WERE you inspired by the Olympics and keen to get back involved in or take up a new sport?
Then why not try hockey at Banbridge Hockey Club?
Banbridge Hockey Club is one of the premier clubs in Ireland with fantastic facilities, coaching and playing opportunities for men and women, boys and girls of all abilities.
Hockey is a high-energy sport that improves players’ pace, agility and lower body strength.
As it requires constant movement, is has been calculated that players can burn around 560 calories per game therefore is a great way of keeping fit and healthy in a team sport environment.
Banbridge Hockey Club offers coaching, training, matches and social events for all age groups and is a great place for players to start or develop their hockey career to meet new friends and keep fit and healthy.
Currently the club has a number of players representing both Ulster and Ireland from Under 16 through to senior international showing the high standard of hockey that is available at the club.
However the club welcomes players of all abilities and with the vast array of coaching and playing opportunities, can facilitate all standards of hockey.
Banbridge Hockey Club’s ladies’ training takes place at Havelock Park on Monday nights 7-8.30pm (moving to 7.30-9pm from September) and Wednesdays 7pm-8pm and is open to all ladies of any ability aged 15 and over interested in playing hockey.
The men’s first XI have dedicated sessions while the men’s second, third and fourth XI teams train on Tuesday nights 6.30pm-7.45pm starting from Tuesday 21st August and this is also open to all aged 15 and above.
Last season the Junior club achieved Clubmark NI accreditation. This means that BHC Junior Club will meet minimum standards in the areas of effective management, quality Coaching and competition safety in sport.
The boys and girls train separately in Primary School, under 13 and 15 groups with matches and tournaments organised throughout the season. Once players reach 15 years old they become eligible to play for their respective men’s and ladies section with weekly training and matches available in variety of cup & league competitions.
The boys and girls sessions take place throughout the week depending on the age group.
A registration night is being held for boys and girls hockey on Friday August31 at 7-8pm at Havelock for parents to register their child for boys and girls junior and youth hockey places (primary 1 to under 15 ) this season.
An information pack on the Junior/Youth Section of the club will be provided along with all the necessary forms which must be completed before a child can participate, fees will be collected and the hockey shop at Havelock will be open.
So if you want to take up a new sport, improve your standard of hockey, or simply keep fit and have fun in a team environment then come along to the relevant training session at Banbridge Hockey Club or if your child is the next Olympic hockey star, then ensure you sign them up for the relevant junior/youth section on 31st August.
Keep up to date on all training and club activities at www.banbridgehockeyclub.com and on Facebook and Twitter.