Junior Information | 5 - 14 Years
Northampton Hockey Club offers high quality junior coaching and matches for beginers to experts of 3 to 14 years. Watch our video to see what we offer.
These are the times and dates of our 2023/2024 season coaching sessions
Under 14s (Girls and Boys) | Single Gender | Friday Evenings 18:30 - 20:00 @ Moulton College Gate 4 Water Base
- Friday 8th September 2023– Friday 15th December 2023
- Friday 5th January 2024 – Friday 22nd March 2024
Under 12s (Girls and Boys) | Single Gender | Saturday Mornings 09:00 - 10:30 @ Moulton College Gate 4 Water Base
Under 8s and Under 10s | Mixed | Saturday Mornings 09:00 - 10:30 @ Moulton College Gate 3 Sand Base
- Saturday 9th September 2023 – Saturday 15th December 2023
- Saturday 6th January 2024 – Saturday 29th March 2024
- Saturday 20th April 2024 - Saturday 20th July
Hockey Heroes | Saturday Mornings | 09:00 - 10:30 @ Moulton College Gate 3 Sand Base
Please go to http://www.saintshockey.org.uk/hockey_heroes_for_4___7_year_olds for more information on Hockey for Heroes
All players will be invited to local tournaments, based on availability as we take multiple sides for under 8, under 10, under 12 and under 14 Northamptonshire Club Tournaments - Local tournament sign up form
Membership Fees & Registration Forms:
The fee for under 14's is £100 which covers September to June on Saturdays .Under 14s Boys and Girls are on Fridays.
We collect subscriptions on a direct debit basis with 10 payments of £10. If your child decides that hockey is not for them then let us know and payments will stop.
For those of you that come for part of the year then the direct debit can be used for part payments.
ALL MEMBERS MUST BE REGISTERED ON THE WEBSITE BEFORE THEIR SECOND SESSION - YOU AND WE ARE NOT COVERED BY OUR INSURANCE IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED.
ONLY REGISTERED PLAYERS WILL BE INVITED TO TOURNAMENTS
You can register with the club by clicking 'Join Us' from the homepage
What should you expect as a parent?
The training sessions for children 10 and under are designed to be fun with learning included in the session,covering basic athletic skills in addition to hockey specific skills, half of the time will be based around a game where the score is irrelevant, tournaments are run throughout the year with teams of mixed ability and gender with the emphasis again on having fun and learning. We dont have A, B, C teams etc to ensure that every child experiences winning, losing and playing with children of different abilities. Coaches will be emphasing positive leaning experiences wherever possible.
Under 12 teams are split into boys and girls and are more focused on developing game based skills and coaches will be asking more of the children's competitive spirit, the communication style may include, if necessary, elements of negative feedback although the aim is to use this sparingly.
Under 14 teams train as squads and the emphasis is more focused on preparation for competition and coaches will be discussing how to win and players will be expected to embrace a self improvement ethic. From age 13 players will be encouraged where appropriate by their coaches to be playing adult hockey on Saturdays or playing for the devlopment "Badgers "team in the local league.http://www.saintshockey.org.uk/teams/655-junior_hockey/9350-badgers_1 and http://www.saintshockey.org.uk/teams/655-junior_hockey/9624-badgers_2
Ouir aim for junior players is that we want to develop their love of the game and skillfull play so that they continue their hockey through teenage years and adult life so we are focussed on what they learn and how they play rather than results, winning can be enjoyable but our ethos can be explained with the following quote from Mark Bennett MBE, who is a Performance Development Coach and Consultant:-
‘Scoreline is a by-product of our performance, the decisions we make and the commitment we show to them.’
Some children put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform and to avoid losing if your child is anxious then please speak to your lead age group coach.