Hockey Camp Information & FAQs
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All EVO camps are open to boys & girls aged 6 to 17 years. All camps have both specialist outfield & goalkeeper coaches on all days, unless specifically otherwise stated on the camp booking page.
Camps are broadly split into the following categories:
- EVO Development Group
- EVO Progression Group
U11s - U14s
- EVO Performance Group
U15s - U18s
Camps are structured according to player age and experience / ability. Players are assessed and can be moved about within age and/or ability groups to make sure that, whatever their level, they do not feel either out of their depth or bored. Our aim is to ensure that all players have an amazing and fun experience, getting the right hockey coaching level and intensity for them, to best develop their potential.
Every player at our camps receives a free EVO Hockey playing shirt
During camps, players get the chance to have photos with the hockey stars, collect autographs, compete in fun challenges, and receive awards and prizes.
+ WHAT MAKES EVO SO GREAT?
We're glad you asked! See Our Story, where we explain the philosophy behind EVO Hockey and what sets us apart. But here's the short version -
Our camps are coached by the world's top senior players, up and coming junior internationals and some of the best creative coaching talent out there. Read more about our amazing coaching team.
We are trusted & recognised by the international hockey community. Our camps have been featured by the FIH (hockey's world governing body) and we have been invited to showcase at international hockey events such as the Champions Trophy. We regularly attract the world's best players to coach and young players travel from across the UK to attend, on recommendation from players and coaches.
Our camps are tailored to the players attending. You provide your playing information on registration and we make sure that, whatever your level, the programme you are on is optimised for you. In this way we have successfully developed players, from complete beginner to junior international level.
Our camps are creative, innovative and fun. We show young players hockey styles, philosophies and ideas from around the world, inspiring them to learn new skills and think about hockey in different ways. Sport psychology, strength & conditioning, video work and more are used to ensure maximum development benefit and enjoyment for all players.
+ WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE CAMPS
EVO Hockey's camps can be 1, 2 or 3 days in length. Players can choose to attend for parts of the camp only, but attending the full-length camp is highly recommended, to make the most of the coaching experience. The camps are structured so that the skills learnt in previous days are progressively built upon throughout the camps.
Each camp runs from 11am to 5pm, with a break for lunch. Registration on each day opens at 10.30am.
EVO camps group young players according to both age and playing ability, to ensure that each young player is able to maximise their pitch space and time with the coaches. We keep all our players under review and there is the flexibility for individual players to be moved into higher age group sessions (subject to coaching assessments) so that we can ensure we get the best development outcomes for our players.
+ WHAT EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
For outfield players, gumshields and shinpads are an absolute requirement and no young player will be allowed to take part in the camps without these, unless parents sign a consent recognising the risks of doing so. We would NEVER advise playing hockey without gumshields and shinpads, at any age! Beyond that, clothes suitable for outdoor sport and the weather at the time are advised and astroturf shoes should be worn (not football boots). A hockey stick should be brought by your child but please note that we can supply a limited amount of sticks on request, so if one is needed please ask us to ensure availability!
For goalkeepers, it is essential to bring a FULL goalkeeper kit to the camp, as we only have a very limited amount of equipment available at EVO. If your child doesn't own a kit but plays for a club or school, we recommend you ask them for use of their equipment during our camps - our experience is that those organisations will often be willing to assist. However, please check any borrowed kit to ensure you have a complete set If you are unable to source a kit, please contact us.
+ WHY SHOULD WE TRUST YOU WITH OUR YOUNG PLAYERS?
At EVO Hockey we are extremely serious about the welfare of all players. Our camps have been designed by people with significant experience in coaching youth club and schools hockey. Chris Bowen, who designed and oversees the EVO camps program, has previously been Head of Hockey at Epsom College, Head of Hockey Development at Whitgift School and is currently Performance Director of Hockey at Reigate Grammar School.
With EVO, you can be confident that your young players are under the supervision of top coaches who have experience in working with children, the required DBS checks and appropriate first aid training.
+ DO YOU PROVIDE LUNCH?
No. Please provide a packed lunch and drinks / refreshment for the day.