Junior Memberships run for the regular hockey season which is from September through April, beginning with "Registration Day", usually the first weekend in September. Memberships can be purchased via our online store. The rising profile of hockey has resulted in growing demand and so we typically begin the membership registration process well ahead of the season each year. We strongly encourage signing up and purchasing memberships ahead of "Registration Day" to avoid disappointment. Membership enquiries can be directed at Junior.Admin@eghockey.co.uk.
EGHC Membership is broadly divided into three sections: Juniors (U6 to U12), Colts & Fillies (12 to U18), and Adult. Each year we aim to run one or two "taster" sessions during the season for parents considering enrolling youngsters the following season. U6 means youngsters who will reach the age of 6 during the 12 months from September 1.
All Junior memberships of EGHC include one hour of coaching each Sunday morning (for u6, u8, u10 and u12). From time to time the Junior Section organises matches and competitions, both home and away; these are included in the membership cost. Our U10 and U12 age groups also benefit from an hour of coaching after school one evening per week. Once progressing from this age group, youngsters typically participate in "Badgers" (boys) and "Bluebirds" (girls) training as they begin to participate in adult hockey. Please scroll down to see the full weekly Training Schedule.
Each season, EGHC hosts a "Registration Day" typically on the first weekend in September. The specific date of the Registration Day is notified via our web site, emails to those on our database and via our Twitter and Facebook channels. Registration Day, for U6 to U12 members, begins at 08:15 on the Sunday morning and runs until midday. Based on the Training Schedule (below) we request parents of each age group to arrive 30 to 45 minutes ahead of their child's session to complete registration. On completion of registration, activities move to the hockey pitch at the times designated for each age group in the Training Schedule below.
On Registration Day, as all other days we recommend members bring hockey kit including a white shirt and coloured shirt (ideally blue), mouth guard and hockey stick as well as clean trainers to avoid walking mud onto EGHC's astro-turf. Given the changeability of the weather its worth ensuring youngsters have warm items to wear as necessary. East Grinstead Hockey Club recommends Guardian Pro for custom fitted mouth guards.
We strongly encourage friends and members of EGHC to follow our social media channels as these provide the most up to date information and links regularly - sometimes even on the day of events or during them, depending on weather or other circumstances.
EGHC also runs our own Official EGHC Academy which runs day-camps for enthusiastic hockey youngsters during the school vacation periods from time to time. All Official EGHC Academy camps are carried out at East Grinstead Hockey Club using our state of the art Edelgrass water-based astro turf and the great facilities of East Grinstead Sports Club.
On progressing from the Junior (U6 to U12) section, we offer U18 memberships. At this age group, youngsters become "Badgers and Bluebirds", training with emerging youngsters who can play both age group (U14, U16, U18) hockey typically on Sundays and also where applicable in the local "development leagues" on Saturdays. Training sessions for these age groups are also listed on the Training Schedule below.