JON ROYCE continues his forthright series and says that we need to incentivise national league coaches and former players to involve themselves in coaching and selection
Clubs function by balancing the demands of first team, adult participation teams and junior hockey. With the advent of artificial surfaces and junior sections at clubs with good access to facilities (either their own or hired), junior coaching has, 30 years too late, moved in progressive from Sunday mornings to mid-week evenings.
The juniors tend to use the pitch between 5pm and 7pm, after which the adult club teams take over.
England Hockey’s New Way Forward threatens this balance of priorities. There will be an almost inevitable ‘kick back’ if the third team lose their training slot or are forced into an even smaller section of the pitch whilst still paying the same membership fee as a dozen Juniors use the 7pm through 9pm slot.
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