Saints Academy: Ages 5-17
Hockey is the fastest growing sport in the UK.
Our Saints Academy (known as Colts, Badgers and Wombles) aims to help 'inspire the future' in this great, family-friendly sport. We are specialist sport partners with several local schools including Kimbolton School and Longsands Academy.
All new and returning players are welcome. Feel free to turn up at a training session or if you would like any further information please contact Tim Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ali Stubbs on 01480 473460 and email@example.com.
England Hockey Certified Coaching
Our coaches are EHB-certified to Level 1 or Level 2 and we operate best practice NGB standards and child safeguarding in our Academy.
We welcome volunteer parents who can help, under the supervision of coaches, to get the most out of each session. Goalkeeper development is supported with dedicated coaches as well as integration into team skills and small-sided games.
No previous hockey experience or knowledge is required. Here's a Hockey starter on the game.
Training & Games are on a Sunday
The Academy is active in a full range of national and local competitions. It also offers a player pathway to - by invitation - access evening adult training from age 12 and up.
Academy training is held on a Sunday morning, split into 2 main sessions, each with multiple coaching groups:
- Wombles/Badgers (10-11.30am) which comprises of players aged 12 or under, split into age and skill appropriate groups.
- Colts for ages 12 to 18 (11.30-1pm), who can also train and play in our adult and youth development teams from age 13.
Our season runs from September - June, pausing for school holidays, but running during half term.
You can see our latest term dates on our calendar here.
Just to give an idea, here were our previous 2017/18 season dates:
- Winter Term start on 9th September 2018 and runs to 16th December 2018. In icy weather Astro pitches can freeze, so be prepared for a few cancellations - we often cannot tell before we all arrive at the pitch. There is a heated changing room facility beside the pitch, and sometimes we even produce teas and coffees from the kitchen! If you're watching and cold, just ask our coaches and we'll try and open it up for you!
- Spring term start on 6th January 2019 and runs to 31 March 2019 inclusive (we don't stop for half term)
- Summer term recommenced 28th April 2019 and runs until June 30th 2019 inclusive. There are a few bank holiday dates this term where we may skip a week.
We welcome players of all ages and abilities. We have a supply of training sticks to use if you are new to hockey.
Children need to come along wearing clothes and footwear suitable for sport and layers for when it gets cold, including gloves. We recommend all children wear gum guards and shin pads.
Why Get Involved in Hockey?
We are an active, family-friendly and motivated club, with a wide, community hockey focus going beyond the vicinity of St Neots. Everyone in the family can play a part in hockey - from beginner/fun to performance level.
We are based at Longsands College where there is a brand-new latest generation astroturf pitch and great amenities.
Hockey is the fastest-growing team sport in the UK. At an international level there is a growing following, and the GB teams are progressing steadily up the rankings.
Since 2012, with the Olympics coming to London, there have been great opportunities for hockey as the fastest growing sport of its type. For the first time ever, our GB Womens team made the final of the Champions Trophy, and gained a silver medal ahead of Holland and Germany, losing only to Argentina.
Great Britain are typically more successful at Hockey than Football, with our Womens team winning Bronze (and the Mens team were placed 4th) in the London Olympics itself. More recently, in 2016 at the Rio Olympics our Womens team won their first Gold medal - alongside some volunteers from St Neots club - and this should allow continued development of hockey as a participation sport.
We have a strong and growing academy section where children from a wide selection of local schools are having fun building the future of the club, employing EHB qualified coaches.
We are affiliated to the England Hockey Board (NGB), where we have access to performance coaching as our young hockey players develop their skills. We typically enter the Girls and Boys U14/U16 Nationals, giving players age appropriate Sunday competition opportunities.
We operate a Youth Development Squad as a route for players to progress to our Mens, Ladies, Mixed and (eventually) Veteran teams, which play in Saturday and Sunday leagues mostly across East Anglia.