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Never too late to learn a new sport

Published: 18th November 2016

Did you look around at all the sports clubs on offer during Fresher’s Week and think ‘I’d like to play that sport but I don’t know how…’

Well it’s never too late to learn and that’s the thinking behind the ‘Learn to play hockey’ programme, currently running on Wednesdays. It’s one of three such programmes (basketball and soccer are the other two) designed to encourage students to participate in a sport, on a non-competitive level, even if – especially if - they’ve never played it before.

The outcome so far has been a pleasant surprise, according to Simon Filgas, hockey development officer and one of organisers of the programme.

“I can confidently say that all our players could move into the Trinity club scene at the end of the six-week programme,” he says, this is in spite of the fact that over half the participants have never picked up a hockey stick before.

Ladies’ and men’s captains, Alexandra Owens and Jonathan Lewis, have also lent their support and are impressed by how fast the guys and girls have picked up the hockey skills they’ve been taught.

“They’ve all come on in leaps and bounds,” says Alex. “Indoor is a good place to start because you can’t lift the ball off the ground which simplifies things.”

One of those who decided to do ‘Learn to play hockey’ is Catharina Lahme, who is studying Classics and History. She wanted to try a new sport, one that wasn’t popular at home in Germany.

Catherina would encourage others to give it a go too. “You need no equipment and no experience, just try it - it's fun!” This is echoed by fellow rookie hockey player Aubin Thabard, who is studying Law and Political Science. “Don’t hesitate, we were all beginners. It is a good way to play sport between friends.”

The current ‘Learn to play hockey’ course will finish shortly. However a second course will be run in Hilary term. For details on this keep an eye on Trinity Sport website or you can email Simon Filgas at

Main photo (L-R): Catherina Lahme, Jonathan Lewis and Pierre Casanova from the ‘Learn to play hockey’ team