Colts FAQ Page Are you covered by Child Protection Rules?

Yes we are. All coaches are required to have CRB checks.

How do you select teams for competitions?

Selection for Sunday Colts League matches is undertaken by the respective coaches and Team Managers. Whilst we wish to do well in league and cup sompetitions, coaches like to introduce the widest possible number of youngsters to competitive Colts hockey. We hope that the majority of colts who attend will participate in some level of league hockey. Please contact the appropriate coach if you wish to discuss any aspect of selection.

Can Young Players Play in the Senior Teams?

For many years colts have progressed to all levels of the senior teams, whilst still competing in junior competitions. We have a policy of introducing and nurturing new players to senior hockey on Saturdays and at least one experienced coach is in the side to act as mentor. We aim to improve the support given to players as they move up through the ranks by identifying these potential players and assessing them on the following criteria:

a) Skill levels;

b) Competitive levels (ability to play against ‘physical’ teams);

c) Ability to play on a range of different surfaces;

d) Social integration skills;

e) Physical strength;

f) Motivation to progress.

Max Helme (Head Coach), Phil Blackburn and David Abbott will monitor and facilitate the smooth and appropriate transition of players from junior to Development League to senior Men’s hockey.

Anne Wood (Girls Coach Co-ordinator) along with the Chair of Selectors and Team Captains will monitor and facilitate the smooth and appropriate transition of players from junior to senior Ladies hockey.

Can I Volunteer?

BRHC greatly values the support and time that you give to your children and also to teh colts section in particular. If you feel that you have a particular skill or strength or wish to offer us any help in a voluntary capacity we are sure there is a role awaiting you somewhere within the club that you could help us with. Please contact any of the committee or one of the coaches.

Will my child be safe?

BRHC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of its members, especially our colts section and takes its duty of care and responsibilities to provide a safe and effective environment in which children can come and learn about the sport of hockey. Our National Governing Body recognises clubs efforts in providing them with a Clubs 1st mark. this incorporates all aspects of health and safety including First Aid, reporting of any accidents and Child Protection issues. Child Welfare Officers (Cath Lee, Helen Perkins & Sally Malir) continues in their role and if parents, coaches or youngsters have any concerns or wish information, please do not hesitate to contact her. All coaches have been informed of their responsibilities and the procedures that they should follow. Parents & guardians also have a role to play in ensuring their youngsters anjoy and succeed in colts hockey.

What is Clubs 1st Accreditation

The club was successful in gaining Clubs 1st Accreditation in November 2006 and are amongst the first 100 clubs in the country to do so. This is an ongoing process and has to be renewed every 3 years and was renewed in early 2013. But rest assured that at Ben Rhydding, we are working as hard as we can to provide the best environment possible for all participants of hockey, encouraged and supported by England Hockey.