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Welcome to our Young Leaders information page

Registration now open see information and details below

Reading Hockey Club boasts a strong Young Leaders team (aged 13 to 17) that helps adult Lead Coaches every week with coaching and umpiring the U6 to U12 age groups. In addition, YLs umpire and assist in the coordination of the monthly 7-side Thames Valley Mini tournaments at Reading HC.

The Young Leaders are the Next Generation of club leaders. The leadership skills they learn and practice provide great confidence not just in hockey but to take forward as they progress in their lives.

Our Young Leaders have used their volunteer time as part of Duke of Edinburgh qualifications as well as using it as a stepping stone to further coaching and umpiring qualifications.

The Young Leaders training course at Reading is based on the England Hockey Award. The course covers:

  • General principles of leadership
  • Delivering hockey
  • Umpiring
  • Organising a hockey festival
  • Managing hockey
  • How hockey is structured and governed

The 2 and half day course brings to life the course work by providing opportunities to practice some of the skills they have learnt and to receive and give feedback under the supervision of the experienced course tutors.

Once qualified, the YLs support the Minis training sessions on Sunday mornings during the season between 9am and 10.30am, or the Minis Mid-week sessions. We appreciate that they will not be able to make every session but these Minis training sessions do provide an excellent opportunity for YLs to practice and develop their skills. Some of our older YLs (including those returning from University) are now working on our Summer Camps.

This EH award can help support GCSE/A Level PE; Duke of Edinburgh activities; CVs and Personal Statement; University and job applications. We sign off and provide evidence of volunteer work for DoE, school volunteer programmes, GCSE etc. at the end of each season as requested.

Young Leaders are requested to submit their availability for Mini sessions via pitchero.

We have two Summer courses available to book at Reading Hockey Club:
Sunday 4 August 10.00am - 4.00pm
Monday 5 August 9.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 6 August 9.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 18 August 10.00am - 4.00pm
Monday 19 August 9.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 20 August 9.00am to 5.00pm

Course Fee: £150, Includes Young Leaders shirt. When registering, please state shirt size
Applicants minimum age 13. The course is open to both Reading HC members and non-members.

Prior to attending the course, participants are required to complete the EH on-line core modules for In2Hockey & Quicksticks and the 'bolt on' modules for Developing In2Hockey umpires & Introduction to Goalkeeping. Details (and links) will be provided when you register and payment has been received.

To register please complete this form:
Young Leaders 2019 registration form

Reading Hockey Club reserves the right to postpone or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances or if insufficient bookings are taken. We will refund any payments in these circumstances. The courses are most effective with 12 to 16 participants.

If you require any further information please contact
Judith Barton
Email: or
M:0771 001 9259

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