The Youth Leader Programme is run by Newbridge Hockey Clubits aim being help younger members prepare for full participation in their Club as they progress to adult hockey. It also allows participants to remain involved in hockey when they chose not to play, or receive an injury.
Participants are taught the basic skills of coaching, umpiring, and team management and then participate as leaders during our Junior Club sessions.
In Newbridge HC we always ensure a Youth Leader works with an adult coach but our aim is to give the young person guidance and encouragement so they can develop their own leadership personality.
The 2013/2014 season was the first time we ran this programme and we had 11 very enthusiastic participants whom all progressed to the award stage and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to engage with younger players.
In the 2014/2015 season, we had 12 participants who with the IHA's help have now progressed to team management at blitz events and running tournaments.
For the 2018/2019 season, we had 12 participants, male & female, who learned skills such as team management, umpiring, and leadership.
We also had some of our leaders from the 2020/2021 programme return as paid assistant coaches.
Youth Leaders are very valuable members of our club. Without them, our junior players would not get so much enjoyment, personal attention, and help with their skills each Sunday. Leaders also benefit through increased involvement in all aspects of their sport and gain self-confidence and social skills through interaction with younger members.