Information for Parents

‘Badgers’ Junior team (Mixed Youth 7-16s) 

WBHC runs a thriving Badgers Team with training and matches for all children aged 8 to 16 years every Saturday morning. The training takes place at clubs home pitch at Aston University Recreation Centre on the outskirts of Walsall, close to J7 of the M6.

Coach: Will Thomas

Contact: Steve Bavington 07966 823605 or via the Contact Us form

Youth Team and Development 

WBHC is proud to offer high quality, but fun training and matches for all children aged 8 to 16 years every Saturday morning. We are a low-cost family friendly club which recognises the importance of giving the children and young people an enjoyable, yet competitive atmosphere in which they can develop as a person, and as a hockey player. We have a high regard for player safety and want to see each young member thrive as they grow in confidence and fitness.

The children play friendly matches in the under 14 and under 16 age groups throughout the season (Sept - April), and during the summer. New members of any ability or applicable age are always welcome at any time before or during the season, so please contact Steve Bavington (Youth Development) for further information. We look forward to welcoming you to our club soon.   

Young WBHC hockey players can progress through the England Hockey Player Pathway which, due to our involvement at local and regional level gives them the opportunity to move from Sandwell, to the Black Country, to the Midlands Region and beyond. 



Session Information

Every week there will be a registration at the beginning of each session and a sign-off to close of each session. This measure is to assist the maintenance of membership and payment records, as well as ensuring the security and safety of children.

Parent Requirements

Parents of children in the U8s group are expected to remain at the pitch side throughout the session. Parents of children in all groups should ensure that they are properly equipped for each session (Gum shields, shin pads, other hockey equipment such as goalkeeper kit and suitable clothes for weather conditions)

Hockey Kit

All kit can be obtained from the club at very reasonable rates. 

Suggestions Welcome

The development secretary and club coaches are always looking for ways of improving the Badgers so please direct any suggestions you may have to Steve Bavington - we would love to hear from you.

New members are welcomed to the club throughout the year. Please follow the link below to register your child. Details of where to be and what to bring will be communicated to you nearer the start of the season but please note that this year the U16s will train on a Saturday morning between 09:00 and 10:15. If you have any problems registering your child please contact Steve Bavington (Youth Development Officer).


 All children regardless of age must be equipped with the following:

  • Weather appropriate sports clothing
  • Gum shield (compulsory for training and matches)
  • Shin pads (compulsory for training and matches)
  • Water bottle

We can provide hockey sticks for those wishing to try the sport before committing to any expenditure although inexpensive sticks are available from most sports shops. 

Badgers Team Contact: Steve Bavington (Youth Development Officer) 07966 823605 or via the Contact Us page.


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