OKHC Junior Hockey

Vision Statement

OKHC Juniors aims to nurture junior players, ensure they have fun playing hockey, and inspire a lifelong love of the game.

To do this we will:

  • equip juniors with the skills to play;
  • nurture and respect talent;
  • find a balance between being a friendly, inclusive club and being competitive;
  • encourage progression through the age groups; and
  • promote development into the club’s senior squads.

The aim is to continue to make OKHC the friendliest family hockey club in south west London, evidenced by high retention rates and loyalty to the senior club. Hockey-4-life!


Junior organisation and priorities

We will limit numbers to ensure that the groups remain small and intimate, to develop a team spirit and foster cohesion and an appreciation of each player’s own ability within the squad.

Each age-group will be operated with a combination of a paid coach and parent helpers. The coach will be responsible for designing and delivering each session to their assigned age group and ensuring that the parent helpers are coordinated to facilitate the delivery of the session. The age group coordinator, a parent volunteer, will coordinate the on-pitch helpers, determine availability of players for tournaments/matches, and, with the coach, ensure that there are enough parent helpers available to ‘run’ the teams at those tournaments and matches. Where possible, the coach will travel to fixtures with their age group.

Sunday Training and Matches

For all boys and girls U14 and younger and for girls U16, training sessions and matches are on Sundays. All boys and girls U14 play in tournaments with other clubs on selected dates (available on FixturesLive) and U12, 14, 16 girls and U14 boys play in 11-a-side leagues.

Dates for the 2015/16 season are:

2015 2016
September - 13, 20, 27 January - 10, 17, 24, 31
October - 4, 11, 18 February - 7, 28
November - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March - 6, 13, 20
December - 6, 13

Teams for each tournament /match will be organised from each squad by the age-group coach. The coaches will review performance at training and in matches to select the appropriate teams for any specific match / tournament.

Age Group

Ideal Squad Size

Organisation Principles

U8 Mixed

20 players at U7

20 players at U8

  • Each child should be invited to play in 4 x 5-a-side tournament per season
  • Mixed ability groups.
  • Focus on fun and participation

U9 Girls

24 Players

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 4 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • Mixed ability groups
  • Focus on fun and participation.

U10 Boys and Girls

24 players each

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 6 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • To nurture talent, we will begin to stream the teams, with 1 ‘A’ squad
  • Focus on fun and participation

U11 Girls

24 players

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 6 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • To nurture talent, we will begin to stream the teams, with 1 ‘A’ squad
  • Focus is on fun and participation

U12 Girls

24 players

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 6 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • Selected children will be invited to play in the 11-a-side development league.
  • The development squad should comprise a backbone of 7-9 players who will be regularly selected. The remainder of the 13 person squad will be made up from the remaining players.

U12 Boys

24 players

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 6 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • To nurture talent, we will begin to stream the teams, with 1 ‘A’ squad

U14 Girls

40 players

  • Each child should be invited to play in approx. 6 x 7-a-side tournaments
  • Selected children will be invited to play in the 11-a-side development league.
  • The development squad should comprise a backbone of 7-9 players who will be regularly selected. The remainder of the 13 person squad will be made up from the remaining players.

U14 Boys

40 players

  • 11-a-side league.
  • To nurture talent, we will stream the teams, with 1 ‘A’ squad

U16 Girls

30 players

  • The more able girls will move into the senior development squad, the others will play in the U16 development league.

U16 Boys

30 players

  • Until we have a critical mass of boys, they move into the senior squad. Once we have enough, they will follow the development path as for the girls.

U18 Girls

  • These girls are considered members of the senior club.

From September 2016 we will introduce a Development Squad to the senior club leagues.

Mid-week evening session for U12B+G and older - 1 mid-week session will be held over the winter season accommodating 30 player. If this is popular, we will explore the possibility of an additional mid-week session following a similar format. Groups will be streamed to ensure that all players develop at an appropriate pace. The streaming will be responsive and reviewed by the coaches.

Coaching Sessions:

Tiffin Girls School

KGS Pitch, Summer Road, Thames Ditton

9-10:30

U8 Mixed & U10 Boys

9:30-11

U11 & U12 Girls

10:30-12.00

U12 & U14 Boys

11-12:30

U13 &U14 Girls

12-1:30

U9 &U10 Girls

12:30 -2

U16 Girls

For U16/U18 boys training will be at TGS on Tuesday evenings from 20.00 to 21.30 and the U18 girls on Wednesday evenings from 19.30 to 21.30.

Information on the coaches and Age Group coordinators will be available in September.

Mid-week Training Session

One of the requests we received from many parents at the end of last season was for a mid-week training session. We now offer a Wednesday early evening training session for all boys and girls playing in the U12, U14 and U16 age groups.

The hour and a half sessions starts at 18:00 and is led by one of the Club’s level 2 qualified coaches. The training session is made up of three 30 minute sessions focusing on fitness and conditioning, core and advanced skills and game play.

When: 18.00 – 19.30 Wednesdays (during hockey season)
Location: Tiffins Girls School
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Format: Session taken by level 2 coach with 3 x 30 minutes sessions focusing on fitness, skills and game play

Juniors Registration

We have restructured this year and we have space in most age groups. This year we will be moving to an online registration and payment system. Information on this will be sent to current members as it comes available.

Subscription charges are being reviewed.

Equipment Required

Hockey sticks will be provided until Christmas, but every child should turn up for each training session and all matches with shin pads and a gum shield. If not, under the terms of our insurance, they will not be able to play. Also, all long hair must be tied back and all jewellery (earrings, rings, bracelets) must be removed.

Juniors need to wear the appropriate clothing, ie, shorts/tracksuit bottoms (preferably in black), T-shirt (see Change of Kit below for colour) or sweatshirt, waterproof jacket depending on the weather, as well as astro/dimple bottomed trainers.

  All OKHC playing kit is available at The Pro Shop in Thames Ditton or Brentford or online at The Pro Shop. Click on hockey, clothing and then club clothing to get to the OKHC page.

 Change of Kit

As most of you will be aware when we play many of our fixtures, we always seem to have the same colour shirt as the opposition! So we are moving over to white shirts for all Junior matches. These can be purchased from the Pro Shop (www.proshopsport.com) for £12.50 (with child’s name on the back). We do not insist that new shirts are bought immediately. Instead, a plain white T shirt can be worn for matches, together with black shorts/skort and white socks. Base layers can be worn underneath shirts if the needed.

Any suitable sports kit (including shin guards and gumshield) can be worn to training sessions.

Parent Helpers

The junior section would not survive without the help of our fantastic parent helpers. We have roles that do and don’t need hockey experience, so if you feel you can help in any of the positions below, please let us know. If you would like to know more about the roles before you commit, please email Siobhan, whose address is on the Contacts Page, and she will provide a brief description of what is involved.

On –pitch helper - Please talk to your Age Group Coordinator of you would like to volunteer as an on-pitch helper.

First Aider - All age-groups need a qualified first-aider. This is especially important when we host matches. If you have first-aid qualifications and are willing to help, please let your Age Group Coordinator or Siobhan know.

Tuck Shop - We need help with the Tuck Shop! Everyone likes a nice warm cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate on cold winter mornings, but they don’t make themselves. Please let Siobhan know if you would like to volunteer to run the Tuck Shop (a lovely way to meet other parents!).

Codes of Conduct

Please find the following codes of conduct in our Dropbox:

  • OKHC Equality Policy
  • OKHC Club Officials Conduct
  • OKHC Guardians Conduct
  • OKHC Players Conduct
  • OKHC Concussion Guide

Codes of Conduct

This initiative is being supported both by Kingston Borough Council and the London Active Partnership

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