The current guidance allowing up to 6 people to exercise outside whilst social distancing has lit the green light for dusting off those sticks and getting out on the pitch once again!
Whilst we remain vigilant and are adhering to the latest guidance from Government and England Hockey this is excellent news, and we are already planning for pre-season training to start very soon!
Please watch this space and our social media channels for further updates
Here at Wildcats we work hard to make the game of hockey fun and enjoyable for all children aged from 5 to 18 years. At every Wildcats training session a qualified coach provides the appropriate level of guidance, technical instruction and physical exercise to help children to reach their sporting potential.
Wildcats have been in existence for 25 years and have a regular attendance of over 200 children every week.
Wallingford Wildcats were formed during the 1993-94 season and has gained strength in numbers and experience every year. Our training sessions are held on a Sunday mornings for younger children (from aged 5 to under 12's) and Weekday evenings for older children (Under 14's and Under 16's) throughout the season on the astroturf at Wallingford Sports Park.
Each coaching group is led by a qualified Hockey Association (HA) Coach, with the assistance of hockey players from the senior section of Wallingford Hockey Club. All qualified coaches have undertaken training and been assessed on their ability to teach children. We also hold regular refresher sessions in-house for all coaches and assistants. Many of the coaches have also gained umpire qualifications and first-aid certificates. In addition to coaches and club players we also welcome help from parents who take an interest and actively support the Wildcats Committee.
Each coaching session consists of a warm-up, coaching of both individual and team skills which is followed by a practice game and finishes with a warm-down. Progressive exercises are used to build up basic skills which are then used in a match situation. The rules of the game are also introduced which we encourage all children to learn from an early age. We endeavour to provide a safe, enjoyable, fair, structured, challenging, rewarding and positive experience for all individuals.
Wallingford Wildcats are very involved in the junior hockey community and have had many team successes over the years. The club runs it own Hockey Tournament for U8's, U10's and U12's each year which attracts many teams from across the area. We also have regular fixtures against local clubs for all age groups and run eleven-a-side teams for the Under 14 and Under 16 age groups. Older children (13+) also have the opportunity to play in the senior sides on a Saturday when their coach feels they are ready.
For the 2019/2020 season our training times are shown below.
Age group is based on player's age on 31st August. All training is at the Wallingford Sports Park, except the U12 boys and the Sunday afternoon session for the U14 girls, who will train at Cranford House School.
Shinpads are a must and can be purchased from most good sports shops. Please try to find a hockey shinpad rather than those used to play football. Gumshields are highly recommended for U8s and mandatory for U10s and above and preferrably obtained from a dentist. Although this type is more expensive than a shop bought gumshield they do tend to be more comfortable and provide better protection. However any gumshield is better than none.
Footwear should ideally be astro shoes (with small moulded studs) but trainers are acceptable to start with. However once the player is attending regular sessions and playing matches, correct footwear is recommended to help protect and support the feet.
Some sticks are available to borrow but we encourage players to get their own stick to suit their own playing needs. We also have a vast array of goal-keeping equipment in all sizes for those who wish to try it.
On the occasions that it does get very cold it is important for your child to wrap up well with lots of layers, including a hat and gloves. A thin waterproof jacket is also useful in case it rains.
For team matches against other clubs we ask that your child has team colours. This a green and white quartered top with white shorts and green socks. Club kit can be ordered from the Kit Shop, which is managed by our local sport shop, Sportswize.
Wildcats has a waiting list in almost all junior age groups. Please do not just turn up as you may be disappointed
We have an inclusive policy that encourages all to join in the fun of sport and hockey in particular
Although there will be assessments to join our higher level teams we will find a team for everyone who wants to play
To register as a new member please click here
Annual subs are:
£95.00 for the first child, £85.00 for the second, £75 for the third and any subsequent children.
Coaches for all age groups
Wildcats are always looking for coaches to fill the places of coaches who either leave or move up through the age groups. To qualify it is preferred that you attend a Level 1 Hockey coaching course (1 evening and 1 weekend).
Coach assistants for all age groups
Coaching assistants are crucial to the smooth running of any training session. It is not necessary to have any Hockey related experience but a willingness to help organise children and help set up any training exercises.