we hope you had a fab Christmas and New Year and are ready to start again. There is something for everyone in this email but please can I ask parents of U14 and 16 players to read it especially carefully.
Dates for your diary:
6th January – Fun Run. 10am meet for 10.30 start. 5K or 10k or just a dog walk, it’s up to you. Adults £10, juniors £5, juniors and dogs must be accompanied. There is a cake sale and cakes are needed for it too.
9th January – indoor hockey starts, 5 to 6 at The Howard School Sports Hall. Year 4 and up.
13th January – U8/10/12 training starts.9.30. U14/16 see below.
13th January – 11.00 for 11.30 U14s versus Folkestone, home fixture. Please could all U14s let me know your availability for this asap. We will get as many people as possible a game but if too many are available and you don’t get to play you will play in the next one.
13th January – 12.30 for 1.00 U16s versus Holcombe, home fixture. Can the U16s let Joel know their availability as soon as possible please.
20th January – U8/10/12 fixtures. Details to follow.
10th January – U14/16 training 8 to 9.30. Please the following for rationale:
The coaching team met over the holidays to discuss getting the best from your children on the hockey pitch. We felt that the Sunday training sessions were very disrupted and the continuity was not contributing to good training sessions particularly for the older age groups. To this end we have taken the decision to move U14 and 16 training to Thursday evenings from 8.00 to 9.30.Many of the players already attend this session and those of you who are approaching 13 would have been invited to this one before the end of this season too.
Some of the benefits of this session are that the pitch will be available for more reasonable match times, the coaching team can give your children more consistent attention. You will also train with the people you will be playing with at the weekend when you start to play senior hockey. Parking is easier on a Thursday!
If this new time is going to cause anyone major problems please get in touch with me or any of the coaching team.
The first session will be on the 10th January.
Adults who normally train on a Thursday are still more than welcome.
All the best,
the GAHC Juniors Coaching team.