Junior Hockey - Hockey for All
The fantastic benefit of all-weather pitches, apart from making modern hockey the fast, exciting and ever evolving game that it has become, is that children can now start to learn and more importantly enjoy the game at a far younger age. Junior Hockey at Maidstone has progressed well in recent years with both team and individual successes. Many players who started their hockey at Maidstone as juniors are still here playing for the club. Several of our juniors are in The Mid Kent Junior Development [JDC] squad, County squads [JAC], and we have several ex Maidstone juniors representing GB and England.
As well as being coached in advanced core skills, hockey tactics and the importance of a strong team ethos, the under 14 and 16 groups play competitive league hockey and enter various cup competitions. The younger age groups are taught basic core skills, positional awareness and are given an early chance at goalkeeping. They also play mini-hockey (7 a side) triangular tournaments against other Kent clubs.
We welcome and encourage any children who simply want to come and have a go at hockey. If they show an interest they will then be able to join the junior section and play on a regular basis. As a family you can be involved as much, or little, as you like with the club. Recently one of our parents (an ex-hockey player) has qualified as a coach and a couple more have been inspired to take the game up again.
In February 2007 Maidstone Hockey Club achieved England Hockey ClubsFirst accreditation, which ensures that we have a safe and child-friendly environment for developing young players. For parents of prospective players it gives them the confidence that the Club's child protection and welfare processes have been independently audited and approved.
ClubsFirst is England Hockey's version of Sports England's Club Mark award, which assesses:
The playing or participation programme
Duty of care and child protection
Sports equity and ethics
All clubs need to be re-assessed every 3 years. Maidstone is pleased to report that it passed this process in 2010 and July 2013, with flying colours. So, the Club continues to have the Award until 2016.
Dylan Collie sporting the new U12s goalie kit, generously donated by 'West Malling Opticians'.
Any Junior wanting to give playing in goal a go please let Mick Emery know - firstname.lastname@example.org
Training & Matches
The Club runs junior training programmes throughout the year. During the main season, September to April, these are held on Sunday mornings at the club between 9.15am and midday. Throughout the year we run coaching/training for juniors every Tuesday evening, 7pm to 8pm.
When considered ready, the stronger players [13 years of age and older only] are invited to join the men's and ladies' teams for training, and perhaps adult matches. This helps in their transition to the senior game and ensures they have every opportunity to reach their full potential. We also offer Hockey Camps and Junior Taster Sessions at various times throughout the year. Furthermore we work in local schools.
Matches are played on Sunday mornings either in conjunction with, or instead of, training.
Every member has access to at least one weekly coaching session throughout the season at our Armstrong Road Astroturf opposite the clubhouse. Every (non-specialist) club coaching session is led by a UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualified coach.
These sessions are outlined below or for more details of what you can expect in the 2014/15 season please click here see our Coaching Commitment.
All coaching is on a Sunday morning at Armstrong Road, times below :
U10 / U12 - 09.15-10.30
U14 / U16 / U18 - 10.30 - 12.00
In addition there will be matches for U10's (mixed), U12's (girls & boys), U14's (girls & boys) and U16's (girls & boys)
(Below) - Boys U16s team 2013-14. Team with coaches (L to R) Greg Laurensen, Matt Emery, Jimmy Christmas
We have a very enthusiastic team of men and women coaches with a wide range of experience in playing, umpiring and coaching hockey. All our coaches are England Hockey qualified and DBS checked - Julie Davies, Mick Emery, Greg Laurenson, Mike Smith, Louise Cassey, Madeleine Putter, Wendy Emery, Matt Emery, and Jimmy Christmas. Juniors also help out too. We always have at least one first aid trained coach available during coaching sessions, together with a first aid kit on the touchline.
We are always looking for more coaches, and helpers. The coaching training is funded by the Club. If you are interested, please let me know.
Photo - Junior Coaches & Helpers 2013-13
Top R to L
Joe Drake, Mike Smith (goalkeeping c), Mick Emery (c), Lou Cassey (c), Alex Coppelman (c), Jimmy Christmas (head junior coach)
Front L to R
Dhillon Nagar, Alex Penry, Izzy Ramiro, Sam Campbell
Hockey Manager - Juniors