How can I make sure my sessions are safe?



It is the coach and organisations (i.e. club/school/county) responsibility to ensure ALL the
following are in place prior to the start of each session:

  • Ratios are adhered to of 1:8 (coach to player) for coaching 5-11 year olds, 1:12 for 12-16 year olds and 1:16 for coaching adults
  • There is appropriate insurance cover
  • There is current and maintained First Aid cover, and that coaches have a relevant safeguarding certificate and DBS.


England Hockey strongly recommends that all coaches are insured as an individual, through a club or Association. Insurance should reflect the activities you undertake as a coach within the guidance of your level of qualification or accreditation.

Coaches that are accredited at UKCC Level 2, EH Sessional Coach or EH Coach or have a Level 1 coach qualification or who has attended a GB Coaching Club workshop or Introduction to Hockey Coaching can receive insurance cover for their coaching activities as part of the many benefits of the England Hockey Membership

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

England Hockey have also launched The Hockey Hub which is full of video tips and hints, and also includes an online safeguarding course -

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