For 2021, youth players are those who are at high school but were born before 1 January 2008, as well as those who are who are out of school but were born after 31 December 2002. High school players who were born after 31 December 2007, as well as all primary schools players irrespective of age, fall into our Junior age group.
At Nova Hockey Club we believe that club hockey is real hockey and the sooner we help young players get to grips with it, the better. A high school career lasts at most five years while a life-time career can last forty years or more, so it just makes sense to get used to playing senior hockey as soon as possible! The nice spin-off is that it does wonders for their school hockey. Youth players play in the same (adult) leagues as our senior teams, but we adapt our coaching to focus on their unique developmental needs. At training we aim to ensure that each young player either learns a new skill or improves on an existing skill and at matches we gradually introduce them to match conditions to ensure that they are not overwhelmed.
Our home venue is the astro at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria West where we train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00. Training will this year continue until the end of October.
Whether you currently play hockey elsewhere or not, or even if you've never played hockey before, you are welcome to join in our training sessions to see whether you like the club before you join – at no cost and with no obligation to join. NB: while you need not join before coming to your first session, we just ask that you please let us know you're coming so that we can plan adequately.