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2. Opening Notices for 2021-22 Season


Welcome!
Welcome to the new season! As we slowly emerge from the Covid pandemic, of masks, isolation and vaccinations we are starting to get back to normality. We are really pleased to be back again, offering hockey to our young players and having some fun along the way.

We have some great new additions to our club this year along with the high quality coaches we offer to juniors.

Coaching Team
Our coaching team is, once again, truly outstanding - and a line up that few junior clubs can match. What is most impressive is not only the skill and knowledge that this team brings, but their desire to ensure the game is fun and enjoyable and brings out the best in our young players.

Sam Djavit
The club have once again appointed Sam Djavit as Men's 1st XI Head Coach and he will lead the Boys U12 and Mixed U10s groups this year, not only because of the energy & enthusiasm he brings to the role but his experience in working with young players (National Age Groups & Performance Centres). He will really help develop our young players. Sam will also be keeping a close eye on the Boys Academy (which will run midweek) to help bridge the gap on getting young talent into 1st XI squads of the future.

Juan Gomez
Juan will be back with BromBecks for the coming season both as a 1st XI player and in a wider remit as Club Development Coach. He recently completed his FIH Hockey level 3 qualification (FIH is the FIFA of Hockey). Juan has previously played in the Spanish Honor Division, as well as in the top league in Buenos Aires, his native homeland. Juan's coaching roles with us will be split amongst junior and senior commitments, where he will lead the Boys Academy and run the U14 Junior groups for both boys and girls while overseeing the whole of the Junior programme.

Mark Robinson
Mark is also returning to the U16 girls group this season. His impressive resume in taking our Ladies 1st XI into a strong position in the National League demonstrated his excellent credentials. Mark's commitment and passion to the club over the past few seasons has been superb and we are confident that he will develop the girls into outstanding players of the future.

There are also a host of other coaches with huge coaching and playing experience - many have played National League Hockey, and so we can look forward to great coaching for the kids.

Coronavirus
This season sees hockey return to “Stage 5” which is the reduction of all playing restrictions. Clearly we still need to be vigilant. There are also requirements on you, as parents, to check that your child is not feeling unwell with any of the symptoms of Coronavirus. It’s a simple rule, if they are not feeling well - don’t turn up; we won’t hold it against you!

Volunteers
As always we are looking for some help from the parents. The club is run by volunteers and any help, however small, is really appreciated. We are especially looking for group/team administrators (no specific hockey experience is needed) this would help enormously. Without these we will struggle to run matches and training sessions.

All the leagues and matches are already arranged and the - so it is not a difficult or time consuming activity.

There are discounts available for taking up some roles - so please take a look at the Membership sheet. If you want some more information from a parent who has done this before - please let me know and I can put you in touch with someone, so you can understand what is involved. It’s pretty simple and these are administrative roles - so no hockey experience required!

What about helping by posting updates from matches on social media, or writing a match report (only a few lines). There are many ways to help, some of them fairly simple.

So please - if you think you might be able to help a little please let me know juniors@brombeckshockey.com or speak to your group coach after a session.

Any help is most welcome!

Season Dates
The dates for the season are available here:

Training Sessions
We have made some changes to the structure of the training groups this year with the following structure in place. This can be found here.

England Hockey - Changes to the Structure
Many of you may not be aware - but England Hockey (our governing body) have undertaken a significant reform of the governance structures of the game - and this has ramifications for the club. The first is that they have changed the “boundaries” and we now fall into London as opposed to the South East (which is parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex). The intention is to make hockey more local and reduce travelling times - which we would all welcome. They have also changed the “player pathway” - so that our players will no longer feed into Kent, but now into London. Some “county hockey” will remain, but the Performance centres are being withdrawn.There remain a lot of challenges with this as the new “pathway” is unclear and we have been working with the London organisation over the last year to help make sense of this. I will explain more to anyone who would like to know.

Covid and last Season Donations
Last season the club had to end the season early and we offered refunds on subscriptions. We are hugely grateful to all of those parents who donated their refund back to the club. We have committed to improve the facilities at Langley Park and have opened conversations with the Langley Park trust. This will take a little time to work through, and if anyone would like to help with this project - we would be hugely grateful. Drop a line to admin@brombeckshockey.com if you would like to help in any capacity.

Contacts
If you have any queries about the group please feel free to drop the coaching team an email.

Group Contacts

  • admin@brombeckshockey.com - for any enquiries
  • u6hockey@brombeckshockey.com
  • under8mixed@brombeckshockey.com
  • under10mixed@brombeckshockey.com
  • under12boys@brombeckshockey.com
  • under12girls@brombeckshockey.com
  • under14boys@brombeckshockey.com
  • under14girls@brombeckshockey.com
  • under16boys@brombeckshockey.com
  • under16girls@brombeckshockey.com
  • under18boys@brombeckshockey.com
  • under18girls@brombeckshockey.com

One to One Coaching Sessions
The club is again offering one to one training sessions to any club member. These will be with one of our elite coaches and represent a great opportunity to really improve those skills with some dedicated pitch time. There will be a cost to the sessions , but if you are interested please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at coaching@brombeckshockey.com.

Elite Development - Academy (Boys)
We will once again be offering a development group that will train midweek. This is by invitation and will be coached by Juan Gomez. An excellent opportunity for the boys to get first rate coaching from a high quality coach. This will be run on a 10 week basis 3 times across the season. We will be targeting different age groups during the year. We are aiming for an older group for the autumn term and younger group for the spring and summer terms.

Specialist Session - Goalkeeping
Our very popular goalkeeper sessions will be running once more this year. As we continue to partner with specialist provider Fortitude we offer a monthly GK session. The numbers for these sessions are limited, but if you are a GK and are interested - please contact admin@brombeckshockey.com. These have proved hugely successful and popular in the past 2 years.

Specialist Sessions - Drag Flicking
We are really pleased to be able to offer some specialist drag flicking sessions from Juan. These will be run ad-hoc depending on demand. Please contact coaching@brombeckshockey.com for details.

Indoor Hockey
This year we will also be offering many of the groups a chance to play Indoor hockey. As a coaching team we believe that this is an essential part of any player's development and we will be running separate sessions on a Friday night for the different groups - along with some matches against other clubs and the chance to enter the Regional qualifying competition. This will be charged at an additional cost - as the indoor hall has to be hired, and the sessions will be led by Tom Hamilton.

Subscriptions
For the first time in 3 years we are increasing the costs of our junior subs. We don’t increase our costs lightly. It is worth explaining the reasons behind this decision. One of our main pitch suppliers has raised their costs and we need to cover this increase; this is aligned to the fact that the season is 4 weeks longer than last year (and we need to hire additional weeks). We have also had some internal accounting changes imposed on us. On the positive side we are expecting to play a lot more matches, and this combined with the quality of the coaches that we provide, I trust that you will still consider us good value for money. All payments must be made electronically through our club site (we are no longer accepting cash or cheques) - all the joining details can be found here https://www.brombeckshockey.com/payments

Kit
As you may be aware our kit is now provided online by our kit partner - Hawkinsport. For the minis - u8, u10, u12 we have a range of significantly cheaper kit available as we know that these age groups grow so fast! All the kit can be found and purchased on a dedicated portal here: https://www.hawkinsport.co.uk/clubs/hockey-clubs/bromley-and-beckenham-hockey-club. It will be delivered directly to your home address. Please look out for the other training kit as well.

Feedback
We are also looking to hold a meeting for all parents to hear what we are doing and where we are going. The intention is to hold this in September at some point - and it will be online. So please keep an eye out for that invite. There is a huge amount of change in the world of hockey - the biggest in a generation, so it is worth listening in to hear what the future holds.

Andy Willis
Many of you will have dealt with Andy at some point as he has run the junior section for the last 10 years, and been involved for the last 15. This year he has decided to stand down from his role as co-chairman. Having worked with Andy in the juniors for the last 10 years I know the amount of time, energy and dedication he has put in - it is an amazing contribution to the club and to the children. The club is a terrific place largely due to his efforts and I would like to thank Andy for his leadership, counsel and friendship over that time. Andy won’t be leaving us as he will continue to act as Treasurer for another year before handing that role over too. We will ensure that we give Andy a proper “thank you” before the end of the season.

Paul Wilson
Paul has been working in the junior club for the last 10 years, undertaking a number including team manager to a very successful girls U14s and U16s teams. Latterly he has been doing a crucial “behind the scenes” role at the club undertaking the validation of the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service submission - a mandatory requirement for all adults involved in junior activity - and something that the club could not operate without. It is a process that Paul has made very efficient and we thank him hugely for his efforts. Likewise he will not leave the club without a “thank you”.

Finally, and in summary, we wish you an enjoyable season of hockey, especially after the challenges of lockdown, and we look forward to seeing you around the pitches in the coming weeks and months.

Thanks,
Tom & Andy
Co-chairman Bromley and Beckenham Junior Hockey Club

juniors@brombeckhockey.com