Slazenger runs a large and expanding junior hockey section, with regular training and matches for children aged 6 to 16.
Junior training has recently changed:
Sundays 9:30-10:30am – U8 & U10 Boys & Girls
Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm – U12 Boys & Girls
Monday 8:00-9:00pm – U14 & U16 Boys & Girls
All training is held at the Slazenger Sports Club throughout the playing season (September-April)
Please note that all children attending the first session on Sunday morning (ie all under 8 & 10’s) must have a nominated parent or guardian present throughout the session.
New members are always welcome to come down and get involved, just check the training times, and turn up. We advise new starters come in suitable clothing and if possible bring some shin protection (football shin pads are acceptable) until they start playing regularly. A mouth guard is also must for all matches.
ClubsFirst is England Hockey Board’s accreditation scheme for clubs. It is a national recognition of clubs can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards. All clubs achieving ClubsFirst also achieve the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, a nationally recognised award for sports clubs.
Why do ClubsFirst?
Clubs achieving the ClubsFirst award are recognised as working towards providing a Safe, Effective and Child Friendly hockey Environment. They also receive the CLUBMARK award. County Sports Partnerships and Funding agencies are increasingly recognising these clubs and choosing to work with them as a priority. There are also a range of benefits, priority bookings and other services available to ClubsFirst clubs. ClubsFirst is England Hockey Board’s club accreditation scheme. It is the ”kite mark” for clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards (MOS). ClubsFirst is aligned with the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, recognised nationally by NGBs, local government, education and the sporting industry. In its simplest terms, the process will ensure that your club has a “safe effective and child friendly” club environment
More information can be found at England Hockey here
Safeguard & Protection of Young People
Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”. Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual.
Slazenger HC takes the responsibillity for the protection of young people seriously, and has a qualified welfare officer for each section of the club. The role of the welfare officer is to promote good pratice within our club. They are also the main point of contact for young players, family and others and, are able to implement England Hockey’s reporting procedures in case of concern. Having a welfare office for each section of the club means that whether young players are starting out, or are competing at a higher level, there is always a trained officer avaliable.
SLAZENGER HOCKEY CLUB CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Slazenger Hockey Club believes:
- That safety and welfare of children should always be of paramount importance, whatever the circumstances.
- A child, regardless of age, ability, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual orientation has a right to be protected from abuse.
- The rights, dignity and worth of a child should always be respected.
- That everyone with a role in working with children has a moral and legal responsibility to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse.
- That special care is needed in dealing with children whose age, experience or ability makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse.
Slazenger Hockey Club has therefore:
- Adopted this Child Protection Policy to ensure that the welfare and safety of children in Slazenger Hockey Club’s care or custody is always the primary consideration.
- Is committed to providing an environment where children can learn about, participate in and enjoy hockey free of harassment or abuse.
- Accepts the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures, to provide a duty of care for young people, safeguard their well being and protect them from abuse.
- Will respond to any allegations appropriately and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals procedure.
- Respects and promotes the rights, wishes and feelings of young people and disabled adults.
- Will ensure that all employees, volunteers and members will adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and themselves against false allegations.
- Requires all employees, volunteers and members to adopt and abide by the Slazenger Hockey Club Conduct, Equity, Child Protection and Discipline Policies.
If you have any concerns over child safety of welfare, please consult one of the our officers. The club welfare officer is Mike Gunning
Please click on this link to England Hockey’s policy documents on safeguarding. Slazenger Hockey Club understand the National Governing Bodies policy on safeguarding, and adheres to the policy’s laid out.