NHA Recruiting – Senior Men’s County Coach

After 4 successful years in charge, Amo Soar is stepping down as Head Coach of the Men’s Senior Squad in order to focus on coaching the England O40s Masters, so NHA currently have a vacancy.

The Men’s senior County Squad is an important facet of our County Association – giving players (and technical staff) the possibility of participating at a higher level and outside the normal league competitions. Our aim has always been to have as diverse a spread of County clubs represented in the squad as possible.

Please spread the following information around your contacts.

Any prospective coach should be at least EH Level 2 qualified or aiming to become.

This is an ideal opportunity to raise your profile within the national hockey community and increase your experience in a higher tiered competition.

As well as coaching the squad through the County Championships competition, any prospective candidate will also be expected to deliver a number of trials and final squad coaching sessions.

They will be expected to have input into the structure of trials and squad coaching as well as providing input into the final squad selection along with the captain and other senior players.

Limited financial support can be provided on agreement.
Please respond, stating your interest, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – gareth@nottshockey.org.uk by 31st December 2018 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2019.

County Championships 2017

At the end of last season Nottinghamshire retained Division B status in England Hockey’s County Championships.  Coach Amo Soar returns for another year alongside his assistant James Hewitt.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 6th-7th May 2017 at our home venue of The Nottingham Hockey Centre.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

Wednesday 12th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 19th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 26th April 8:00-10pm – Warm-up match vs Lincolnshire – Start 8:15pm
Wednesday 3rd May 7:30-9pm – TBC
(The TBC will likely be a final squad training session – attendees will be informed)

All training is at The Nottingham Hockey Centre on the SAND DRESSED pitch (This is due to the County Championships being played on the sand).

Please arrive at 7:00pm to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at The Nottingham Hockey Centre  on 6th – 7th May 2017.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 20th May at the Nottingham Hockey Centre – so a great opportunity with home advantage potentially throughout!

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
Have played for Nottinghamshire previously and not played for another county since
Live in Nottinghamshire
Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
Have been born in Nottinghamshire
Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

All selected players will receive a NHA training shirt – Anyone can order additional kit from our on-line shop.

NHA shop

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail gareth@nottshockey.org.uk so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend. No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

Coaching Opportunity – North Notts HC

North Notts HC are seeking a coach for our Ladies 1st team, starting in September 2016. Playing in Midlands Division 1, we are looking for a qualified coach, ideally with minimum Level 2 qualifications. Training on Wednesday’s 7.30-9.30pm, the coach would be expected to attend all training sessions and Saturday league games, home and away. We are a friendly team, seeking a coach who can support and challenge established players, as well as develop and encourage junior players.

North Notts HC consists of five men’s teams and four ladies’ teams, with players of all ages and levels of experience. We are based at The Manor Sport and Recreation Centre in Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield.

If you think you could fulfil this role or would like further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please contact: Nicola Fletcher (Ladies’ 1st team captain)
E-mail:nicolafletcher79.nf@gmail.com
Location: Mansfield
Salary: Please contact for details

Boots HC – Coaching Opportunities

Boots Hockey Club (based in Nottingham) is looking to appoint a number of coaches into both our men’s and ladies sections. We are one of the fastest growing clubs in the Midlands, now boasting seven men’s and six ladies’ teams, as well as a thriving junior section, and was shortlisted for England Hockey’s Club of the Year 2015 and Team of the Year (Men’s 1st XI) in 2016.

With a head coach in place already for the ladies section, we are looking for an experienced head coach to work with the Men’s 1XI as well as experienced club coaches to work alongside both our head coaches; with responsibility for areas of both the Men’s and Ladies section. Whilst we would prefer a single appointment for the club coaching roles, we will also consider separate applications for either of the two elements of the role.

Men’s 1XI Head Coach

The Men’s 1XI require an experienced coach to work with our ambitious and improving squad. Promoted from East Midlands Premier Division into Midlands Div 2 last season, we are looking for a similarly ambitious coach with experience of coaching at a regional level and with the desire to help drive the team forwards. You should be able to commit to travel with the 1XI on match days and to lead Men’s 1XI – 3XI training (with support from club coaches) on Tuesday evenings as well as providing support to the Men’s 1XI Captain in player selection decisions and ensuring that younger players showing promise are promoted into squads that will best realise that potential.

A level 2 qualification is a minimum requirement for this role, and the club will support successful candidates should they wish to progress to higher qualifications.

Men’s Club Coach

We are also seeking coaching support for our Men’s 2nd – 7th XI sessions on Monday & Tuesday evenings to work alongside the head coach. You will mainly be providing support to the Men’s 1XI Head Coach as well as delivering sessions to the 2nd and 3rd XI (East Midlands Premier and Midlands Division 1) on Tuesday evenings to help drive their respective bids for promotion and organising mixed ability coaching sessions on Monday evenings for 4 XI – 7XI squads. You will also help to promote the progression of promising players through the teams, in particular younger players who are progressing from our junior academy and support the 2XI on Saturday afternoon matches where possible.

Ladies club coach

We are seeking coaching support for our Ladies 4th – 6th XI sessions on Thursday evenings to work alongside the head coaches. You will design and lead dynamic training sessions, supporting on Saturday afternoon matches where possible.

A Level 2 qualification is highly desired for both club coaching roles, and the club will support successful candidates should they wish to progress to higher qualifications.

The successful candidate(s) will be hired on a fixed-term consultancy basis at rates to be negotiated based on qualifications, experience and level of commitment. They will not be employed by the club and should make their own arrangements for tax and National Insurance.

Applications, together with a coaching CV, and any queries should be addressed to either:

Club Captain, Jon Short, jshort.bootshockey@gmail.com Club Secretary,
Katie Keward – Bright, katiekewardbight@live.co.uk

Hockeyfest @ Clumber Park

The Sport Development Team at Clumber Park have been in post for a couple of months and are busy organising lots of different sporting offers to their visitors. Currently they are planning their summer holiday programme where they will be running informal, fun sport challenges one of which they hope to be hockey.

They’ve recently hosted a very successful tennis event (as part of a national partnership with the LTA). Coaches from local clubs came along to Clumber to promote their clubs and have chats with visitors whilst they made their way round 8 or so tennis challenges e.g. how many times can you bounce a ball, or how many forehands can you hit over the net etc. It was a really good fun event which over 200 people took part in. The LTA used this to promote their Great British Tennis Weekend.

They will be duplicating this format with a number of different sports and would like to have some local clubs along when they run their hockey activities? They would love to have coaches or club volunteers at the event just to mix in with the visitors and promote what their clubs offer (and maybe recruit some new members!).

They hope to run the event around 5-6 times over the 7 week holiday so there will be a range of dates which hopefully one or more might work for people.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact

Lucy Newbury (Lucy.Newbury@nationaltrust.org.uk)
National Trust Sport Development Officer
Clumber Park Estate Office, Blyth Road, Nr Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ
T: 01909 511015
@newbury_lucy

Men’s Senior County Championships – Open Coaching and Trials

It’s all change for the Nottinghamshire Men’s County side for the County Championships in 2015, with Amo Soar and Phil Rhodes taking on the head and assistant coach roles respectively.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 9th-10th May 2014 at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and maybe challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

  • Tuesday           7th April     7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Tuesday           14th April   7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Wednesday     22nd April  7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Tuesday           28th April   7-9pm (may be 7:30-9:30pm TBC) – TBC
  • Wednesday     6th May     7-9pm – TBC

(The TBC will likely be a squad practice match and final squad training – attendees will be informed)

All training is at Highfields on the Water.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at the Dorcan Academy, Swindon on 9th – 10th May 2015. An overnight stay will be required and will be supported by the County Association.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 30th May at Old Loughtonians, where another overnight stay is probable and, if necessary, as before, will be supported by the Association.

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
  • Live in Nottinghamshire
  • Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
  • Have been born in Nottinghamshire

Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail gareth@nottshockey.org.uk so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend.  No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

#ThisGirlCan – Take part in physical activity for FREE in Nottinghamshire – Sportivate Funding round‏

THIS GIRL CAN – Take part in physical activity for FREE

 

Through Funding for Women and Girl sessions through SPORTIVATE!

To celebrate and mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March Sport Nottinghamshire are opening a 4 week additional round of Sportivate specifically for female projects taking place within Nottinghamshire for delivery between May 2015 – March 2016.

Sportivate provides funding to encourage those aged 11-25 years to engage and stay in physical activity through a series of sessions.  Funding can be used for facility cost, equipment, incentives, marketing and any training needed!

To encourage more females across Nottinghamshire to get involved and through the Sport England THIS GIRL CAN programme we invite applications from 8th March. We are looking at targeting females who haven’t previously engaged in physical activity or do so but to a limited degree at present.

What can you offer as a club or organisation to help increase the number of females engaging within sport and physical activity and in turn increase your membership / participation?

For an application form (click link) or for more information (click link) alternatively contact Sarah Williams on 07766 012229