About Junior Hockey
About Spencer HC Junior Section
Spencer Hockey Club is an amateur not-for-profit sports club. The junior section has over 350 members and the senior section over 300. The club has a written constitution and is run by the members on a voluntary basis. The Club employs several professional coaches.
Spencer HC is part of The Spencer Club family, which includes separate cricket, tennis, lacrosse and squash clubs.
When your child becomes a junior member, he or she can enjoy the benefits of being part of this progressive and inclusive sports club at the heart of the Wandsworth community. Members and their immediate families have the right to use the bar and clubhouse at any time during opening hours. Facilities can be hired for parties and events. Full senior members can vote at the club's AGM in May, and junior members vote through their team representative.
Spencer HC is affiliated to England Hockey, the governing body for hockey in England.
The aims of the Junior Hockey Program are to:
- introduce children to the game of hockey
- provide a safe and fun environment for children of all abilities to play hockey in
- develop children's skills as hockey players and umpires
- foster attitudes of fair play and co-operation
- offer structured progression from schools into junior club hockey and beyond
The Hockey Syllabus
The training program is designed and overseen by the Junior Section Head Coach, who is qualified to England Hockey's Level 2 standard. The hockey syllabus is based on the recommendations set out by England Hockey, and offers progression through all skills and techniques as well as game play. You can download a copy of the syllabus using the link on the left.
Sessions are delivered by the age group coaches, who are mostly parents who volunteer their time and skills. Age group coaches are qualified at or working towards Level 1. All qualified coaches have attended child protection training and are CRB checked. There is always a qualified 1st aider at the sessions. Parents and senior members of the Hockey Club also volunteer from week to week. It's important that the children get individual as well as group attention, therefore we try to maintain a ratio of no more than 12 children to 1 adult. (8 children to 1 adult for U7)
The junior teams are entered into competitions appropriate to their age and experience. There are no matches against other clubs at U6 and U7 level. At U8, children are iintroduced to 4 and 5 a-side games without goal keepers. They are given the opportunity to participate in festivals with other clubs a few times in the season.
By U10 the format for matches is usually 7-a-side played on a quarter or half of a full sized hockey pitch (called Mini Hockey).
Goal keeping is introduced to all players at U10 level, and we begin to try to encourage keen players to specialise once they reach secondary school age.
By U12, some more experienced players will begin to play 11-a-side, but most will still be playing Mini Hockey. There are regular festivals with other clubs for U12 players.
U14 and beyond are all 11-a-side on a full hockey pitch. U14 and U16 teams are entered into junior hockey leagues, and all players (except novices) are given equal opportunity to play in teams. The club has a selection policy which can be downloaded by clicking the link on the left.
Juniors Section goes from strength to strength, enjoying a number of successes in both county and regional competitions. Of particular note:
- BU14 Cyclones - won the Regional league, and 4th in the Mercian BU14 League finals
- GU14 Hornets - through to the England Hockey League Regional playoffs
- GU13 - 3rd in the GU14 Home Counties Girls League (playing one year up); and Wandsworth Active “Team of the Year” for their efforts in 2014/2015, culminating in their becoming GU12 National Champions
- GU11 - 3rd in the GU12 Surrey Plate competition
- GU10 – runners up in the Surrey Cup competition and semi-finalists in the Southern Regional Championships
- BU10 – runners up in the Surrey Cup competition and quarter finalists in the Southern Regional Championships