I am repeating this event again as it was really great fun.
One of our members, Chris Hughes has put forward a suggestion of offering a taster session for anyone who wants to come along and try a game of floorball.....first off I had never heard of it before so did a quick check. Here is the summary:
What is Floorball?
If you are from a European country other than the UK we guess you won't need us to explain what Floorball is. You have probably been playing it since you were at school and may have known it as either Innebandy, Salibandy, Unihockey.
If you are from the UK and, like most people, have never heard of Floorball then read on.
Floorball is team sport like Indoor Hockey, played indoors on a pitch about the size of 4 Badminton Courts. It's like Ice Hockey without the Ice, Roller Hockey without the Rollers or Street Hockey but played inside a sports hall. What I really like about this, is that is uses a very light weight ball with air holes so it doesn't hurt like it did playing hockey at school.
First of all, no previous experience is necessary. The session will involve a quick run down of the main rules (no high sticks, no body checking etc), followed by a period of getting used to using the sticks. Then we can do a few passing and shooting exercises. That should leave about 20 minutes to play some games, depending on how many people come along.
Taster Session is free.
It starts at 9pm (meet in the foyer at 8:45) if you are making your own way there.
The sport centre is in Burghfield and not the easiest place to find, so set off early.
Transport: You are welcome to make your own way their, I will have 4 spaces in my car with pickup from Reading station at 8pm. Pickup will be at the usual spot just outside the North Entrance to Reading Main station.
Map to find the Willink Leisure Centre
Willink Leisure Centre
Hollybush Lane, Burghfield Common Reading Burghfield Common RG7 3XP
There are sticks for left and right handed players so 'lefties' can join in, unlike traditional hockey. Most overseas players play left handed).
Just bring indoor trainers and usual sport clothes (and a drink?). Shin pads are not needed but some people wear them.
There are showers at the sport centre, but because we are the last people there, the sport centre staff try to usher us out soon after the session ends. We usually go to the pub afterwards, in a sweaty state
We go to the Hatchgate pub afterwards for a drink afterwards. It frequently has a band playing (we usually retreat to the quiet end of the pub or the beer garden) and also does a good curry.
More info on what floorball is can be found here.