Hockey is one of the most gender equitable team sports and is fun, fast, safe and exciting. The game is played eleven a-side with a goalkeeper but there are also many age appropriate small sided versions of the game.

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Hockey in the School Games

Hockey is an established part of School Games activity. Since 2010 it has been played competitively at intra and inter-school events alongside county finals in both primary and secondary schools. 

England Hockey is committed to developing hockey in schools and have a range of support and opportunities available including fun and engaging session ideas, a range of resources and equipment, adapted formats that are simpler and easy for anyone to deliver and the Hockey Hub, free online learning portal with a dedicated teachers section.

Adapted versions of the 11 a-side game give the best and most appropriate age-related experience of the game. The primary school version of the game using the Quicksticks format which is 4 a-side and the secondary version uses the 6 a-side, In2hockey version of the game. No goalkeepers are required and can be played on various surfaces as they use adapted equipment and simplified rules to make this possible. 

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Over 5600 hockey School Games competitions have taken place

England Hockey

England Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of hockey in England and responsible for the management and development of the sport from grassroots to elite activities.  Approximately 800+ clubs subscribe with around 140,000 individuals playing regularly in the club system and an estimated 15,000 playing at university/college. If you are parent or a player there is lots of useful information on the Play section of the England Hockey website.

Find out more:

  • England Hockey website
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The number of junior members in community hockey clubs has increased by 80% since the School Games launched

Getting involved in Hockey


There is a range of support available to help you deliver hockey safely within your school.  The England Hockey website has lots of useful information for teachers and SGO’s to help you deliver, click here.

Free delivery guide for primary and secondary schools

A free resource to provide teachers with the confidence and ideas to make their hockey sessions easy to deliver, safe, fun and engaging. Additionally, it includes information on formats of the game, delivery support, equipment and resources.  This is available to download on the Hockey Hub.

Competition/Festival Guidance and Templates

A helpful Festival Guidance document is available that provides advice and guidance on how to organise Hockey Heroes, Quicksticks and In2Hockey festivals. It includes a step-by-step guide, suggested pitch layouts, rules and useful checklists for pre-event, on the day and post-event.  Along with several support templates for you to use.


Young Leaders can get involved in helping to deliver hockey in a variety of ways, with a focus on Leadership, Umpiring and Coaching. 

England Hockey supports the development of future leaders through free online training modules to expand knowledge of the game both in umpiring and coaching.

Plus, specific Leadershiptraining courses which can be delivered by schools or clubs to support the delivery of the Quicksticks and In2Hockey formats. These are a great entry point to some of the more formal delivery of development within the England Hockey Coaching and Umpiring pathways.

School Equipment Packs

A variety of different adapted equipment options are available for schools.  All the variations are available here.

Families and Young People

Hockey is a sport for everyone.  Find out where to play outside of school and which version of hockey is most suitable for you.

Activities to do at home

  • All the latest guidance is available to view together with frequently asked questions to help you safely return to play -
  • Parents/children – Hockey at home – Easy to play activitiesto try at home suitable for younger children. Jasper and Jess help you discover your superpowers with these simple and fun ideas. 
  • During the first lockdown one youngster filmed herself practicing her hockey skills for 100 consecutive days. Check out a compilation video for ideas that you can try at home.

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