Juniors (7-17 years)

We have a thriving junior section for children of primary and secondary school ages.

All abilities from the age of 7-years-old are welcome to come along and learn some hockey skills with MHHC. The first session is free of charge.


Our junior hockey training takes place every Wednesday throughout the hockey season (September to Easter) on the new all-weather pitch at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough. The training at our junior sessions is specifically designed for different age-groups, concentrating on developing the skills required to play the game. 

At Robert Smyth Academy there is ample parking and sticks are provided if you don’t have your own. You just need trainers with good grip, shin-pads and mouthguards.

There is no charge for the first session, to allow players to decide if they wish to continue, and discounts are available for multiple family members.

DO NOT PLAY IF YOU SHOW SUSPECTED SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, OR IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SELF ISOLATE

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Juniors training on the pitch at Robert Smyth Academy


Junior Training – from 1 September 2021

There will be no junior training during the Leicestershire school half-term.

Head Coach:David Richardson
U8s & U10s
School years 2-5
Wednesdays, 17:30–19:00
Robert Smyth Academy pitch
U12s & U14s
School years 6–9
Wednesdays, 17:30–19:00
Robert Smyth Academy pitch


For track and trace requirements we ask that all participants at training book in advance for the sessions they wish to attend.

Please click here to book a place at Junior Training


Training for U16s and U18s is during the Senior sessions. Senior training is open to all aged 13-years-old and above.

Head Coach:David Richardson
U16 & U18 GIRLS
School years 10-13
Tuesdays, 19:00–21:00
Robert Smyth Academy pitch
Youth Skills practise, U14-U18
School years 8–13
Thursdays, 18:00–19:00
Robert Smyth Academy pitch
U16 & U18 BOYS
School years 10-13
Thursdays, 19:00–21:00
Robert Smyth Academy pitch


There is an additional hour of skills practice every Thursday, open to all U14-Y18s. There will be no Youth Skills sessions during the Leicestershire school half-term.

Please click here to book a place at senior training

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The 2020 Badgers team after their first home match at Robert Smyth Academy, courtesy of Andrew Carpenter.


For juniors and teenagers, eight months of winter training (September 2021 to Easter 2022) is included with Full junior and concessionary membership for only £18 per month. Junior non-members are charged £8 per session.

See more details here


Competitive Matches

There is the opportunity for all youngsters to play in local tournaments on Sundays throughout the season; depending on the age range each season we can field teams of under 8s, under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, under 16s and under 18s. Players are not charged to play in U8–U12s Sunday tournaments. For older children there is the chance to play regularly for the Badgers team.


Badgers

The MHHC Badgers play on Saturdays in the Northamptonshire Two Counties Badgers League. The Badgers League is a good introduction to full sized hockey, and is competitive and friendly. Badgers teams are made up of nine juniors and two supporting adults playing 11-a-side on a full size pitch. Junior players must be under 16-years-old, most are aged between 13- and 16-years-old but some as young as 11-years-old have been part of the squad.

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2018 Badgers team

Our Badgers team have lots of fun, playing hockey in a supportive and friendly environment. In 2017/18 the MHHC Badgers team was very successful and finished the season top of their league!


Club Training and Membership Fees

U8s, U10s & U12s (school years 2-7):

Full Junior membership costs £18 per month (£108 per season) and includes training from September to Easter, and discounted match fees. The Full Junior membership fees are split over 6 monthly instalments.

Alternatively you can pay-as-you-go with a Casual Junior membership where training costs £8 per session.

U14s, U16s & Badgers (school year 8 and above):

Full Concession membership costs £18 per month (£108 per season) and includes training from September to Easter, and discounted match fees. The Full Junior membership fees are split over 6 monthly instalments.

Alternatively you can pay-as-you-go with a Casual Concession membership where training costs £8 per session.

Match fees are £6 per game for Full Concession and £3 per game for Full Junior members, or £9 per game for Casual Concession and £6 per game for Casual Junior members. Junior tournaments are free of charge.

See our Club Membership page for more details.

Please get in touch with us at MHHC for more information