Thanks for volunteering your time to coach. We hope that you will enjoy the role and working with the Club’s coaching team.
The information below gives all those involved in Club coaching knowledge and understanding of their roles and, how the Club maintains a safe environment for all its members.
Club coaching sessions are delivered by a qualified lead coach with a team of volunteer coaches, qualified coach assistants and helpers drawn from the Club’s playing members and parents/carers. Each has a key role in managing and delivering coaching that inspires players, improves performance and is appropriate to the wide range of player ability across the Club – at senior level and in the Junior Academy. Effective and efficient administration is also key to running safe training and our team of volunteers support the Academy pitch-side and behind the scenes. You can see who some of these people are here.
Role descriptions for coaches and helpers can be found here.
You will have young players in your coaching groups. When delivering coaching to young people you are effectively in “loco parentis”. This means that you are in a position of trust “in the place of a parent” and as such you take on some of the “duty of care” responsibilities of a parent/carer when coaching players Under 18 or when supporting a team manager at a junior tournament.
As a Club we have set out the safeguarding practices you must follow to ensure that our young players will be safe and protected and that and other people they come into contact will conduct themselves appropriately. In addition, you will be asked to sign a Volunteer Agreement to confirm that you will follow the Club’s Code of Behaviour & Ethics and apply other relevant policies and procedures.
The key policies and procedures you need to be familiar with are:
The Club is registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), enabled by England Hockey. It is Club policy that all coaches and other key volunteers aged 16 and older will undergo a DBS check. Depending on your role and coaching qualification, you will also need to complete either an England Hockey Safeguarding Workshop or complete a short On-line Safeguarding course, according to your role. Lead Coaches will need a current Emergency First Aid training certificate. The Club will fund a coach’s course fees for DBS checks and other mandatory safeguarding courses.
We encourage our coaches to develop their coaching knowledge and skills by following our coach development pathway. We also encourage our coaches to become umpires. You can read about our approach to this here.
The coaching programme is designed by our Lead Coach to suit our juniors’ wide age and ability ranges. Enjoyment and fun are the key to running a successful junior academy. Our approach to this is to develop players who have the right attitude to playing our sport along with the developing hockey knowledge and skills. We spend as much time as possible using game-based play to prepare our juniors to play in competitive events – County and regional tournaments – and to be successful in the England Hockey Player Pathway. We aim to progress our juniors, when they are ready, to play senior league hockey from 13 years of age.