Research and Information Services

Hockey


Welsh Hockey Union
WHU Office
Severn House
Station Terrace
Ely
Cardiff
CF5 4AA
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Fax:
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Website: http://www.welsh-hockey.co.uk/

Date established:
Disciplines:
All field hockey in Wales at school, club and national level.

Committee Structure: The WHU is governed by its Board. The committee structure is under review following conversion to limited company status.

Regional Structure: The Union has North and South Regions.

Relationship to National Bodies: The Union is a member of the Great Britain Olympic Hockey Board.
International Relations: The Union is a member of the European Hockey Federation and is affiliated to the International Federation of Hockey (FIH).

Publications:
Handbook, Newsletter

Membership Figures:

1991/92

1998/99

1999/00

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

Clubs

n/a

115

114

109

107

106

107

Adult Members

n/a

2,590

2,550

2,160

2,493

2,623

3,210

Junior Members

n/a

830

1,450

1,195

1,756

2,298

2,307



Additional Information

Hockey Participation

Participation in hockey appears to have been relatively stable over the past decade.

Outdoor Hockey - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

0.4

0.2

0.5

0.3

0.3

0.2

Female

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.5

Total

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.5

0.4

0.4


Indoor Hockey - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.1

0.1

Female

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.2

0.1

Total

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.2

0.1



When asked how often they had played in the last four weeks, the average was around 5 times for outdoor hockey players and around 3 times for indoor players.

Profile of Hockey Players

Hockey players are twice as likely to be female than male. Participants are young with most being in the 15-24 age group. Hockey players are much more likely to be in social groups ABC1 than in social groups C2DE.

Provision for Hockey

Outdoor hockey can be played on grass pitches, but at competitive level it is now played on artificial turf pitches (ATP’s). There are currently around 60 ATP’s in Wales which can accommodate hockey. Indoor hockey is played mainly in sports halls which are large enough: an overall area of at least 36.5m by 21m is required for club level hockey and above.