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Normally, the hockey season is heading towards its conclusion right now, after several glorious months of competitive play, writes Jean Fitch.

The teams would fight hard and make a last ditch effort to secure the best possible ranking in their divisions, ideally looking for promotion for next season. Unfortunately, while some games were possible during the 2020-2021 season, the decision in the leagues was to drop all other games.

The Bedford Hockey Club is fortunate to be one of the region’s largest and most successful hockey clubs. This fact, along with the fact that the club has access to great facilities at Queen’s Park, means that unlike many other clubs, the end of the lockdown provides the option to restart the game.

With over 500 members, with seven senior men’s and seven women’s teams, a thriving junior section and Walking Hockey, even the absence of any traveling opposition hasn’t stopped hockey from returning. As soon as the lockdown ended, midweek stick and ball training and Walking Hockey resumed, and weekends again see a full schedule of games, with teams being formed within of the club. Junior training is also restarting. The plan is to continue with games and training beyond what would normally have been the end of the season.

The end of the season marks the start of a mixed summer hockey league each year. Everything is going well, we hope that not only will it continue as usual, but that it will become an ever bigger league of local teams.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-13 19:58:05