Performance Centre Handbook

Performance Centre Handbook

To download the Handbook please click here. The full handbook also includes brief Centre Information sheets which have not been icluded on this webpage but are part of the dowloaded document and are available to download on the download page.

 

Southern Counties’ Hockey Association

Performance Centre Handbook

2017-18

 

Introduction

Congratulations on having been selected for the Performance Centre. It is a significant achievement in itself. Though this is where the hard work begins.

The intention of the Performance Centres is to develop an oversupply of candidates for the England Squads. To do this there are approximately 2 sessions per month, these will either be training sessions or match sessions.

This handbook is designed to contain policies and information that is relatively static from year to year. Information that changes, such as session times and dates, will be issued separately.

 

1      Table of Contents

  1. General Administration. 5

1.1         Registration. 5

1.2         Fees. 5

1.3         Absence from Performance Centre. 6

1.4         Absence from School 6

1.5         Injuries. 6

1.6         Welfare. 6

1.7         Website. 7

1.8         Cancelling Sessions. 7

1.9         Boarders. 7

1.10      Photography. 7

1.11      Channel Islanders. 8

1.12      Contacts. 8

1.13      Centre Allocation. 8

1.14      Insurance. 9

1.15      UK Lions. 9

2       Hockey. 10

2.1         Training Methodology. 10

2.2         Protective Equipment. 10

2.3         Kit. 10

2.4         Feedback. 11

3       Staffing. 12

4       Sessions. 13

4.1         Training. 13

4.2         Match Practice. 13

4.3         Cluster Competition. 13

4.4         U15 Selection Session. 14

4.5         Academy Centre. 14

5       Player Code of Contact. 15

6       Movement To and From Performance Centre. 16

6.1         What’s Next. 16

6.1.1          Futures’ Cup. 16

6.1.2          Next Season. 16

6.2         Transition and Selection. 17

6.3         Changing Centre. 17

7       Centre Information Sheets. 18

7.1         Caterham.. 18

7.2         Guildford. 20

7.3         Reading. 21

7.4         Southampton. 23

7.5         Tonbridge. 25

7.6         Weybridge. 27

7.7         Purley Walcountian HC. 28

7.8         The Abbey School 30

7.9         Bournemouth HC. 31

7.10      Holcombe HC. 32

7.11      Oxford Match Venues. 33

7.12      Northwood. 34


1. General Administration

1.1     Registration

Having trialled a new online registration system at Futures’ Cup in 2017, England Hockey released it for the Performance centres to use. We will be using it to capture:

  • information about the player and their guardians
  • issuing feedback
  • maintaining a calendar

We will not be using it to:

  • collect availability
  • collect the fees (consequent the payment method and payment state displayed may have default information in them or even information suggesting that the fees have not been paid)

All players will be sent an automatic link to register and are required to register. The link to the system is www.playerpathway.englandhockey.co.uk/members/sign_in.

1.2     Fees

The Fees for 2017-18 are:

  • £300
  • £200 Channel Islanders (see 1.10 below)

They are due by 10 September and should be paid to 30-92-45 43681268 (Southern Counties HA) using the individual payment reference that has been provided to you. Please note that the reference contains no punctuation or spaces, just numbers and letters.

The fees may be paid by instalments. The standard format is three equal payments of £100 payable on 10 September, 10 December and 10 February, using the above mechanism. Though Tony may agree other instalment plans if he feels it appropriate. To arrange to pay by instalments please email Tony.

Whilst a request to change to the standard three equal payments will not be declined, if it has not been requested the system will not have been updated and will assume a lump sum payment. In consequence, automatic reminders for outstanding amount will be generated.

1.3     Absence from Performance Centre

You are requested to try to attend all dates as the programme works best for you and the Coaches if you attend all sessions. This may mean putting the Performance Centre first above other potential clashes.

You are requested to report all absences as early as possible. If there is a significant number of player absences the overall design of the session may need to be altered.

It is expected that this will be done through the new online system. Details will be updated in September.

1.4     Absence from School

There are expected to be few clashes with the standard academic programme in this schedule, though for some the Saturday sessions may be an issue. For those who wish to try to be released from school commitments, EH have prepared a generic letter of request for absence which may be downloaded here.

1.5     Injuries

Minor, short-term injuries, those that are expected to last no more than a week or two, should just be reported in the same way as an absence.

Long term injuries should be emailed to Tony and your Centre Manager as soon as it is believed that an injury will be long term. Refunds may be available for long term injuries, if the injury does not allow you to complete the programme.

When carrying injuries, players should not play or train at Performance Centre. The intensity of the sessions is likely to exacerbate any existing condition.

However, injured players may attend to spectate. Depending on their injury it may be possible to get them involved with some of the exercises, usually by being a static feeder. It is the player’s decision as to what is relevant for them and there is no requirement for them to attend.

1.6     Welfare

If you have a welfare concern, please contact the South Welfare Officer, Josephine Carr, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 07976 742937.

Click here for the EH Welfare Policy, which can be found on their website.

1.7     Website

The South Hockey website is southhockey.org.uk. Under the ‘Perf Centre’ tab there is a whole section for the Performance Centres. If you have a question, please check there first as we do endeavour to keep it up to date.

1.8     Cancelling Sessions

Currently when a session is cancelled at short notice, details of the cancellation will be emailed to all parents and players.

The new system should allow us text this information instead. We will need to investigate the capabilities and the associated costs. It is likely that only one text per player will be sent, rather than one to the player and one to each of the parents.

1.9     Boarders / Guest Players

We appreciate that those at boarding school may have slightly different needs.

For those who can reasonably make the same centre from both home and school, then we will use this centre.

Where this is not practical then they will be assigned two centres one close to home, the other close to school. One of these will be designated their main centre (which will be their competition base) and one a guest centre. This will be done on a case by case basis as other factors such as:

  • whether they are a weekly or full-term boarder
  • distance of travel to competition centres (as much of the competition is in school holidays)
  • liaison with the other regional reps (where appropriate)

need to be taken in to consideration.

The EH policy is available at http://southhockey.org.uk/images/PerfCentres/EH_Guest_Players.pdf

1.10  Photography

We follow the standard England Hockey policies on photographic recordings. The full policy can be downloaded below.

Parents wishing to take photographs should download and complete the registration. It should be scanned and a copy sent to Tony, the original should be lodged with the centre.

1.11  Channel Islanders

Those from the Channel Islands are not expected to attend the Monday evening sessions. The island authorities with provide some sessions with mainland coaches locally. The fee to the Performance centre will be reduced and separate fees charged for the local sessions.

1.12  Contacts

Performance Centre Director

Tony Hilton

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020 8680 3681

Welfare

Josephine Carr

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07976 742937

The best way to contact Tony is by email.

Other contacts will be distributed separately as this document is freely available on the web.

1.13  Centre Allocation

This is a national programme with 17 centres across the country. Whilst we try to minimise the number of long journeys (over 75 minutes), some journeys of this length or slightly longer are unavoidable.

The country has been divided up in to areas with one centre allocated for each area. The availability of suitable pitches and the ease of travel to the centre have been taken in to account when deciding where the centres were going to be. Consequently, the centre is not usually in the geographic heart of the area that it serves.

Consequently, when a centre is close to the catchment area boundary, players may not be allocated the closest centre to them. The list below is not exhaustive, but there are restrictions at the following centres:

  • Tonbridge/Caterham: there are usually too many players from Kent and parts of East Sussex for them all to be accommodated at Tonbridge consequently players from approximately Sevenoaks north to about Dartford and west to the Surrey border will usually go to Caterham
  • Northwood: serves a large coastal area and has restricted space for those from west of the centre, some from Buckinghamshire who are closer to Northwood will end up at Reading
  • Surrey: due to the number of strong players in this area there is a high concentration of centres, the exact catchment boundaries differ by cohort but many players have reasonable journeys to more than one centre


1.14  Insurance

The majority of injuries that occur at these sessions are personal accidents resulting from the natural risk of playing or training. All players and their parents are liable for their own personal accident cover and should take out the level of cover that they feel is appropriate.

The coaches are separately and individually insured. Their policies will not cover general accidents that are part and parcel of the game.

1.15  UK Lions

Statement from EH in relation to UK Lions:

England Hockey (EH) has a neutral position in relation to hockey player’s participation in the UK Lions Squad. The decision for any player to participate should be a parent and player decision.

 

Participation for UK Lions, in any event, has no bearing on selection to any level of the player pathway or England Hockey representative activities. The UK Lions squad is not part of the England Hockey Player Pathway - U18 and U16 England squads are selected from EH Performance Centres which are accessed through local Academy Centres.

UK Lions activity often clashes with Performance Centre activity, especially in June and July.

1.16  Talent Development Framework

GB Hockey have issued a Talent Development Framework (TDF). The TDF is the central focus in the creation of effective development environments.  The framework is designed to support the delivery of optimal player development experiences, from early talent development to sub senior context, by delivering bespoke curricula, making best practice common practice and informing the development of future generations of players. 

GB Hockey has identified nine qualities that sit at the heart of a player’s hockey DNA and vital for a GB Hockey ‘Player’ to achieve the End in Mind. For more information on the TDF visit the Hockey Hub (https://hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk).

 When initially launched, the document, including some imbedded videos, was available online only at https://joom.ag/Y1WY.

 

 

2      Hockey

2.1     Training Methodology

The training is delivered using the National Development Themes, using games based experiences to try to develop the players’ games to the next level. Whilst skills will be developed and honed, as much emphasis is put on the thought processes required to take to the next level.

There is little, if any, specific skills training. Players are expected to be accessing skills training elsewhere. Goalkeepers will be included in the main exercises. It is expected that goalkeeping specialists will be present for about 60% of the session time.

2.2     Protective Equipment

EH require all outfield players under 18 to wear shin pads and mouth guards. It is highly recommended that those over 18 do.

It is recommended that all outfield players wear a glove on their left hand.

Goalkeepers must wear full protective equipment.

2.3     Kit

There is a range of performance Centre kit available to players. It is only available online at www.englandhockeystore.co.uk/performance-centre/players. This is a hidden page on the EH Shop website and cannot be navigated to from the home page.

Outfield players are required to have a minimum of the blue and white playing shirts with the shirt number that has been provided.

For match days, they are also required to have navy and white socks and navy shorts or skorts. These must be colour compatible with the Performance Centre kit. They may not have any branding on them other than Adidas.

Goalkeepers are required to have the light blue smock.

Tracksuit bottoms and hoodies are available. These are optional.

All players will be allocated a shirt number, which is required on all playing shorts and smocks. There is no other personalisation on any of the kit.

2.4     Feedback

Feedback will come in many forms. During the cycle, there will be:

  • group feedback – general points from the coach to the whole squad but experience suggests this is common to all the players so should be adopted as also an individual feedback
  • Informal 1-1 sessions – between a coach and a player, this will be oral and may simply be “Well Done” during a session. Please be aware that sessions will not be interrupted and stopped to provide 1:1 feedback.
  • online – subject to the trial of the new registration system being successful, online feedback may be to individuals or the group

At the end of the cycle, or when a player is released they will receive appropriate feedback which can be shared with their Club and/or School Coach.

 

3       Staffing

The overall programme in the South will be controlled by Tony Hilton who will also be responsible for all fee collections and movements of players in and out of the Performance Centre programme.

At each centre, there will be:

Centre Manager

The centre manager will be responsible for the day to day administration of an individual centre. Most of this work will be home based and they will not usually be present at the sessions.

They will be your main contact for administrative matters other than fees. This is a new role and will be filled by Tony at centres until appointments are made.

Centre Administrator

At some centres, we may pilot the Centre Administrator role that is used by some other regions. Where present they will on the day administrative tasks such as:

·         taking the register

·         answering basic questions from parents

·         looking after temporarily injured players

basically, anything that frees the coach up to be on the pitch.

Where appointed it is expected that this role is filled by a parent. It is largely voluntary though a small payment (or reduction in player fees) will be made.

Volunteers are welcome for this role – please contact Tony.

Head Coach

EH appoint a head coach for each centre. They are responsible for the sessions and the training that is provided and they have control of the training plans.

The Head Coach will be responsible for communications on purely hockey matters, though this may be delegated to one of the other coaches.

Coaches

There will usually be three other outfield coaches at each centre, though at centres with a reduced number of players this may be reduced to two.

Goalkeeper Specialist

A goalkeeper specialist will be appointed to each centre. It is anticipated that they will cover about 60% of the sessions.


4      Sessions

There are three types of training session:

  • training
  • match practice
  • cluster competition

4.1     Training

Training sessions may be held on Monday evenings or at weekends. They will be at your base centre unless specified.

If the coaches request it, some weekend training sessions may be changed to match practice sessions as the season progresses.

Monday nights are 19:00-21:00 except Southampton which is 18:30-21:30.

The usual weekend pitch booking is 10:00-18:00 with one gender on 10:00-16:00 and the other 12:00‑18:00. These rotate during the season and are on the website.

4.2     Match Practice

Match practice sessions will be at weekends and will involving two neighbouring centres pairing up with either:

  • the boys at one venue and the girls at the other
  • both at one venue using a double pitch

There will be a training session in the morning and a practice match or a series of mini matches in the afternoon.

All players at the centre are scheduled to attend.

4.3     Cluster Competition

The primary function Cluster Competition is part of the development experience for all players at Performance Centre. It involves four or five centres, each playing two full length matches per day.

The Futures’ Cup coaches will have been in regular communication with the Performance Centre coaches. They will be using the event to fine tune their squads, usually making the decisions between the final two or three players.

Squads of 16 will be selected for each of these events. Players should make sure that unavailable is declared as soon as it is known for these sessions, if a player is aware that they are unavailable for either of the July dates then they should declare it before the selection for the March event is announced.

There is no guarantee that players will play in any Cluster Competition sessions but they should continue to be available.

4.4     U15 Selection Session

We will run a one off selection session for the 2018-19 U15 squad in June 2018. Those currently at PC and born in 2004 are expected to attend this session.

4.5     Academy Centre

Players at Performance Centre may choose whether they do Academy Centre or not. In making their choice they should consider their overall sports schedules, both hockey and other sports. For some it will be a sensible option to do both, for others it won’t.

It will not affect your long-term retention at Performance Centre if you do not choose to do Academy Centres.

Academy Centres have their own policies and some may advise you not to do both.

Attendance is entirely at your discretion.


5      Player Code of Contact

All players are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct.

Respect for the game - all players to participate in hockey with a positive attitude and with the right spirit:

  • Be on time for training
  • Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance
  • Always thank your opposition, coaches, umpires and officials after every game or training session
  • Accept success and failure, with pride, a positive attitude and set a positive example to others

Respect for others - Everyone involved should be valued whether they are a player, official, umpire, coach, opponent or spectator

  • Respect the decisions of umpires and officials
  • Protect others involved in the game from verbal or physical abuse and from other forms of threatening or intimidating behaviour such as bullying
  • Leave all rooms clean and tidy and all playing areas free from litter always.

Self-respect - Young People should take responsibility for their actions on and off the pitch:

  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs of any kind (other than prescription)
  • Never use inappropriate langue, signs or gestures
  • Wear suitable clothing for the activity in which you are taking part
  • Respect the facilities where you play and the equipment that you use
  • Tell someone you trust if the behaviour of other makes you feel uncomfortable in any way
  • Do not engage in sexual behaviour
  • Do not leave the site for any reason unless you are accompanied by a member of staff

 

6      Movement To and From Performance Centre

6.1     What’s Next

6.1.1      Futures’ Cup

From the Cluster, a squad of 18 players will be selected to represent the Cluster at Futures’ Cup. This will be approximately 20-25% of the players in the cluster. At Futures’ Cup, players for the NAGS squad will be selected.

Selection for Futures’ Cup squad is based on all Performance Centre sessions both training and competition.

The Futures’ Cup coaches are appointed in January and from this point will be in regular communication with the Performance Centre coaches.through continuous assessment and contact between the Futures’ Cup and Performance Centre coaches from . Though the Futures’ Cup coaches will be present at the Cluster Competition, however the primary function of these days is part of the development opportunity to he players.

The position of those players currently on the U18 NAGS squad and eligible for 2018-19 NAGS (those born 2002) has not been decided. As they are not required to attend PC training a route back in to the selection process has to be confirmed. The likely routes are either automatic places at Futures’ Cup or guaranteed places in the NAGS Long Squad.

6.1.2      Next Season

Being in the Performance Centre for 2017-18 does not imply an automatic place for 2018-19. This is especially true for those moving from U15 to U17 as the U15 groups are usually around 80% U15 and 20% U14 whereas the U17 groups are roughly 50/50 U16 and U17. On average, this means that there are 6 more places at each centre for U15 as opposed to U17. Those who do not receive an invitation for Performance Centre will go to the Academy Centre.

The process in each county is different, but this is likely to start with the Academy Centre Assessment Day.

6.2     Transition and Selection

In this context:

  • ‘Selection’ is the selection of a PC squad at the start of a cycle
  • ‘Transition’ is the movement of players between PC and AC or vice versa during the cycle

At the point that the squads were selected, the coaches believed that they had selected the most suitable players to participate.

However, over the course of the season other players may develop and deserve a place and it is right that they be included in the squad. Whilst we generally have scope for one of two additional players, over this, we may need to release players from PC to AC.

Players who have been recommended by their Academy Centre will usually be offered an assessment as soon as is possible. They may be admitted to the centre at any time.

The Performance Centre is designed to be a significant step up and it may not suit everyone. If a coach believes that continued participation is detrimental to a player’s development, then they may recommend a return to AC.

If a player is released by the coach then a refund of the fees for future sessions will be made.

EH have prepared transition guides for each age group which are available on the South website (http://southhockey.org.uk/index.php/juniors/south-performance-centres) under selection and transition and also on the separate downloads page.

6.3     Changing Centre

Each centre is a slightly different standard. If your situation changes you can request a change of centre but the standard is that you will be offered a transition opportunity to the centre which you want to go to. You are not guaranteed to be offered a change of centre.

If you are changing your base location over the summer please give us as much notice as possible, preferably by the middle of May. This will enable us to invite you to the new centre during June or July so that they can assess you along with their current players. This will usually be a weekend session. The later the request for change, the harder it will be to accommodate it.

7      Centre Information Sheets

7.1     Caterham

Venues

Main Venue

Alternate Venue

Caterham School Sports Centre

Purley Walcountian HC

Harestone Valley Road

Carshalton Road

Caterham

Woodmansterne

CR3 6YB

SM7 3HU

The sports centre is on the right hand side of the road as you approach from Caterham town centre and on the opposite side of the road from the main school site. It is about a mile down the road.

Public Transport

The venue is about a mile along Harestone Valley Road from the town centre. The station and the bus stops are near the end of Harestone Valley Road (407 from Croydon and Purley, 409 from Godstone and Warlingham).

Emergency First Aid

A&E: East Surrey Hospital: Canada Avenue, RH1 5RH; 01737 768511 (7 miles)

  • at the end of Harestone Valley Road turn right
  • at the roundabout turn right, road merges on to A22
  • continue on A22 past M25 then take A25 to Redhill
  • in Redhill turn left on to the A23 South towards Gatwick
  • 8 miles south of Redhill turn left on to Three Arch Road and then Canada Avenue

A&E: Croydon University Hospital: 530 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7YE (8 miles)

  • at the end of Harestone Valley Road turn right
  • at the roundabout turn left
  • continue through Caterham towards A22 and at Purley join A23
  • continue on A23 until Thornton Heath Pond
  • turn right at roundabout on to A235 to Croydon, hospital is half mile on left hand side of the road

Minor Injuries: Caterham Dene Hospital, Church Road, Caterham, CR3 5RA (1.5 miles)

  • closes 20:00, last X-ray 17:00
  • at the end of Harestone Valley Road turn left
  • up Church Hill and onto Church Road, hospital is on left just past Manor Avenue

Cluster

Saxon Tigers

Other Centres: Bury, Northwood and Tonbridge

Potential match venues include:

  • Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, HA6 2HT
  • Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA
  • Tonbridge School Sports Centre, London Road, Tonbridge, TN10 3AD

Catering

There are no catering facilities on site.

7.2     Guildford

Venue

Queen’s Sports Centre

Charterhouse School

Charterhouse Road

Godalming

GU7 2DX

If travelling from the A3, the entrance for the sports centre is on the right hand side of the road.

Public Transport

Farncombe Station is less than a mile from the venue down residential roads.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XX (3 miles)

  • from the school return to A3
  • continue on A3, exit is on Guildford by-pass and is signed to the hospital and the University

Minor Injuries: Haslemere Hospital, Church Lane, Haslemere, GU27 2BJ  01483 782334

  • is not open during PC hours

Cluster

Wessex Leopards

Other Centres: Bristol, Southampton, Taunton

Potential match venues include:

  • Bath University Sports Village, BA2 7AY
  • Clifton College Sports Ground, Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol, BS8 3QD
  • Kings College, Kings College South Road, Taunton TA1 3LA
  • Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough, SN8 1PA

Catering

There is a café in the sports centre. Especially at weekends, they may request that the seating area is kept free for sports’ club memebers..

7.3     Reading

Venue

Reading Hockey Club

Sonning Lane

Sonning

RG4 6ST

Leave the A329(M) and turn east on the A4 towards Wokingham and Slough. Sonning Lane is about 1¼ miles.

Public Transport

Reading Station is 4 miles from the site and the closest regular buses to the venue are 0.4 miles away at the junction of Bath Road and London Road, it is a circular route, take 13 from Reading and 14 to Reading centre.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5AN (2.4 miles) (0118 322 5111)

  • turn left out of the club and then right on to A4 towards Reading
  • continue on A4, hospital is on the right

Minor Injuries: Townlands Memorial Hospital, York Road, Henley, RG9 2EB (5 miles) (01865 903703)

  • closes 20:00
  • turn right out of club and head to Sonning
  • continue to A4155 and turn right to Henley
  • in Henley continue past the station and turn left on to Market Street then right on to Hop Gardens

Minor Injuries: Bracknell, Eastern Gate, Brants Bridge, Bracknell, RG12 9TR

  • closes 20:00
  • turn left out of club and then right on to A4
  • take A329(M) and A329 to Bracknell
  • centre is just off A329 London Road/Broad Lane ‘Running Horse’ roundabout between Bracknell and Ascot

Cluster

Mercia Lynx

Other Centres: Birmingham, South Midlands, Weybridge

Potential match venues include:

  • Cannock Sports Club, Church Lane, Cannock, WS11 1SR
  • Oxford Hawks HC, Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 8EQ
  • St Edward’s School, Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 7NN
  • Warwick School, Myrton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP

Catering

For weekend sessions, the Hungry Hut for hot drinks and snacks should be open. Reading have indicated that they will also try to open in on Mondays.

The bar will not be specifically opened for us, but if it is open it may be used.

7.4     Southampton

Venue

Wellington Playing Fields (King Edward VI Southampton)

Stoneham Lane

Eastleigh

SO50 9HT

Leave the M23 at junction 14 and continue on A33 towards Southampton, after 0.8 miles turn left on to A27. After 1.2 miles turn left on to Stoneham Lane. The ground is just after you have passed under the motorway.

Public Transport

Southampton Parkway Station and Southampton Airport are 1½ miles away. A taxi is recommended.

Blue Star bus 2 stops outside the ground. It serves Eastleigh Station (journey about 15 minutes) and stops in the centre close to Southampton Central (30 minutes). It does not service the Airport Parkway station.  The service is half hourly day times at weekends and hourly in the evenings.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Southampton General, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD (5 miles) (023 8077 7222)

  • turn right on to Stoneham Lane
  • turn right on to A27 (Bassett Green Road)
  • after 1.2 miles turn left on to A33 (Basssett Wood Road)
  • after 0.6 miles turn left on to A35 (Winchester Road)
  • after 0.7 miles right at roundabout onto Hall lane
  • after 0.1 miles turn left at roundabout onto Lordswood Road
  • after 0.5 miles turn left on to Coxford Road
  • continue for 07. miles passing the maternity unit and the main hospital entrance is on the left

A&E: Royal Hampshire, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5DG (8 miles)

  • return to M3 and leave at junction 11
  • take A3090 towards Winchester
  • after 1.9 miles turn right at the roundabout on to A3040 towards city centre
  • after 1.2 miles hospital is on the left

Minor Injuries: Royal South Hants, Brinton Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YG (3.7 miles) (0333 200 1820)

  • closes 22:00
  • turn left out of club
  • after 0.4 miles: left right on to Stoneham Lane
  • after 0.9 miles: take A335 (straightish over main road)
  • after 2.1 miles turn left on to Lyon Street
  • after 0.2 miles turn right on to Raven Street, hospital is on the right

Cluster

Wessex Leopards

Other Centres: Bristol, Guildford, Taunton

Potential match venues include:

  • Bath University Sports Village, BA2 7AY
  • Clifton College Sports Ground, Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol, BS8 3QD
  • Kings College, Kings College South Road, Taunton TA1 3LA
  • Marlborough College, Bath Road, Marlborough, SN8 1PA

Catering

There is a drinks machine on site. 2016-17 price was 50p (coins only). The bar at Trojans HC which is adjacent is often open for food and drinks.

The nearest shop is the co-op that you pass as you come in from the motorway.

7.5     Tonbridge

Venue

Tonbridge School Sports Centre

London Road

Tonbridge

TN10 3AD

From the north: Leave the A21 following B245 to Hildenborough

From the South: Leave the A21 and turn east on to A26, continuing on A26 until Yardley Park Road, continuing on to Dry Park Road then turn left on to London Road (this avoids Tonbridge town centre at weekends).

Public Transport

Tonbridge Station is about 1 mile away.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury, TN2 4QJ (6 miles)

  • turn left out of school
  • after 0.1 miles turn right on to Dry Park Road, continuing on to Yardley Park Road
  • after 0.7 miles turn right on to A26
  • after 2.2 miles left on to A21 (south)
  • after 2 miles exit left on to Tonbridge Road, hospital is 0.7 miles on the left

A&E: Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ (10.5 miles)

  • turn left out of school
  • after 0.1 miles turn right on to Dry Park Road, continuing on to Yardley Park Road
  • after 0.7 miles turn left on to A26
  • after 11.1 miles turn left on to B2246 Fountain Lane
  • after 0.6 miles hospital is on left

Minor Injuries: Crowborough War Memorial, Southview Road, Crowborough, TN6 1HB (13.5 miles) 01892 652284

  • closes 20:00
  • turn left out of school
  • after 0.1 miles turn right on to Dry Park Road, continuing on to Yardley Park Road
  • after 0.7 miles turn right on to A26
  • after 2.2 miles left on to A21 (north)
  • after 1 mile exit on to A26 and head to Crowborough
  • as you enter Crowborough turn left on to Eridge Gardens
  • at end turn left on to Crowborough Hill
  • after 150 yards turn right on to Church Road
  • after 0.5 miles turn right on to Southview Road

Cluster

Saxon Tigers

Other Centres: Bury, Northwood and Tonbridge

Potential match venues include:

  • Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge, Northwood, HA6 2HT
  • Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA
  • Tonbridge School Sports Centre, London Road, Tonbridge, TN10 3AD

Catering

The café in the Sports Centre is open for hot drinks and has a limited number of sandwiches available. There are also vending machines.

7.6     Weybridge

Venue

St George’s College

Weybridge Road

Addlestone

KT15 2QS

Leave the M25 at junction 11 and take A317/A320 to Woking and Chertsey. Then turn right on to A317 (Chertsey). the school is 0.7 miles on the left.

There is no entrance to the school before 18:30 on Mondays.

Public Transport

Addlestone Station is 0.3 miles from the school

Emergency First Aid

A&E: St Peter’s Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, KT16 0PZ (2 miles) (01932 872000)

  • turn right on to A317
  • after 0.7 miles turn left staying on A317
  • continue on A317 for 1.6 miles, crossing M25
  • turn right on to A320 towards Guildford and Staines
  • hospital is 0.4 miles on left

Cluster

Mercia Lynx

Other Centres: Birmingham, South Midlands, Weybridge

Potential match venues include:

  • Cannock Sports Club, Church Lane, Cannock, WS11 1SR
  • Oxford Hawks HC, Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 8EQ
  • St Edward’s School, Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 7NN
  • Warwick School, Myrton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP

Catering

There will be no catering facilities on site.

7.7     Purley Walcountian HC

Venue

Carshalton Road

Woodmansterne

SM7 3HU

Public Transport

The 166 bus between Croydon, Purley Coulsdon and Banstead stops outside the ground, every 20 minutes weekdays, every 30 Sundays.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: St Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, SM5 1AA (3.6 miles) 020 8296 2000

  • turn right out of club
  • 4 miles: at the roundabout second exit (turn right)
  • 0 miles: at the roundabout take the first exit on to B278 Woodmansterne Road
  • 1 miles: straight over at lights on to A232 (Croydon/Hackbridge)
  • 2 miles: first exit at roundabout on to B278 (Rose Hill/Morden)
  • 4 miles: hospital is on the left

A&E: Epsom Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, KT18 7EG (6.7 miles) 01372 735735

  • turn right out of club
  • 4 miles: at the roundabout first exit
  • 1 miles: straight over at lights on to B291 (Tadworth/Epsom Downs)
  • 7 miles: third exit at roundsabout on to Grandstand Road
  • 6 miles: third exit at roundabout on to B290 Ashley Road and straight over next roundabout
  • 2 miles: first exit at roundabout on to Worple Road
  • 1 miles: left turn on to Avenue Road, then a left turn on to Woodcote Road
  • 4 miles: turn right on to Dorking Road

A&E: Croydon University Hospital: 530 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7YE (6.6 miles)

  • turn right out of club
  • 4 miles: at the roundabout second exit (turn right) continue over next roundabout
  • 5 miles: bear left on to Woodmansterne Lane
  • 9 miles: straight over at roundabout
  • 1 miles: turn left on to Sandy Lane South
  • 6 miles: bear left to stay on Sandy Lane South
  • 2 miles turn right at lights on to B271 Stafford Road
  • 3 miles: turn left at lights on to B272 Plough Lane
  • 6 miles: turn right on to A232 towards Croydon
  • 6 miles: turn left on to A23 Purley Way
  • 5 miles: exit 3 at Thornton Heath Pond on to A23 to Croydon
  • 2 miles turn left on to Kingswood Avenue, then right on to Queenswood Avenue

Minor Injuries: Purley Memorial Hospital, 856 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2YL (3.1 miles)

  • closes 20:00
  • turn right out of club
  • 4 miles: at the roundabout second exit (turn right) continue over next two roundabouts
  • 4 miles: at lights take middle lane
  • 1 miles: at lights take lane 3 of 4 on to Pampisford Road
  • 2 miles: turn right on to Christchurch Road
  • 1 miles: turn right on to A23 Brighton Road
  • 2 miles: hospital is on the right

Catering

There bar is likely to be open for all or part of these sessions, more likely from 13:00.There are a number of garages for coffee along the A217 or coffee shops in Banstead High Street if you want to take it at leisure.

7.8     The Abbey School

Venue

17 Kendrick Road

Reading

RG1 5DZ

Public Transport

Reading town centre in under 10 minutes’ walk and the station under 15 minutes. Though there are the 12, 13 & 14 buses to Queen’s Road which may halve the walk.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Royal Berkshire Hosp, (A&E Entrance) Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5AN (0.2 miles) 0118 322 5111

  • turn left out of school car park
  • 0 miles: turn left on to Morgan Road
  • 1 miles: at end turn right on to Redlands Road
  • 0 miles: first left on to Addington Road
  • 05 miles: first left on to Craven Road, entrance to A&E is on the left

Catering

There is no catering on-site. reading town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk.

 

 

 

7.9     Bournemouth HC

Venue

Chapel Gate

East Parley

Christchurch

BH23 6BL

Public Transport

Christchurch station is 5.3 miles away and Bournemouth 7.3 miles away. the B1 runs hourly (xx.05) from Bournemouth Station to Chapel Gate and takes about 35 minutes.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW (5.2 miles, 13 min) 01202 303626

  • 2 miles: head out of club and turn right on to Chapel Gate
  • 1 miles: roundabout exit 1 on to Parley Lane B3073
  • 9 miles: roundabout exit 2, continue on B3073 (Christchurch Road)
  • 9 miles: turn left to stay on B3073 and head to A338 to Bournemouth
  • 2 miles: turn left on to Castle Lane East (A3060) towards Wimbourne
  • 2 miles: turn left on to A3060 Castle Lane East

A&E: Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB (8.3 miles, 25 min) 01202 665511

  • 2 miles: head out of club and turn right on to Chapel Gate
  • 1 miles: roundabout exit 2 on to Parley Lane B3073
  • 1 miles: roundabout exit 1, join A348 (Ringwood Road)
  • 2 miles: roundabout exit 2 stay on A348 (Ringwood Road)
  • 5 miles: Mountbatten Roundabout exit 2 on to A3049 (Ringwood Road)
  • 3 miles: Alderney Roundabout exit 1 on to B3068 (Ringwood Road) and pass over two roundabouts
  • 8 miles: roundabout exit 2 on to B3068 (Ringwood Road)
  • 5 miles: roundabout exit 3 stay on B3068 (Ringwood Road)
  • 5 miles: turn left to hospital

Catering

Tea, coffee and a bar are available.


7.10  Holcombe HC

Venue

Holcombe Park

Curtis Way

Chatham

Rochester

ME1 2XQ

Public Transport

Chatham station is 2.5 miles away. There is no bus service during PC hours.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, ME7 5NY (4.2 miles) 01634 830 000

 0118 322 5111

  • 1 miles: head out of club and turn left on to Marconi Way
  • 1 miles: turn left on to A229 City Way
  • 8 miles: take second exit on to A2 New Road
  • 8 miles: turn left on to Rock Avenue
  • 3 miles: turn left on to Montgomery Road
  • 1 miles: straight over roundabout and hospital is on the left

A&E: Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ (7.9 miles) 01622 729000

  • 1 miles: head out of club and turn left on to Marconi Way
  • 1 miles: enter roundabout and take second exit on to A229 Maidstone Road
  • 4 miles: second exit staying on A229
  • 6 miles: keep right staying on A229
  • 8 miles: take ramp on to M20 towards London and Ashford
  • 3 miles: at M20 junction take second exit on to A229
  • 3 miles: fourth exit on to A229
  • 0 miles: keep left for A20 Aylesford (named ‘Exit 5’)
  • 4 miles: first exit, keeping on A20
  • 2 miles: second exit, stay on A20
  • 3 miles: turn left on to Hermitage Way
  • 4 miles: hospital is on the left

Catering

There is no catering on-site.

 

 

7.11  Oxford Match Venues

Venues

St Edward’s School

Woodstock Road

Oxford

OX2 7NN

Oxford Hawks HC

Banbury Road

Oxford

OX2 8EQ

Public Transport

Oxford Hawks is a mile from Oxford Parkway station. Both venues are served by the 2, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d & 2e buses from the centre of Oxford.

Emergency First Aid

A&E: John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU (2.3 miles)

  • from St Edward’s
    • join A4144 North (away from Oxford)
    • after 0.3 miles turn left on to Moreton Road
    • at end straight over on to B4495 Broughton Ferry Road
  • from Hawks
    • turn left
    • after 0.3 miles straight over A40 continuing on Banbury Road
    • after 0.9 miles turn left on to B4495 Broughton Ferry Road
  • after 2 miles left at roundabout
  • after 0.2 miles right at roundabout to hospital

Minor Injuries: Witney Community, Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JJ 01865 904222

  • from St Edward’s
    • join A4144 South (towards Oxford)
    • after 0.9 miles turn left on to A40
  • from Hawks
    • turn left
    • after 0.3 miles turn right on to A40 (after 0.3 miles on A40 join route from St Edward’s)
  • after 9.3 miles take A415 towards Witney and Abingdon
  • after 0.2 miles fifth exit on to A415 to Witney
  • after 0.9 miles left on to Welch Way, hospital 0.4 miles on right

Catering

There will be no catering facilities on site. there is a range of coffee shops available in Summertown which is a 10-15 minute walk south on Banbury Road from Hawks and a 5 minute walk from St Edward’s.

7.12  Northwood

 

Venues

Merchant Taylors’ School

Sandy Lodge Lane

Moor Park

Northwood

HA6 2HT

Public Transport

Moor Park Tube station is about a 15-20 minute walk from the station. At the ticket barriers do a U‑turn with the station and pass back under the tracks. The front entrance to the school is straight ahead. Occasionally the back entrance is open, having left the station as above, turn left and the entrance is about 200 yards on the right.

Car Parking

Follow the signs to Old Merchant Taylors (OMT). This takes you along the perimeter of the School and past the lake, on your right, and park in the Old Merchant Taylors Car Park which will be straight ahead of you.

You must park in the OMT Car Park, or the overspill car park (by the new building) on the left hand side.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MUST CARS BE PARKED BY THE SIDE OF THE ROADWAYS (TOWING AWAY OF VEHICLES SO PARKED IS A POSSIBILITY).

Spectators

The pitches have designated spectator areas which should be used at all times.

Catering

On match days, the bar will be open serving hot drinks, bacon rolls and burgers.

 

Emergency First Aid

A&E: Watford General Hospital, 60 Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0HB

 

  • turn left out of the school
  • after 0.2 miles turn left on to A4125 Hampermill Lane and continue on A4125
  • after 1.3 miles turn left on to A4178 Deacons hill
  • after 0.7 miles turn left on to A4145 Farraline Road
  • hospital is on left after 0.3 miles


South News

Mike Taylor It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mike Taylor on 30 August. He was a lifetime stalwart of local and national hockey. Amongst his many roles he was Treasurer of Trojans HC, Treasurer of the former men's national Hockey Association and our Treasurer for many years until his retirement in June. His genial presence will be sorely missed.

Mike Ward Our Chairman Mike Ward has recently been awarded the EH Long Service Award, currently he also chairs Dorset Men's Competition Committee, Hampshire HA and South Men's League and is a member of EH's Constitution and Regulations Committee. Full report.

EH Structure Review The review was published on 09 February 18. Click here for more details. Ongoing progress is on the EH site.