Our Junior section accommodates boys and girls from 6 to 18 years of age. Training is every Sunday morning between 10:00am and 12:00pm on the Astro at Newmarket Leisure Centre and begins in September, running through until Easter with breaks for Christmas and half term. These sessions are mainly coaching based, except for when matches or tournaments are arranged.
For Sunday morning sessions, our Juniors are organised into age groups. U8 & U10 players train from 10-11am, while U12s & U14s from 11-12pm. 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 visit their website).
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 with the senior squads on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. For more information, click here to download the Transition from Juniors to Seniors Document (.docx).
We do not currently play in a junior league but instead enter regular tournaments with local clubs during the season. Tournament matches are split into U8, U10, & U12 age groups.
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.
What to Wear
Astroturf boots are recommended but we don’t mind what you wear – as a member you will receive an NHC polo shirt and 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 – don’t worry if you don’t have a hockey stick, we have plenty of spare ones to lend out.