At Bristol & West Hockey Club, we are all about providing fun, safe and engaging hockey sessions for our juniors.
The junior section of Bristol & West provides training on a Monday evening to boys and girls aged 8 to 16. Training sessions roughly follow the school calendar (although we continue over half-terms and to the end of April) and started in September 2019. They take place between 6:30 - 7:30 each Monday night at Winterbourne Academy (formerly The Ridings). New players are welcome to join throughout the season.
This year we then have an additional 30 minutes “pure game time” option for those year 8 and above with more energy to burn off (7.30 - 8.00)!
All training is led by qualified hockey coaches with parent helpers and concentrates on both skills and more importantly, fun. We also have a dedicated goalkeeper coach.
We follow the England Hockey coaching ethos of “the pitch being the classroom and the game being the teacher”. In simple terms what this means is that we keep drills to a minimum and play lots and lots of hockey!
5 - 7
This age group are introduced to the basic skills of hockey in a fun way by dedicated coaching staff. We try to get them playing a form of the game as quickly as possible, possibly by using a softer or larger ball, if necessary. We enter the Avon under 12’s hockey festivals and tournament which gives these juniors the opportunity to compete against other local clubs in the local area.
Festival dates Oct 6th, Nov 10th, Feb 2nd, Mar 1st and Tournament Mar 29th
8 - 9
This age group still concentrate on the basics (there are a lot of them in hockey!), but increasingly they put these skills into larger game scenarios. We have an extra 30 minutes this year where this age group can have pure game time.
In June we also hold our Badgers’ tournament event. Several local Clubs participate and it is supported by our sponsor, Danco. In 2019 it was on 23 June and it was a huge success.
School year 10+
(14 to 16)
Training for the over 14s is aimed at stretching individual skill levels as well as coaching team drills in support of competitive matches. However, we also cater for complete beginners at any age. Our year 10s and above play in our Badgers team (generally ages 14 to 16) who play in the Bristol Badgers League most Sundays. For those that wish to, there is also the opportunity for some Badgers to step up into the senior teams to hone their skills and gain further experience (England Hockey minimum age 13).
bristol & west
Bristol & West are proud to support the development of young hockey players in the Bristol area. The Bristol Badgers League offers a platform for 11-15 year old boys and girls to play competitive, mixed matches in preparation for their transition into senior hockey.
The aim of this league is to provide an opportunity for mixed ability juniors to get used to playing full length games. It is encouraged that coaches communicate beforehand to try and balance the ability of the team they are putting out.
The Club subsidises the juniors but we ask that all juniors pay a training and membership fee. For those who wish to pay weekly we ask for £2.00 per session (payable on the night). Alternatively we also have the option of paying a one off membership fee of £40 which will pay for all coaching sessions for the year (about 25 in total). All juniors that come to training are expected to wear hockey shin pads and bring the appropriate clothing for cold and wet nights. Gum shields are also required – we recommend that you speak to you dentist about the best option (mould-your-own guards can be tricky and uncomfortable). Juniors should also bring a bottle of water. We have a collection of hockey sticks for those new to the game to borrow and we can also give advice about how to buy the most suitable stick.
bristol & west Jaspers
Bristol & West Jaspers are thrilled to be participating in the inaugural Avon Vixens Hockey League. This is a fantastic opportunity for women and girls to play competitive hockey to develop their skills and be part of our team.
With fixtures on Sundays allowing up to 5 adults to join in, it provides the perfect opportunity for women to get back into hockey as well as a platform for our juniors to make the transition into our growing women's hockey teams.