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Heaton Moor Junior Hockey Club (HMJHC) is a small junior hockey club based in Stockport.  The hockey club currently has over 60 junior members, all between the ages of 5 and 18 years.  The club has been running now for over 15 years, and it has built up a reputation for being a friendly and family orientated club, providing young people with the opportunity to enjoy the sport of hockey, but also develop skills and knowledge that allows the performer to progress within the sport. 

Unlike many hockey clubs, we train all year round with participants being split into groups depending on age and ability, therefore ensuring that all performers are receiving the right level of coaching.  HMJHC combines with the other junior clubs in the Borough to compete within the Greater Manchester Junior League, and teams are entered in the Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 age groups for both boys and girls, therefore offering competitive opportunities for all participants within the club.

For those aged over 15, the club has extremely strong links with local senior teams for both men and women (Heaton Ladies and Stockport Bramhall Hockey Club), therefore the participants have a pathway available to continue competing within the sport.

In addition to being affiliated with England Hockey, the club is also a member of the Stockport Hockey Development Group and affiliated to Sport Stockport, thus having an active role and say into how the sport (and sport in general) is developed across the Borough.

The club has a number of active volunteers who all play key roles in the operation and development of the club, and the relationship between these volunteers, parents and participants is extremely strong so although it is only a small club, it is extremely successful, especially in meeting the vision and ethos.

Since completing the Club Mark accreditation in May 2010, the club has grown, with the average weekly attendance rising from around 25 participants up to an average of 45, and still growing.  The coaching standard has been increased with one coach achieving his level 2 qualification (so there are now 3 at the club), and a volunteer who has been supported and mentored for many months completing her level 1 qualification.

The club has a wide catchment area showing that people are willing to travel to attend, but over the last year stronger links have also been created with Priestnall High School.  In September 2010 a lead coach from the club delivered 10 after-school sessions as part of the Sport Unlimited project, which was a big success, with 6 new members joining the club in addition to the high number of pupils already members.  In October 2010 the club was also involved in the Stockport Hockey Development Group Development Days at Priestnall and Werneth High Schools - therefore supporting the local Secondary and Primary Schools and introducing them to the sport of Hockey.

Two of our coaches coach at County level with one guiding the Girls Under 13 Greater Manchester Junior Academy Centre to become the North Tournament Winners, which was a fantastic achievement.  The club also had 6 performers selected for the Junior Development Centres, with 3 then playing at the next level up - the Junior Academy Centre.  Of these 3, 2 were girls who were playing at the Under 16 age group (which is an extremely difficult team to be selected for due to the high standard), and the other player played in the Under 13's Greater Manchester Boys team which also won the North Tournament - this was his first season playing at a county level.  In September 2011, we nominated 3 new players to attend the Development Centres, with 2 being successfully selected for the county team.  We are always looking to nominate young players to attend these Development Centres at the start of each new season, and encourage our budding goalkeepers to attend the coaching workshops at Belle Vue.

In addition to all of this the club also holds social events, with a trip to Blackpool in July 2010 (where 55  adults, parents and children went to the Pleasure Beach for the day), a Bowling and Laser Quest trip in July 2011 (where the club volunteers looked after 33 children for the evening).  We are planning to go canoing, climbing and shooting bows and arrows (Archery!) in July 2012, at Rope Race in Marple (see the News section).

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