This year sees a big change for our Academy which now includes sessions for children in both primary and seconday school education.
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This is for children in primary school education and is normally from year 3 to 6, but younger children are welcome as long as they are able to run around a pitch and hold a hockey stick. Training sessions for Primary Academy will run on Fridays during term-time - see the Friday dates listed in the Secondary Academy section.
Each session runs at Welsway Sports Centre from 4.30-5.30pm and is coached by Rod Naughalty plus assistants.
The cost of each block of sessions is £25 so the cost for the whole sesaon is £50.
We are hoping to take part in some mini-hockey matches against other clubs this season. If your son/daughter is already a member of another hockey club, it is absolutely fine to come to Junior Academy simply for extra training but not take part in matches.
This is for children in secondary school education. All sessions take place at Wellsway Sports Centre.
Starting from September 2018, we have two options:
Full Junior Membership
The training session is from 5.30pm-6.30 every Wednesday during school terms 1 to 4 which gives to about 30 sessions. Players can take part in fixtures against same-aged local teams plus adult fixtures once you are aged 14 years' old. This costs £60.
Wednesday night training is coached by one of our team of coaches including Andy Rhys-Jones and Scott Tweedie.
Full junior members are welcome to attend the sessions on Monday and Friday nights at no additional charge.
We run additional training on Mondays (for girls) and Fridays (for boys). These sessions are open to both Keynsham Hockey Club junior members but also players who are members of other clubs or no club. The purpose of these sessions is either to provide an opportunity for extra time playing hockey or to give those who aren't a member of any club a chance to play.
Dates for the sessions are as follows.
Mondays (for girls):
- April 29th
- May 6th, 13th, 20th
- June 10th 24th
- July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Fridays (for boys):
- May 3rd, 10th, 17th
- June 7th, 14th
- July 5th, 12th, 19th
Each session runs from 3.20-4.20pm and is coached by Rod Naughalty.
The cost of each term is £25 (September-December, January-March and April-July).
How to Join
Children are welcome to join at any point during the season. Generally, we would encourage players to start in September or January, but there's no problem if that isn't possible.
We will take some basic details from you (from parents for Primary Academy) at the side of the pitch. We will use those details to create an account for you on this website (using ClubBuzz) which will allow you to inform us about further information such as emergency contact details and essential medical information.
The ClubBuzz system will also allow us to generate your invoice which will be sent to you online. You can either pay by credit/debit card or via PayPal.
In case of any queies regarding membership and payments, please email our Membership Officer via email@example.com.
What does my child need to wear?
Sports Clothing: Trainers/astroturf trainers, shorts/skirt, t-shirt/training top/tracksuit. Football or studded boots must not be worn.
For Secondary Academy, shin pads MUST be worn whenever playing/training for hockey and are strongly recommended for Primary Academy. Gum shields are strongly recommended at all Academy sessins. Please speak to the coach if you have any queries about equipment.
Do not wear watches/earrings/other jewellery.
What else does s/he need to bring?
A drink, preferably water, there will be breaks to take on liquid throughout the session.
A hockey stick, if you have one. We will provide a selection of sticks each week, so you do not need to purchase one.
Can they bring a phone with them for emergencies?
These must be switched off or not responded to during the coaching session. The coaches will have a file containing emergency contact details should this be needed.
These are available on-site in the Sports Centre next to the pitch. Should children wish to use them, the coaches will advise of where they are, but will not necessarily be able to accompany children to them.
What happens if my child need to miss a week?
Should your child be ill and miss a session we are not able to refund the course payment, however in cases of prolonged illness we may grant an exception. It is you/your child's responsibility to inform the coaches of any injury/illness that could impact on their ability to train – before the session starts.
Please encourage your child to listen to the coaches; they are there to help and look after your safety and wellbeing.
In case of any general queies regarding our Academy, please email our Academy Co-ordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org.