A NEW form of hockey introduced by Bromsgrove Hockey Club has won a prestigious sport award, just a few months after it was created.
Walking Hockey, which kicked off with a six-week pilot programme at the start of the year, has snowballed in popularity and has won England Hockey’s ‘Innovation Award’.
The sessions are held every Monday at the hockey club on St Godwalds Road and have attracted people of all ages and abilities looking for a gentle form of exercise which is also fun.
The award ceremony saw Hollie Webb, scorer of the winning goal in the penalty shot out in the final at Rio 2016, present the trophy to the club in front of 500 guests.
Alan Gormley, head development coach, who was recently rewarded for his services to Bromsgrove Hockey Club, said: “It is an incredible and fantastic sense of achievement.
“Ann and Liz went on stage to accept the award with us because without them we could never have done it.
“This has all happened in next to no time and this award will really put Walking Hockey on the map.”
Along with his wife Sarah, who runs the juniors for under sixes, Alan will be jetting off to Dubai, New Zealand and Australia for three weeks to discuss the new sport with others.
Sessions are held every Monday from 7pm to 8pm.
Contact Alan Gormley via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07731 369942 for more information.
No previous hockey experience is needed.
Visit walkinghockey.com/category/walk-around-the-world/ to follow their trip.