No matter how much experience your child has
If your son / daughter have never held a hockey stick or if they’re budding internationals, all are welcome at Hockey School.
No matter how fit your child is
Your son / daughter doesn’t need to be Sam Quek or Zach Wallace, Hockey School is open to all irrelevant how fit they are.
Everyone is welcome
Hockey is an inclusive sport for everyone; all children are welcome, irrelevant of background, religion or race, Hockey is a wonderful sport that embraces everyone.
Hockey is more than just the game
Hockey, like all sports, is not only about enjoying the game but making and building friendships that last long after your child stops playing Hockey.
- Making new friends on and off the pitch
- Developing leadership skills
- Developing team camaraderie skills
- Growing confidence
Hockey is a great way for your son / daughter to be active that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
- General fitness with great cardio workouts
- Great hand to eye co-ordination
- Increased strength and stamina
Being a new field hockey player can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are many skills a field hockey player should learn and knowing where to start is important. These five basic field hockey skills are commonly taught by club and high school coaches, as well as at hockey camps, and are a great way to improve a beginner’s game.
It is important that you have a great first touch and move the ball in the direction of where space is available. An example of a good touch is being able to receive and move the ball to either right or left, which will indirectly create space between you and a defender. This will give you time to scan the field and identify your next move. To work on creating a great first touch, work on receiving the ball from different angles and spots on the field.
Leading is a great skill to have when trying to get into a good position on the field. Understanding the player on the ball and anticipating where the ball might go will increase your ability to lead better on the field, while also creating space between you and the defender.
No matter the position, having accurate passing can lead to crucial plays during a game. You may want to work on different styles of passing most commonly found during your position. For example, a striker will want to work on a one-touch pass, while a midfielder will want to work on passing off the right or left foot.
Having a powerful hit is a great skill to have in your position. Many factors go into having a powerful and accurate hit such as head, foot, body, and ball position. It is important that when during a hit to make sure your hip is rotating, your body weight is transferring forward, and your head is on top of the ball. This will help your hit be more accurate and powerful.
Flat stick tackle
Having a clean flat stick tackle is what every field hockey player should make on the field. Committing too early to the tackle and being flat-footed can cause you to make a bad tackle, which can result in injury or being carded. Just be patient, wait for the right moment, and make sure to keep your stick down to make a clean tackle.[/dt_sc_fancy_ul]
Trent Valley Hockey Club
Address: Trent College, Derby Rd, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 4AD
You can wear whatever makes your son / daughter feel comfortable. To maintain the safety of the youngest budding players, we have to insist on that the list below is mandatory;
- Mouth guard
- Drink (minimal 500ml sports bottle), we recommend water
- Warm top that can be put on top of the child’s t-shirt top
You may see a number of other children in Trent kit but this isn’t mandatory for Hockey School. If you your son / daughter does want Trent Hockey kit you can buy it from our online shop.