ONE of the UK’s most established grassroots hockey leagues, the Bolton Sports Federation Ladies Hockey League, is inviting new and returning players of all ages and abilities to get involved in the sport and help double the size of the league, which was founded in 1915.

Known for its health and social benefits, field hockey is an ideal way to meet new friends, have fun and keep fit while being part of a team. The sport has a multitude of benefits including improving balance and coordination, improving mental and physical strength, improving stamina and enhancing communication skills.

Organisers of the Bolton League are encouraging all women, from school age and with no upper age limit, who would like to get fit in a sociable environment to join in the fun at an open day at Canon Slade School this Saturday, September 14, where they will be able to meet existing players, try out some training techniques and even play a short match.

Vice-chairman of the BSF League, Viv Makin, said: “The open day is an ideal opportunity for ladies who have never played hockey at all, as well as experienced players, to come along and join a new team.

“Our league has such local heritage, as many of the current players are descendants of the first generations who played in the league more than 100 years ago.

“It’s an exciting time to get involved. Our pitch has had a make-over, with a new surface, in preparation for an influx of new players and we have plans for a completely new state-of-the-art pitch which will be ready early next year.”

Attendees to the open day do not need to be part of a team already. The league is inviting individuals, groups of friends, school teams, businesses and any other community group to get involved.

Equipment will be provided and players will be grouped according to their ability, so everyone feels comfortable.

For further information regarding the open day or the BSF League visit or contact Stephanie Hallé via email at