OMT U14 Boys’ Hockey

U14 Boys’ Hockey

U14s Boys’ Hockey Team

Welcome to all current and future OMT U14 players! Whether your son is an experienced player or completely new to the sport we’d love to have him join our inclusive and ambitious club.

Our coaching development plan has a focus on fun, technical skill development and tactical understanding. Our coaches, in this age group, begin to lay the foundations of understanding of the game.

Sport, in a supportive environment, helps children build confidence. It teaches children discipline, social skills and work ethic. Most of all, our members learn the value of their teammates.

 

Two Teams, One Ambition…

Team selection is a fluid process; teams are selected on rates of development, commitment and technical, tactical and physical skills. Both teams train together and comradery is built throughout the section. Sportsmanship is a core club value and is required from the boys.

Fun and creativity coupled with intensity and competitiveness are the key principles for our Performance and Development sides.

Performance Team – The performance team will be entered into both the England Hockey Cup Competition and the Mercian League, where they will get to pit their wits against some of the best sides in the country.

Development Team – Entered into the Mercian Hockey League to provide challenging hockey and an exciting playoff and finals day. England Hockey has announced changes to the National Schools Competitions, the need for development teams at clubs has never been higher

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The Coaches

Joe Gleeson & Mike Penny (Performance Team Coaches)

Mike has a strong hockey pedigree having played for Southgate HC, Richmond HC and the Birmingham University 1st XI. Mike’s coaching style and forward-thinking performance programmes are culminating in huge results for our Juniors who are pushing for County, Regional and National teams. Joe brings over his experience from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Marlow HC & Sport101, he is also working with the Welsh National U18’s as their Manager.

Calum Macleod (Development Team Coach)

Calum has extensive Junior coaching experience and has proved himself invaluable to the club’s U14s. He works closely with Mike and Joe to deliver an exciting U14 program.

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Training Schedule

Training for the U14 players takes place on Tuesday evenings from 17:30-19:00 Term 1 starting 4th September. In Term 2 the U14 and U16 training is combined which culminates in dramatic improvements to the U14s as they get experience playing with the bigger boys.

Unless adverse weather conditions make it dangerous to travel, training sessions will always take place. If the pitches are frozen there will be an off-pitch session which will be active and/or technical, featuring yoga, video analysis or another form of performance gain for both Performance and Development teams.

Commitment to training must be shown, through attitude and attendance to ensure that there is real team unity. Coaches will expect their players to turn up with the appropriate hockey equipment and clothing. Coaches also expect pulse raisers and hockey specific warm-ups to be completed 15 minutes before the session begins.

Facilities

We have two state-of-the-art hockey astroturf pitches. In addition, our fantastic OMT War Memorial Clubhouse will be open every Sunday for parents to gather, socialise and make use of the bar facility.

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Our men’s teams have been playing 50 years. We now have a women’s section and as part of our 50th year anniversary have added a Junior’s section that will become a leading light in coaching youth as well as community hockey.