High Hopes for Hockey

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Field hockey is growing in popularity in primary schools, especially around the coastal area of Lincolnshire. Emily explains the basics of the sport and includes an interview with a hockey coach.


Field hockey is a form of hockey played in over 70 countries with teams of 11 or with 5, 6, or 7 players.

Teams include a goalie, two defenders, three midfield, and five up fronts but kids normally play with 6 players: 2 defenders like normal, 3 midfields and 1 up front.

This very popular sport is usually played on a grass field, ideally 100 yards long and between 55-60 yards wide. The normal game duration is 70 minutes, with two periods of 35 minutes each.

The object of the game is to use the sticks to hit, push, flick, or scoop the ball into the opponent’s goal. Opponents attempt to intercept the ball.

The sport is proving very popular in East Lincolnshire. Mrs Potts, a hockey teacher involved in primary school leagues, has been teaching Year 5s to pass a ball and how to be a good team player.

“It’s a treat is to go down to the Skegness Grammar School to play on proper pitches, to play against other schools and have lots of fun!” she says.

In training sessions there is also an emphasis on good teamwork and being kind and supportive to each other.

Click to listen to the interview:


Emily, Year 5

Burgh School


10 Responses to High Hopes for Hockey

  1. Amelia Dytham March 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Im not that keen on hockey but this article has certainly pulled me in! I never knew it had so many positions. This article has really helped me grow my knowledge in hockey. Great article Emily!

  2. Eleanor March 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    great article! I hope hockey becomes even more popular.

  3. Hollie March 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Emily that’s such a great article, one of my favourite sports is hockey!
    Keep up the good work on your articles.

  4. Lara March 19, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome article! Hockey is a great sport and should definitely become more popular

  5. Emily March 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks Hollie and everyone else for your great comments and it has helped me to become more confident with my articles!


  6. admin March 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, well done, Emily. A very good first interview by you.

    YJA Senior Editor

  7. Rachael March 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Well done Emily! This is a fantastic article on Hockey! I love playing hockey as you know and I hope you end up playing for Alford Ladies one day too. I am super proud of you!

    Love Mum x

  8. Emily March 23, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks mum!!

    love Emily x

  9. Emily March 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Great article Emily. Hockey is my favourite sport ever and I love to get stuck in with it. Amazing job and I hope that you can keep them high standards that you have shown in this article.

  10. Emily November 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    thank you for everyone’s lovely comments on my first ever article and hopefully you should be looking forward to my next article!