Young Leaders can get involved in helping to deliver hockey in a variety of ways. England Hockey offers support to help develop the future leaders for clubs in a number of different ways, with a focus on Leadership, Umpiring and Coaching.
There are online training modules which support the development of young leaders’ knowledge of the game both in umpiring and coaching on the Hockey Hub, plus then specific Leadership training courses which can be delivered by clubs to support the delivery of the Quicksticks and In2Hockey formats. These are a great entry point to some of the more formal delivery of development within the England Hockey Coaching and Umpiring pathways.
The Leadership Courses and content are available to access from the Hockey Hub, with a club able to deliver to its own young leaders. The courses provide content focused on the delivery of these formats of the game (both coaching, and organising), how to introduce umpires, safeguarding considerations, and information on being a team manager.
For those Young Leaders wishing to focus specifically on umpiring, then the Introduction to Umpiring is the perfect starting point, and this can be attended from ages 12+; whilst for those that are already umpiring regularly and are slightly older, the Umpire Level 1 Courses can be booked via the Hockey Hub from aged 14+.
For young coaches, due to the safeguarding elements associated with positions of trust and player safety, the more formal courses can be accessed via Hockey Hub for young leaders aged 16+. It is recommended that young leaders younger than 16 access the Leadership content above and work as assistant coaches within their club environments before moving to the more formal content.