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Who Are Big 5 Cricket and Hockey?

At Big 5 Cricket and Hockey, we love sports, and want to help our customers become the best players they can. As a small team of dedicated experts, we are the go-to for cricket and hockey equipment, and advice you can trust.

We’re a passionate team of sports fans based in Sandbach, Cheshire, who want to help sports fans and use our knowledge to help create the next generation of cricket and hockey stars. We’ve been providing players with trustworthy advice and great products for years from our Sandbach store, and now we also deliver any of the products in our store across the UK, so that players nationwide can find high-quality equipment from well known brands like Kookaburra, GM, Gray-Nicolls, Gryphon and adidas, as well as our own brand of Big Five equipment, made by us to give you professional quality bats and equipment at an affordable price.

From kit for absolute beginners and casual players to more advanced players, and all the way up to the professionals, we make sure everything we offer is of a high standard and can help you to up your game.

Our passion for sports is a part of everything we do, and we have a long history of helping get kids into sports for life! We stock extensive kids ranges with all the equipment they need – from bats and sticks to gloves and shoes, we have everything they need to get started at cricket or hockey.

All of our cricket and hockey equipment is chosen, and used by the professionals, and we’ve tried and tested all our products ourselves too!

What Do We Do?

All of our staff play and follow cricket and hockey, so we know what we’re talking about. We love trying and testing new equipment that comes in to make sure we understand our products better than anyone else. We’re always staying up-to-date on new equipment, as well as understanding how to get the best out of our own game, so we can offer the best advice to all of our customers.

We also stock a variety of training equipment for clubs and organisations, or just a group of friends! From balls and equipment bags to umpiring gear and other accessories, we’ve got everything you and your team need to train hard and play hard.

Our extensive range of equipment means that you’ll be spoilt for choice, but we’re always happy to help you make the right decision on your kit. Our expert advice has helped many players, both locally and further afield, improve their performance on the field.

Big 5 Brand

We want to give customers the option of high-quality and affordably priced sports equipment from a team that really knows what we’re doing. We’ve all played cricket and hockey for years and wanted to put our expertise to good use. On the back of that, we started our own Big Five range of equipment to provide affordable, high quality equipment to our customers. We started with our range of cricket bats – the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo bats, as well as the Lion Cub and Leopard Cub bats designed for kids, and have now expanded to include cricket gloves, pads and bags, to cover all your equipment needs too.

Our Store

From our Sandbach store we can deliver all over the UK, and offer free delivery on orders over £50. We also offer a no quibble, free returns policy, where we will replace or refund any part of your order, no questions asked. We’ve been serving the local area for years, and want to share our passion and expertise with as many customers as possible. Our team are all keen players, so know first-hand what makes great equipment, and how to make sure you can get the right stuff for you.

At Big 5, we eat, sleep and breathe cricket and hockey, so you know you’re in good hands with us. Our expert staff have curated a wide variety of equipment, clothing, protection and team wear to make sure that you can get everything you need to make sure you’re playing at the top of your game. Whether you’re an individual, a club or just a group of people who love sports, we know we have everything you need to improve your skills and become the best player you can. To find out more about our store, team or massive range of products, contact us or take a look around and find the right cricket and hockey equipment for you today.

Hockey Equipment We Offer

At Big 5, we’re pretty major hockey enthusiasts! We’ve got equipment for everyone, regardless of your age or play level, to help make sure that if you’re a complete beginner or have been playing for years, you can get the equipment you need quickly and easily. The right equipment can help you up your game and really improve your performance when you get out on the field, so why wouldn’t you see if our team of experts can help you play at your best?

Hockey Sticks

When you’re in the market for a new hockey stick, there’s a lot to think about. The length, weight, bow shape, toe shape, composition, and your own level of experience will help determine the kind of stick you should be looking for. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their perfect hockey stick, so whether you already know what you’re looking for, or need a bit of help, our team are on your side to help you out and give you the assistance and expertise it takes to help you get the best possible equipment for your style of play. 

There are so many different elements of a hockey stick that can affect how you play, including how hard you can hit, your agility and ball handling skills, the weight of your stick, to give you enough power while still being manageable, and more. This can seem like a lot to consider, but with Big 5’s extensive range of hockey sticks and our experience, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect hockey stick for you.

Protective Equipment

Protective equipment is vital for all hockey players, no matter how experienced you are or the level you play at. At the very minimum, you should always make sure you have a well fitting mouthguard and shinguards, to protect you in case of hits and falls. Goalkeepers need to make sure they have specialised protective equipment to stay safe in their games including full chest, arm, abdominal and leg padding, helmets and protection for hands and feet. We also sell other protective gear in a wide variety of sizes and styles, from brands loved by the professionals, including Gryphon, Kookaburra, Reece and Mercian to keep you safe every game. 

Hockey Balls

The ball your team plays with will make a difference to how you play, no matter if it’s practice sessions or your next big game. We offer a wide range of professional grade hockey balls, as well as practice and miniature balls to help you improve your skills and handling no matter what the weather is like! Our equipment comes from a range of premium hockey ball brands, including Kookaburra, Gryphon and Mercian, so that no matter your budget, training ground or level of experience, your hockey equipment won’t let you down.

Cricket Equipment At Big 5 Cricket & Hockey

At Big 5 Cricket & Hockey, we’ve got a massive range of cricket equipment to help make sure you can always find the best equipment for you.

Cricket Bats

Your bat is the most important piece of kit you’ll buy as a cricketer, so it’s important to know you’re getting the right one. There are so many things that can impact on the right bat for you, from your height to weight, to shape to anything in between. Our large range means that we have something for everyone, whether you’re brand new to the game or a seasoned pro. No matter your age or level of play, we can help make sure your bat is right for you.

Protection and Pads

We offer a wide range of protective equipment, including from big brands like Kookaburra, GM and Gray-Nicolls, as well as our own range of Big Five gloves and pads. We stock a range of helmets and other protective equipment, including chest, thigh and abdomen protection for players of all ages, heights and in a wide variety of sizes, so that every one of our customers can be well protected during play.

Cricket Balls

The way a ball behaves can be changed by so many different elements, like differences in the size, weight and shape of the ball. So if you’re an amateur at local practice, or a professional player needing equipment for your next test, our range has something for you. From plastic, rubber and foam practice balls to the iconic red leather, at Big 5 Cricket and Hockey we can help you find something for all your cricket needs.

Why You Should Get Involved In The Hockey Season

Throughout the winter, a lot of people find themselves at a bit of a loose end when it comes to getting out and enjoying their favourite sports. While some sports such as tennis can be played indoors throughout the colder months, doing so is dependent on the facilities available at your local club and in your area. For those of us who love cricket, winter can certainly be a little slow. However, we also love hockey here at Big 5. The England Winter hockey season runs from September to April – it’s in this period that hockey clubs are at their busiest, and we think that it’s a great time to take up hockey and enjoy playing a rewarding sport throughout the winter months. 


-It’s easy to get involved


Whether you’re completely new to the sport or you’re returning after a period of absence, England Hockey does a great to encourage people to participate in the sport. Play Hockey allows you to quickly and easily find a club near you. All you need to do is input your postcode and you’ll be directed to your local hockey club. You can also enter information about your age and gender in order to accurately find clubs suitable for you. 

While hockey can be a very intense and fast-paced sport, not all clubs or teams play at this level and hockey clubs are generally known for being very inclusive and welcoming to newcomers. Back To Hockey is an initiative specifically aimed at bringing people back to the sport. If you used to play but you’re not sure about stepping back onto the hockey pitch, Back To Hockey is a great way to dip your toe in and discover whether you’d like to begin playing again, all done in a casual and fun setting. 


-Hockey is for anyone


Even if you’ve never played or watched hockey before, you’ll probably find quite a lot about it surprisingly recognisable. It’s an 11 a-side team game with the main aim of scoring goals in the opposing team’s goal. Hockey players come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and with varying levels of hockey skills. The hockey pitch is an inclusive place, with England Hockey promoting initiatives encouraging everything from hockey in schools and universities, to Flyerz Hockey and Walking Hockey providing inclusive hockey playing for people who might not be able to play at full speed. People of any age, gender or ability can get involved, pick up a hockey stick, and get out on the pitch for some fun and exercise. In fact, hockey is the UK’s most gender-neutral sport! 

Hockey equipment is generally quite affordable compared to the gear you need to play some other sports. You can get very good, high-quality hockey sticks and reliable protective gear from trusted brands, all starting at very low prices. This makes it easy to enter the sport, and your local hockey club will usually help make sure you find the right equipment. As ever, Big 5 is here to help guide you to the perfect hockey gear for you with expert advice as and when you need it. 


-Hockey is good for your body and mind


Hockey can be intense, fast-paced and very physical. Of course, not all hockey matches are played at this level, but there’s no doubt that hockey is fantastic for your health and wellbeing. A lot of people, especially we cricket lovers, can sometimes find it difficult to stay fit and active throughout the winter. Hockey is a great solution to this problem and is a fantastic way to keep sociable and physically fit during the cricket off-season. 

We love hockey here at Big 5, and we’re pretty sure that if you try it out during the hockey season, you’ll find that you love it too. We’ve seen new hockey players across the UK fall in love with the sport after trying out their local hockey club. Here at Big 5, we’ve got everything you need to get started and we can help make sure that you’ve got all the right hockey equipment for your size, weight, style and everything else.