To give you a flavour of what we’re all about, Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club is the largest Hockey Club within Bristol, running 7 male sides every Saturday, a U-16 boys’ team, two Veterans side and four sides within the Bristol and District Summer League and closely associated with ladies hockey, Westberries Hockey Club.
The Club is based at Bristol University’s playing fields at Coombe Dingle which was recently announced as one of England Hockey’s four National Performance Centres (NPC).
With these centres aiming to provide excellence in training facilities and delivery of a world class hockey programme for selected players aged 18-23, Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club is ideally placed to become the Club of choice for any young player serious about developing their game.
Our coaching set up is excellent, and behind the scenes the captains and committee are very active in running the club successfully. Since the year 2000 Westbury teams have won 18 championships in the winter and summer leagues, and been runners up a further 10 times as well.
Westbury & United Banks Hockey club was the first men’s club in the Bristol area to become ClubsFirst accredited.
Youth throughout the Club
We encourage players from an early age. We work with England hockey and the local schools to promote hockey, looking at programs for QuickSticks and Rush hockey.
We have a few age groups. The U16 side is designed to support the younger children as they progress from 12 year old players to become players in our Colts.
To support our stated aim to provide a safe and friendly environment for all Juniors Members to play and develop their hockey, Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club has adopted the following Junior Developmental Selection Policy with all those involved CRB checked.
Youth Development Selection Policy
This policy demonstrates Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club’s commitment to the development of young players as they are the future of our club and of hockey in general and that the club will always act in the best interests of the individual.
The policy’s aim is to ensure that our young members are given every opportunity to reach their full potential whatever level that may be (international, regional, county, and club, social or otherwise). To meet this we focus two of our sides around the development of youth. Our 5ths (Wizards) and 7ths (Widgets) give the younger players the opportunity to enjoy hockey in a friendly environment with experienced players with a distinct progression path up through the club as their skills improve.
Club documentation is currently being reviewed and will be updated and published here ASAP.
Please email Academy Coordinator with any questions on this topic in the mean time.