The 14th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup kicks off today in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar. Two time defending champions Australia are favourites going into the tournament but will face tough competition from the world’s best in their bid to three-peat.
The event consists of sixteen teams which are split into four different groups. The top teams from each group will directly qualify for the quarter finals whilst the second and third placed teams compete in playoffs to determine the other quarter final spots.
One of the highlights of my childhood was rushing home from school, throwing on a football kit and rushing out to the park to have a kick-about with my friends. This carried on to my teenage days, and nowadays I still have a kick-about with mates once a week. All good things come to an end and one day I’ll have to hang up the boots.
However, that may be further in the future than I once thought. I went along to watch a game of walking football at Oriam, Heriot Watt’s sports complex, and spoke to the guys about what walking football is all about.