Evesham and Badsey Hockey Club is committed to the development of our younger players – after all, they are the future of our club.
We have a thriving youth section, comprising the juniors (under 12) and ‘Badgers’ (ages 12-16) – see below for more details.
Junior training takes place throughout the hockey season (September to April), at The De Montfort School (astroturf pitch) and is open to girls and boys aged 6 to 12.
Training is on Sunday mornings, from 9:00am to 10:00am.
There are no special requirements, other than suitable kit (see ‘Safety and equipment’ below). Anyone can come along, whether they’ve played hockey before or have never tried it and fancy having a go. There is no annual membership fee and the Sunday morning training sessions cost just £3 per child per session.
Junior training focuses on basic skills and rules and on enjoyment.
Parents are encouraged to stay and watch during training and become involved with the club. Parents who are unable to stay should ensure their youngsters are dropped off and picked up, on time, at the astroturf pitch, rather than any other part of the school (see ‘What the club expects’ below).
Matches and tournaments are organised throughout the season, usually on Sunday mornings (see ‘Juniors and Badgers’ page for dates).
The Badgers is an intermediate stage between juniors and seniors and, as such, the focus is on developing skills in the context of match play. Badgers teams can therefore include up to three adults, whose role is to encourage and coach the youngsters during matches and integrate them into the club environment.
Badgers training takes place at The De Montfort School (astroturf pitch) on Sunday mornings, from 10:30am to 11:30am during the hockey season (September to April), and is open to girls and boys aged 12 to 16. The older, more experienced Badgers are also able to train with the seniors (men and ladies) on Tuesday evenings (7.30pm to 9.00pm).
Matches are played on Saturdays.
Annual membership and subs are on our membership page here
Coaching is free for members.
What parents can expect :
Parents are entitled to expect a safe environment, responsible coaches and helpers and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere .
Coaches hold recognised hockey coaching qualifications.
Coaches and senior players involved in youth developments (including regular helpers and team captains) are DBS checked and several are also trained first aiders.
We want to ensure that we communicate effectively with parents and guardians and would therefore ask that you provide us with contact details (‘phone numbers and e-mails addresses) to enable us to do so.
What the club expects of juniors and Badgers :
The club expects that you will:
- Play within the rules
- Respect officials and their decisions
- Respect team mates and opponents
- Keep to agreed timings for training and matches and inform your coach or team manager if you are going to be late
- Wear suitable kit for training and matches (see ‘Safety and equipment’ below)
- Take responsibility for your own personal safety by wearing a gum shield, shin guards and suitable footwear at all training sessions and matches
- Pay the appropriate membership and match fees on time
- Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind or smoke cigarettes whilst on club premises or representing the club
- Not use foul or abusive language
- Not indulge in bullying behaviour of any kind
What the club expects of parents :
Whilst we are delighted when parents take an active role in the club (if you do want to get involved, just speak to one of the organisers), there is no obligation on your part, other than to ensure your children get to and from training sessions and matches on time and safely.
This means that if you drop your kids off, you must ensure they are picked up at the appropriate time.
We appreciate that there may be occasions when this proves difficult, due to circumstances beyond your control, but in these situations you must contact the appropriate senior member(s) to let them know and ensure that your child is not left on their own (contact details are in the club handbook and on the ‘Contacts’ page of the website).
If you are happy for your child(ren) to make their own way to and from training sessions and matches, you must let us know in writing (we can provide you with a form to enable you to do this).
Safety and equipment :
Hockey can be dangerous unless treated seriously. The club’s coaches will expect all participants to be careful, to follow instructions and to follow safe playing practice at all times (as designated by the coach who is in charge on the day).
Young players are expected wear suitable clothing – essential items are shown below. Those not wearing suitable clothing and those who disrupt training for other group members may be asked to leave the session. You are also recommended to read the Evesham and Badsey Hockey Club code of conduct regarding insurance.
*** Please note that the coaches may, at their discretion, prevent children without mouthguards and/or shinpads from taking part in activities ***
Suitable footwear (e.g. astroturf/training shoes) Essential (astroturf shoes are preferred)
Players should bring a drink with them (throughout the season, but particularly during hot weather) to avoid becoming dehydrated. Fizzy drinks are not suitable.
Chewing gum is not permitted during training sessions.
The club has junior goalkeeping kit and a number of sticks available for those trying hockey for the first time, although we find players generally want to get a stick of their own as soon as possible!