TBBHC Junior Academy - sponsored by Fidelius Group
Our hugely successful Junior Academy goes from strength to strength, developing the potential and talent of our young players (boys and girls) from the earliest age groups (U8, 9, 10) through to U18s with a high quality coaching programme and excellent facilities. With 17 Junior teams and over 400 junior players, the Academy is thriving and we see a very strong pull through of players into the Senior Teams and Regional and National representation.
If you are a parent and want more information about the Junior Academy, please click on: Information for Parents
For the Avon Junior Hockey League website (U14 Boys / Girls and U16 Girls) go to: http://www.avonjuniorhockeyleague.co.uk/
JUNIORS PLAYING SENIOR HOCKEY
Membership. At TBBHC, we are keen for junior players (age 13 yrs and above) to get involved with Senior hockey when they want to. We know that young players often have a number of other School sporting commitments during the season, so we have designed flexible membership options for U18 players including Full Season and Half Season (10 match). These rates include full membership of the Junior Academy and, where the U18 player is already a member, the JA fee is deductible from this rate. Full details on the Membership Option section of the website.
Team Selection. For U18 players, the usual rules of Selection based on merit apply as for other members of the Club although particular attention is paid by the Selection Committees to the progress of juniors players, ensuring at all times they are given opportunities, time and encouragement to develop. The Club Selection Policy can be found here: Selection Policy
For Ladies teams, promotion through the teams is linear ie 5th XI through 1st XI although players may be selected straight into higher teams should they demonstrate the right talent and potential in training.
For Mens teams, the Club structure is different with the Mens Fs being a Masters based team and the Es being a Student based team. This means the route for U18 players is usually from the Mens Gs to the Ds and then upwards from Cs to Mens 1st XI. The exception to this is that U18 players may of course play for the Fs if their father is a team member too. The link between players moving between Gs and Ds and vice versa is one which is carefully managed.
Key Documents. Full details of the arrangements and options for U18s playing Senior League Hockey can be found in the Junior Pathway policy and in the Senior Pathway (link to follow) policy which explains the routes that players can take through different Mens and Ladies teams in the Club.
ENGLAND HOCKEY PLAYER PATHWAY
The development of talent at the junior level is a key priority for TBBHC as it is for England Hockey. The Club therefore strongly encourages young players to participate in the new England Hockey Player Pathway where appropriate. Full details of the new system of Development Centres, Academy Centres (Somerset HA), Performance Centres (West HA) and England Hockey levels (Futures Cup, Advanced Apprenticeships, National Age Group Squads, and U21 Development Programme). Full details about the Player Pathway in Somerset are are contained here: Player Pathway - Somerset
All junior players who are involved in the Player Pathway should have this recorded in the relevant section of their player profile. All players selected for NAGS or U21 Development programme should inform the Director of Hockey.
The Junior Talent Committee (JTC) chaired by the Director of Hockey and the Head Coach has been introduced to ensure these systems are working and to monitor the progress of junior talent across the Club and ensure the development of young players.
Full details of the EH Player Pathway are at link: EH Player Pathway Webpage