AGE is no barrier when it comes to a new sport being trialled in Peebles.

This week saw walking hockey being played for the very first time.

And going by the ten over 55s who bullied-off in the Drill Hall on Tuesday it could well become a huge success.

This week's taster session - believed to be the first in the world - was open to both men and women.

Borders hockey development officer Sarah Glendinning was delighted with the skill and enthusiasm on show.

She told us: "I was a bit sceptical if it would work or not due to the speed of the game but we adapted the sport to suit by using unihoc sticks and a puck to slow the game down and it worked really well and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. If we can spread the word I really think the walking hockey could be a huge success.

"We want to make the sport of hockey inclusive to everyone.

"It’s great for socialising and building self-confidence and most importantly having fun and keeping active."

Since walking football was introduced more than two decades ago it has gone onto become a major national sport for the the older generations.

With the backing of Live Borders it is hoped the weekly walking hockey sessions in Peebles will follow a similar path towards mass participation.

Sarah added: "Live Borders are hoping to have sessions organised all round the Borders through time in the hope it takes off in the same way the walking football has.

"I'd like to say a massive thanks to Alan Duncan at the Drill Hall for kickstarting the initiative and to Peebles Hockey Club who have donated a set of unihoc sticks to the group."

The walking hockey sessions take place every Tuesday at the Drill Hall from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at a cost of only £2.

Equipment is provided, and tea, coffee and biscuits are also available at the end of the session.

Anyone who would like further information can email Sarah Glendinning at