Keynsham Hockey Club academy success

May 06 2022
Keynsham Hockey Club academy success

KEYNSHAM Hockey Club’s academy has had a superb season.

At the two end-of-season Avon junior tournaments in March, our U10s won the plate and the U12s were runners-up in their plate competition. This is the first time the club has won an Avon Junior Hockey League trophy.

Both teams were drawn in tough groups in the morning and won one, drew one and lost one match, each losing to the team that eventually won the shield.

Going into the plate competitions in the afternoon, the U10s won their three games to win the plate, and the U12s won two games but lost in their final.

Richard May, academy co-ordinator, said: “These were both superb results for our U10 and U12 teams after a lot of practice and hard work over the last few years.

“When we started three years ago, I think we lost every single match in this tournament, so the boys and girls were rightly very excited to have achieved such great results.”

Jess Murray, club chair, said: “Our academy has grown loads over the last few years. It’s been amazing to see how things have developed thanks to the dedication of our team of academy coaches and managers, but not forgetting the hard work of the youngsters.”

The club launched its academy in 2018. It takes boys and girls from school year 3 up to year 11 and is divided into primary academy and secondary academy.

We now have about 80 players spread across these ages. We currently run a U10 mixed team, an U12 mixed team, and U14 boys and girls team, and after that they usually start playing in our adult teams. Next year we hope to continue this and actually have two U12 mixed teams plus more fixtures for our U14 teams.

Keynsham Hockey Club achieved ClubMark certification from Sport England in 2020, which recognises the quality and safety of its provision.

Our academy is coached by Andy Rhys-Jones, who has more than 25 years’ experience and plays for the Wales senior team as well as Keynsham Hockey Club.

Club chair Jess Murray said: “Keynsham Hockey Club is very grateful to Keynsham Town Council, which has made significant grants to the club for many seasons. In recent years the majority of this grant has been spent on supporting the academy.”

The teams play in various tournaments and friendly fixtures throughout the season, which runs from September to March. Matches are usually on Sunday mornings or afternoons. Training is at Wellsway Sports Centre in Keynsham.

We have training on Fridays throughout the year (school term-times only) - primary academy 4.30pm-5.30pm, secondary academy 3.20pm-4.20pm.

We also have secondary academy training on Wednesdays 6pm-7pm from September to the end of March.

We always have space for more youngsters. Our training restarts on Friday May 6 and new youngsters are welcome to join us then or at any time of the year.

Youngsters can come for a week to give it a go free of charge before deciding whether to join. Enquiries should be emailed to academy co-ordinator Richard May at academy@keynshamhockey.club or via our website www.keynshamhockey.club