Welcome to Phoenix Reading Junior section!
We have a thriving junior section which caters for ages 5-16, and we welcome new members throughout the season.
We train on Sunday mornings at University of Reading’s Sports Park, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG6 6DJ.
Session 1: 9:00 – 10:30 all age groups up to under 12s
Session 2:10:30 – 12:00 U14s and U16s.
Training will start on 3 September 2023 and run to mid December. We'll restart in early Jan and run onto end March 2024. The training dates will be published on Pitchero.
As well as training and mini-tournaments, the older age groups play in local leagues with matches also on Sundays throughout the winter. Fixtures will be posted here on our website on a regular basis and you will receive requests for availability via the Pitchero app.
If you are interested in joining please contact us using the Pitchero contact page. All new starters at the club get their first two weeks free, as a trial period, to ensure they enjoy the sport and want to continue.
Subs are £90 for the season, with discounts for siblings. In addition, match fees are £4 for all home fixtures for the U14 and U16 age groups for Sunday fixtures. There are no match fees for away games. U8s to u12s pay £4 tournament fees for each Thames Valley Minis tournament.
Juniors aged 13 and over can also take part in senior training and matches if they are ready to do so (the Junior Co-ordinator and head coach will talk to the child and their parents if this is something they are interested in). A match fee of £5 is charged for these senior games and they are played on Saturdays. There is no additional fee to pay if your child wants to attend adult training once they are 13.
Kit & Equipment
For health and safety reasons, all players must have a mouth guard and shin pads. Mouth guards which you mould in hot water can be found in many places such as Sports Direct and Decathlon.
For new starters, don’t worry if you don’t have a stick - we have a variety of sticks that you can borrow to get you started, so don’t worry about coming along fully equipped!
Any comfortable sports clothing can be worn for training and all players should bring a non-fizzy drink.
Gloves (ones that still enable your child to hold a stick)/tracksuit/waterproofs are essential for cold/wet weather. Hockey is after all a winter sport….
We proudly play in bright orange! For matches and tournaments players wear orange shirts and orange socks.
Our kit supplier is O'Neills Sportswear and you can order direct by going to our online shop.
Please note that all kit is personalised and bespoke and cannot be returned once it's ordered.
Younger age groups do not need shirt numbers, but older players playing league matches will need a shirt number. To get assigned a squad number please contact Jax Batten-Lincoln (Club Secretary) before you order your shirt.
We generally train whatever the weather, but in the event of icy pitches or snow we may be forced to cancel. We will send out cancellation via Pitchero app and post it on our website.
You and your child's safety and privacy
Safety of young people is paramount and our Club operates in accordance with the latest England Hockey guidelines. We have also updated our privacy notices in line with the latest regulations (known as GDPR). You can see these policies and procedures on the website or you can ask for copies from our Club Secretary. If you have any questions please speak to the Junior Co-ordinator to start with or contact the Club Secretary.
Before you train
We will need you to sign up on Pitchero before your child can train with us. Please visit our Membership pages for more information.
We look forward to seeing you soon for training.