BLACKBURN Nothern Hockey Club has joined a national initiative to encourage more people to get involved in hockey.

Back to Hockey scheme is looking players who played at school or university, those looking to get playing again or anyone wanting to give hockey a try for the first time.

It provides a gentle introduction or re-introduction to hockey and is open to anyone who has played or new participants who want to try the sport for the first time.

Every Back to Hockey session will help you to relearn, refresh and replay the game and provide you with opportunities to continue to play, whatever your fitness or ability, whether for fun or as part of a competitive team.

Back to Hockey is a programme which will introduce players back to the game or will give them the basic introduction if you haven't played before without the pressure to perform Don’t worry if your new to the game or haven’t played for a while our Back to Hockey coaches will gently guide you through this series of fun and friendly sessions. Along the way you will also make new friends and be invited down to the clubhouse for that much deserved drink in the bar We aim to introduce everyone back to the game by mixing in some skills exercises with some small sided game play (eg 5v5, 6v6).

However the emphasis is on a friendly and relaxed environment without the pressure to perform. It’s also an opportunity to get fitter, as each Back to Hockey session burns up to 450 calories (

All sessions are taking place at Blackburn Northern Sports Club, off Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, BB1 8QA from 6.30-7.30pm every Wednesday night just £2 a session If you are interested in getting involve and taking part then contact Blackburn Northern either by email at ring the club on 07825 771762 or visit the Blackburn Northern website address which is