Welcome to the England Hockey Masters section of the website, dedicated to telling you all about Masters Hockey in England.
Masters Hockey is played by anyone over the age of 35 by men and women throughout the country at club, regional and international level. It is an expanding sport and the England Hockey Board is committed to its further development.
Men's Masters Hockey
Club knock-out competitions for Over 40s (Veterans Cup) and Over 50s (Vintage Cup) have taken place annually since 1994-95. Divisional tournaments followed, first for the Over 40 age group, then later for the Over 50s (2001), Over 60s (2003) and Over 55s (2005). At international level there have been various intermittent tournaments for national veterans teams but it was the Over 60s that set the ball rolling with annual international events.
In 1995 the LX Club was formed to provide a vehicle for selecting the best players (O60 years) to compete in matches and tournaments of a national representative nature with similar teams from other countries. It also enabled players who had formerly played at a good level to enjoy games with their peers. For nine years the LX Club flew the national flag until official recognition for Over 60 and Over 65 teams was given by the England Hockey Association in 2004, and subsequently endorsed by England Hockey.
Women's Masters Hockey
The first national Masters event at club level for Women was an O35s round robin tournament in 1995 with the qualifiers for the national tournament coming from regional championships. In 2009-10 the England Hockey Board established an O35s club knock-out cup and a round robin tournament for the O40s age group.