About Our Junior Section

Here at Kirkby Stephen Hockey Club we have a thriving mini hockey and junior section, with over a hundred boys and girls from all over the Upper Eden Valley regularly attending training. The children are coached by qualified level 1 and 2 coaches and a team of young hockey volunteers.

All children are encouraged to come and play regardless of ability or experience, the mini section is for primary children in school years 1,2,3,4, and 5 and the junior section is available for older school children in year 6 through into secondary school age.

Regular mini hockey festivals are held on a monthly basis throughout the season with all children in years 3, 4 and 5 encouraged to take part in the u10 matches and children in years 6 and 7 taking part at u12 level.

U14 children also take part in monthly festivals throughout Cumbria and can take the form of boys, girls or mixed teams.

In February we run and host the England Hockey In2 u10 and u12 competitions at Kirkby Stephen, with many children having the opportunity to play hockey in a structured national competition. Over the last 10 years we have had many boys and girls teams become county champions, then progress through to Border champions and then attend the North of England In2 championships in Leeds a fantastic opportunity to play hockey at a high standard.

Talented children are also identified and encouraged to attend Cumbria Junior Academy coaching sessions and be selected to represent Cumbria in North of England County tournaments. From these the best are selected to attend Junior Regional Performance Centres and receive elite training as part of England Hockey national development pathway.

Junior Training Times

  • Monday 6-7pm for school years 6-7.
  • Monday 7-8pm for school years 8-11.
  • Please keep an eye on our facebook page for training and competition dates.

If you are thinking of coming along please do so or contact Andrea Dixon 07597 081 346 or Debbie Barr 07973 724 980 for more info.

Our Juniors put Kirkby Stephen on the Map

Having qualified in February from the Cumbria leg of the In2 National junior competition. Our fantastic U10 and u12 teams attended the North West round at Macclesfield on Sunday.
Playing against tough opposition from predominantly large clubs based in Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
Our teams worked hard to improve their skills and compete against the strong opposition, winning some games along the way.
Kirkby Stephen was the only club to have teams qualify for all 4 age/ gender groupsπŸ’ͺ. A superb effort from all concerned. Thankyou to parents and coaches who encouraged the children throughout the dayπŸ₯°

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Kirkby Stephen U16s 7 – Carlisle 3

Kirkby Stephen U16s played their first game of the season on Sunday at home against Carlisle.

Kirkby Stephen 7 ; Carlisle 3

Kirkby Stephen started the game off with high intensity and pace. Scoring a goal in the early minutes.

Kirkby Scored a succession of goals with great attacking play from Neve Ivinson, Jess Hall and Liberty Bainbridge upfront.

The midfield of Tilly Rose, Martha Bainbridge, Lilia Hutchinson, Jessica Samson and Anna Mawson worked tirelessly on and off the ball with some brilliant skills shown from all, with speed they played the ball creatively and did some fantastic moves and play to create goals.

Kirkby did concede some goals but the defence of Kirkby’s Team, Erin Treece, Emma Pedley, Clemency Clark, Bicci Clark and Johanna Bowness worked solidly as a unit and stopped a lot of attacks from Carlisle reaching the goal area.

Rosalyn Civil, Kirkby Stephens Keeper, made some brilliant saves during the game, and her solid kicking was confident and strong to enable the Kirkby team to build new attacks from.

The end result was Kirkby Stephen 7- Carlisle 3

The next game is Sunday 28th November away

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