As Ulster Hockey endeavours to increase the number of people participating in the sport by 3,000 over the next four years, maybe they can take on an idea which has been a huge success in Scotland.
Like Ulster Hockey, our Scottish counterparts have seen players drain from today’s game and they are aware that something has to be done to encourage more people into the sport.
And with the Commonwealth Games next year, they are also trying to raise the profile of hockey.
This weekend is the second ‘Awesome Weekend’ of hockey.
It involves eight top men’s and ladies’ games as Scotland’s premier clubs battle it out over two action-packed days at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Speaking about the weekend Stuart Moffet, Communications Manager at Scottish Hockey said: “We’ve only staged one Big Weekend event so far, but the feedback has been positive.
“We’ve also trialled a Friday night match at the new Glasgow National Hockey Centre, which went down really well and we are looking to do further matches this season.
“The aim is to host eight Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 matches (men and women) at a central venue, to enable spectators to watch the best domestic hockey at one venue.
“There are also opportunities to build development activities around the event, including youth hockey, coaching seminars and officials training and assessments.
“We also hope to livestream the matches this month too. With the Commonwealth Games coming up next year, it is very much an opportunity to build excitement and interest around the sport.”
Perhaps one suggestion would be to have two top men’s and ladies league games on the Saturday, with the semi-finals of the men’s Kirk Cup and women’s Ulster Shield on Sunday.
And even sandwich a schoolboys and schoolgirls cup game between, giving them a much higher profile – it’s just a thought!