Welcome to Junior Hockey at Winchmore Hill & Enfield Hockey Club.

Youth Coordinator: Lorna Robertson
Head coach: Graham Sparrey

Aimed at ages 6-16, our youth sessions take place on the astroturf at Southbury Leisure Centre, Southbury Road, Enfield EN1 1YP from 10.30-12 every Sunday during the hockey season (September to Easter). Sessions will take place come rain or shine and will only be cancelled if the pitch is frozen.

This season (2017/18)

The first training session – 24th September 2017
The last session before the Christmas break – TBC
The first session back after Christmas – TBC
The last session of the season – 18th March 2018

Who can join?
There’s no need to worry about ability or experience, everyone’s welcome.

About hockey
For an easy comparison, hockey is a similar game to football. In the senior game, each team has 11 players on the pitch, one of which is a goalkeeper (they wear lots of colourful kit!). During the game, each team has a goal to defend and an opposition goal to score in. There are several differences from football, mainly that you can’t kick the ball and a goal can only be scored if the ball is touched by a stick in the D (the hockey equivalent to a penalty box.)

Junior games are very similar and are played on half of a full-size pitch, often with 7 players per team.

 What do the sessions include?
Sessions include skills practice and games with our friendly coaching team, plus matches and tournaments throughout the season.

The training sessions will be run by Graham Sparrey, who is a level 2 qualified hockey coach. Graham will be assisted by Charlotte Gonella, Gem Luckman, Lisa Jobson, Dom Smith and Nick Smith who are all experienced coaches.

The sessions aim to provide a fun and friendly family atmosphere where children can develop hockey expertise and skills. We will also focus on teamwork, fitness and promote good sportsmanship.

We provide sticks and balls but you’re welcome to bring along your own stick if you have one. Players should wear comfortable sports gear and trainers, not studs. England Hockey require that under 18s wear shin pads and a mouth guard for training and matches. You should also bring along a drink and, as hockey is a winter sport, some spare warm clothing and a waterproof top just in case it rains.

What does it cost to join?
All new members will get a few taster sessions free before committing to a full membership. The junior membership can either be paid in a single payment or two instalments across the season. You can pay your membership in cash, by bank transfer or by cheque made payable to Winchmore Hill Sports Club. We offer a discounted membership for siblings.

Mums and dads
Drop the kids off with us and have an hour and a half to yourself every Sunday morning. With Southbury Leisure Centre on our doorstep, you can enjoy a hot drink in the indoor café or, if you’re feeling energetic, maybe spend some time at the gym. Of course, all parents are welcome to stick around and watch the session – or maybe you can have a go yourself!


The coaching team

We have Level 1 and Level 2 qualified coaches, both male and female, at every training session – alongside our Youth Coordinator, Lorna Robertson. Let us introduce you to some of the team…

Lorna Robertson
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“I joined Enfield Hockey Club in 1990 and have been playing ever since, with only a couple of brief pauses to have my two children. Hockey is a very sociable sport and I have made some great friends through the club. I took over running the youth section 3 years ago and hope increase the numbers of young people coming into the wonderful game of hockey. Both my children aged 7 and 9 are enthuisatic hockey players who love scoring goals against their mum!”

Graham Sparrey
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“I have been playing hockey for more than 20 years (wow, is it really that long?!!) I started playing hockey for the junior section at Enfield Hockey club and then contiued through University and ever since. I achieved my Level 1 coaching qualification (and CRB check) in 2003, and completed Level 2 in 2009. Since 1999 I have coached the borough of Enfield boys and girls hockey teams for the London youth games – including some of our current crop of senior club players and one of my fellow coaches!!”

Luke Overington
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“I started playing hockey for Enfield Hockey Club as I was leaving school, about 16 (so 16 years ago!). I was watching a friend and only played as they were short. I loved it, came to training the next Wednesday and never looked back. I worked my way up the teams, and have been a dedicated member of the Men’s 1st XI for more or less 11 years – including a year as captain. Support and coaching from experienced players and friends has been fantastic over the years and, although I’ll never stop learning myself, I now enjoy sharing my experience with the new generation of budding players.”

Charlotte Gonella
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“I started playing hockey when I was in year 10, about 14 years old, because my PE teacher told me to come and play for the school team. One day our goalkeeper didn’t show up so I went in goal- I didn’t make it out for a decade! I started playing for Winchmore Hill when a teacher from a school we played against asked me if I wanted to play for a club and I played with Southgate juniors at the same time. I then played for my college at university. Since coming back to the club I am trying to stay as far out of goal as possible by attempting to forge a career up front! I recently passed my level one coaching course and can’t wait to put my new skills to the test.”

Basil (Rosemary Wilkins)
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“I started playing hockey when I was 11, when I joined the school team. I loved being part of the team and working together to achieve something. By the time I was 14, I had joined a hockey club in Lancashire, where I grew up, and played in the adult team on a Saturday and the juniors on Sunday. Since playing for Clitheroe Ladies, I have joined a team wherever I have found myself, at university in Manchester, at Rover Oxford, at Winchester HC, City of York HC and most recently at Winchmore Hill and Enfield HC. Being part of a hockey family has given me the opportunity to build some great relationships, to experience the wins, the losses, the promotions, the tours, the hangovers, the motivation to keep fit….and throughout it all I have enjoyed being able to contribute to something bigger.”

Dominic Smith
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“My first taste of hockey came at 12 or 13 years old courtesy of a teacher at our school who helped out in games lessons occasionally. He had a real passion for hockey and managed to get the boys playing hockey as an alternative to only football and cross country running in the winter. I still love playing now nearly 30 years later! Hockey is not only a great sport, but by training and playing with older players at our local club I think I learnt many lessons that have helped me in life too. I now have a 6 year old son, William, who has started coming along on a Sunday morning and is picking up my passion for hockey. Seeing him and all the other children enjoying themselves and progressing week by week has brought me great pleasure.”

Lisa Jobson
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“I played hockey at school and Winchmore Hill when I was younger. I took a break while working abroad which was unfortunately lengthened due to injury. I am now working my way back to full fitness playing in the Ladies threes as well as helping out with the junior section.”

Gemma Luckman
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“I started playing hockey when I was 11 years old. I have played for schools, sixth form, univeristy and club teams. Although the levels of play have ranged from the lowest division to representing the East of England, I have always found the same love for the game. This love comes not only from playing and coaching week in and out but from the great teams I have been a part of and the friendships I have made.”

Club Welfare Officer – Kelly Davids