The Next Generation – Growing Stronger

By Reading Hockey Club • Nov 10th, 2012 • Category: News, Next Generation

Once again the Reading Hockey Junior section has had a good start to its season and we continue with our mission which is:

To provide a fun and safe environment that engages young players and their families in the sport of hockey and inspires young people to play to the best of their ability and …. to ensure that there is focus on team and individual performance and promote a healthy balance between competition and participation that promotes hockey as a sport for life.

With this in mind you can understand that we are delighted to have had more new joiners than ever in each age group this year and with over thirty children in our Under 6 age group and forty plus in our Under 8’s the future continues to be promising.

At last count our numbers now approach 500 in the junior section and young player development for this many is a challenging task for John Elliott, our Director of Colts Hockey and the entirely voluntary Coaching and Administration team.

Over the past few seasons we have aimed to provide training and match hockey to all levels of player and have done so by adding more teams in more leagues; we have also aimed to work with our most talented players to help them fulfil their potential by performing well in team competitions and as individuals. The result has been that lots of young players are enjoying their hockey whatever their level; more individuals have achieved personally at the higher levels of the England Hockey Single System and increasing numbers have been selected for young England squads. Our performance in team competitions is still a work in progress but just watch this space and get some room in the trophy cupboard ready!

Whilst Sunday mornings continue to be our main training opportunity for young players our Hockey Camp programme continues to develop and give further opportunity for young players to have fun and develop their hockey in their holidays. Our camps are becoming increasingly popular and it is always advisable to book early for these to get a place.

It would be remiss of me to miss this opportunity to do two things. One is to express thanks to the people who keep the junior section running and the other is to ask for more help to share the load.

Thank you to all of the coaching, administration and support team that keeps us going on a Sunday and on behalf of the young players I thank the ‘The Hidden Generation’ , the parents who stand, watch, support and enthuse unconditionally.

We always need more help and more people to be involved in the running of the section. We are continually looking to build our coaching team but we also need more umpires and team managers. We need help with communications, PR, fundraising, finance, child welfare and the aim is to have lots of people, working together, doing a bit each to keep us running. If you think you might be able to provide a bit of help just let us know.

Good Luck to the Reading teams and thanks for continuing to inspire the Next Generation.

Bev Thompson

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