Welcome to West 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 West Hockey information you need including contact details of our committee members. We will update this dedicated West Hockey page and documents regularly before our West 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 volunteers there are now eight new Area Companies set up and working towards the delivery of hockey for the 2021/22 season.
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.
The League Regulations referred to above are in the final stages of approval and will be issued shortly.
If you have any questions the main contacts for West Hockey are shown below
Chair- Jan Bowen. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
West Hockey Junior Leagues & Competitions group has been working both locally and nationally on the Junior Competition Framework and Regulations for the 20/21 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/Sub-areas and Areas are also being reviewed for 2021-2022 and information on the proposed formats and regulations will be available shortly. If you have any further questions on the Junior Club or Schools Competitions please feel free to get in touch with Liz Powell at email@example.com
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. 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.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Area masters please contact Martin Jenkins. 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 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 with the Chair sitting on both the OWG and the Area Company 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.
The responsibilities of the AOC are:
- To recruit, develop and assess neutrally appointed umpires and umpire support.
- To appoint officials to EH Area Leagues and EH Competitions.
- To support the recruitment, and development of Club umpires, working with Cluster Leads and Umpire Club 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 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 within the GMS.
Chair: Peter Hammond. 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 West Hockey a great success. You can help us achieve that by applying for one of the following vacant roles:
Adult League & Competitions
- Divisional Secretaries
- Communications Officer
- Indoor Hockey Lead
Junior Leagues & Competitions
- Competition Deliverers
- Communications Officer
- Young Umpire Lead
- Team Managers
- Masters competition Organiser
- Lead Selector
- Communication Officer
Interested in other roles and/or committees? Get involved! Send us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org