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  • September 2016 (Term 1) - Jolly Hockey Tots

    Welcome Back!
    What a summer we’ve had topped off by the amazing Olympic Gold win by the GB Women’s Hockey Team, we were on the edge of our seats watching the shoot out! Here’s hoping we have the makings of future stars in our midst and judging by the talent we’ve seen in our sessions, that could well be a realistic thought!

    We would like to congratulate our first 2 Trophy recipients, Hannah and William, we are very proud of all that you have achieved during your time with Jolly Hockey Tots and hope you continue to develop your hockey skills.

    Here at JHT HQ things have been very busy. We are delighted to welcome 2 new sites at Berkhampstead Prep School and Highnam CofE Primary School to the Jolly Hockey Tots community. There have also been a few administrative changes we wanted to let you know about. Jolly Hockey Tots is now owned solely and run by Gill and Dave Hallway. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Emily and James Griffiths for all their hard work and support over the past year, we are very excited and optimistic about the next chapter for Jolly Hockey Tots.

    With the additional sessions above, we would also like to welcome our newest coaches Harry, Matt, Richie and Amy to the team. They all have various backgrounds with a great mix of children’s sports coaching and hockey between them and having attended a successful training day this week, they are looking forward to meeting the children when sessions start next week.
    Shop News
    Our Jolly Hockey Tots merchandise is now available to buy with some lovely items, including polo shirts, hoodies and there are even some colourful waterproofs ideal for keeping dry at practice during our unpredictable wet weather. We do have some stock, which is available through Gill or one of your coaches, so please let us know if you would like to make a purchase. Although we don’t mandate wearing uniform unlike other organisations, we like the idea of this as it can help make your child feel more like part of a team, there are a range of items to choose from. If you would like any further information, please get in touch via e-mail or speak to one of your coaches.
    2016/2017 Term Dates - Information and Payments
    This term will run from 5th September until 22nd October and is 7 weeks long*.

    Please note, we have changed the way we bill for sessions. The payments section has been removed from our website and parents will be invoiced (half) termly*. JHT HQ will soon be canvassing parents with regards to full term payments, this will reduce the administration required for both parents and JHT HQ. More information will follow soon.

    *Berkhampstead term timings are different to the other sessions and parents have been advised separately of term dates and invoicing in accordance with this.

    Training Period 1: Mon 5th September - Sun 23rd October 2016
    Training Period 2: Mon 31st October- Sun 18th December 2016
    Training Period 3: Tue 3rd January – Sun 12th February 2017
    Training Period 4: Mon 20th February – Sun 9th April 2017
    Training Period 5: Mon 24th April – Sun 28th May 2017
    Training Period 6: Mon 5th June – Sun 23rd July 2017

    We recently added the facility to pay using PayPal however there was an oversight on our part regarding not taking into account the PayPal charge for doing so. Starting from the next payment period (Training Period 2), people paying via PayPal or Izettle will be charged an extra 5% to cover the surcharge from PayPal. We would like to remind parents that bank transfers are fee free.
    Notice for Parents
    Please remember all children MUST use the toilet before the session starts to allow for an undisrupted lesson. Please ensure all children bring a drink with them (JHT water bottles are available through the website or from your coaches). Please make sure that they are wearing suitable clothing. Remember, our sessions will always run unless conditions prevent our coaches from getting to site. All session cancellations can be found on our Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/JollyHockeyTots or on our website.

    Parents are required to sign their child in on the register as they drop them off and an authorised adult must collect the child from the pitch at the end of each session. Any late pickups will be charged at the rate of £5 per 15 minutes. This is due to our rule of always having a minimum of 2 staff present and if you are late, it means 2 staff remaining on site until you collect your child. Further information is available about this on request.

    Previously, parents have been required to stay with their child / children during sessions, however, we are moving away from this practice to help build the children’s confidence. We still need to you remain in the local area but not pitch-side, unless otherwise informed. You are welcome to observe any part of the session if you wish to. Please speak with one of the coaches if you have any concerns.
    Social Media
    Jolly Hockey Tots Social Media presence will be increasing. For information on upcoming sessions, new session locations and other recent news please join us on Facebook.
    Feedback

    With the recent changes we have shared above and expansion of sessions for Jolly Hockey Tots, your feedback is even more important to us, we would love to hear any suggestions, ideas for improvement or if you want to share your positive experiences with us. Please get in touch in person via one of your coaches or email info@jollyhockeytots.co.uk or via our Facebook page.

  • June 2016 (Term 6) - Jolly Hockey Tots

    Last Term
    Last term we were very happy to welcome a number of new starters to our clubs, we hope you have enjoyed your first term with us.

    We showcased Jolly Hockey Tots at the East Glos Tennis Club Open Day on 14th May. Thank you to our coaches, Jodie and Anna, for their support running taster sessions on what was a great day. There was lots of interest including from the local MP’s young daughter, and our mascot Stompy was there to meet & greet! Photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page.

    Our coaches have fed back very positively on how the children across each session have improved this term, including at East Glos where certificates were awarded for massive improvements to Indian dribble skills and at our Churchdown session, the coaches have been particularly delighted with how both hockey skills and social interactions have developed.

    Congratulations to Hazel and Robbie on being awarded their bronze and silver medals respectively. Well done to Max & Jennella on receiving certificates last week, their enthusiasm has been fantastic this term! The coaches have been really impressed with Rose’s hockey skills this term, noting that she has become much more confident and is always smiling. We would like to thank the children and parents who braved the wet weather 2 weeks ago, we had a new starter with us and you all helped make it a very enjoyable session. Keep up the great work kids, we love seeing you all do so well with so much enthusiasm!
    Shop News
    Our Jolly Hockey Tots merchandise is now available to buy with some lovely items, perfect for upcoming birthdays, including polo shirts, hoodies and there are even some colourful waterproofs ideal for keeping dry at practice during our unpredictable wet weather. We do have some stock, which is available through Emily, Gill or one of your coaches, so please let us know if you would like to make a purchase. Unlike other organisations, we do not mandate wearing uniform, however, it can help make your child feel more included in the group and there are a range of items to choose from. If you would like any further information, please get in touch via e-mail.
    Information and Payment
    This term will run from 6th June until 24th July and is 7 weeks long. The one hour sessions, Churchdown and Oxstalls are £35.00 and the 45 minute sessions, East Glos are £31.50 for the 7-week term. Please note, we have recently changed the way we bill for sessions. The payments section has been removed from our website and parents will now be invoiced termly. This should hopefully simplify the process, but we would welcome your feedback.
    Notice for Parents
    Please remember all children MUST use the toilet before the session starts to allow for an undisrupted lesson. Please ensure all children bring a drink with them as drink breaks are part of the session teaching children how to stay hydrated when doing exercise. Also, please make sure that they are wearing suitable clothing for the weather (Jolly Hockey Tots/ Kids kit may be purchased from us and via our online shop). As we are starting to benefit from the good weather, please remember to apply sun block to children using outdoor courts before each session. Remember, our sessions will always run unless conditions prevent our coaches from getting to site. All session cancellations can be found on our Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/JollyHockeyTots or on our website.

    Parents are required to sign their child in on the register as they drop their child off and an authorised adult must collect the child from the pitch at the end of each session. Please check with your coaches to see if parent participation is required that week.
    Previously, parents have been required to stay with their child / children during sessions, however, we are moving away from this practice to help build the children’s confidence. We still need to you remain in the local area but not pitch-side, unless otherwise informed, and you are welcome to observe any part of the session if you wish to. Please speak with one of the coaches if you have any concerns.
    Social Media
    Jolly Hockey Tots Social Media presence will be increasing. For information on upcoming sessions, new session locations and other recent news please join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
    2016 / 2017 Term Dates
    Term 6: Mon 6th Jun - Fri 22th Jul 2016
    Term 1: Mon 5th September - Sun 23rd October 2016
    Term 2: Mon 31st October- Sun 18th December 2016
    Term 3: Tue 3rd January – Sun 12th February 2017
    Term 4: Mon 20th February – Sun 9th April 2017
    Term 5: Mon 24th April – Sun 28th May 2017
    Term 6: Mon 5th June – Sun 23rd July 2017

    Other News
    Local Hockey Clubs

    Following requests from parents regarding children continuing with hockey once they reach 8 years of age and leave Jolly Hockey Tots, we have added a list of Gloucestershire based clubs to our website. There are some real stars in the making and we hope they will continue with the sport as they grow! If you know of any clubs not on the list, please let us know so we can keep it updated.

    This term we would like to welcome our newest Coach Kayleigh. Kayleigh is a recent university graduate (BA in Early Childhood Studies) and we are delighted she will be coaching at all our sites from June.

    Summer Clubs

    We would like to gauge the level of interest in us developing a Jolly Hockey Tots holiday club, particularly over Summer 2017. Please get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

    Feedback

    As always, your feedback is very important to us, we would love to hear any suggestions, ideas for improvement or if you want to share your positive experiences with us. Please get in touch in person via one of your coaches or via phone 01452 835791 or email info@jollyhockeytots.co.uk or via our Facebook page. Thank you very much to the parents who have e-mailed us with their comments and concerns. We hope you are happy with how we responded and can already see improvements.

  • April 2016 (Term 5) - Jolly Hockey Tots

    Last Term
    Last term we were pleased to welcome our newest coaches Andrei & Nabil at our Solihull site and Charlotte who will be working at East Glos. There were a number of Easter-themed sessions during the last week so we’d like to say big thank you to our coaches for organising special activities to compliment this. We do put photos of our sessions on our Facebook page so please go and take a look.
    The new Key Skills cards have been introduced at most sites and will continue to be rolled out this term, we hope you are beginning to benefit from the links to your child’s/ children’s development when they are away from Jolly Hockey Tots.
    Shop News
    Our Jolly Hockey Tots merchandise will be available to buy very soon with some lovely items, perfect for upcoming birthdays, including polo shirts, hoodies and there are even some colourful waterproofs ideal for keeping dry at practice during April showers. We do have some stock, which is available through Em, Gill or one of your coaches, so please let us know if you would like to make a purchase. Unlike other organisations, we do not mandate wearing uniform, however, it can help make your child feel more included in the group and there are a range of items to choose from. If you would like any further information please get in touch via e-mail.
    Information and Payment
    This term is 7 weeks long and runs from 11 April until 29 May (please note this weekend is the start of half term for lots of schools). The one hour sessions at Churchdown, Oxstalls and Solihull are £35 and the 45 minute sessions at East Glos are £31.50 for the 7-week term. Please could you ensure you pay online prior to your first session as this will save embarrassment for you, your child and the coach as they will not be allowed to join in. Payments can be made directly to Jolly Hockey Tots Limited through our BACS system, via PayPal or via Card payment at your session location, details of these can be found on our website Payment Information.
    Notice for Parents
    Please remember all children MUST use the toilet before the session starts to allow for an undisrupted lesson. Please ensure all children bring a drink with them as drink breaks are part of the session teaching children how to stay hydrated when doing exercise. Also, please make sure that they are wearing suitable clothing for the weather (Jolly Hockey Tots/ Kids kit may be purchased from us. We will be opening an online shop very soon.) Please note that our sessions will always run unless conditions prevent our coaches from getting to site. All session cancellations can be found on our Facebook Page or on our website.

    Parents are required to sign their child in on the register as they drop their child off and an authorised adult must collect the child from the pitch at the end of each session. Please check with your coaches to see if parent participation is required that week. Parents are NOT allowed to leave the site during the sessions unless an alternative authorised adult has been assigned.
    Social Media
    Jolly Hockey Tots Social Media presence will be increasing. For information on upcoming sessions, new session locations and other recent news please join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
    2016 Term Dates
    Term 5: Mon 11th Apr - Fri 27th May 2016
    Term 6: Mon 6th Jun - Fri 22th Jul 2016

    Feedback

    As always, your feedback is incredibly important to us and thank you to the parents who have already been in touch. We are keen to know what is working well at your session and where there is room for improvement. For example, we would like to hear how our coaches are doing so that we can tweak our training processes to ensure we deliver the highest standards for both your child / children and you, or if there are particular games you felt worked well so we can share this with our wider coaching network. Please get in touch in person via one of your coaches or via phone 01452 835791 or email info@jollyhockeytots.co.uk or via our Facebook page. Thank you very much to the parents who e-mailed us with their comments and concerns. We hope you are happy with how we responded and can already start to see improvements.

  • Feb 2016 (Term 4) - Jolly Hockey Tots

    Last Term
    Last term saw the start of the new Key Skills Cards being introduced to the sessions. All new children will be getting these cards which include both Hockey Skills alongside Learning Skills. The Learning Skills have been developed to include both the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum skills used in Nurseries, Preschools and Schools.
    We hope you enjoyed the Valentine’s Day themed session last term. Keep a look out for future themed celebrations. You may also be asked to do some “homework” occasionally, but will not take up much of your child’s time and will help support their learning at a future session.
    Shop News
    Jolly Hockey Tots merchandise will be available to buy very soon. Hoodies, Polo Shirts, Sports Bags, Sports Bottles and Caps coming soon. Keep an eye on our website shop for details and prices.
    Information and Payment
    This term will run from 22nd February until 27th March. The one hour sessions, Churchdown and Oxstalls are £25 and the 45 minute sessions, East Glos are £22.50 for the 5-week term. Please could you ensure you pay online prior to your first session as this will save embarrassment for you, your child and the coach as they will not be allowed to join in. Payments can be made directly to Jolly Hockey Tots Limited through our website shop or via our BACS system, details of these can be found on our website www.jollyhockeytots.co.uk.
    Notice for Parents
    Please remember all children MUST use the toilet before the session starts to allow for an undisrupted lesson. Please ensure all children bring a drink with them as drink breaks are part of the session teaching children how to stay hydrated when doing exercise. Also, please make sure that they are wearing suitable clothing for the weather (Jolly Hockey Tots/ Kids kit may be purchased from us. We will be opening an online shop very soon.) Please note that our sessions will always run unless conditions prevent our coaches from getting to site. All session cancellations can be found on our Facebook Page or on our website.

    Parents are required to sign their child in on the register as they drop their child off and an authorised adult must collect the child from the pitch at the end of each session. Please check with your coaches to see if parent participation is required that week. Parents are NOT allowed to leave the site during the sessions unless an alternative authorised adult has been assigned.
    Social Media
    Jolly Hockey Tots Social Media presence will be increasing. For information on upcoming sessions, new session locations and other recent news please join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
    2016 Term Dates
    Term 4: Mon 22nd Feb - Thu 24th Mar 2016
    Term 5: Mon 11th Apr - Fri 27th May 2016
    Term 6: Mon 6th Jun - Fri 22th Jul 2016

    Feedback

    Your feedback is very important to us, we would love to hear any suggestions, ideas for improvement or if you want to share your positive experiences with us. Please get in touch in person via one of your coaches or via phone 01452 835791 or email info@jollyhockeytots.co.uk or via our Facebook page. Thank you very much to the parents who e-mailed us with their comments and concerns. We hope you are happy with how we responded and can already start to see improvements.

  • Jan 2016 (Term 3) - Jolly Hockey Tots - Happy New Year

    Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to all our Jolly Hockey Tots, we hope you’ve had a fantastic break.

    News updates
    Firstly, we want to bring you up to date with some changes that have taken place over the last few months with Jolly Hockey Tots Limited, Head Office. We have undergone some management changes with Hannah Smith leaving us and Gill Hallway joining, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Hannah for her time with us and welcome Gill to the team. We have also been busy recruiting energetic & enthusiastic new coaches so please welcome Kathy, Jodi, Terri and Sandra working at Oxstalls, East Glos and Churchdown clubs.

    We have updated the Key Skills cards which we will be rolling out this term to continue with the hockey skills we have always had, but to now include learning skills to enhance the Early Years Foundation Stage link. To better support the learning of our older children we are going to be introducing Jolly Hockey Kids where we have linked the skills with the National Curriculum – please let us know what you think of these.

    Information and Payment
    This term is running from 06 January until 13 February. The one hour sessions, Churchdown and Oxstalls are £30 and the 45 minute sessions, East Glos are £27 for the 6-week term. Please could you ensure you pay online prior to your first session as this will save embarrassment for you, your child and the coach as they will not be allowed to join in. Payments can be made directly to Jolly Hockey Tots Limited through our website shop or via our BACS system, details of these can be found on our website www.jollyhockeytots.co.uk. Discounts are available for full term payments.

    Notice for Parents
    Please remember all children MUST use the toilet before the session starts to allow for an undisrupted lesson. Please ensure all children bring a drink with them as drink breaks are part of the session teaching children how to stay hydrated when doing exercise. Also, please make sure that they are wearing suitable clothing for the weather (Jolly Hockey Tots/ Kids kit may be purchased from us. We will be opening an online shop very soon). Please note that our sessions will always run unless conditions prevent our coaches from getting to site. All session cancellations can be found on our Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/JollyHockeyTots or on our website.

    Parents are required to sign their child in on the register as they drop their child off and an authorised adult must collect the child from the pitch at the end of each session. Please check with your coaches to see if parent participation is required that week. Parents are NOT allowed to leave the site during the sessions unless an alternative authorised adult has been assigned.

    Looking Ahead
    Jolly Hockey Tots Limited will be increasing our available sessions over the coming months. We will continue to monitor all our current sessions to ensure our standards continue to rise but will also be starting up in new locations too. We have recently taken over a session in Churchdown but also plan to set up in Highnam, Gloucester and also Abbeymead area.

    As we have mentioned we have updated the Key Skills Cards to include Learning Skills. These and the new Jolly Hockey Kids plans will begin rolling out this term. Any feedback on this would be brilliant.

    This year Jolly Hockey Tots Limited will be having themed sessions around important dates. Please check our Facebook page and website for this information as you may be asked to wear something different or bring something particular for some sessions. This is not compulsory and no extra money is expected to be spent.

    2016 Term Dates
    Term 3: Mon 4th Jan - Fri 12th Feb 2016
    Term 4: Mon 22nd Feb - Thu 24th Mar 2016
    Term 5: Mon 11th Apr - Fri 27th May 2016
    Term 6: Mon 6th Jun - Fri 22th Jul 2016

    Feedback
    Your feedback is very important to us, we would love to hear any suggestions, ideas for improvement or if you want to share your positive experiences with us. Please get in touch in person via one of your coaches or via phone 01452 835791 or email info@jollyhockeytots.co.uk or via our Facebook page.

    Finally....
    Thank you for all your support over the past few months, we are really looking forward to continuing our sessions and building new ones, working with you and your children over the coming months.