Who Can Deliver Fun and Engaging Hockey Sessions?


Do I need to be a coach to deliver fun games or does a club need to increase the number of qualified coaches?

If you are looking to offer small-sided games to adult players as a way to provide a great player experience, you do not necessarily need a qualified coach to lead this. 

A player or club volunteer, who can provide a positive and encouraging experience and facilitate the delivery of small-sided games will provide a great environment.

Who can deliver coached sessions?

England Hockey recommends that no coach except those at UKCC Level 2/EH Sessional Coach/EH Coach, or above, should deliver coached sessions independently.

For coaches who, in extreme circumstances need to lead sessions but are not yet qualified appropriately, the following should be in place to ensure a safe and engaging sessions:

  • Have booked onto, or are currently on a Sessional or Coach Course
  • Have attended a Coaching Club Workshop related to the population they coaching (ie Engaging Games for Children if coaching children)
  • Have a current and maintained First Aid Certificate, Safeguarding Certificate and DBS, in addition to relevant insurance cover. 
  • Deliver against recommended ratios and not alone if coaching children

Where can our coaches and volunteers go to get additional support?

England Hockey have launched The Hockey Hub which is full of video tips and hints - https://hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/

As a club, you can speak to your local Relationship Manager who can help you develop and inspire your coaches and volunteers.