Minis News & Info

Welcome to the news and information page for the Minis section of the club!

Old Loughtonians Mini Hockey covers boys and girls aged 5 to school year 7 and children can  join at any age or stage during that period . Whilst some players may have been playing for a while we are pleased to welcome players at all of these ages with no Hockey Playing experience.

Mouthguards and shin pads must be worn by players. Suitable clothing and trainers should be worn. We have a number of sticks to lend if players do not have their own.

Session start at 9:30 most Saturdays of the season which starts in early September and ends towards the end of May. PLease ensure you arrive from 9.15 onwards and register next to the club house. Please refer to our Website news , Facebook or Twitter @miniloughts for the exact details of this towards the start of the Season.

All sessions due to current COVID measures finish at 10.30am. 

In order to join simply turn up before registration and speak to our Team on the Front Desk and they will direct you to the Coach that covers the appropriate age group and run through the collection of details and expectations with you. It is not absolutely necessary to become a member during your first month as we recognise that sometimes children will change their mind but after that we would expect them to become members. 

We look forward to Welcoming you into our Club 

Team Selection for Matches at U8/U10/U12’s

Primarily the purpose of matches is to get as many children within an age group, or that are capable of playing safely within an age group, playing hockey.

All Mini’s within these age groups will have a chance to play in matches. Whether you have just picked up a stick for the first time or are aspiring to make the national finals you are more than welcome.

Selection will be based on the following criteria in the order listed:-

  1. Players are fully paid up members.
  2. Behaviour at training is acceptable.
  3. Players or parents have advised of availability when requested.
  4. Attendance at training is regular (if there are issues with ability to train parents need to notify coaches so they are aware of the reason)

When the coaches meet they will allocate children to teams predominantly by age group.

However, they will remain mindful of trying to play all Minis’ at the correct level so not to dent confidence or limit players own progress.

Where it is possible decisions will take into account parents circumstances and try to accommodate these. For example if siblings are playing for another age or gender group efforts will be made to try and keep them at the same venue in order that both siblings get to play.

If teams within an age group are short of players coaches will select players from the age group below who they consider capable of playing at that level. It is also possible to mix genders. No Year 1 or 2’s will be included in U10’s matches, as advised by England Hockey.

Players/parents will then be notified of the teams they are selected for with at least 1 weeks’ notice.

Training in age groups

Minis will be asked to train within their age group:

  • Seedlings              Reception age 5 & School Years 1-2             Green Pitch Near End
  • U8’s                       School Years 2-3                                           Green Pitch Far End
  • U10’s                     School Years 4-5                                            Girls Pitch 1 / Boys Pitch 1
  • U12’s                     School Years 6-7                                            Girls Pitch 2 / Boys Pitch 2

There may be exceptional circumstances where a Y3 Mini is asked to train on Pitch 1 or 2. This will be at the Coaches discretion and they will let Parents know if this is the case. There is no need for Parents to approach Coaches about this, if children are ready to move up they will be notified.

Please don’t approach Coaches during training sessions about moving up groups or match information as they need to concentrate on delivering the session. If you need to speak to any coach, please give them time to finish the session and then speak to them. This is very important for Health and Safety reason as well as delivering good hockey.

Mini Coaches / Managers

On a regular Saturday there will be between 12 – 15 Adult coaches/helpers and 6-8 U14/U16 Junior helpers. They give regular commitment which helps all children access enjoyable sessions.

As an England Hockey affiliated club we have an England Hockey  Level 2 or above on site during training sessions. We are fortunate to have Jamie Oxley an experienced level 3 coach who is supported by Jay Fox (Level 2) every Saturday. It is the responsibilty of Jamie as the minis Head Coach to support the development of coaches and players.


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Management Committee

Richard Higgins


Philip Wheater


Elliott Smith

Men's Club Captain

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Sponsorship We are very fortunate to benefit from the generous support of Higgins Group Plc. Higgins Group Plc is one of the largest family-owned construction companies in South East England. It was formed as the parent company of the Higgins Group of Companies in 1989. The Higgins Group moved to their prestigious new offices at One, Langston Road in May 2005. The development and success of the club would not have been possible without the long term and continuing commitment of the company to our club as its principal sponsor.

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