The Junior Section of the club accommodates boys and girls from 6 to 18 years of age. Junior training is every Sunday morning between 10:00am and 12:00pm on the astroturf at Newmarket Leisure Centre. Training begins in September and goes through until Easter with a break for Christmas and half term holidays. Sunday morning sessions are mainly coaching based, except when matches/tournaments are arranged. Sunday training is organised into age groups with U8 & U10 players training from 10-11am and U12s & U14s from 11-12. Age groups are aligned to academic school years (i.e. based on a player’s age on 1st September) as requested by England Hockey. The junior hockey programme is managed by the club’s Junior Coordinator, supported by a committed group of volunteer coaches and assistants.
Refreshments, changing facilities and toilets are available at the Leisure Centre (for more information, please see their website).
Could your child be the next great player to come through our ranks? No matter what their experience, whether they have played hockey before or not, they are more than welcome to come down, meet our coaches and try it out for themselves!
We do not currently play in a junior league but are entered into regular tournaments with other local clubs for the 2017-18 season. Tournament matches are split into age groups (U8s, U10s, U12s). We hope to enter a boys and girls U14 team in a local Development League for 2017-18.
U8 and U10 teams are mixed and play England Hockey’s “Quicksticks” format. U8’s play 5-a-side on 1/8 pitch and U10’s play 6-a-side on 1/4 pitch.
U12 and U14 teams are single gender and play England Hockey’s “In2Hockey” 7 a-side game on half pitches.
Claire McDonnell (Junior Coordinator)
Tel: 07736 458012
Mel Podd (Membership Secretary)
Tel: 07879 648553
Vicky Benedikz (Welfare Officer)
Tel: 07815 751238
What to Wear
Astroturf boots are recommended but generally we do not mind what you wear. Why not show off your smart NHC polo shirt and brand new socks! However, please ensure that you are wearing shin pads and a gum shield – these items must be worn by all U18s playing hockey, as stated in the England Hockey rules.
What to Bring
We strongly advise bringing a drink and a hockey stick (if you have one), although we do have spare sticks to lend out.
We have recently put forward a record number of junior players to the England Hockey JDC (Junior Development Centre), where they gain valuable coaching at County level and are assessed for the chance to play for their County with the JAC (Junior Academy Centre) and beyond. As a club, we have had a number of players in recent years making it through to JAC level and representing their counties.
Transition to Seniors
Junior training is primarily for players under 14, with older juniors (14-18 years) encouraged to train and play with the senior squads on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. For more information, please click here to download the Transition from Juniors to Seniors Document (.docx).