Your camp, Your way
Futures Sports has been welcoming players of all ages and levels to participate in our residential hockey camps since 1991. We have a high staff to player ratio that ensures every player at Futures Sports has an amazing and unique camp experience. Our philosophy is to facilitate a safe, fun learning environment, where young players can perform to their very best.
Whether you are just starting out, or are already playing at youth international level, we have a Camp and a programme for you.
COACHES & WELFARE TEAM
A Professional Team
All our coaches and welfare staff are appropriately qualified, DBS checked and have had first aid and safeguarding training. We have developed a strong team ethos over the years and have many staff who return year on year. We employ high quality, fun, fair people with bags of enthusiasm and knowledge.
Our Head coach changes from camp to camp, however, they are all Level 3 or 4 qualified with current knowledge and generally with international playing and or coaching experience. They are supported by a team of Level 2 Lead coaches.
We operate an open staff recruitment process but also actively welcome back many former camp players to the Futures Team, supported by a coach/staff training programme. We also invite top international players to guest visit on each camp.
Our staff to student ratio is approximately 1 to 5.
We fundamentally believe that providing the best people in key roles makes for an exciting, productive and memorable camp experience.
HEALTH & SAFETY AND ACCOMMODATION
Covering the Bases
We take the health, safety and welfare of the students very seriously. Our welfare teams have all successfully completed nationally recognised Safeguarding and First Aid training. Every member of our staff is fully involved in making sure all aspects of the camps meet our high standards.
In 2020 we reviewed all Health & Safety procedures and developed Covid-19 mitigation measures for all camp environments.
Group Leaders are responsible for pastoral care throughout the Camp, and are supported by our Welfare Team who together ensure that the needs of all the children are fully met.
Our accommodation sites have clearly defined secure boundaries which are monitored by CCTV and professional security staff 24 hours per day. In addition our on site staff conduct regular checks of the accommodation and social areas of the campus.
Accommodation consists of single, twin or small dormitory rooms in blocks or school houses (depending on venue). Boys and girls are housed in separate blocks/houses and players are housed with others of a similar age.
Every player has unique needs
Each Camp has 4 or 5 groups, depending on numbers and range of abilities. Assessments take place on Day 1 of camp and players are grouped by ability. There is of course flexibility with this and therefore some movement between groups during the week.
For each level of camp we have a constantly evolving technical and tactical skill development programme. The programme is adapted by the Head coaches to meet the needs and level of each group.
We operate a learner centred approach based on hockey game principles of play. As well as focusing on elements of the England Hockey Player Pathway and in preparing players for progression through the various centres/levels, we also incorporate ideas and training techniques from other systems, including the Belgian, Dutch, Australian and Asian systems.
Our coaching team is diverse and international, with a wide range of elite level and youth development experience. Our head coaches are usually currently or recently working with an international squad or programme.
VENUES & FACILITIES
Everything you could wish for
Oundle School, Northamptonshire
Oundle School is one of the UKs leading boarding and day schools, situated in the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. The already outstanding campus has recently undergone a £30 million capital investment programme and now boasts 4 artificial turf hockey pitches, 50m Swimming Pool, Olympic Gym and studios, athletics track, and many other sports and fitness facilities. Accommodation is in traditional but modern school boarding houses with single, twin and multiple occupancy rooms.
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre is a world-class sports development campus and home to the England and GB Hockey programmes. Accommodation is in modern, ensuite twin hotel-style bedrooms. Catering is provided by the fully equipped on-site restaurants which provides a choice of menus prepared to a high standard and to suit all tastes.
Cardiff Met University, Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff Met University has established itself as one of the leading universities for student sport in the UK. Just like our other venues, Cardiff Met has a huge range of state of the art sporting facilities in the heart of the Welsh Capital. Accommodation is in modern twin and single rooms.
Moulton College, Northamptonshire
Moulton College is a leading education establishment in the UK with outstanding sports facilities. The site has four artificial turf pitches (water, sand dressed, and 3G), a full sized indoor hockey arena and a wide range of other sports pitches, studios, gyms and recreational facilities. The college also has a 25m Swimming Pool and Sports Therapy unit including a world class sport science lab.
PREPARING FOR CAMP
We recommend you bring the following to Camp: