MY FUTURES SINCE 1991
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.
Want to know a little more? Are you a player or a parent?
At Futures we fundamentally believe that providing the best people and the best places will produce the best experience for our students. We have a track record of working & developing some highly talented young athletes, many of whom have progressed to International and Olympic level. Many thousands of young people and have experienced Futures over the past 29 years.
We are constantly learning and adapting everything we do and will continue to do so in order to make our Camps the best in the world.
COACHES & WELFARE STAFF
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.
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 for the students.
HEALTHY & 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.
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.
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.
Everything you could wish for
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.
Accommodation is in modern single and twin mainly en-suite bedrooms which are housed in secure key and code blocks in the centre of the main campus.
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 and Hockey Club Valencia are new to our programmes this year. Both provide facilities, accommodation and dining to an equally high standard as our other venues.
WHAT TO TAKE
Preparing for Camp
We recommend the following:
Indoor Trainers – white soled trainers for use in the sports halls
Goalkeeper Kit – If you’re a goalie you MUST bring a full set of kit including kickers, pads, groin protector, padded shorts, body armour (or chest pad and elbow pads), neck guard, gauntlets, stick and helmet.
Hockey stick, shin guards and mouth guard (mandatory)
Sports underwear – ‘base layer’ style are best
Two sets (at least) of inc. tracksuit, sweatshirts, waterproofs, sports shirts, football socks (5 pairs) etc.
Towels and shower kit
Light coloured sun hat
High factor sun-cream and after-sun
Casual evening wear
Spending money - snacks from the on-site cafeteria/shop.
What's on at Camp?
From previous camp players
The coaches are great fun and there are so many of them! There are lots of groups so you can move around depending on whether your`e really serious about improving or just want to be with your friends.
Katie, age 14, England
I was in a corridor with seven other girls. Coming from Holland I didn`t know anyone, but the staffie in our corridor was really cool and we did lots of games to get to know each other on the first day. My english was OK before camp but I am sure it improved.
Gabrielle, age 13, Netherlands
There is a different programme each night. Everyones favorite, including the staff!, is Thursday Rave Night. My second favorite was Futures Got Talent, there were a couple of great singers and some really funny acts.
Louise, age 16, Belgium
We had 3 coaches for our group of 14, one was an England coach, one was an international player and the other was there to make us laugh...I think! All the sessions were fun but challenging. My favorite was the sliding deflections. It was pretty cool to get masterclasses from Maddie Hinch & Santi Freixa!
Tom, age 16, England
I was in the boys block with 2 friends from school and five other boys, two from Germany, two from Spain and a South African! I was in a twin room but most were singles. In free time we mostly chilled in the day room, watching TV or chatting.
Adam, age 16, Wales
On another night we went to the field and played a tournament of different sports in our Olympic teams. Almost forget - the water fight and awesome water slide on Wednesday! Its all good fun.