Welcome to Season 2020/21
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1. Welcome to Season 2020/21

Welcome to the new 2020/21 season which we expect to start on Sunday 6 September subject to Government and England Hockey Guidance.

Junior Colts (U12 to U16) will have 2 hockey sessions per week. Minis (U8 with min age 5 and U10) have Sunday sessions with the option to join the Mid-week Minis. U18s (Sixth formers) are invited to attend Senior midweek training. Sixth Formers Sunday training will be scheduled to prepare for junior matches. More details of the new Colts schedule are on this page further below.

Our youth hockey section is the ‘The Next Generation’ and 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, disinfected within hygiene guidance. Mouth guards and shin pads are available for sale in the Hungry Hut (take-away food and drinks service).

We expect all players, parents, guardians and visitors to comply with our Guidance on Training in respect of Coronavirus, in particular the need to observe hygiene requirements and to facilitate Track and Trace. Please help us to keep you safe.

All parents and players must adhere to the Members Guidance on training in respect of Coronavirus.

Parents and guardians of children in the U8 and U10 sessions are expected to 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.

Coaching Sessions

All sessions are held at our Sonning Lane club. The child’s age on September 1st 2020 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 U8 to U10:
Boys and Girls train together in the Under 8s (min age 5) to Under 10's age groups. All training is on a Sunday with an option to attend Midweek Minis on Mondays.
For all enquiries about Minis please contact Coltsadmin@readinghockeyclub.org.uk

Under 8 Sunday 9:00 to 10:15*Registration from 8:45
Under 10 Sunday 9:00 to 10:15* Registration from 8:45
Midweek Minis* for U8 & U10 Monday 18:00 to 19:00 Registration from 17:45
* Sunday includes all Mini matches and festivals. Mid-week Minis is training and can be additional to Sundays or joined as a training only option.

Sunday & mid-week training times for Juniors: U12 to U16

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 10:15Tuesday 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 1611:45 to 13:0011:30Thursday 18:45 to 20:1518:45
Girls Under 16 11:45 to 13:00 11:30 Wednesday 18:45 to 20:1518:45
Sixth Formers are invited to attend senior midweek training. Sunday training will be scheduled to prepare for junior matches.
Boys Under 18 at Mens training Wednesdays 20:00 to 22:00 Registration from 20:00See Boys U18 Homepage for Sunday dates once match dates are announced
Girls Under 18 at Ladies Training Thursdays 18:45 to 20.15 Registration from 18:30 See Girls U18 Homepage for Sunday dates once matches are announced

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 08.30.