Players must wear the correct kit
U8s do not need to wear Club kit for training or bring a stick, although you are welcome to buy Club kit if you wish.
The Club is a community club and it is important that we present the same image to all members. Players should wear Club kit at training sessions and when representing the Club in matches. We actively discourage the wearing of school and other Club clothing with distinctive branding, badges and colour to training. Club kit can be purchased from Academy Sport (click here). A pair of gloves and a hat are handy on chilly evenings too.
In accordance with England Hockey guidance, it is compulsory for all players, including U8s, to wear shin pads and gum shields to training and matches/festivals. Hockey is not a contact sport but the ball can fly around at speed and sticks are swung in all directions. Shins, teeth and gums need to be protected. It is also recommended that children wear face masks if involved in short corner routines. The Club owns some face masks, however we cannot guarantee that they will be available for your child and the Club cannot accept any responsibility for their use or none use.
Shin pads and gum shields are available from all reputable sports shops. You may also purchase custom made and fitted gum shields from you dentist. England Hockey recommends that all gum shields should be shock absorbable and replaced each year.
Any player who turns up to training or a match/festival without their gum shield and/or shin pads, will be unable to play.
Boy and Girls
Or Plain Black Shorts
Plain Black Hockey Socks
Or Plain Black Skort