Firstly, welcome to Brooklands Hockey Club. We are proud of our heritage and have worked hard over the last 15 years to build our juniors section into a thriving, family friendly club. We have exciting development plans to take the juniors even further, and I am pleased to share theses plans with you.
Our vision is to encourage more children to become involved in hockey and to do this we wish to broaden our program to create more opportunities for children to try hockey and become involved at the club. We will therefore be focusing on enhancing and expanding our junior club coaching program, increasing and expanding our age group teams and providing additional training opportunities for our junior players. This season we will be taking part in the new England Hockey Junior Framework competitions structure at all age groups from U10 to U18.
England Hockey are introducing a new Talent System Framework, which starts with clubs becoming accredited Talent Centres. Brooklands HC have started consultation with England Hockey to ensure we gain this accreditation next year as this will be a vital part of our success in years to come. We have started to develop stronger links with local schools to encourage more children to come along and play. In addition, we are also reviewing our current coaching program to ensure that the quantity and quality of coaching sessions is maintained and improved. We hope this will ensure that your children continue to experience high quality, fun training sessions and that the number of sessions caters for current and future junior club players.
How our Teams and Training Sessions Work/ Progression through the club
We run U18, U16 & U14 teams on Sundays and 7-a-side age group teams on Sundays for U12 down U8’s. This approach allows players to progress through each section, from minis to juniors, Beavers and Badgers and on into senior teams. Our aim is to ensure progression of skills at each level and to move players at the right time in the right environment, giving opportunity for everyone to play.
Players may also be selected for England Hockey Cup competitions at U18/U16/U14/U12 age groups for Boys & Girls. These squads will be selected on ability, but where possible we will enter two cup teams in an age group if we have enough players, to give players a more competitive level of hockey.
Our aims and coaching objectives for each junior’s stage is explained in more detail here, which we hope you find helpful to understand how your child will progress through the club.
Boys & Girls U18/16/14 – Competitive Hockey
Badgers (U16’s) – Preparing for Senior Hockey
Beavers (U14/13/12s) – Building for the Future
U12’s & U10’s – Developing Hockey skills
Mini’s (U8’s) – Introduction to Hockey
Tots (U6’s) – Introduction to Hockey
Weekly Training Sessions are at the Astro pitch, Brooklands Sports Club from September to April
Our Team managers are -
Membership: All Junior players playing regularly in junior Brooklands HC teams are expected to be Junior members of Brooklands Sports Club – this does allow members to play other sports at Brooklands e.g. Lacrosse, Cricket or Tennis. This fee provides for the maintenance of the facilities. Membership and joining details are available on the Brooklands Sports Club website
Usually players start to play in competitive tournaments at U10 level, so we would ask that all players from Y4 upwards become Junior members of Brooklands Sports Club.
U8 players will be expected to register through our Pitchero database; but will only be charged on a pay-as-you-play basis for matches & training.
All players of Brooklands HC need to be registered with Pitchero via www.brooklandshockey.co.uk. This is our platform for communication, training & fixture availability & team selection, and payments for training & matches.
Training and Match Fees: Match fees will be collected for each game. This provides for the match teas after the game and other expenses. Training fees for weekly coaching sessions are pay as you go – all paid online via our Pitchero site
Holiday Hockey Camps- advertised on our website running various programs thorough the school holidays
If you have any questions, then please do get in touch. Furthermore, if you know of other children who would like to play junior hockey, please feel free to forward this to them. We’d love to welcome new children, families and friends.
Director of Junior Performance and Development