There are specific sessions for goalkeepers, especially junior and youths.
Mouthguard – it is strongly recommended by the club that all players wear mouth guards and it is compulsory for all u18 to wear mouth guards. Hockey is a 3 dimensional sport. These are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from Wild Sports in town. These are usually moulded to players’ denture profiles and, therefore, the club does not hold a stock.
Shin guards – it is now a mandatory in field hockey that shin & ankle guards are used. Again, these are inexpensive and can locally be purchased from Wild Sports. Football shin guards may be suitable in the short term (with ankle protectors), particularly for juniors. But there are design differences.
GoalkeepersFor goalkeepers, the club has approximately 1 kit per team (of various sizes). Please speak with the club representative, who will organise for a kit to be available for your try out training, as these may be already be stored offsite.
Footwear – Don’t worry if you don’t have astroturf shoes. At the start normal running trainers are fine, especially in dry weather. Casual trainers don’t have the necessary ankle supports to be suitable for hockey. Football blades or studded boots are unsuitable for the all-weather hockey pitches and are not permitted under any circumstances.
Sticks – there are plenty of sticks (of varying quality and size) in the kit room that can be borrowed.
Training wear – t-shirt, shorts / skorts and football / hockey socks are absolutely fine. Nothing special is needed. It is recommended that you have a tracksuit and maybe a showerproof sports jacket. Some players wear a hockey glove to protect their (personal preference)
Game Strip – should you decide to join the club and become available for selection, a free home shirt shall be provided as part of your membership fee.
Strip numbering - In order to make it easy for players to switch between sides we operate a simple numerical squad numbering system. Numbers are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, players may have a different number at NTHC than they had at previous clubs