Our Club is run by volunteers without whom we would not be able to play and enjoy hockey. There are always lots of jobs to be done and all of us can help to make the running of the Club as easy as possible.
In order to provide a safe environment for all our members, we require all coaches and key volunteers to undergo some checks and training according to their role. This may include a Disclosure and Barring Service check and Safeguarding training. We expect all our volunteers to adhere to the Club’s codes, policies and procedures. The Club uses Pitchero to manage its hockey operations. As volunteers when our players, the parents of our juniors and our coaches register on Pitchero they indicate their agreement to follow the Club’s codes, policies and guidelines.
We are keen to offer opportunities for volunteers to become coach qualified and also for current, qualified coaches to develop their coaching skills and qualification level. You can find out details about the coaching development pathway and coordinating details here. Minimum ages for some coaching courses are: Coaching Club Workshop programmes = 16 years and the Sessional Coach course = 18 years.
The Club is keen to financially support anyone who puts their name forward and will fund candidates who undertake to volunteer their time to coach at our Junior Academy or at Senior training sessions in order to give the Club a return on its investment.
If you want to discuss how you can develop as a Club coach, please contact our Club Development Officer.
We’re always on the lookout for fresh umpiring talent and anyone interested in becoming an umpire should contact the Club’s Umpire Development Officer (UDO) Mike Dutton. Mike will continue to make it his business to help bring on budding talent (young or not-so-young) and guide him/her through the qualification process, in close association with the DHUA. All our umpires are officially “affiliated” to Sidmouth & Ottery HC, and listed as such on the DHUA website. Find out more about the England Hockey Umpire Development Pathway.
Our volunteers are coordinated as follows:
Volunteer-run sports clubs are always looking for support to operate and, ours is no exception. Most sports clubs are run by a core of dedicated volunteers who recognise the need to play their part and to “give back” after having benefitted from the time willingly donated by those who are passionate about our sport. The facts of life are that, a club that fails to recruit volunteers will wither and die. Unsurprisingly, we do not want this to happen!
We are currently having a drive to recruit volunteers to give a small amount of their time to support the Club – for junior and senior related activities. You might wish to do this because you are a club member and you have not yet stepped forward or, you are a parent whose children are part of our junior academy or, both! We cannot pay you for these services. However, we would really appreciate it if you would step forward to help us out. Please do get in touch email.