THAMES VALLEY COMMUNITY COACHING PROGRAMME - sponsored by NZ Hockey Foundation​​​​​​​

Suitable for new or existing coaches these coaching resources are tailor made for Thames Valley Hockey coaches.

The programme consists of on line printable resources,  a "Go to Drills" booklet to take to the turf, workshops held at Thames Valley and video resources featuring homegrown Black Stick and Thames Valley star (TV Star) Tarryn Davey plus players from Te Aroha schools.



  • Hockey Go To Drills  - Take this guide to the turf Click Here  (also available as a laminated printed booklet) email to get yours
  • How to plan, structure and play  - A Junior 6 Aside Coaching Resource  Click Here


    Coaching 101: A 5 part series of videos demonstrate how to coach some fundamental skills.

    Part 1 Holding a Stick

    Part 2. Dribbling the Ball 

    Part 3. Passing

    Part 4. Tackling 

    Part 5. Game Play


    We regularly run workshops for coaches.  Follow us on facebook to keep in touch.






    Introduction to Hockey - A Beginners Guide to Hockey Click Here

    Hockey New Zealand Primary Schools Small Sticks Skills - A Guide Click Here 

    Hockey New Zealand Coaches Resource HUB

    "Coaching Yarns"

    Sport NZ - Balance is Better

    Sport NZ - Five Tips for Coaches

    Waikato Institute for leadership and Sports Studies - Community Resource Hub for coaches and clubs -


    Thames Valley Hockey Community Coaching Programme - Background
    Nicky Smith has developed the programme and  is one of our best coaches in New Zealand, a long standing friend of Thames Valley having been player/coach of the winning Thames Valley intercity team, coach of the gold medal Midlands womens NHL team and assistant to the Womens Black Sticks, plus as a Hockey player representing England Internationally.    Thames Valley has worked with our neighbouring associations to develop a range of Coach Resources  and we thank them for their input and support.  With additional thanks to both Tarryn Davey and Daniel Scanlon who feature in the coaching videos - thanks for giving so much of your time to the players and coaches at Thames Valley Hockey.

    Programme Overview
    The Programme will be delivered at the turf with mentoring sessions, workshops and match day support plus on line via Webinars and Coaching resources.  Focus on Year 1,2, year 3,4 Year 5,6 Year 7,8 - 6 aside and 11 aside, Secondary.  Here are just some of the initiatives:
    • On line Webinars
    • Mentoring Sessions
    • Match day support  at turf
    • Continual On line support and Q& A
    • Access to mentor online throughout the season
    • Coaching Development resources 
    • Age and ability appropriate  - Tools, drills and game plans.
    • Creating rewarding fun, learning environments of all ages and capabilities
    • Training and Season Planning tools, team culture
    • Understanding  skills and drills and what they mean and when to use them
    • Game Day Plan, analysis and strategy 
    • Post Match – mental support and awareness, Physical recovery

    Supported by NZ Hockey Foundation.