An Open Forum With England Hockey

To be held on Wednesday 16th November, commencing at 8.00pm.

The EH Development Director [Richard Beer] will outline the new strategy for the development of the sport following the success of the Olympics and will conduct an open Q&A session to give the opportunity for all clubs to pose questions.


Old Silhillians Club
The Silhillians
Warwick Road
Copt Heath, Knowle
Solihull, West Midlands
B93 9LW

Coaching Courses. Nearby. ish…

England Hockey have confirmed that they have 2 different coaching courses organised and available for booking, details as below:

Introduction to Hockey Coaching Course
Venue: Lichfield HC, Lichfield Sports Club, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield WS13 7SQ
Date: Sunday 17 July 2016
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Deadline date to book onto this course – 7th July 2016

The Introduction to Hockey Coaching Workshop has been developed for potential coaches with limited experience of hockey coaching. It would be suitable for parent helpers, school teachers, young leaders and coaches with backgrounds in other sports.

This workshop will develop coaches to coach hockey with confidence ensuring that the sessions delivered are safe, suitable and inspiring for the players coached.

To attend coaches must be 16 years of age or older at the time of the workshop.

UKCC England Hockey Sessional Coach Course
Venue: Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough LE11 3TU
Dates: Monday 15th and Sunday 21st August 2016
Times: 15th – 9.00am – 6.00pm, 21st – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Deadline date to book onto this course – 25th July 2016

The UKCC England Hockey Sessional Coach Course is available for those who coach hockey sessions to children or adults through Back 2 Hockey, After School Clubs, Summer Camps, Adult Club Participation. Coaches may also find this course beneficial if they are supporting sessions in a Hockey programme (ie Club Team, JDC, JAC, School Team). To attend this course you must be at least 18 years of age, be able to provide evidence of the need for this qualification linked to current or future coaching roles, e.g. you will be leading hockey sessions independently, have experience of delivering relevant hockey sessions over the previous 12 months and have attended a minimum of 1 workshop from the Great Britain Coaching Club Programme over the last 24 months (Introduction to Hockey Coaching, Engaging Games For Children, Coaching For Club Players, Engaging Games For Children, Coaching For Talent or Integrating GKs are accepted)

They are also currently looking to organise a Sessional Course in Birmingham and once these details are finalised they will let us know.

To book on either of the above courses please visit

Coaching Club at Highfields Hockey Centre on Friday 24th October – Limited spaces still available‏

There is an Integrating Goalkeepers Coaching Club Workshop running on Friday 24th October from 19.00-22.00 at Highfields Hockey Centre, Nottingham:

Being delivered by Grahame Mansell-Grace (aka Panda) who is a Lead Talent Development Coach for Goalkeeping within England Hockey

3 hours practical based out on the pitch

Will help coaches to use practical examples to bring match play scenarios to life on a regular basis and to develop practical ideas on how to integrate goalkeepers more easily into activities.

Coaches will leave with a pack of resource cards specific to integrating goalkeepers andvideo resources of match play and practice scenarios to support them back in their club setting.

To book a place please fill in the attached Booking Form and return to 

GB Coaching Club Booking Form

#morebetterhappier…..GB Coaching Club Programme has launched

Booking has now opened for the brand new Great Britain Coaching Club Programme. The programme will be delivered in a variety of ways to ensure it is flexible and accessible to your needs. It will also provide you with the time to reflect on your own coaching practice and to network with other coaches.

Initially there are five workshops available in the Great Britain Coaching Club Programme, please click on the link below for more information on each workshop including dates and venues:

1.     Engaging Games For Children 

2.     Integrating Goalkeepers

3.      Coaching for Club Players

4.      Coaching for Talent

5.      Engaging Sessions for Adults

Each workshop has a charge of £40 and for this you will experience:

  • Cutting edge practical resources
  • Access to the best workforce
  • Delivery in high quality venues at England Hockey approved centres

These development opportunities are available for all coaches, whether currently qualified or looking to enter the coaching pathway.

So, do you think you inspire players? Do players leave your session with that ‘buzz’ and can’t wait to come back week in week out, come rain or shine? Whether you are a coach of children, participation or talented players, these development opportunities will provide you with the tools to add to your coaching toolkit and support you to inspire more, better and happier players!

Why wait ….Click here for a full list of dates and venues and how to apply.

Places will be filled on a first come first serve basis so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information please contact

Umpiring Course in Nottingahm

The below course is now on the website available for bookings >> It is currently on page two.

Details of the course are as follows:


Sunday 17th August


9am – 4:30pm

Booking Deadline

Wednesday 6th August


West Bridgford HC
276a Loughborough Rd
West Bridgford


Margaret McLoughlin

 The booking deadline is strict and candidates must have paid to secure their place.


TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, 17-25 August – LIVE ON BBC RED BUTTON, iPLAYER AND ON-LINE

With both senior teams heading out to Antwerp, Belgium next month, the excitement builds for one of the biggest tournaments of the year. The EuroHockey Championships have always been an exciting and tough competition for England and both teams will be looking for a good result.

With the England Women’s squad going from strength to strength with the addition of some exciting and ever-improving young players, and finished second in the recent Investec World League, qualifying for the World Cup 2014 in the process. Captain Kate Walsh says she’s “fed up with bronze” so will, no doubt, be looking for a high finish.

The England Men’s squad also qualified for the World Cup after their World League performance in Malaysia and performed well with some high-scoring draws in a recent series with the highly-rated Netherlands team. With some very tough competition in teams like the Netherlands and Olympic winners Germany, the men could be harder pushed for a medal finish than the women. However following the matches with the Netherlands, coach Bobby Crutchley commented “once again we’ve plenty to be really pleased about, our general play and control in the game has been good, and we were a threat going forward which is something we’ve worked hard on.”

BBC Sport has secured rights to the EuroHockey Nations Championship, which is an exciting development for the visibility of hockey in the UK. From 17 August, the BBC will air all games on iPlayer, the red button or online, bringing the audience more hockey than ever before.

Eurohockey – what you need to know

DATES: 17-25 August
VENUE: Boom, Antwerp

Eight teams divided into two pools of four, split according to their world ranking.
Each team will play against the other sides in their pool, with points awarded as follows: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.
Teams on equal points during the pool phase will be ranked according to who won the most matches. If two sides have equal points and won an equal number of matches, teams will be ranked according to their respective goal differences.

Women Pool A
Netherlands (Ranking: 1)
Belgium (4)
Ireland (5)
Belarus (8)

Women Pool B
England (2)
Germany (3)
Spain (6)
Scotland (7)

Men Pool A
Germany (Ranking: 1)
Spain (4)
Belgium (5)
Czech Republic (8)

Men Pool B
Netherlands (2)
England (3)
Ireland (6)
Poland (7)

England Schedule*

Saturday 17th August
10:00 Women Pool B England v Spain

Sunday 18th August
10:00 Men Pool B England v Poland

* To find out more scheduling information for the men Click Here and to find out more information for the women’s tournament Click Here.

Two New England Hockey Competitions for 2013/14

England hockey are formalising two new competitions for the 2013/14 season.  If anyone is interested in forming a ‘County’ team for either, please contact me ASAP at

Entry forms can be found HERE


Profile: A new competition for 2013/14

Format: Each competition is played on a straight knockout basis. Teams who enter the Cup and lose in the first round will be entered into the Trophy, guaranteeing two matches.

Cup Entry Criteria: Very few clubs can field a team of players over 60. Entry is based on “County” teams. Eligibility to play for a team is based on playing for a club in that county or living in the county. More than one team may enter from a county, or two counties may merge to form one team. Team contacts will need to show authority (please send with your entry form) from the relevant county to play under their name. Players must be 60 or over on 1st September 2013.

Finals’ Day Sunday 4 May 2014


Women’s Masters Over 45s Cup & Trophy

Profile: A new competition for 2013/14

Format: Each competition is played on a straight knockout basis. Teams who enter the Cup and lose in the first round will be entered into the Trophy, guaranteeing two matches.

Cup Entry Criteria: Open to all Over 45s teams. Teams can play an unlimited number of guest players from up to five
local clubs. There is no separate Trophy entry. Players must be 45 or over on 1st September 2013.

Finals’ Day Sunday 27 April 2014

2013 England Hockey Young Coach Programme

Applications have recently reopened for young coaches to join the 2013 England Hockey Young Coach Programme.

If you could please distribute the following information to any aspiring coaches aged between 16 and 21 within your clubs and regions.

It is a great opportunity for young coaches to learn and develop. Not only do they receive an £80 bursary to put towards their coach development, they also receive mentor support and a timetable of close Continuous Professional Development opportunities and courses specifically designed for them.

Please see the following link for more information and how to apply: