Glasgow National Hockey Centre

Muscle Stretching Programme

Physio Ian Stanley has devised a programme of daily exercises to help prevent injury and to help our ageing bodies cope with the demands of continuing to play hockey into our sixties and seventies. Start doing these exercises now and you will reap the rewards!

Training Sessions

The regular last Sunday in the month sessions for Over 60 and Over 70 squads will now be restricted to members of the initially selected international squads, though the February and March dates for the Over 65 squad have had to be changed - see below. The Over 60 squad has now been selected and the Over 65 squad will be announced following the session on 27 January, while the Over 70 training squad will include all those who have made themselves available for selection. Scottish Thistles will make separate arrangements for training.

The first Over 65 training session was on Sunday 17 February at Glasgow National Hockey Centre and the next will be on Sunday 17 March at Peffermil from 10:00-13:00. Over 60 (10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00) and Over 70 (12:00-14:00) international training sessions take place on Sunday 24 February and Sunday 31 March at the High School of Glasgow.

We now have Sandy Keith as our Over 70 coach in place for Sunday 24 February so please be changed and ready to meet Sandy by 11:30. The session will include a match against Scottish Thistles.

There was a club training session on Sunday 17 February at Glasgow National Hockey Centre for all other club members.

A team made up of players who are not involved in the Scotland Over 60 or Over 70 training sessions on Sunday 24 February will give the Scotland Over 70 side some match practice ahead of their International against England on 5 March. The Doodle poll for this team is now closed.

The fourth training/selection event of 2019 for the 'Thistles' International teams will take place on Sunday 31st March at Glasgow Green, from 12:00-15:00. This is an event where we hope that as many players attend as possible who wish to play international hockey in 2019. The likely format will be a three team round robin practice with skills included. Please complete the Doodle poll to indicate availability or otherwise.

Club Mini Tournament

Gordon Mackenzie organised a very successful intra-club tournament at Peffermill, Edinburgh on Sunday 16 December. All players aged 58 and above, including non-members, were invited to turn up on the day with blue and white strips and ten pounds match fee. Teams were picked on the day. The club intends to organise another tournament in August, and to make this a regular, twice-annual fixture.