The New Team
As you will all know, the club has grown significantly over the past few years and as a result, we have had to expand our management team. We are confident that this will fix the teething problems we had last season.
The Juniors section will now be headed up by Siobhan Strike who will become the Juniors co-ordinator (see her profile below). She will be assisted by Steven Sharp, who will have direct responsibility for the coaching and Karen Booth, who will deal with the subscriptions and all things financial.
On top of this, we have put in place a new structure for each of the age groups, so you will all know who is doing what. You will be advised of your age group co-ordinator and coaches at the start of the season.
Hello and welcome to the Junior section of OKHC. I’ve just taken over as the Junior Section co-ordinator and thought I would give you a quick introduction. I play for the Ladies 1st team in the Surrey League and I have two boys in the junior section (U10 and U12). Nic Reynolds has spent 10 years building the club and I hope to be able to build on her great legacy. The club prides itself on being a friendly and inclusive club, at both Junior and Senior levels. At Junior level, this means that children of all abilities are welcome and have fun playing competitive hockey.
We are continuing to grow the club, and this year there will be some management changes to accommodate the increased number of teams. As is the case with most Junior sports, we are always looking for volunteers, this helps us to keep the subscription costs down and remain competitive. The positions we need to fill are listed elsewhere in this newsletter.
If you would like to help out, please let me know, and we will arrange some training for you, and may even help you to get some coaching badges (now, won’t that look good on your CV!). I really look forward to meeting you all in the new season, and working with you to further develop OKHC Juniors as the club of choice in South West London.
Juniors Dates and Times
Dates for the 2014/2015 season are:
|September - 14, 21, 28||January - 11, 18, 25|
|October - 5, 12, 19||February - 1, 8|
|November - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30||March - 1, 8, 15, 22|
|December - 7, 14|
Next year we will have access to two pitches – Tiffin Girls School (TGS - KT2 5PL) and the new pitch at Kingston Grammar School (KGS - KT7 0RD). This was needed as we have more age groups this year that we need to provide pitch time for and to enable us to play all our matches at (hopefully) better times of the day. Training will begin on Sunday 14 September and will be split as below:
09.00 – 10.30 U8s (born between Sept 2006 and Aug 2008)
10.30 – 12.00 U10, U12 and U14 boys
12.00 – 13.30 U10 girls (Sept 2004 to Aug 2006)
13.30 – 15.00 U16 girls (Sept 1998 to Aug 2000)
09.30 – 11.00 U12 girls (Sept 2002 to Aug 2004)
11.00 – 12.30 U14 girls (Sept 2000 to Aug 2002)
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.
We looked long and hard at how best to split the age groups between the two sites and felt the above was the best compromise. It enabled most people to have just the morning taken up with hockey and allows the U16s the easiest venue to get to by themselves. However, we are aware that this arrangement will affect about ten or so families. So if you are one of them, please get in touch, as we hope to organise a lift rota to make life a little easier. You will see that we have staggered the start times to enable those affected families ample time to get between the two sites. Also, please note that matches for the U12 and U14s are most likely to be played at KGS to help with the logistics.
By the middle of October, the fixtures for all the age group league matches and/or tournaments will be available on the website. Please look at this regularly, so that we can get information on availability as early as possible. If you know that you cannot make a fixture, please let your age group co-ordinator know.
Subscriptions for the 2014/15 season are the same as last year:
|U8s £120||U12s £140||U16s £160|
|U10s £130||U14s £150|
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept instalment payments. However, if you have more than one child, you can pay for each child separately.
Mid-week Training Session
One of the requests we received from many parents at the end of last season was for the addition of a mid-week training session. We are now in a position to 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 will start at 18:00 and will be led by one of the Club’s level 2 qualified coaches. The training session will be 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|
|Format:||Session taken by level 2 coach with 3 x 30 minutes sessions focusing on fitness, skills and game play|
|Cost:||£6.00 per session (payment details to follow at a later date but it’s likely that sessions will need to be paid in advance)|
We reviewed our coaching set up from last year and realised that we hadn’t quite got it right. So this year, we will have two level 2 qualified coaches per session – one coach leading the session and one assisting. This will give us better coaching consistency and cover when teams have matches. It also means we won’t be overloading the coaches as we did last year. Steven Sharp will now work closely with all our coaches to ensure things run much more smoothly this season.
So for the coming season there will be some new faces coaching at OKHC. Keep an eye on the website as we will add their profiles when we make any new appointments. We are very pleased that we have managed to retain the services of both Albert and Anthony. They have built up a great rapport with the children and bring a wealth of coaching and playing experience with them. Robert, however, will not be returning and we want to thank him for all his efforts over the past few seasons and wish him every success in his future career.
Read on for a biography of each of our coaches Anthony Rawlinson and Albert Marcano.
Hockey sticks will be provided to begin with, but please can you make sure that your child turns 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.
Necessary kit can be obtained from The Pro Shop in Thames Ditton or Brentford, John Lewis or other good sports shops. Juniors will also 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.
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 from this September, we will be moving over to white shirts.
The U8s, U10s and U12s will wear the white shirt for matches, the cost of which is £15 and can be purchased from the Pro Shop (www.proshopsport.com). We hope this gives you enough warning should you be thinking of buying new kit before the start of the season. We understand the cost implications of this and are not forcing parents to buy the new shirt immediately. We will slowly move over to the white shirts as the season progresses. The current maroon polo shirts can still be worn to training.
The U14s and U16s will wear the senior club shirts which are also available from the Pro Shop and cost £25. The rest of our club kit is black shorts/skort and white socks and we do expect this to be worn for matches. Base layers can be worn underneath shirts if the needed.
|On pitch helper||Age group team organiser|
We are also very aware that there are a number of sponsorship opportunities and grants available to clubs like ourselves. Is there someone out there, who would be interested in looking into this aspect for us? To start with it would be a fact finding exercise to see what the opportunities are and how much work is involved.
Also, we have been asked by Kingston Council if any of our members are interested in a Sports Activator role at Kingston College. The role is part-time for three years.
Family Day - Sat 6 Sept 2014
On Saturday 6 September, we would like to start the season off with a social event at our new pitch facility at Ditton Field. Details are still being worked out, but the day would start at around 12.30 and would involve a BBQ, a round robin tournament for the juniors, some mixed senior games as well as a ‘come and try’ session for all parents. Details will be sent out nearer the time – but save the date!
Please download poster (using link to Marketing Material) to advertise both the Junior and Senior section of the club. We would be very grateful if you could put these posters up on your school notice boards, local gyms and leisure centres, libraries etc now and again in September. Thank you.
Codes of Conduct
This initiative is being supported both by Kingston Borough Council and the London Active Partnership.
If you have any questions please contact Nic Reynolds. Contact details are in the Contacts section.