Notice to all Junior Parents

As a result of the recent changes across many areas of operation at theclub, in particular, changes across the Juniors section, a parents meeting was held on Friday 12th September, to provide advice and discussion on the many aspects of the changes being made.  While the meeting was very positive, we are aware that a number of parents were unable to attend and as such we have provided a summary of the presentation and discussion which took place.  We also include links to the documents which were presented on the night and which will be useful to all parents.

Within the summary note you will also find a clear and concise statement, on behalf of the management committee, from the newly appointed Youth Convener, Steve Bain on the reasons for change and the way ahead.

We hope that you will find this to be both informative and useful.  Please also note, with regard to the request for volunteers for the youth committee, from the meeting,18 parents have signed the form expressing an interest in joining the committee.  If anyone who was not in attendance would also like to be included, please send an email stating as such, to Steve Bain at with Youth Committee in the subject box.  The first meeting is currently planned for the first week in October, a confirmation date will be emailed out to those parents expressing an interest in joining the committee.

Please find below links to the various documents:

  1. Notes and summary of the parents meeting on the Friday 12th September
  2. Organisation structure
  3. Youth Pathway
  4. Training Arrangements
  5. Safe in Care Form 2014
  6. Hockey Junior Application Form
  7. Match Fees & Payment / Bank mandate
  8. Youth Convenor Roles and Responsibilities

For items 5,6 & 7 above, all forms and payments should be put into a single envelope and marked for the attention of ?Raymond Nelson ? Hockey Treasurer?, which can be handed in at the bar.

Raymond will deal with the payments and registration on the club database and forward the Safe in care forms to Steve Bain, Youth Convenor.

Over the past two Saturdays, those attending the junior hockey sessions may have noticed that a number of new coaches have been in attendance; there are a number of reasons for this:

  • To allow these coaches to have a look at the players who are attending the sessions.
  • To allow these coaches to form an opinion of the current level of ability spread across the numbers in attendance.
  • To allow the senior and youth coaching staff to carry out an assessment of the current level of coaching being carried out and decide on ?why, what, when and how? changes are to be implemented.

There are a number of initiatives planned for the youngsters but we need to carry out a full analysis of how best to implement these. The target for the coaching staff meeting is towards the end of next week and hopefully by Saturday 11th October we will be in a position to further present these plans.

Finally, there has been some talk of Kelburne junior?s Saturday morning training sessions moving away from Whitehaugh to Prolife in Paisley. For clarification; Prolife are sponsors of some of the mens and womens senior teams.  As part of the arrangement they have offered the use of their astro pitches to the junior section.  It may be that the club will take up this offer once the weather begins to deteriorate in the winter time, over a period when the grass pitches may be proving difficult to play on.  However, this would be deemed to be a temporary measure if it proves beneficial to the players.  There is no plan to move junior hockey away from Whitehuagh on a permanent basis.

We hope that this information and the documents attached will provide you with both, what you need and an indication of the level of effort and commitment the club are showing towards all round improvement across the club.  There is a lot of work to be done and we hope you will support the various initiatives.