Secondary age hockey
We welcome players of all abilities of secondary school age. Boys and girls in years 7-10 play in our Beavers and Badgers teams, which play in a Greater Manchester/Cheshire consortium league. This year we have two Beavers teams and two Badgers teams who compete with other clubs from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire on Saturday afternoons. Beavers are mixed gender teams of year 7 and 8s while Badgers players are year 8-10; this year we have one all boys team and one mixed gender team. These games are played as friendlies to help development and players are given equal opportunity to play and have pitch time.
You can look up the fixtures for all the Badgers and Beavers teams here. They are always held on Saturday afternoons, usually between 12.30 and 4.30pm.
Players start to move into Ladies or Mens teams when ready from the age of 13, although this varies depending on many factors – not just playing ability.
We always try to balance our teams so that individuals are playing at the right level for their development, and also with at least a quorum of their year/peer group. If you have any queries about your player’s development or progress, please contact the Junior Development Lead, Dom Maguire.
We expect players to show commitment to matches and be versatile in both where they play on the pitch as well as their team. It is important that availability is given as soon as possible to enable our volunteer managers to confirm teams can play in good time.
Age Group Competitions – England Hockey Cup and North West Leagues
We enter teams into the England Hockey Cup competition each year across all age groups: U12, U14, U16 and U18. There is also a new England Hockey competition framework introducing regional leagues. Therefore, this year, we have also entered U14 and U16 teams into the new North West Junior Leagues. You can find out more about the EH Cup and NW leagues here.
For more information on squads, contact your age group team manager:
U12 Greater Manchester League
Greater Manchester Hockey competitions for boys and girls U12 teams are held on Sundays
approximately once a month at the Armitage Centre. These are 7 a side games and we include our
year 6s in these squads to give the chance for them to develop before they enter Beavers in Year 7.
Forthcoming dates are: 31 October, 14 November, 5 December 2021 and 23 January, 6 March and 10