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WALKING HOCKEY: The first step brings fantastic support

Six teams took part in Long Sutton’s first walking hockey tournament.

Three mixed teams from Spalding and three from Long Sutton competed on the artificial pitch with Spalding B crowned overall winners.

Long Sutton v Spalding
Long Sutton v Spalding

Organiser Lynne Braginton said: “Walking hockey is inclusive – it doesn’t matter what your age or ability, anyone can play.

“We had people on the pitch ranging from 10 up to 84 years old which is fantastic.

“We only launched it in Long Sutton just before Christmas and Spalding started playing a few weeks ago.

“So to have so many people turn out to support our end-of-season tournament is fantastic.

“Walking hockey is ideal for those looking to get back into sport who perhaps haven’t played since school.

“It’s also good for those who have progressed through the club and for whatever reason, perhaps aren’t able to play to the standard they used to.

“If you joined as a junior and then moved onto the senior teams, stopping altogether can be difficult when it’s become such a big part of your life and you still want to be involved in competitive sport.

“Walking hockey fills that gap and it’s also good for those who find themselves injured and unable to play at their previous level.

“We’ll be starting sessions up again in September and anyone interested in having a go can come along, they don’t have to be a member of the club.

“We’d love to have more people come and join us.”

Each walking hockey team is made up of six players - there are no goalkeepers and games last 20 minutes. Some of the other rules are slightly different to the traditional game too.

Anyone interested in registering for walking hockey in Long Sutton when it returns in September can email lynnebraginton@gmail.com

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