Juniors Hockey at OKHC

The Junior section of the club is vibrant, friendly and competitive, with over 200 members. The Junior section is led by Siobhán Strike, assisted by Steven Sharp (Coaching lead), Karen Booth (Membership Secretary) and Ceri Sharp (Fixtures Secretary). Their email details are on the Contacts Page.

We have 4 coaches to run the sessions, all with Level 2 Coaching qualifications or above.

Every age-group has a coordinator, responsible for the management of the group. They liaise with Ceri about match fixtures, work with the coaches to run sessions and are responsible for coordinating on-pitch helpers. Each age group also has a Team Organiser who will help run the teams in each age group, mainly by checking availability for match fixtures and liaising with parents. To assist the coaches, on-pitch helpers work with the children in developing their skills and help to run teams at tournaments and in the leagues.

Sunday Training and Matches

For all boys and girls U14 and younger and for girls U16, training sessions and matches are on Sundays.

Dates for the 2014/2015 season are:

2014 2015
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

Tiffin Girls School

Richmond Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 5PL (do not use this post code for Sat Navs)

Age Group School Year Time Lead Coach Age Group Coordinator Team Organiser
U8 Mixed Year 2-3 9:00-10:30 James Penny Grace Kate Fendley
U10 Boys
U12 Boys
U14 Boys
Year 4-9 10:30-12:00 Anthony Siobhan Strike
Lisa Davies
Nic Reynolds
Helen Lunow
Linda Tomlinson
Plillippa Lynch
U10 Girls Year 4-5 12:00-1:30 James Andrea Cole Kath Williams
U16 Girls Year 10-11 1:30-3:00 Marvin Steve Nicholls Mark Yeadon

Kingston Grammar School Playing Fields

Ditton Fields, Summer Road, Thames Ditton, KT70RD

Age Group School Year Time Lead Coach Age Group Coordinator Team Organiser
U12 Girls Year 6-7 9:30-11:00 Roz Steven Sharp Sarah Davies
U14 Girls Year 8-9 11.00 – 12.30 Albert Dave Cato Nana Kepto

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.

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
Cost: £6.00 per session (paid termlyin advance)

This session is now fully booked, and we have a waiting list. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email Steven Sharp, whose address is on the Contacts Page, registering your interest with your name, your child’s name, age and a contact phone number.

Juniors Registration

Joining OKHC Juniors

Most age groups are now full, but there are some places at U8 Mixed, U16 Girls and in the boys section (all ages).

If you would like your child to join OK Juniors, please send an email to Karen Booth, whose address is on the Contacts Page, to see if there is a space. In the email include your child’s name, school year and the age group. If no space is immediately available, we will add children to the waiting lists, and will offer places as they become available.

Junior Subscriptions

Subscriptions will remain the same as last year and we ask that these are paid in full by Sunday 26 October latest. Subscriptions for the 2014/15 season are:

U8s £120 U12s £140 U16s £160
U10s £130 U14s £150

Under the terms of our insurance, once subscriptions have been paid you are a member of the club. However, if you have not paid by 26 October then your child is not covered under our insurance and therefore will not be able to train or play matches. Late joiners can have one trial session before subscriptions must be paid.

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.

Our Coaches

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 two of our coaches Anthony Rawlinson, Albert Marcano and a new appointment James Clark.

Read more: Our Coaches

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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