RESIDENTIAL CAMP GUIDE
Your camp, Your way, Since 1991
Futures Sports have been welcoming players of all ages and levels to 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. Our fundamental aim is to excite, challenge and inspire every individual who experiences our camps.
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
Oundle School, Northamptonshire
Oundle School is one of UK’s top co-educational boarding and day schools. The architecture of Oundle School and the historic Northamptonshire market town dates back to the 17th century, making it a Harry Potter paradise!
The already outstanding campus has recently undergone a £30 million capital investment programme and now boasts 4 artificial turf hockey pitches, 50m Olympic 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.
If you are joining us from outside the UK then we offer a meet and greet service at London Heathrow, London Luton and Birmingham Airports, as well as local train stations - all by request and a supplement to the standard Camp fee.
For further information about Oundle School please click on Locations in the menu bar.
PREPARING FOR CAMP
We recommend you bring the following to Camp:
Camp Programme 5night/6day programme:
Our Easter and Autumn Camps tend to run for a shorter 3night/4day programme on a similar basis to the following. The main difference is that registration for the Easter Camp at Oundle is 13:00 rather than 18:00 for the Summer Camps - please check your Camp Confirmation emails for the times for your particular camp.