Friday, April 19, 2024

Watch your hockey 1s: Our campaign gathers pace, is your club on board?

Why should crowds just be a feature at international matches? PIC: Worldsportpics

By The Hockey Paper | #watchyour1s campaign

There’s no question that our campaign to get more people watching domestic hockey has been well received by clubs across the UK.

Our #watchyour1s tag has been used with relish across social media this month when our campaign kicked into gear.

As much as this is heartening, we want to see the results. As much as this is also a campaign, it is also a competition.

We want to showcase the best clubs out there who can pull in attendances. We know this is hard for some clubs – judging by the comments here – but  if your club has yet to express an interest, ask them why not. There are still two match day weekends left and good weather is fast running out.

Clubs have until the end of the month to get their entries in – details and prizes are below – and you can find out all about our campaign here.


Entry to our competition and campaign couldn’t be easier.

Clubs choose a home match day (or days) in September and draw in as many people to watch the 1s as possible.

— Our campaign calls for a boost in attendances and examples of crowd atmosphere through images and video if you can bring boisterous fan backing to the games.

— Additionally, we require any PR/media cuttings in print or radio you can generate, as well as details of on-the-day activities and retail stalls to make the atmosphere as vibrant as possible on your chosen match day.

— Once you have compiled your entry following the club game, collate these details, together with up to 200 words on the day and send to by October 1.

We will choose an overall winner who will receive our inaugural prize and be crowned Watch Your 1s club champion for 2019/20. With the launch of our digital edition, we hope to open up the campaign to clubs across the world next year.

The competition is open to all UK and Ireland clubs.


– The winning club will receive a £500 voucher to spend with our partners, The Hockey Pro Shop, which stocks top accessories for clubs.

– A subscription to The Hockey Paper. If the club is already a club subscriber, it can nominate an individual member to take the subscription.

– A Hockey Paper front page designed by our production staff and devoted with content dedicated to the winning club, as chosen by the club.

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