Junior Training

The Junior Section of the club accommodates boys and girls from 5 to 18 years of age. Junior training is primarily for players under 14 with older juniors (14-18 years) encouraged to train and play with the senior squads on a Tuesday (Ladies) or Wednesday (Men) evening.

Junior training is every Sunday morning between 10.30am and 11.30am 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, and organised into age groups; U8, U10 and U14.

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).

Above: 2015/16 Junior Group Photo


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: Rory Podd (U14 Level), James Atkinson, (U15s) and Seth Bailey (U16s GK) are all young players who have worked hard and been honoured with the chance to represent their Counties. We are also pleased to be involved with the coaching side of proceedings, with Mel Podd managing the Cambridgeshire U14 Boys side. We support and encourage the England Hockey Single System (Long Term Athlete Development Pathway).

Could you be the next great player to come through our ranks? No matter what your experience, whether you have played hockey before or not, you are more than welcome to come down, meet our coaches and try it out for yourself!

Junior Contacts

Claire McDonnell (Junior Coordinator)

Mel Podd (Membership Secretary)

Membership Form

You can download the current Junior Membership Form here.

Junior News

Read Junior match reports, news from tournaments and the latest updates here.

Above: U10 Team

Junior Matches

We do not currently play in a junior league but we do organise regular friendly matches with other local clubs. Matches are generally split into age groups (U8s, U10s, U12s and U14s) – U8s and U10s teams are usually mixed. Matches are based on the England Hockey “Quicksticks”, 4 a-side game for U8s. U10s, U12s and U14s play the England Hockey “In2Hockey”, 7 a-side game, playing on half pitches.

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.


The cost of Junior Membership for the coaching programme is a seasonal fee of £60 (reduced after first half of season). This includes a junior club polo shirt and socks for the 2016-17 season. A membership form including personal details and parental consent must be completed and returned along with payment. All cheques should be made payable to ‘Newmarket Hockey Club’ – for administration purposes we prefer to receive payment in one sum, although it may be possible to pay in two instalments. This must be discussed with the Membership Secretary if you so desire. New players are entitled to two free trial weeks prior to payment, but a membership form must still be completed in advance for insurance reasons.

Medical Conditions

Even if your child only plays for the two trial weeks, we still require all medical details. After two weeks, we will ask you to complete a more detailed subscription/player information form.

Welfare Officer

The club Welfare Officer is Vicky Benedikz. Her role is primarily to promote good practice within NHC; to be a named point of contact for young people, parents/carers, coaches and volunteers; and to follow procedures if a concern is raised. The Welfare Officer represents young people and their views at every Committee Meeting and is happy to raise any questions/concerns. For any issues regarding young people at NHC or the procedures in practice, please contact: vickybenedikz@hotmail.co.uk.

Junior Session Calendar 2016/17

11th September
(Club Open Day)

18th September

25th September

2nd October

9th October

16th October

23rd October
(Away Match vs Thetford)

Half Term Break

6th November

13th November
(U14 Home Match vs Cambs Nomads)

20th November

27th November
(U10 Away Match vs Cambs Nomads)

4th December
(Festive Intra-Club Matches)

Christmas Break

15th January

22nd January

29th January
(U10 Away Match (10-12) vs Haverhill)

5th February
(U12 Home Match vs Haverhill)

12th February

Half Term Break

26th February

5th March

12th March
(U10 & U13 Home Match vs Thetford)

19th March
(U10 & U13 Tournament at Ely –
Selected Players Only)

26th March
(End of Season Event & Awards)

Above: U14 Team


All our coaches are fully qualified and are DBS (formerly known as CRB) checked. Our coaches are extremely experienced at a variety of levels. All sessions are supervised by the Head Coach (ideally Level 2 qualified) and assisted by a minimum of one Assistant Coach (ideally Level 1), based on numbers. In addition parent helpers (volunteers) and club players assist. All sessions are based on a 1:12 ratio maximum of coach/player where possible.
Parents/club players are encouraged to take coaching qualifications with the club reimbursing the costs in return for a voluntary based coaching service. Please get in touch with the Junior Coordinator if you are interested in getting involved.

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