OMT U16s Boys’ Hockey

U16 Boys’ Hockey

U16 Boys’ Hockey Teams

Welcome to all current and future OMT U16 players! Our coaching development plan moves from skill development to a combination of skill development, technical and tactical understanding and implementation.

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

The Coaches

Nigel D’Cruz (Performance Team Coach)

Kiran is a Level 2 qualified hockey coach and well known for many unique and top quality skills coaching techniques.

Nigel’s playing career is outstanding with 15 years in the Premier League and two National Premier titles with Southgate and Surbiton.

Nigel is highly passionate about seeing his players enjoy the sport as much as he does and aims to give all players the support and guidance needed to reach their potential. His coaching style is a modern, game-based style, seeking to develop creative players, able to execute skills under pressure.

Nigel will be supported by Gulsh Mandair (Manager) and Chris Sleeman (Assistant Coach) to see the u16s reach new standards.


Nick Koo (Development Team Coach)

Nick is an ex student at Merchant Taylors’ School and has extensive Junior coaching experience. He has proved himself invaluable to the club’s U16s. He works closely with Nigel to deliver an exciting U16 program.

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Training Schedule

Training for the U16 section is as follows for the 2019/20 season:

  • Term 1, Thursday evenings, 17:30 – 19:00.

  • Term 2, Tuesday evenings, 17:45 – 19:30. It is likely that this session will be joined with the U14’s (the same as with the 2018/19 season).

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.

Training Dates (Term 1):

  • Thursday 12th September 2019
  • Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Thursday 26th September 2019
  • Thursday 3rd October 2019
  • Thursday 10th October 2019
  • Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Thursday 24th October 2019 (HT) – TBC
  • Thursday 31st October 2019 (HT) – TBC
  • Thursday 7th November 2019
  • Thursday 14th November 2019
  • Thursday 21st November 2019
  • Thursday 28th November 2019
  • Thursday 5th December 2019
  • Thursday 12th December 2019

Training Dates (Term 2):

  • Tuesday 7th January 2020
  • Tuesday 14th January 2020
  • Tuesday 21st January 2020
  • Tuesday 28th January 2020
  • Tuesday 4th February 2020
  • Tuesday 11th February 2020
  • Tuesday 18th February 2020 (HT) – TBC
  • Tuesday 25th February 2020
  • Tuesday 3rd March 2020
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020
  • Tuesday 17th March 2020
  • Tuesday 24th March 2020
  • Tuesday 31st March 2020


We have two state-of-the-art water-based astroturfs located next to our fantastic OMT War Memorial Clubhouse, with six modern changing rooms, a discounted bar for members, social and meeting rooms, a viewing balcony and plasma screens with BT and Sky Sports.

Both our pitches and clubhouse are located within the grounds of Merchant Taylors’ School, a safe and friendly environment easily accessible from the M25 and Moor Park Tube Station on the Metropolitan Line.

Our playing and social facilities are second to none.


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.