Manchester has a superb selection of grassroots hockey venues which can be booked online through MyLocalPitch.com. Hockey pitches in the Manchester area tend to be astroturf and within that format, either water-based or sand-based. The sport is usually played outside and a good portion of the facilities have floodlights to let matches go on through the winter months. Many of the hockey venues will run internal leagues and tournaments for players wanting a regular competitive match. There is a fun social scene attached to hockey in Manchester for those wanting to meet people if new to this north west area.