Who are we and what do we do?
SHC Community Projects is now in its 7th year. Founded in 2012, originally under the name of Suburban Hockey, we are a registered charity set up with the specific aim of delivering a programme of hockey coaching to local schools and to the wider community, many of whom have little or no organised sport. We provide free and subsidised hockey coaching session in schools either during curriculum time or as clubs for children between the ages of 6-13 years. All of the sessions are delivered by qualified and experienced coaches, including current and ex-international hockey players and coaches. The hockey sessions are built around fun and enjoyment as well as inspiring the children to play sport throughout childhood and into later life, building fitness and teaching them foundation hockey skills. The coaches often use the “Quicksticks” syllabus designed by England Hockey, as well as adding their own individual twists and creative games to the sessions. We aim to put the “Play” back into the playground and get children active and enjoying their sport.
The programme is funded by sponsorship, donations and in some cases the schools themselves. As a registered charity, we work in association with Surbiton Hockey Club (SHC) in the Kingston and Elmbridge areas. Thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant and funding from Surrey Hockey Association we have were able to set up a project in Southwark, south London. A recent grant from Sport England has seen us able to work with secondary schools in the Elmbridge and Kingston. We are currently sponsored by The Buffini Chao Foundation, Surrey Hockey Association and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Grants have been received from the St Olave’s Foundation Fund, London Sport, The Headley Trust, the Community Foundation for Surrey and The Big Lottery Fund. We also receive support from Active Surrey, Burgess Sports, Elmbridge Borough Council and England Hockey.
Primary School Projects
We continue to go into local primary schools delivering curriculum time sessions and clubs, before and after school and at lunchtime. The schools we have reached and coached in include; St Joseph’s, Latchmere, St John’s, Kings Oak, King Athelstan, Hinchley Wood Primary, St Agatha’s, Fern Hill, Malden Manor, Lovelace, St Pauls, Coombe Hill, Toloworth, Long Ditton St Marys,Holy Cross, Weston Green, Hurst Park, Thamesmead, Philip Southcote, The Avenue, Cheam Park Farm, Nonsuch Primary, Christchurch, St Andrews and St Marks, St Matthews.
We are very proud of the recent success from Christchurch C of E Primary School. We are currently in our 5th year of coaching at Christchurch CofE, each week coaches go in before school from Sept to July and every class in the school gets 6 x 1 hour coaching sessions during curriculum in the academic year. Consequently approx 80 children have started attending local hockey clubs. Christchurch CofE have won the Kingston Borough Primary Schools Quicksticks tournament for the last few years and this year we entered them a girls U11 team into the Surrey-London Cup where they would compete against some of the top hockey schools in England including many private prep schools. They managed to win the Surrey-London Cup and then came second in the Regional Finals. Considering Christchurch’s hockey stars train at the school on a piece of astroturf which is less than ¼ of a normal hockey pitch and having previously only played in one 7-aside fixture, it is a fantastic achievement.
Despite the success, we still gain just as much joy from seeing the hundreds of children turn up and play in the primary school tournaments that we host. These include the Borough tournaments but also some festivals where many local primary schools in the area come down and have fun playing against each other.
Increasing the Participation of Hockey in Secondary Schools
Hinchley Wood: In 2008 we began delivering after schools club to Hinchley Wood. This was delivered to all children from ages of Year 7 through to Year 11, both boys and girls. This has gradually grown in numbers and popularity across the school and consequently 3 years ago we began delivering term time coaching. We delivered Hockey curriculum time PE lessons to every child in Year 7, 8 and 9 from September all the way through to April, alongside the after school club which runs all year. This year Chris Gittens has been leading the coaching programme at Hinchley Wood, doing an excellent job and it is continuing to go from strength to strength, with hockey becoming the most popular sport in the school. This season both boys and girls have competed in the Surrey Cup or Plate competitions in Year 7, 8 and 9. As well as other competitive fixtures with local schools.
Hollyfield School: The school travels over to Surbiton HC for curriculum time and after school sessions for Year 7 to 9, both boys and girls. Where coaches from SHC Community run the session. Additionally we have also entered then into the U12 & U13 In2Hockey London Competitions for the past 2 years.
Tiffin Girls School: We provide coaching at Tiffin Girls school for a number of years. In 2017 the U12 and U13’s won their Surrey Plate competitions, a greater marker of progress. Where 10 of the U12’s joined local clubs this year.
Raynes Park High School: in January 2017 we started a new project by providing hockey coaching to Raynes Park High School to all Year 7 students which was a success with Australian International and Surbiton HC 1st Player Luke Noblett delivering the sessions.
Additional Projects – Honor Oak Panthers HC
We are currently helping create a new junior hockey section for a club over in Lewisham based at Honor Oak Park. Our community coaches have gone into schools in the local area to provide free hockey coaching for children, to generate interest and provide them with opportunity. In July they ran their first hockey camps, where 90 children attended, this again was provided by our SHC Community coaches. In September the club is looking to start their weekly Sunday morning sessions and we are delighted and looking forward to seeing the progress they make, offering any help and guidance where we can.