Buying online can be a confusing process. We’ve spoken to five leading companies about what makes them different to the rest – while we’ve also managed to bag some extra discounts for THP readers
Established for over 20 years. Over 2,000 hockey sticks in stock, available online or in-store. Sticks available at up to 60% off RRP. Easy-to-use website and super-fast delivery ensure the buying process is smooth, but equal emphasis placed on after-sales care. Inbound calls and emails are answered by staff – all of whom are former hockey players – rather than being outsourced, and they also have a Whatsapp messaging service.
What they say: “We’re the only hockey retailer to display live stock levels on our website, which means all orders received by 2pm are dispatched the same day. Also, check out our Trust Pilot reviews – we’ve worked really hard for that score and believe it’s fully deserved.”
What we say: “It’s difficult to look beyond that Trustpilot score of 4.9/5, which is the holy grail of online retail in this day and age. We also love the fact you can Whatsapp their sales team!”
Discount code: THP2021 for extra 5% off all orders until Christmas Day
Hockey Factory Shop
Founded over 32 years ago, and carrying over a million pounds in value of trade stock. Sell all leading brands with competitive prices and a Price Match Promise. Each order is backed up with expert, efficient and friendly customer service, alongside quick fulfilment on all orders. Hockey Factory Shop also supply team wear clothing and have an in-house print and embroidery service.
What they say: “We’re the UK’s largest Hockey specialist, so when you come to us you can shop with complete confidence, knowing you’re getting the most competitive prices”
What we say: “A Price Match promise is always an impressive statement of intent, and potentially saves you time scouring the internet for best deals, especially if you have a specific product in mind”.
Discount code: HOCKEYPAPER10 for an extra 10% off Grays, Brabo and JDH Hockey Sticks. HOCKEYPAPER5 for an extra 5% off all other Hockey Sticks
The Sports District
The Sports District is the new name for the better-known Hockey Pro Shop, which has combined with its sister business, Elite Sport. Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, they have a new 215 square metre store, with a wide selection of hockey, running and fitness, and cricket products from all leading brands. They have also invested in a quality new website www.thesportsdistrict.com which is well-designed, easy-to-use, and regularly updated.
What they say: “We strongly recommend visiting the store if you can. If not, please make sure you call before purchase. Our industry-leading team have 25 years of trade experience and will be delighted to give you essential advice to help you choose the right product”
What we say: “We love the emphasis that The Sports District have on visiting in person. We all know there’s no substitute for feeling a stick in your hands, and the personal touch goes a long way!”
Discount code: THP5 for an extra 5% off, both online and in-store. Valid until 31st March 2022. Anyone using this code will be automatically entered into a competition to win £100 voucher, drawn on 31st March 2022.
MT13 is a leading coaching company founded by Matt Taylor who has a wealth of playing and coaching experience at Cannock HC, Beeston HC, and the University of Nottingham HC. As official adidas partners they have an enviable range of the latest equipment available on the retail section of their website, as well as pitch equipment to maximise your training.
What they say: “We may be better known for our coaching camps, but there’s more to us than meets the eye! If, like us, you’re dedicated adidas users, you should definitely check out our site to bag yourself some new kit.”
What we say: “As well as an excellent range of adidas sticks, shoes and clothing, they have a great range of accessories such as wristbands, headbands, caps, and water bottles. They also have some very cool MT13 innovations such as Heavy Skills balls. Really smart and definitely worth a look.”
The Hockey Centre
The Hockey Centre is co-owned and run by former GB goalkeeper, Simon Mason, who wears many hats as a businessman, commentator, and member of the executive board of the European Hockey Federation. Simon also owns Mercian who are one of the market-leaders in Goalkeeping equipment. The Hockey Centre’s teamwear arm boasts an impressive list of clientele, including Old Georgians HC, Woking HC, Milton Keynes HC, Surrey County Hockey, Essex Umpires, Hockey4Heroes, and Army Hockey.
What they say: “Our reputation is our livelihood. It’s important to us to get out there and be an integral part of the UK hockey community. As a result we sponsor many local tournaments and initiatives, especially those giving back to the sport at grass roots level, a cause we strongly believe in”.
What we say: “Simon needs no introduction in UK hockey. The website is well thought-out; sticks are searchable not only by brand by also by type, gender, carbon percentage, and level. There’s a great Christmas section on their site offering ‘Gifts for a boy’ or ‘Gifts for a girl’. These are nifty little tricks designed to make your shopping experience easier and quicker – a nice touch”.
Discount code: HKY_PAP_XMAS for 5% off