A NORTH Yorkshire hockey club is opening its doors to the community in a bid to promote the sport.

Northallerton Hockey Club is taking part in the 2014 National Club Weekend run by England Hockey to attract new people to the game.

An open morning of hockey activities will take place at the all weather pitch at Hambleton Leisure Centre, Northallerton, from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, September 6.

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A session for ages eight to 14 will be held from 10am to 11am, with a session from 11am to 12pm for ages 14 and over. Sticks and shin-pads will be provided.

Club secretary Hannah Chapman said: "There will be a range of fun, hockey activities and games on offer to suit all ages and abilities.

"Whether you are interested in playing competitively, or have never picked up a stick before and want to give the sport a try, come down and see what we have to offer."

The club has seven girls and boys' teams in the Yorkshire Youth League and two senior ladies' teams playing in the Yorkshire League.

Training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the all weather pitch at Hambleton Leisure Centre. For more information see www.pitchero.com/clubs/northallertonhockeyclub

*The club's annual fundraiser at Northallerton Town Hall will take place on Saturday, September 13 from 9am to 12pm. The event will include a tombola, cake stall, bric-a-brac and book sale, and teas, coffees, and bacon butties.