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

When is training?

TERM DATES 2018/19

Please note, these are provisional and subject to change if necessary.

SUNDAY
Autumn term
9th September – 14th October (6 weeks)
4th November – 16th December (7 weeks)

Spring term
6th January – 10th February (6 weeks)
3rd March – 31st March (5 weeks)

Summer term
28th April – 19th May (4 weeks)
19th June – 23rd June (3 weeks)

MIDWEEK
Autumn Term
w/c 10th September – w/c 15th October (6 weeks)
w/c 29th October – w/c 10th December (7 weeks)

Spring Term
w/c 7th January – w/c 11th February (6 weeks)
w/c 25th February – w/c 25th March (5 weeks)

There is no midweek training in the Summer term.

End of season awards party - Sunday 30th June.

DAYS & TIMES

Sunday: 10am - 11.30am
U11/12 Boys, U12 Girls

Sunday: 10.30am - 11.45am
U8 Advanced, U8 Beginner - Intermediate Group 1, U9 Girls, U11 Girls

Sunday: 11.30am - 1pm
U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls

Sunday: 11.45am - 1pm
U8 Beginner - Intermediate Group 2 & 3, U9/10 Boys, U10 Girls

Tuesday: 6.00pm - 7.15pm
U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U16 Boys, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, U18 Girls

Wednesday: 6.00pm - 7.15pm
U9/10 Boys, U9 Girls, U10 Girls
U14 & U16 Regional League teams on rotation

Thursday, 5.00pm - 6.00pm
U8 (all)

Thursday, 6.00pm - 7.15pm
U11/12 Boys, U11 Girls, U12 Girls

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.
We aim to respond within 48 hours to confirm availability in your age group. We offer two free trial sessions before signing up, you will then be invited to register as a member.

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.

What is the closest tube station?

Maida Vale or Kilburn Park.

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.

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.

How much is membership?

Child 1

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

Child 2

Autumn term: £70.  Spring term: £70.  Summer term: £50

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 Teamer 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 Teamer.

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

We nominate players for the Middlesex JDC (Junior Development Centre). In 2015-16, 11 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and join JAC (Junior Academy Centre). 2 went on to be selected for JRPC (Junior Regional Performance Centre). In 2016-17, 12 players from HWHC U13-U17 were selected to represent Middlesex and join JAC (Junior 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.

Are you involved with the London Youth Games?

HWHC trains and selects the hockey teams (boys and girls) for the Westminster London Youth Games. All club members that are eligible for the team are invited to take part in specialised training and a squad of 10 boys and 10 girls is selected each year. Players must live or go to school in the borough of Westminster to be eligible. 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.

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