What is Walking Hockey?

It’s exactly as the name suggests, hockey… but you walk!

Hockey is a sport for everyone. Walking Hockey is growing in popularity, due to its inclusive nature and emphasis on individuals’ enjoyment over ability. This low impact initiative is designed to encourage everyone to be more physically active regardless of health, age, or ability. Whether you are new to hockey, a seasoned pro, you’re returning from injury or other reasons, Walking Hockey allows you to build your confidence in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The rules of Walking Hockey are very similar to that of the traditional game. The game is played on a smaller pitch, in smaller teams. The main rules are; the ball must stay below knee height, only pushing and slapping the ball is allowed and there is no physical contact allowed. If you’d like to find out more about the rules, click here.

Why play Walking Hockey?

There are many health and social benefits those participating in Walking  Hockey will experience. As well as keeping fit and staying active, Walking Hockey provides an environment to develop friendships, to socialise and create shared experiences with link minded individuals. Walking Hockey is low intensity physical activity so those with physical or cognitive impairments are empowered to participate.

Click the video link below to hear Uddingston Hockey Club’s experience in setting up and playing Walking Hockey

Where can I play Walking Hockey?

If you’d like to give Walking Hockey a go, see what Walking Hockey groups are near you:

Eskvale Hockey Club (Wockey) (outdoor)

  • Fun, friendly and welcoming group for all ages and abilities. Beginners especially welcome, all equipment provided.
  • Lasswade High School Astro, EH19 2LA
  • Wednesday, 7:30pm – 8:50pm
  • Free taster session, £5 per month after
  • Contact [email protected] or message Eskvale Hockey Club on Facebook.

Inverleith Hockey Club (outdoor)

  • A fun gathering welcoming people aged 50 and above and people 18+ with physical or mental impairments.
  • Peffermill Playing Fields, EH16 5LL
  • Tuesdays (except PH), 12pm – 1pm
  • Meet in clubhouse afterwards for coffee, tea and biscuits.
  • Contact [email protected] for more information.

Meadowmill (outdoor)

  • All ages and abilities welcome.
  • Meadowmill Sports Centre, EH33 1LZ
  • Wednesday, 12-1pm
  • £2 per session
  • [email protected] or 07498394270

Peebles (indoor)

  • For ages 55+, all abilities and level of fitness welcome. Please note, unihoc sticks are used and provided at this session.
  • Peebles Community Centre Drill Hall, EH45 8AU
  • Tuesday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • £2.50 per session
  • Contact [email protected] for more information.

Tweedbank (outdoor)

  • For ages 55+, all abilities and level of fitness welcome.
  • Tweedbank Outdoor Sports Complex, TD1 3RS
  • Monday, 11am – 12pm
  • £2.50 per session
  • Contact [email protected] for more information.

Uddingston Hockey Club (outdoor)

If there is no session nearby we recommend using our find a club page to find your nearest club and discuss if Walking Hockey might be something new they can offer or what other suitable hockey opportunities they have for you.