Welcome to London Hockey!
We are one of the 8 new Areas responsible for delivering hockey activity on behalf of our governing body, England Hockey.
In this section you will be able to find all the London Hockey information you need including contact details of our committee members. We will update this dedicated London Hockey page and documents regularly before our London Hockey website launches in September 2021.
At the England Hockey AGM in September 2020 the membership of England Hockey resoundingly voted in favour of the proposed structural changes set out in A Structure Fit for the Future. This set in motion the most significant changes to local hockey for the 800 clubs and numerous associations for generations and tasked England Hockey with leading the process.
Since September a huge amount of work has been done supported by over 250 volunteers on various working groups, locally and nationally, to guide the development of the proposals. The nature of the changes required has meant different starting points and activities required according to the current structures in place. Thanks to the work undertaken by the Areas there are now eight new Area Companies set up and working towards the delivery of hockey for the 2021/22 season.
London Hockey brings together different leagues and organisations from within the London Area with the aim to provide the best possible hockey experience for all existing participants, from players and clubs to volunteers, officials and those new to hockey.
We will be working closely with clubs, schools and local organisations to develop and grow the sport by offering a wide range of opportunities to play hockey, opening up the sport to all.
Ensuring everyone has access to our activities and will be able to participate on and off the field will be the cornerstone of our success.
From August 2021 the London Area will be offering:
- Adult Leagues & Competitions
- Junior Leagues & Competitions
- Junior Player Pathways - Development Centres, Academy Centres & Camps
- Schools Competitions
- Masters Leagues & Competitions
- Officiating Club - London
We will also be supporting programmes delivered locally to encourage people to take part, through clubs, including Flyerz Hockey, Schools Outreach, Walking Hockey and much more.
Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more about how to get involved!
The adult league structure for the whole of England is changing from the 2021/22 season with the creation of 8 Areas and consistent league regulations across the country that we hope will help to make club administrators’ lives easier.
London Hockey League Structure
London Hockey will be launching the London Hockey League this September.
The men’s and ladies league structure have been finalised and can be found in the documents on this page.
Please note the Grade of the divisions your teams are playing in, as this will impact how the league regulations affect each team. EHL divisions are Grade 1 and London Area divisions are Grades 2 to 5.
The new regulations for adult league hockey are in the final stages of approval and will be published very soon.
The fixtures are now available on the GMS system, which your Club Administrator on the system will have access to. Once player registration is open on GMS, you will be able to access them there under your own account.
Please note there have been a number of changes since fixtures were originally posted at fixtures.englandhockey.co.uk so please use the GMS version as these are the most up to date.
There are a few features of note for clubs:
- All London Hockey League divisions will start on on 18 September or 25 September (with exception of a few smaller divisions)
- The fixtures generated aim to balance home and away fixtures for clubs to optimise pitch space and make club administrators' lives easier.
- There is a standard one week league break during October and February half terms with the EH Club Championships running these weeks. Information on how to enter the EH Club Championships will be shared by England Hockey soon. This is based on feedback from club surveys and will be reviewed after the first year.
Game Management System
A new Game Management System (GMS) will be in place for player registrations, fixture management for all fixtures in England and appointments of officials.
For example, clubs will need to enter venues and times for all fixtures within a given timescale and team managers and captains will be responsible for match day administration.
An important part of this system is that every player will need to register on the system and this will form the basis for online team sheets for every game, irrespective of area or level of the game. This player registration will ensure that a fair selection policy is maintained, guided by the regulations, and a transfer process if players wish to move clubs.
With so much to bring together across the sport it is going to take time to get things right and the system that will launch ready for the new season will be the first step. The processes will be somewhat different for most clubs, teams, league and competition administrators and the new system will be gradually improved based on your feedback.
There will be plenty of opportunities in August and September to engage in Game Management System training. This will be particularly relevant if you are a Club Administrator (ie Club Captain, Fixtures Secretary, or Membership Secretary) or a Team Administrator (Team Captain or Manager).
Register here if you would like to attend an online system briefing / training.
England Hockey will provide more updates on the new system, what it will do and how clubs will be expected to work with it over coming weeks.
Adult Leagues & Competitions Committee contacts
Paul Mangat - Committee Chair & League Administrator Women + Men Prem - Div 3
Liz Laird - League Administrator Women Div 4 - 7
Richard Chere - League Administrator Men Div 4 - 7
David Lloyd-Williams - GMS Manager
The team can be reached via email@example.com
Specific email accounts will be listed and communicated in the next couple of weeks.
The London Area Junior Working Group has been working both locally and nationally on the Junior Competition Framework and Regulations for the 2021/22 season. Please find along the right hand side of this page documents relating to Junior Competitions which we hope will help with planning for your junior activity.
Junior clubs will be contacted about their team entries for the various leagues in August.
Fixtures will be entered on to the Game Management System (GMS) and clubs will be responsible for entering venue details, match times and ensuring all their team contacts are kept up to date. The Junior Hockey Regulations for the 2021/22 season are in the process of being finalised and will be available shortly.
The Schools' Competitions run by the Sub Areas (counties) and Areas are also being reviewed for 2021/22 and information on the proposed formats and regulations will be available shortly. The competitions in the London Area will be run by the Area.
Junior Leagues & Competitions Committee contacts
Judith Jones, Committee Chair & Club Competitions firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Marlow, Schools Competitions email@example.com
The Player Pathway remains largely unchanged for the 2021-22 season. However in the London Area, DC & AC activity will be provided by London Hockey. Details for the programme in the London Area can be found in the documents on the right hand side of this page.
For more information on the new talent structure please go to https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/play/future-talent-strategy
The 8 Area masters leads are working with EH to deliver consistent policies and procedures for their Area and representative teams. Policies on roles for team managers, head coaches, player eligibility, selection, Area tournaments are all being considered. Improved alignment with the international programme is also being addressed. It is hoped that in 2022 Area tournaments will include all 8 Areas, at all age groups, but where that may not be possible just yet, Areas may join together to make a team.
Masters Area Tournaments 2022
Men Dates Team Manager Women Dates Team Manager O35 21/22 May Jack Marfleet O35 14/15 May Kate Woolridge O40 11/12 June Jonny Oliver O40 21/22 May Gemma Baker O45 21/22 May TBA O45 11/12 June TBA O50 11/12 June Andrew Spooner O50 14/15 May Penny Woods O55 21/22 May Steven Mills O50 21/22 May TBA O60 11/12 June Steven Mills O60 11/12 June Sara Walker O65 25/26 June TBA O65 21/22 May TBA O70 11/12 June Ben Rea
O75 29 June Ben Rea
Following changes to the adult league structure this season, the 8 Area Masters are also working to develop, or build on, existing Masters Leagues for the 2022/23 season and beyond. In London, that will be defining existing men’s leagues with adjacent Areas and building on new women’s Sunday leagues. We also aim to further develop the London summer league programme across the London Area at our 3 hubs; Teddington (SW), Southgate (N) and Bromley & Beckenham (SE).
Masters Hockey Committee contact
Sara Walker - Committee Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org
England Hockey Officiating (EHO) is a Proprietary Club owned by England Hockey to which all umpires, umpire support and technical officials belong. EH has devolved the management of EHO to the Officiating Working Group. The EHO Branch Areas to which the members are registered correspond to the new Areas established by EH. Each Area has an Officiating Committee, the Committee Chair sits on both the OWG and the Area Management Committee.
The objectives of the EHO are to create opportunities for all to share best practice and innovative ideas in order to recruit and support officials at all levels of the game and to establish a uniform and consistent approach to officiating in England through national leadership and local delivery.
The OWG with the help of a skills based Officiating Operations Group will assist EH in the development of strategies and resources to improve the umpire, umpire support and young umpire pathways, create uniformly high standards of umpiring and umpire support, a consistent approach to umpire coaching and assessing and to improve the recruitment and development of technical officials. Already League rules and regulations have been standardised in England.
Officiating in London
The responsibilities of the Officiating Committee in London are:
- To recruit, develop and assess neutrally appointed umpires and umpire support.
- To appoint officials to London Hockey Leagues and EH Competitions.
- To support the recruitment, and development of club umpires, working with Club Umpire Developers to deliver workshops and members evenings and to facilitate the assessment of umpires.
- To recruit and educate young umpires, provide opportunities for their development and progress to Adult Leagues & Competitions appointments.
- To deliver Technical Official education and opportunities for TO development in clubs and to recommend TO appointments to leagues and competitions.
Appointments will continue to be made using the OMS now enhanced through its interface with the GMS within the Games Management System.
London Hockey Officiating Committee contacts
Tim Forte - Committee Chair - email@example.com
Julie Ferrett - Umpire Developer Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Mackintosh - Appointments Lead - email@example.com
Georga Reed - Club Liaison Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris O'Hagan - Young Umpire Lead - email@example.com
Stephen Mason - Technical Officiating Lead - firstname.lastname@example.org
Now we have held our inaugural Annual General Meeting we can share with you the names and contact details of the London Hockey committee members, chairs and directors. You will find the document on the righthand side.
We are already working with a fantastic group of people to deliver the best possible hockey experience for players, clubs, umpires, officials and volunteers.
However we do always welcome more volunteers to join our efforts to make the London Area a great success. You can help us achieve that by applying for one of the following vacant roles:
Assistant Area Discipline Administrator - 2 vacancies
Finance Officer (adults)
Finance Officer (juniors)
If you’d like to find out more please contact us via email@example.com
Interested in other roles and/or committees? Get involved! Send us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org
Paid roles (administrative support) and contracts (self-employed coaches) will be advertised separately via our website and social media.