We have a thriving Junior section for young players aged from 5 to 16 who progress through the Cubs (age 5+) to Juniors (aged 8 to 12) and onto the Badgers (from 11 to 16) as their skills progress.
All of our Junior sides allow our young players to develop their hockey skills in a friendly supportive environment against other similarly skilled players. When they’re ready they move up through the Juniors and eventually into the Senior teams.
Our Junior Teams
Our youngest players are Cubs who can join from age 5 or when they can hold a stick
Our Juniors are aged from 8 to 12 and move up to the Badgers when they’re ready
We have two equal ability mixed Badgers sides with young players aged from 11 to 16
What you need to know
We train and play at The De Montfort School, Four Pools Road, Evesham, WR11 1DQ. Please park in the lower car park off Four Pools Road, not the main car park. Follow the map on our Club COVID pages here.
Evesham & Badsey Hockey Club will meet all of England Hockey requirements for playing hockey safely. We have a COVID Officer with overall responsibility for implementation of the required guidelines and a COVID Working Group who deal with all of the different ways that COVID impacts on our Club. You can read our Club COVID pages here and England Hockey’s COVID pages are here.
Our Junior Teams
We have a thriving Junior section for young players aged from 5 to 16 who progress through the Cubs (age 5+) to Juniors (aged 8 to 12) and onto the Badgers (from 10 to 16) as their skills progress. All of our Junior groups play fun games that build both their hockey skills and their confidence in a friendly, supportive environment. In particular we pride ourselves on welcoming new players and integrating them with the existing groups.
We have a number of dedicated Juniors coaches who are all England Hockey qualified and DBS checked.
Cubs and Juniors train on Sunday mornings from 9am to 10am (sorry!) and Badgers from 10.30am to 11.30am throughout the season. We’re a super-friendly club and we often have 50+ youngsters on a Sunday morning. We have roughly a 50/50 mix of boys and girls, with a range of different ages and abilities.
Our two mixed Badgers teams (Badgers White and Badgers Red) are all under 16 and play matches on Saturdays at home and away in a league against other local sides throughout the season. Badgers hockey is designed to build our young players confidence and to get them playing ‘proper’ hockey. The matches are fun and competitive and our young players grow to love testing their skills as they improve.
Our Juniors play a few fun tournaments each season, usually at Bourton School, which are a great introduction to real ‘matches’ for our younger players.
When the Juniors are ready they’re moved up through the different groups. Cubs move to Juniors from around age 8, depending on how they progress Juniors typically move to Badgers from age 10 or 11, maybe a little later depending on how they progress. Each player is assessed by our coaches and is (gently!) given advice on their progression. When they’re ready the Badgers move on to Senior hockey which in hockey is when they’re ready which can be from 13.
To play hockey you’ll need a gumshield, shinpads and a hockey stick.
You’ll need your own gumshield and shinpads. They’re a couple of pounds from most sports shops including these gumshields from Sports Direct. All Junior players must wear a gumshield at all times for safety reasons. We have a small selection of gumshields and shinpads at cost price for sale if you need them.
The Club have a range of sticks that that you’re welcome to borrow for as long as you need them. Clothing is sports gear and trainers to allow your young people to run around without slipping over.
Safety & First Aid
All of our teams carry basic First Aid kits and most of our coaches and team captains are first-aid trained. There’s a defibrillator on the school site at the main entrance to the school. All of our Coaches and managers are DBS checked.
Our Junior members can either pay a fee of £3 per training session or pay an annual membership fee of £40. Badgers match fees are £5, occasional Junior matches are £3/4. There’s no other costs.
The hockey season runs from each year from the early September to the end of March/early April. Over the summer we usually run informal fun sessions and play friendly, often inter-club matches.