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Courses for umpiring and coaching can be booked and paid for via the England Hockey website now.

Courses are run around the country regularly throughout the year, but below are a list of the courses being run in the West.


Coaching Awards

Following on from the review of England Hockey’s coach development structure a revised coach development pathway has been launched which provides more accessibility and flexibility for a coach to access relevant support and knowledge specific to their role. It is hoped that this will deliver much better player experiences that will help influence children, young people and adults to take up, stay in and progress within in hockey.

As a result of the review the Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Courses no longer exist.  

There are a number of FAQs on the England Hockey website which help to explain the coaching offer available as part of the new Coach Development Pathway. 

The Introduction to Hockey Coaching Course is due to be launched shortly and will replace the old “Level 1”, and can be supplemented with workshops from the GB Coaching Club programme (currently Engaging Games for Children, Engaging Sessions for Adults, Integrating Goalkeepers, Coaching for Club Players, Coaching for Talent) depending on the age group that coaches are working with. More information on how to book can be found here

For those who coach hockey sessions to children or adults through Back 2 Hockey, After School Clubs, Summer Camps, Adult Club Participation the UKCC England Hockey Sessional Coach course is suitable as successful completion will enable the coach to coach independently.   Coaches may also find this course beneficial if they are supporting sessions in a Hockey programme (i.e. Club Team, JDC, JAC, School Team).  

The UKCC England Hockey Coach course is suitable for who want to regularly coach a hockey programme (i.e. Club Team or School Team over a season, JDC or JAC). On successful completion of the course, e-portfolio and assessment, coaches will have the skills and experience necessary to be able to coach independently and plan and deliver linked and progressive sessions. 

England Hockey’s brand new Coaches Membership provides coaches with the essential tools and resources to support coaching delivery and inspire more, better and happier players. For more information click here

For further information please contact the England Hockey coaching department.

Umpiring Awards

Umpiring is a great way to be involved in hockey. It gives you the opportunity to give something back to the sport you love, whilst also helping to widen participation in the sport. There are opportunities for everyone to umpire, whether you only want to umpire at your local club or progress to the International stage.

For information on the Umpiring Pathway in England please have a look at the Officiating pages of the England Hockey website. 

As a new or inexperienced umpire, you should complete the Level 1 Umpire Award course. This will give you an excellent introduction to umpiring hockey and will equip you with many of the skills and confidence to do so effectively.

You may ONLY be going to be umpiring Quicksticks (4-a-side game for 7-11 year olds) or In2Hockey (6 or 7-a-side game for 10-14 year olds), Quicksticks Umpiring Tips document and online Videos will help with umpiring Quicksticks once you've registered.

For information on how to get started please see the England Hockey website which will also provide information on available courses.  If there are no courses in your local area please contact your County Umpiring Association as they link up with England Hockey to organise the courses.