait a little longer due to a broken wrist, bad timing! In the pack there are also tips for parents on how to encourage their kids to practice at home. 

There is also a quick online questionnaire for them to complete and a little animated video to watch, which helps to build the excitement for starting the course. 

The 6 sessions

Each Hockey Heroes, one hour, session starts with some games where the adults are encouraged to join in. This is particularly good for Ava as she turns 5 halfway through the course and is the youngest and most unused to sports clubs within the small group. It helps to make her feel more confident right from the start. 

Every session is unique focusing on helping the children develop some physical hockey superpowers including dribbling, passing and goal scoring. Each week the skills are built on and gradually put together, for example, dribbling to score a goal. 

Character Development

I really like the emphasis placed on the character development super powers during the course, teaching children sport is more than just physical skills. It includes team work, communication, perseverance and respect. 

The regular ‘Hero huddles’ during the sessions are great for building confidence and passing on praise, for showing both the physical and character skills, with quick feedback for the kids which is so important at their young age.  

Plenty of encouragement and positive feedback

Each Hockey Heroes session is fast paced and with plenty to keep them all engaged. Finlay and Ava particularly like collecting bands for showing skills which they place on their hockey sticks and count up at the end of the sessions. 

At the end of each week they also receive reward stickers, focusing on the different superpower skills they have shown, which stay on their sticks. 

Both Finlay and Ava had lots of fun throughout the course and finished with increased confidence. I’m pleased they had this good experience of team sports together which will hopefully encourage them to enjoy more sports going forward. Hockey is great as it is an inclusive sport that welcomes boys and girls of all shapes, sizes and ability. 

To find your nearest club running the Hockey Heroes course head to www.hockeyheroes.co.uk It’s great value at £32 for the 6 sessions and hockey equipment pack.

13 responses to “Hockey Heroes With England Hockey / AD”

  1. That last picture says it all. Look at thar smile!

    I loved hockey when I was at high school. So much fun to be had x

  2. I don’t know much about hockey but it seems like a great sport. I am sure little man would enjoy playing and taking part in Hockey Heroes sessions as much as Ava and Finlay did! Looks so much fun!

  3. Never hear of kids playing hockey but this looks like so much fun. Will dry pass the word around to my mum friends. You little one looks so happy

  4. We did Hockey Heroes too and I loved the course! So much so that I’ve continued to play at my local club! Glad you all had fun!

  5. Rebecca Smith says:

    Hockey Heroes sounds great! It is fab that the sport is so inclusive of both boys and girls and it looks like your little ones had an amazing experience.

  6. whatthedadsaid says:

    I use to love Hockey when i was younger, and my eldest likes playing it at school, this is great and well worth looking into.

  7. This is a wonderful incentive to give children an insight into the world of hockey, I think this would be something that my youngest daughter would enjoy

  8. This sounds like such a great scheme for children to get out in the fresh air and find a new sport to play and love x

  9. Rhian Westbury says:

    This is such a great incentive to get kids interested in sport. I don’t think hockey is played as much so this is a nice way to push it x

  10. Kira says:

    Wow this really does sound like a great way to get the kids back into enjoying sports rather than absolutely dreading it

  11. I think it is great that they put emphasis on character development! These Hockey Heroes sessions look like a fantastic experience.

  12. ChelseaMamma says:

    Looks like they had a great time, I used to love playing hockey at school but they don’t seem to play these days

  13. hayleyjwarren says:

    I used to love playing hockey when I was at school but I wasn’t much good at it. These sessions would have been a great help!

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