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Brilliant Christmas hockey gift ideas for your children

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Christmas is the ideal opportunity to splash out on those extra-special gifts. We’ve scoured the market for the most interesting Christmas presents for your child in 2021.

Harrod Sport Mini Target Goals

If you’ve got up-and-coming hockey stars at home, these mini-goals could be just what they need. They allow young players to hone their shooting skills, and make 1v1 or 2v2 play in the garden a lot more fun. After all, what’s a game without goals?! They have an aluminium frame so they’re sturdy and have a quality feel. Sold as a single goal, with netting available in multiple colours. Measuring just 900mm x 600mm, they’re portable and don’t take up too much space.

Price: £230.30 
Discount: 30% (already applied on website)
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The Fikagear Rebound Box 1.0

This Rebound Box is brilliant for budding hockey players looking to hone their reactions and refine their stick skills. Ideal for solo practice or as part of a group. The carrying handle makes it easy to carry and stackable. Made of environmentally-friendly and durable ECO plastic. It comes as a 1m or 1.3m box, but different lengths are available on request.

Price: €161,16 ex vat
Discount code: Hockeypaper (10% off)
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The Csign Sports Drag Flick Mat

This budget-busting Drag-flick Mat is a truly incredible gift! Csign Sports, along with ambassador Maartje Paumen, a former Dutch international, have developed the ultimate training tool for drag flicking. The Start Zone, Footsteps, pick-up point and Acceleration Zone help to guide the aspiring flicker.

It can be used at home or rolled up and taken to training. This drag flick mat is ideally suited to any player, young or old, who wants to improve their technique and fire in goals on the weekend.

Price: €1,995 ex vat
Discount code: Hockeypaper21 (for a free sweater)
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Otter Adventurer

After the success of their duffle bag, Otter have added a traditional-style backpack, The Adventurer. Velcro strapping on the side holds a stick in place, and it has a buckle system for extra security. The heavy-duty tarpaulin used in the design means it can withstand the elements, and it has a very respectable 35-litre capacity. The brand new OTTER detailing is the cherry on top. The Adventurer is the ideal bag for any hockey player on the move!

Price: £55.00
Discount code: hockeypaper (10% off entire site)
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Otter PB90

The PB or Pro Bow is made with Japanese Toray Carbon and military-grade resins, so there’s no chance you’ll be needing to buy another one before next year! It’s the bridge between their Low Bow and Mid Bow sticks – meaning it’s perfect for the all-rounder, allowing 3D skills and ariels, but not compromising on basics such as hitting and slapping. Components of the stick are also used in the Aerospace industry, perhaps accounting for its sleek design.

Price: £170.00
Discount code: hockeypaper (10% off entire site)
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Grays GR 4000 Dynabow

This very affordable stick from Grays is an ideal model for a youngster looking to get into hockey. The soft feel helps with first touch, and it doesn’t have much of a bow which means it’s easy to use for basic skills. It’s also great for control and executing short passes. It does however have the micro head shape making3D skills possible, so it definitely allows for improvement and can also be used by more advanced players. 

Watch: The GR range

Price: £129.99 (senior), £104.99 (junior)
Discount: 10% for new subscribers to their newsletter
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Mercian Goalkeeping sticks

Leading goalkeeping brand Mercian have brought to market two new sticks. The CKF85GK is 85% carbon with an altered balance point to help head speed. It also scores highly for durability and is ideal for repetitive save training and deflection clearances. The standard head shape helps with reverse stick barriers and smothers to the left of the body.

Price: £130
Discount code: HKY_PAP_XMAS (10% off)
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The Evolution GK DM Mid has been designed by Devon Manchester, the New Zealand international keeper. It’s a stiff stick for powerful saves and the full hook maximises saving area. Weight has been moved from the head into the shaft to ease speed of movement – so for a keeper who likes to make lightning-fast reaction saves, this is the one.

Price: £110
Discount code: HKY_PAP_XMAS (10% off)
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Fortitude Gift Cards

Goalkeepers can sometimes be a secondary thought in training sessions, so why not put them first for a change by splashing out on a coaching session to be used in 2022. Fortitude are a specialist goalkeeping coaching company, run by Tom Millington who represented England and GB at all national age groups. Gift cards available from £25-£100 and can be applied to any of Fortitude’s coaching camps, academies and 1-on-1s. Check out our piece with Fortitude here.

Price: £25 – £100
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Stocking fillers

SAFEJAWZ Premium Mouthguard Case

Billed as the ‘first flexible mouthguard case of its kind’, this will be music to many parents’ ears and possibly no more frantic last minute-arguments for lost cases before training.

‘We’ve made the outdated rigid gum shield case a thing of the past’ say the makers. And they’re not wrong!

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MT13 Heavy Skill Ball

The MT13 heavy skill ball is 33% heavier than a normal ball. They are specially designed for developing ball control, rather than hitting or slapping. Practising with the heavier ball helps to promote hand speed, control and touch. Stepping onto the pitch to dribble with a standard ball then seems incredibly easy and smooth! 

Price: £3.00
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Shammy Shack Chamois Grips

Their best-selling range of over-grips including twin-colour to give your grip a truly unique look. Choose from the quintessentially English Strawberries and Cream or go spicy with The Spaniard! Looks great and performs well in the wet or dry.

Price: £3.99
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