Tuesday, September 28, 2021

India success can lead to hockey participation and growth in UK

East London was a “particularly vibrant” area for hockey as clubs aim for 50% non-white membership

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Lucas Ball
Lucas Ball is a freelance sports journalist

India’s strong performances in the Olympics could act as a springboard for an upturn in south Asian hockey participation in the UK.

India’s men won bronze at Tokyo 2020 and their women fell just short of a medal, losing 4-3 to Great Britain in the bronze medal match.

South Asian participation has waned since a perceived peak in the 1970s and ‘80s, partly due to less access to pitches.

Waltham Forest Hockey Club, though, are looking to change that as part of an England Hockey scheme to increase BAME participation in East London under part of its London 2012 legacy.

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  1. A good idea. There are roughly 3 million people of south Asian descent in Britain. Their first choice of sport will be cricket but it is possible to become the 2nd choice sport. Football is not a sport in which south Asians have historically done well. Similarly, Rugby is not a sport south Asians will be attracted to.

    That leaves hockey as the only team sport left.


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