Welcome to Season 2019/20
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1. Welcome to Season 2019/20

We have a new Colts Offering for the 2019/20 season. Chris Gittens is our new Head of Colts Coaching and our Junior Colts (U12 & U14) and Senior Colts (U16 & U18) will have 2 hockey session per week. Minis (U6, U8 and U10) have Sunday sessions with the option to join a mid-week Minis Academy held on Tuesday evenings 17.30 to 18.45.

More details of the new Colts schedule are on this page further below.

All Colts and Minis sessions start on Sunday 1 September.

Our youth hockey section is the ‘The Next Generation’ and we provide a safe and fun environment where young players from the age of 4 to 18 can learn and enjoy hockey. We are always delighted to have new young people join us. Enquiries: Colts@readinghockeyclub.org.uk

At all ages we provide a balance of training and hockey game/match play suitable to the age of the child which allows them to continually develop their skills and understanding of the game whilst enjoying themselves and taking exercise. No-one needs to have played hockey before as our sessions cater for all abilities. All that is required is the enthusiasm to want to get active and find out about hockey. Anyone can come along and join in 2 taster sessions before deciding whether hockey and Reading is right for them. We can provide hockey sticks for trial sessions. Mouth guards and shin pads are available for sale in the Hungry Hut.

Refreshments and snacks are available throughout the Sunday mornings at the Hungry Hut.

IMPORTANT: Parents and guardians of children in the U6, U8 and U10 sessions are expected to remain on site throughout the training session (and at matches) in case of emergency. Parents and guardians of ages U12 and above are expected to be within 15 minutes (arrival at the pitch side) travel time in case of emergency. It is the responsibility of the parents and guardians to ensure all their membership details for themselves and their children on our members database (pitchero) are current and that they are capable of being contacted during training sessions or matches. This includes all medical and contact details.

Coaching Sessions

All sessions are held at our Sonning Lane club. The child’s age on September 1st 2019 dictates which age group they should join.

Coaching Sessions schedule

Coaching Sessions and times may change due to weather conditions and matches.
Please check the news area of this website or colts twitter prior to your session to check the times. Pitch allocations will be shown on the whiteboard on the side of the clubhouse.

Sunday Training times for Minis: Girls and Boys U6 to U10:
Boys and Girls train together in the Under 6 to Under 10's age groups. All training is on a Sunday.
For all enquiries about Minis please contact Nick Hooper by e mail: nhooper@marsandco.com or call on mobile 07970 662434

Under 6 Sunday 9:00 to 10:00Registration from 8:45am
Under 8 Sunday 9:00 to 10:15Registration from 8:45am
Under 10 Sunday 9:00 to 10:30 Registration from 8:45am

Sunday & mid-week training times for Junior Colts: U12 and U14

Boys Under 12 Sunday 9:00 to 10:30Registration from 8:45 Wednesday 19.00 to 20.15Registration from 18.45
Girls Under 12Sunday 10:30 to 11:45 Registration from 10:15Tuesday 18.45 to 20.00Registration from 18.30
Girls Under 14 Sunday 10:30 to 11.45 Registration from 10:15 Wednesday 19.00 to 20.15 Registration from 18.45
Boys Under 14 10:30 to 11.45 Registration from 10:15amWednesday 19.00-20.15Registration from 18.45

Sunday & mid-week training times for Senior Colts: U16 to U18:

Girls Under 16 11:45am to 13:00 Registration from 11:15am Wednesday 20.15 to 21.30Registration from 20.00
Boys Under 1611:45 to 13:00Registration from 11:30amWednesday 20.15 to 21.30Registration from 20.00
Girls Under 18 Alternate Sundays 11:45 to 13:00 Registration from 11:30 Selected Monday and Tuesday eveningsSee Girls U18 Homepage for dates
Boys Under 18 Alternate Sundays 11:45 to 13:00 Registration from 11:30Selected Monday and Tuesday eveningsSee Boys U18 Homepage for dates

Pitch allocations will be shown on the white board on the clubhouse wall. Please check this on your arrival. Training times on Sunday may vary due to match schedules
SLW - Sonning Lane Water pitch (nearest the clubhouse)
SLS - Sonning Lane Sand (second or middle of the three pitches used on site)
SON - Sonning HC pitch (furthest pitch from the Reading HC clubhouse)

Contact Judith Barton: e mail Colts@readinghockeyclub.org.uk OR judithbarton9@btinternet.com mobile 0771 001 9259

Can you help us?

Our Colts section is huge but run in the main on a voluntary basis.
If you are interested in becoming a coach and joining our Coach Development Programme, or helping as an administrator or parent helper, please give Judith Barton a call on 07710 019259 or on judithbarton9@btinternet.com or you’ll find her at the club on Sundays from 08.30.