Hockey Academy Under 12’s
U12 Co-coordinator is John Swann : U12@WestburyHockey.com
At U12 level, we welcome novice players and whist continuing to focus on basic skills we also prepare players for the transition to U14 hockey and full pitch 11 a side matches.
We enter U12 teams into local 7 aside festivals and tournaments and encourage team spirit, responsibility and commitment.
At festivals, selected players will be wearing club colours and officially representing Westbury and United Banks Hockey Club. Individual players may be asked to captain a team.
About the Coaches
John first picked up a hockey stick in 1975 and has been playing ever since. In the 1980’s he played for Tulse Hill in the London League, together with some representative and international indoor hockey at U21 level.
Throughout the 1990’s John played in Gibraltar for Grammarians HC and upon settling down in the West of England joined West Gloucester and more recently, Westbury and United Banks Hockey Club. In 2017 John represented the West of England at O 50 level.
John is a qualified England Hockey Sessional coach
Since 1990 Nik has played at Robinson’s Hockey Club in Bristol and Plymouth City, captaining the 4th teams and youth development teams respectively.
Joining Westbury and United Banks in 2012, Nik has managed the U10 and U12 teams.
Having dabbled with different sports at school Jon first played for Rotherham Hockey Club in the early 1990s before playing at Bristol University.
On graduating he started playing for Westbury and United Banks in 1999. Taking a break as hockey and small children didn’t mix too easily he re-joined in 2014 and now captains one of our development sides – the Wizards on a Saturday and coaches the U12s on Sunday.
Jon also helps out in the U14s where his eldest plays. Jon is the also the club’s Welfare Officer.