Welcome to Bowdon Hockey Juniors!
We welcome children from age 4-18 and are proud to see so many boys and girls enjoying their hockey. Our aim is to balance inclusion and access with performance to enable every player to achieve their goals, whatever level. We now have over 400 junior members including around 100 in Minis (Reception – Year 3), 90 in the Bowdon Bears (Years 4-6), 90 in the Beavers and Badgers squads (Years 7-9) and over 130 playing in senior teams.
During the 2020-21 season, we worked very hard to sustain every opportunity possible for our Juniors to continue to play hockey safely and enjoyably within the England Hockey COVID guidance.
There are several changes we need to prepare and allow for:
– The new England Hockey Talent Pathway
– England Hockey Competition Framework which will phase in more age group play on Sundays
– A new England Hockey Game Management System
Training for primary age: Sundays 9.30am – 10.45am (Rec – Year 3)
Sundays 11am – 12.15pm (Year 4 -6)
Fridays 5 – 6.30pm (Year 4 – 6)
Beavers and Badgers training: Mondays and Thursdays 5 – 6.30pm
Those playing in senior teams: As per adult teams training schedule
MATCHES AND COMPETITIONS
England Hockey U8, U10 and U12 leagues (previously known as the Greater Manchester Junior Hockey league). We will enter teams to this subject to parent volunteer support being available.
Saturday Cheshire Consortium League (Badgers and Beavers)
We have two Beavers and two Badgers teams this season:
Beavers: years 7 and 8
Badgers: year 8 to 10
Squads are often mixed and are put together to balance ability with keeping peer groups together as much as possible. Due to variable numbers and ability across different groups and limited pitch space, we can’t run separate teams for each gender/age group on Saturdays.
Players who are 13 will be invited to move into senior teams when they area ready; this is not just about age – coaches also consider ability, experience, attitude, physical size, maturity and ‘fit’. Again, we will aim to keep groups of peers together as much as possible.
England Hockey competitions
We will enter England Hockey Cup competitions for U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 boys and girls, subject to having sufficient numbers in each age group.
We will update this page with further information about the 2021/22 season over coming weeks, so do bookmark and stay in touch.
Meanwhile, if you think you could help in ANY way with the hockey section next season, please get in touch. You don’t need to know anything about hockey! For example, we need people to do team co-ordination, membership management, communications, website updates, organising social events, managing the pre-loved kit sales, fundraising, organising friendlies/fixtures etc
For any queries, please contact the Junior Chair, Julie Saunders.