Welcome to Season 2023/24
Juniors 1 of 10

1. Welcome to Season 2023/24

See our website for details of camps and our Summer programme. Camps page

Talent Academy
England Hockey Talent System: Reading Hockey Club is an EH Talent Academy covering over 15 Clubs in the South Central Region. For more details see:Talent Development - a new way forward

Junior hockey at Reading
We aim to provide a safe and fun environment where young players from the age of 5 to 18 can learn and enjoy hockey. We are always delighted to have new young people join us. 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. We offer 2 taster sessions to players to help them consider whether hockey and Reading is right for them. We can provide hockey sticks for trial sessions and mouth guards are available for sale via the Hungry Hut. On Sundays the Hungry Hut is open for the take-away food and drinks service.

Junior Colts (U12 to U16) have 2 hockey sessions per week. Minis (U8 with min age 5 and U10) have Sunday morning sessions with additional sessions for 10 on Mondays evenings and U8s able to join the Community Session on Thursdays. U18s (Sixth formers) train at the same time as the Under 16 groups. All Juniors (min age 13) and Sixth Formers playing adult hockey are invited to attend their respective Adult General or Performance midweek training. Training times are shown on this page further below.

Parents and guardians of children in the U8 and U10 sessions MUST remain on site throughout the training session (and at matches when matches are permitted to proceed) 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. It is also the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend with the appropriate kit to play hockey.

Coaching Sessions
All training sessions are held at our Sonning Lane club RG4 6ST. The child’s age on September 1st 2023 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 opposite the water pitch.

Sunday Training times for Minis: Girls and Boys U8 to U10:
Boys and Girls train together in the Under 8s (min age 5) to Under 10's age groups.
U8: Training Sundays 9 to 10am. U8s may join the Community session on Thursdays 5 to 6pm. Year 3 mini teams play in the Thames Valley Mini festivals at least once a month. These fixtures are usually at other local clubs.
U10: Training Sundays 9 to 10.15am (U10 Super League: 9am to 10.30am) and an optional session on Mondays 6.15 to 7.15pm. Both Sunday and Monday sessions are included in your membership subscription.
For all enquiries about Minis please contact juniorsadmin@readinghockeyclub.org.uk

Under 8 Sunday 9:00 to 10:00*Registration from 8:45
Under 10 Sunday 9:00 to 10:15* Registration from 8:45
Monday Minis for U10 Monday 18:00 to 19:00 Registration from 17:45
*Sunday includes TVM festivals for U8 (Year 3). Times at other TVM venues are usually 9am or 9.30m start and last 1 to 1.5 hours.
U10 Monday Minis 6-7pm and U8 Community Sessions 5-6pm are optional but included in the membership subscription for both U8 & U10s.
U10 Super League will be on Sundays 9am to 10.30pm at Reading Hockey Club.

Sunday & mid-week training times for Juniors (U12 to U16) and Sixth Formers (U18)

Age groupSunday training timeRegistration from Mid-week training time Registration at:
Boys Under 12 9:00 to 10:309.00 Tuesday 18:45 to 20:1518.45
Girls Under 1210:30 to 11:45 10:15Monday 18:45 to 20:1518.45
Boys Under 14 10:30 to 11:45 10:15Tuesday 18:45 to 20:15 18.45
Girls Under 14 10:30 to 11:45 10:15Wednesday 18:45 to 20:1518:45
Boys Under 16/1811:45 to 13:0011:30Tuesday 18:45 to 20:0018:45
Girls Under 16/18 11:45 to 13:00 11:30 Wednesday 18:45 to 20:0018:45
Juniors (min age 13) and Sixth Formers (U18s) attend senior midweek training if they play adult hockey:
Mens General training Thursdays 18.45 to 20.15 Registration from 20:00
Ladies General Training* Wednesdays 20:00 to 21:30 and Thursdays 18:45 to 20.15 Registration from 19:45 on Weds and 18:30 on Thurs

* Ladies Section will allocate girls to the appropriate training session
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 judith.barton@readinghockeyclub.org.uk 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 judith.barton@readinghockeyclub.org.uk or you’ll find her at the club on Sundays from 08.30am or weekdays from 6.30pm