Junior Hockey

Training Sessions – Where and When:

2020/21 season runs from Tuesday 15 September 2020, and runs until May half-term 2021… (with pauses for any lockdowns, of course).

We’re based at Walthamstow Academy, Billet Road, Walthamstow, London. E17 5DP. For directions click here.

The coaching team are all club members – selflessly giving up their time and energy! These guys rock.

For further information, click on the appropriate link below.

Aged 3-8 u8s

Aged 8-12u10s and u12s

Aged 12-14u14s

Aged 14-16u16s

Thinking of coming along?

If you would like to come along to one of these sessions please contact Philippa at: youth@walthamforesthc.co.uk or on: 07952 777824 just so that we know to expect you. You’ll need to let us know your name, age, and whether you’ve played before.

AND you’ll need to complete the following track and trace form: https://tinyurl.com/yxfc2ekh (choosing “Waltham Forest” as the club name from the 2nd drop down list)

What you’ll need:

  • Astro trainers – or trainers with very good grips.
  • A hockey stick! If you don’t have one – we have plenty you can borrow on the day.
  • Shin pads (covering the ankle ideally) and a gum shield (£3-4 from most sports shops)

Cost per year:

When turning up for the first time – you can enjoy your first month for free. No risk to try it out!

Aged 0-5 – free

Aged 6-7 – £25 (school year 2 & 3)

Aged 8-17 – £50 (school year 4 and above)

There is no cost for matches for U12s and all ages below.
£5 per match for U14, U16 and those old enough to play in the adult teams!


We currently enter u10, u12 and u14 tournaments within the Essex Mini League and U14/U16 in the Home Counties league. We also arrange friendlies for u8 and all teams.
For match dates take a look on Junior Calendar page – you’ll also find them on the Spond app when you join.

Youth Awards

The club awards two main awards to youth players each season:

Most Improved Youth Player – to the player who has shown the greatest improvement.

Youth Player of the Season – to the player who has excelled at hockey, both in terms of ability but also in terms of effort, attitude and generally being recognised as a great member of the WFHC youth section.

Here is a list of previous & current Award winners and also the adult club’s Roll of Honour.

We are also part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards scheme with an award being given out every month during the season. These can be awarded to anyone between 11 and 25 and are nominated by anyone within the club.

London Youth Games

Every June we enter U14 teams into the qualifying tournament for hockey at the London Youth Games. The boys and girls have made the finals tournament in July at Crystal Palace several times. Training for the team begins after Easter for anyone in Year 9 who lives in or attends a school in the borough of Waltham Forest.

Essex Hockey

Youth players can also aspire to play for the county. Our club feeds into the Essex Hockey Association, and we nominate players to train for Essex Trials each season with the aim of going on and representing the County.

The Player Pathway provides an environment that helps all junior players realise their potential, whether that means they are the best club player they can be, seek a lifelong commitment to the game through coaching or volunteering or perhaps go on to represent England or Great Britain at junior or senior level.

The Player Pathway

The Player Pathway is made up of the following tiers:

  • Development Centres – provide a local entry point to the Player Pathway for U13s-U17s
  • Academy Centres – delivered in 49 counties, provide a high quality talent programme for players identified in U13-U17 age groups
  • Performance Centres – based across the country providing frequent, high quality training with the best coaches for U15 and U17 players
  • Futures Cup – supports player development within a high intensity and pressurised best-v-best tournament environment
  • Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) – provides additional training and sport-related education for U17 players selected from Performance Centres
  • National Age Group Squads (NAGS) – selected at U16 and U18 age groups for girls and boys. Provides the first taste of international competition for our young players
  • U21/Development Programme – an elite training environment for players who aim to transition into the senior programme and become world-leading players
  • Player Pathway Handbook

To find out more information visit England Hockey Player Pathway

player pathway

Our Junior Hockey Sponsors – CHAPS & Homeserve

Thanks to Homeserve and CHAPS: Central Heating And Plumbing Supplies for sponsoring our youth kit for 2012-2020!