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If you would like to join the waiting list for Autumn term, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

When is training?

TERM DATES 2019/20

Please note, these are subject to change if necessary.

Autumn term 2019
8th September – 13th October (6 weeks)
2nd November – 15th December (7 weeks)

Spring term 2020
5th January – 9th February (6 weeks)
1st March – 29th March (5 weeks)

Summer term 2020
26th April – 17th May (4 weeks)
7th June – 21st June (3 weeks)

Autumn Term 2019
w/c 9th September – w/c 14th October (6 weeks)
w/c 28th October – w/c 9th December (7 weeks)

Spring Term 2020
w/c 6th January – w/c 10th February (6 weeks)
w/c 24th February – w/c 23rd March (5 weeks)

There is no midweek training in the Summer term.

End of season awards party - Sunday 28th June.

Full training schedules can be viewed via the links below:

U8-U16 HWHC Juniors 2019-20 Training

U18 HWHC Juniors 2019-20 Training

Academy & Goalkeepers HWHC Juniors 2019-20 Training

What age is your junior section?

We welcome players from age 5.

How do I sign up?

Please register interest on the new joiners enquiry form.

When do you train?

We run junior training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. Please see above for age groups and term times.

Where do you train?

We train on two astro turf pitches at Paddington Recreation Ground, Maida Vale, London W9 1PD and at UCS Playing Fields, Cricklewood NW2 2BN.

What is the closest tube station?

Maida Vale or Kilburn Park for Paddington Recreation Ground and Cricklewood or West Hampstead for UCS Playing Fields.

Can I park?

There is a car park at Paddington Recreation Ground. The entrance is on Carlton Vale. The cost is £1.50 per hour on weekdays and weekends. You can park for free on residential roads surrounding the park from 6.30pm on weeknights and any time at the weekend.

There is a car park at UCS; when that is full, parking is available at the weekend on residential roads.

Where can I order club kit?

Our club kit supplier is Hawkin Sport

What kit do I need?

Shin pads and a mouth guard are mandatory. Players under 18 are not allowed to take part without this protection. Club kit is not compulsory, but we expect players taking part in matches to have a club playing shirt, shorts/skort and socks. Junior players do not have away kit. Those playing at intermediate to advanced level should have astro shoes rather than trainers, a left hand glove, and face mask if they are involved in defending penalty corners.

How much is membership?

Child 1

Autumn term: £90.  Spring term: £90.  Summer term: £70

Child 2

Autumn term: £80.  Spring term: £80.  Summer term: £60

We offer scholarships to players who need financial support with membership fees. Please contact us for further information.

How do I pay membership?

Members are registered on Pitchero and sent a payment request ahead of each term.

How long is the season?

September - June. Please see above for training dates.

Can I join midway through the season?

If we have a space available in your age group, you can join any time from September to June and we will adjust membership accordingly.

Do I need experience?

We welcome players of all abilities.

Do I need a stick?

We have sticks available for players to borrow.

Do you run holiday camps?

Yes, these take place at Paddington Recreation Ground during school holidays. Find out more on our events page

Do you train during school holidays?

There are no training sessions during half term or school holidays. Please see above for training dates. However, some league matches fall during school holidays. You will be given a fixtures calendar at the beginning of the season.

If there is a match, does training still take place?

If your son/daughter has a match, we don't expect them to attend Sunday training. Players who do not have a match should attend training as usual.

Who are your coaches?

Sessions are lead by England Hockey qualified coaches and volunteers from the club who play senior hockey. They are supported by parent volunteers. If you would like to find out more about getting involved in coaching, please contact us!

Who is the club welfare officer?

Alexandra Smart - should you have any questions you can reach her by email here.

If it's raining, do you still play?

Training and matches will not be cancelled for rain. If there is inclement weather or if the pitch is frozen and we are not able to play hockey, we will let you know via Pitchero and email.

Do you nominate players for the England Hockey Development Pathway (formerly known as County hockey)?

We nominate players for Middlesex DC (Development Centre). In 2015-16, 11 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and join AC (Academy Centre). 2 went on to be selected for PC (Performance Centre). In 2016-17, 12 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and join AC (Academy Centre). In 2017-18, 18 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and join AC (Academy Centre) with 3 going forward to Performance Centre. In 2018-19, 23 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and an additional 14 players were selected for development squads. The club currently has 3 players in the Performance Centre programme.

Are you involved with the London Youth Games?

HWHC trains and selects the hockey teams (boys and girls) for the Westminster and Camden London Youth Games. Players must live or go to school in the borough of Westminster or Camden to be eligible for a team. In 2016, our girls team made it through to the finals of the competition and in 2017, both our girls and boys teams competed in the finals. In 2018, our girls team made it through to the finals.

At what age do you start senior hockey?

Players are able to play senior level hockey from age 14. At this age we encourage junior players to start integrating into the senior club.

Do you offer training and provide kit for goalkeepers?

We have goalkeepers from U9 - U18 at HWHC and support them with specialist goalkeeper coaching on Sundays. They are also welcome to use club goalkeeper kit.

What is the club Safeguarding policy?

Please see policy here


If you have any further questions please get in touch at hwhcyouth@hotmail.com