The University of St Andrews Hockey Club has delivered hockey to over 200 children in North East Fife in the past 2 years.
The University Hockey Club has partnered with Madras HC to deliver hockey to children across North East Fife on a Saturday morning as part of an initiative to get more children active and engaged within a great team sport. With fantastic facilities and enthusiastic student coaches leading the sessions, the children are in great hands.
We are now into our 5th year of the programme and continually looking to develop it further. We aim to provide a structure whereby the children taking part in the programme can take part in sport for life. We try to keep the cost of the programme to be as minimal a barrier for any participants as possible so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of sport and activity at a young age.
We are always looking for ways to support anyone with a disadvantage and as such can support these individuals to enjoy the programme, if you know of anyone that might benefit from a place on our Saturday morning Hockey Programme then please get in touch with our Director of Hockey, Jamie Carnegie, on [email protected]
The reason we can keep the cost of the programme minimal compared to many other sports is because the coaches are volunteers from the University and schools, who are also working to develop themselves as leaders and coaches. We support individuals by providing coaching courses to gain qualifications which allows them to become more confident and experienced coaches. Our outreach programme creates accessible coaching for enthusiastic children whilst providing students with vastly transferable skills.
The University Hockey Club continues to work within the community and have established a self-sufficient programme for Madras College Girls on Thursday evenings. Members of the University club additionally deliver sessions regularly across North East Fife Primary Schools so that we can promote and improve the hockey within the region, this involves the running of a Primary school festival that is open to schools from the Waid, Bell Baxter and Madras clusters.
Throughout the year we will be trying to develop the programme, after a vast increase in the number of players that are taking part on a weekly basis we want to try and start creating teams at various age groups so that players have a sense of belonging within the training sessions and outside of them as well. Our hope is that each 'team' would be led by a parent of a child within the team and they would be responsible for organising the team to take part in the monthly tournaments and for any other socials that could be organised outside of the Saturday morning programme.
About our Junior Program
Where we train: The University Hockey Club will always train and play games at the following venue unless otherwise specified: University of St Andrews Sport Centre St Leonards Road KY16 9DY
When we train: Saturday morning
Ages 6 - 11 from 9 to 10am
Ages 10 - 16 from 10:15 am to 11:45am
Games: As part of the Junior programme, players will have the opportunity to play games throughout the year on the last Sunday of every month.
Themed sessions: Throughout the training blocks we run a variety of themed sessions to keep the children (and adults engaged), these include a “Bring your parents to Hockey”, “Halloween”, “Kids make the rules” and various tournament days throughout the year.
Get involved: Children and adults can turn up and try a session for free! We want people to be able to come and give it a go whenever. If you have a friend visiting for the weekend, bring them along as well!
The programme is overseen by Jamie Carnegie, the University’s Director of Hockey. Jamie has worked with Scottish Hockey and their performance programme and has helped develop several players in the Midland area to play for Scotland U16, U18, U21 and the GB U21 Programme. He is a UKCC Level 3 Hockey Coach and was named Scottish Hockey Coach of the Year in 2014.
The student aspect is overseen by our student Community Engagement Committee which is headed by Ali Goodfellow, a 6th year/ 1st year PHD student at the University.
Parents are also encouraged to get involved in all the training sessions and we welcome parents to volunteer and regularly get involved in coaching of players throughout the year. This can involve taking part in a coaching course and then giving some time back to the Saturday morning kids or leading Junior teams at the monthly tournaments.
Want to take part in Junior Hockey?
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Codes of conduct
We believe that parents and children all have the potential to be great and there are some great tips for parents and kids, feel free to follow BelievePerform on facebook as they do have some very good information further to the below info-graphics.
While we keep the cost of the programme as affordable as possible some people may be able to further support the University Hockey Club or the youth programme in different ways. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve the programmes at the University or outwith. If you would like to further support the work that we do through the Saturday Hockey Programme or within North East Fife then please get in touch with our Director of Hockey, Jamie Carnegie or Donate to the programme using the University website, just make sure that you select Hockey from the drop down menu