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.
One Badgers Squad
This season rather than having separate Red and White teams we’re going to treat our Badgers as one overall squad. We’ll ask for availability and select teams each week depending on who’s available and the opposition. We’ll aim to balance the teams up accordingly and ensure that everyone plays a mix of home and away matches. For playing reasons we’ll almost certainly have the core of two teams but these will flex each week as needs arise.
With one Badgers squad we’ll also further encourage a sense of being an Evesham & Badsey player rather than a ‘Red’ or a ‘White’ – we’re all one Club!
Mark Watts-Jones manages the Badgers squad and selects the teams each week in consultation with our coaches. As there’s only one of me I’ll ask for some parental help with the team who I’m not with. If you’d like to volunteer please let me know but if not don’t worry I’ve got my eye on a few likely candidates
Communication – availability and team selection
We’ll use the WhatsApp group ‘E&BHC Badgers parents’ as our primary means of communication – to get your availability, advise of team selection, results and occasional chatter.
‘Badgers Whites’ and ‘Badgers Red’ WhatsApp groups have been retired.
Availability and Team Selection
Our Club playing ethos
- Do your best
- Support each other
- Respect the officials and opposition
- Win with dignity, lose with grace
- Enjoy the game!
Finally if you or your Badgers have any concerns or questions please do let me know at any time. You can get me on WhatsApp, text, email, face-to-face – don’t mind which.
Please feel free to share this with your Badgers and I look forward very much to the season ahead.