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What should you look for in a junior sports club or team?
So you have got a budding young sports-enthusiast on your hands. To help them get the best from their sport you may wish to consider enrolling them at a local sports club. There are probably a number of sports clubs in your area that may cater for young people so how do you decide which one is best for your child and how do you know if they're safe? Giving some consideration to the following questions will help you in making your decision:

Is the club accredited by its National Governing Body or Sport England?
Most National Governing Bodies (NGB) of sport operate a Club Accreditation Scheme for junior clubs. The schemes have been put in place to ensure that clubs offer safe, effective and child friendly programmes for juniors. In order to gain accreditation Clubs must demonstrate that they meet the criteria outlined in the scheme. Find out if the club you are interested in has (or is working towards) met the criteria of their appropriate scheme.

Does the philosophy of the club meet with the needs of your child?
Some clubs place a greater emphasis on competition and entering competitive leagues. If your child isn't ready to compete, or doesn't want to compete, then other less competitive clubs may be more appropriate.

Does the club operate in safe environments with safe equipment?
The club should have a member of staff/volunteer who is responsible for maintaining equipment and ensuring its safety. There should also be access to first aid equipment at all training/competition sessions.

Does the club have a child protection policy?
All clubs should have, or be working towards having, a child protection policy; including a statement on, and guidance about, keeping children safe. This should include procedures for when your child is both training and traveling away to take part in matches/ competitions.

Are the coaches and helpers suitable to work with children?
All staff should go through a proper recruitment process including police checks and an up to date certificate from a recognised National Governing Body.. Staff should also have training in child protection and health and safety.

What kind of atmosphere is created during training sessions?
There needs to be a positive atmosphere where children are actively learning and having fun during training sessions. The emphasis should be on action, skill development and fun for all participants, not just for a gifted few. Why not ask if you and your son/daughter can visit one of the training sessions prior to them joining the club.

Okami Martial Arts
Type of Club: Karate
Venue: Various, See below

Club Details: Mondays- Family Karate 6-7.30 pm
Fitness Kickboxing 7.30-8.30 pm @ St mary's Church Hall, Hill Road, Prittlewell SS2 6NA

Tuesdays-Little Dragons 4.45-5.30 pm (4-7 year olds) @ St Mary's Church, Hill Road, Prittlewell SS2 6NA

Wednesdays-6-7 pm Squad training
7-8.30 pm Family Karate @St George's Catholic Church Hall, St Andrews Road, off Ness Road Shoebury SS3 9DA

Saturdays-Little Dragons 10-10.45 am Little Dragons
Family Karate 11-12.30 pm @ St Mary's Church Hall, Hill Road, Prittlewell SS2 6NA

Contact Phone:  07947 390608   Contact E-Mail: OssieOsman@aol.com
Website: www.okamima.com
[ Club Added: Friday 8th March 2013 ]

 

Shoeburyness & Southend Swords Fencing Club
Type of Club: Fencing
Venue: Shoeburyness High School

Club Details: Shoeburyness and Southend Swords is operated by the Shoeburyness Extended Schools, please contact Stephanie Farrell, Karen Stock or Rob Frost on the number below.

Contact Phone:  01702 292 286 EXT 181/182   Contact E-Mail: extendedschools@shoeburyness.southe
Website: http://www.shoeburynesshigh.co.uk/index.php?cat=6&
[ Club Added: Wednesday 6th March 2013 ]

 

Southend & Benfleet Hockey Club
Type of Club: Hockey
Venue: THE KING EDMUND SCHOOL

Club Details: Club Details: Hockey coaching for boys and girls aged 6–13.

MONDAYS, 6–7 PM
THE KING EDMUND SCHOOL, VAUGHAN CLOSE, ROCHFORD SS4 1TL

Starting Monday 10 September 2018, then every Monday during term time until May half term.

Children of all abilities welcome, from beginners to experienced players.
Opportunities to play in our U10s/U12s/U14s teams.

Coaches are England Hockey qualified, DBS checked, with First Aid certificates.

Sticks and shin pads are available to borrow if required. Mouth guards advised. Come and try first session for free!

Contact Phone:  07977 143321   Contact E-Mail: adelevcole@gmail.com
Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/southendbenfleethockeyclub/
[ Club Added: Thursday 27th September 2018 ]

 

Southend & District Archery Club
Type of Club: Archery
Venue: King Edmund School, Oxford Road, Rochford

Club Details: Winter: Wednesday 7.30-9.30, Sunday 9.30 - 12.30 noon
Summer: Wednesday 6 p.m. till dusk, Sunday 1.30 to 6.p.m.

Contact Phone:  Jackie Stanley 01702 218517   Contact E-Mail: via the website
Website: www.southendarcheryclub.co.uk
[ Club Added: Tuesday 2nd September 2008 ]

 

Southend Athletics Club
Type of Club: Athletics
Venue: Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Garon Park

Club Details: Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm
Thursdays 7pm - 9pm
Some groups train on a Sunday morning

Contact Phone:  June Cork 07702649434   Contact E-Mail: southendac@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk
[ Club Added: Friday 26th September 2008 ]

 

Southend Diving Club - Springboard and Highboard
Type of Club: Diving
Venue: Warrior Swim Centre, Warrior Square, Central Southend

Club Details: Monday / Fridays 6.30pm - 9pm

Contact Phone:  Bill Clark 07831 527201   Contact E-Mail: please ring the above number for em
Website: please ring the above number for further informati
[ Club Added: Tuesday 2nd September 2008 ]

 

SOUTHEND HOCKEY CLUB
Type of Club: Hockey
Venue: SEEVIC Sports Hall, Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TW

Club Details: Type of Club: Hockey
Venue: Belfairs Sports and Social Club, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea
Club details: Training sessions ages 7-13 Wednesdays 6-7 pm SEEVIC Sports Hall, Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1TW, beginning 9 September 2009
Training sessions for ages 13 upwards beginning September 2009 ??ᬮ??? nights to be confirmed.
Contact: Steve Lockwood 07941 138007

Currently working towards clubmark.

Contact Phone:  07941 138007   Contact E-Mail: byngo2000@hotmail.com
Website: www.southendhc.com
[ Club Added: Friday 17th July 2009 ]

 

Southend Judo Club
Type of Club: Judo
Venue: Chase Sports & Fitness Centre, Prittlewell Chase, Southend on Sea, SS0 0PR

Club Details: Monday Jnr 6.30 - 7.45pm
Monday Snr 7.45 - 9pm
Wednesday Jnr 6.30 - 7.45pm
Wednesday Snr 7.45 - 9pm
Thursday Snr 7.30 - 8.45pm

Contact Phone:  John Horrigan 078999 61341   Contact E-Mail: via the website
Website: www.southendjudo.co.uk
[ Club Added: Tuesday 2nd September 2008 ]

 

Southend on Sea Cricket Club
Type of Club: Cricket
Venue: The Pavillion, Southchurch Park, Kensington Road, Southend on Sea

Club Details: A cricket club with over 60 playing members. We have several youth sides from U11 upwards. We have youth nets on a Monday night and senior practice on Thursday nights.We play in the Shepeard Essex Cricket League and the Essex Sunday League. We are always looking for players of all abilities and our winter nets starting in January.

Contact Phone:  Baiju Solanki 01702 332176   Contact E-Mail: info@soscc.org.uk
Website: http://soscc.org.uk
[ Club Added: Wednesday 3rd September 2008 ]

 

Southend on Sea Swimming Club
Type of Club: Swimming
Venue: Warrior Swim Centre, Warrior Square, Central Southend

Club Details: Monday/Friday evenings and Monday/Friday early mornings

Contact Phone:  Heidi Parker 01702 434393   Contact E-Mail: none
Website: www.southendonseaswimmingclub.co.uk
[ Club Added: Tuesday 2nd September 2008 ]

 

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