Welcome to South East 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 South East Hockey information you need including contact details of our committee members. We will update this dedicated South East Hockey page and documents regularly before our South East 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 is now eight new Area Companies set up and working towards the delivery of hockey for the 2021/22 season.
South East Hockey brings together different leagues and organisations from within the South East 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 in the South East Area we will be offering:
- Adult Leagues & Competitions
- Junior Leagues & Competitions
- Schools Competitions
- Masters Leagues & Competitions
- Officiating support for both appointed and club umpires
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 2021/22 with the creation of 8 areas instead of 5 regions, with consistent league regulations across the country. The format of the leagues and the fixtures for each area can be found at the link below, together with fixture dates, which again are broadly consistent across all areas. 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 Area divisions are Grades 2 to 5.
There will be a new Game Management System (GMS) in place and all of the fixtures for all areas will be entered into this. Club and team contacts will have access to the relevant parts of the GMS, and full training will be given. Clubs will need to enter venues and times for all fixtures within a given timescale. The system will also incorporate the appointment of officials.
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 teamsheets 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.
If you have any questions the main contacts for South East Area are shown below:
Chair: Julie Bradshaw - firstname.lastname@example.org
Area League Manager: Nicola Wilkes - email@example.com
South East Area Junior Working Group has been working both locally and nationally on the Junior Competition Framework and Regulations for the 2021-2022 season. Please find along the right hand side of this page documents relating to Junior Competition which we hope will help with planning for your junior activity.
Fixtures will be entered on to the Game Management System (GMS) and clubs will responsible for entering venue details, match times and ensuring all their team contacts are kept up to date. The Regulations for 2021-2022 are in the process of being finalised and will be available shortly.
The Schools' Competitions run by the Counties and the Areas are also being reviewed for 2021-2022 and information on the proposed formats and regualtions will be available shortly. If you have any further questions on the Junior Club and Schools Competitions please feel free to get in touch with Melinda Rock, who's details are below
Junior Leagues and Competitions Chair: Melinda Rock - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Player Pathway is largely unchanged by the Governance restructure for the 2021-2022 season. DC & AC activity will continue to be provided by Counties or organised by the area in London only. Details for the programme in the South East Area can be found on the county websites.
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 and 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.
Following changes to the adult league structure this season, Area masters are also working to develop, or build on, existing master’s leagues for 2022/23.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Area masters please contact:
John Hughes - email@example.com
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 (OWG). The Branch Areas to which the members are registered correspond to the new Areas established by EH and the Branch Area Committees are synonymous with the Area Officiating Committees (AOC) with the Chair sitting on both the OWG and the Area Company Management Committee.
The objectives of the EHO is 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.
League regulations have already been standardised in England.
The responsibilities of the AOC are:
- To recruit, develop and assess neutrally appointed umpires and umpire support.
- To appoint officials to the EHL and the Area Leagues together with 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 League and Competitions appointments.
- To deliver Technical Official (TO) 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 Officiating Management System (OMS), now enhanced through its integrationt with the Games Management System (GMS).
The main South East Area Officiating Committee Contact is:
Chair: Paul Shackman - firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of contacts on the above list will be increased as committee members are confirmed.
The Area Discipline Administrator is David Shields who can be contacted by email at email@example.com
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:
Adult League and Competitions Divisional Reps (up to a further 10 required)
If you are interested in helping out in any way please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org