A Wisbech mum is keeping it in the family after signing up to a Back to Hockey campaign.
Kate Stevenson has joined her teenage daughters on the pitch after returning to her love of the game 26 years on with Wisbech Town Hockey Club.
The club is one of many across the UK encouraging women to return to the sport through England Hockey’s Back to Hockey initiative.
It is welcoming women who haven’t played in a while, and those who are new to the game, to come and give their fun and friendly sessions a go.
Kate, who used to play hockey in 1987/1988, started spending time at the Wisbech club when her eldest daughter Rosie, 15, started playing when she was 13.
She watched her daughter during games and training but it wasn’t until the Back to Hockey initiative was launched earlier this year that she gained the confidence to start playing again.
She is now the co-captain of the club’s ladies’ 3rd team, which her youngest daughter Holly, 13, now plays in too.
Rosie is the club’s 1st team goalkeeper – but earlier this month she joined the 3rd team with her mum and Holly in a game against St Neots. Wisbech won 2-1, with Rosie and Holly scoring the two goals.
Mrs Stevenson said the Back to Hockey initiative has been fantastic.
She said: “Watching my girls play and train gave me such pride but also made me realise I still had a love for the game.
“The initiative gave me the chance to train and gain my confidence to join the club with my daughters. I now co-captain the 3rd team and have enjoyed every moment of this season so far.
“Hockey has given me great fitness and such fun with the matches and training but also the wonderful people you meet and socialise with. To be able to do all this with my daughters makes it all the more satisfying.”
Rosie said: “When I started playing for Wisbech Town Ladies, my mum started spending more and more time down at the club during my games and training.
“She always used to tell me about when she played at my age with wooden sticks on grass!
“It wasn’t until England Hockey began the Back To Hockey initiative that she had enough courage to start playing again – and I’ve never seen her so happy. I’m so proud that I can share my passion of hockey with my family.”
Holly added: “For me, sport has always been about sharing my passion with the people that mean the most to me – my friends and family.
“I only played for the adult ladies 3rd team for the first time this season and it’s a lovely way to spend my time, with my family and friends around me having fun.”
Ladies club captain Lorraine Parker said: “I would like to encourage any players coming back to hockey to get in touch to talk over how we can offer them the best return to hockey we can.”
n Wisbech Town Ladies train every Tuesday from 6.30pm-7.30pm at the club in Harecroft Road, Wisbech. For more information contact Lorraine on 07528 433644 or email: email@example.com