Coaching Commitment

Promise to Members

·     Every member will have access to a weekly coaching session throughout the season.

·     All senior section and Flyerz coaching will take place at Four Releet Sports Ground on the Astroturf.

·     Blue Hornets Junior section section age U8 to U16 takes place at Felsted School

·     School hockey training Primary and Secondary in the Dunmow area takes place at Helena Romanes School

·     School hockey training Primary and Secondary in the Braintree area takes place at Four Releet Sports Ground.

·     All (non-specialist) club coaching sessions will be led by UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualified coaches.

·     All those wishing to coach will have access to gain relevant experience and where possible support in taking a coaching qualification.

Commitment for the 2015/16 season

a)   Coaching

All members will have access to a training session throughout the season. Men's will be Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm and women's will be Tuesdays 7.30-9:30pm.

Both sessions will be led by a minimum of a UKCC level 2 qualified coach (including coaches currently going through the Level 2 qualification process) with the desire to improve and develop their coaching. Coaches will also accompany the respective 1st XIs to all matches.

The club will aim to get managers for all senior teams ideally level 1 coaching minimum.

b)   Fitness

While some coaches may dedicate some existing session time to fitness on the whole fitness to play at an appropriate level is an individual responsibility.

c)   Goalkeeper Coaching (Specialist)

All Goalkeepers will additionally be able to access goalkeeper specific coaching which will take place on an ad hoc basis led by a senior Goalkeeper or qualified coach with specialist goalkeeper experience.

d)   Summer Hockey

The club also runs non-coached, fun, social, mixed summer hockey games for anyone playing adult hockey. These run Wednesdays 7.30-9pm from May until mid-August.

Rush Hockey Sessions will take place during the summer on a Thursday night. These are sessions aimed for members and non –members to have a go and players without experience.

e)   Coach Development

The club is committed to producing and developing its own coaches and will support any member wishing to become a coach or develop their existing coaching level. There is a budget to fund those wishing to take England Hockey coaching courses but the Club Coach and Playing Officer must first agree each proposal. Such individuals are expected to apply their coaching skills to the good of other club members. All members whose coaching course is paid for by the club will be required to do a minimum of 20 hours coaching for the club.

f)    Coaching needs

Where appropriate and/or necessary the club will support existing coaches attending relevant courses such as first aid.

g)   DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checks

All club coaches including any unqualified helpers in the junior section must subject themselves to a DBS (formerly CRB) check.

h)   Insurance

The coaching activities of all registered club coaches (see k) are covered by the Club's Insurance.

i)    Coaches Audit

The Club's Secretary maintains an up-to-date register of Club Coaches that provides proof of coaching levels, DBS checks and other relevant qualifications e.g. first aid.

The Club Coach  maintains an up-to-date register of Club-owned coaching equipment.

Future Aims

·     To improve the experience and level of all club coaches.

·     To increase the number of qualified coaches.

·     To establish a performance pathway for playing members wishing to develop and improve.