Our Charity. Our Community.

What We Do

The Hockey Youth Trust awards grants to schools and junior sections of clubs to enable them to:

purchase starter kits
purchase playing equipment
purchase junior goal keeping kit
develop zone hockey
develop junior umpires
develop indoor hockey
develop youth leagues

Grants are awarded wholly at the discretion of the Trustees and are normally between £100 and £1,200.

How You Can Get Involved or Apply

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Charity History

The charity was established in 1988 and aims to promote and support the development of youth hockey in schools and clubs.

Apply for a grant

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Please provide all relevant information that supports your application and will help the Trustees to understand the merits of your application.

In the Hockey Youth Trust we enjoy a close relationship with Mercian Sports and are always looking at opportunities to help and assist Mini/Junior Hockey Clubs / Schools, including Quicksticks in their development with Grants and Hockey equipment. We are anxious to extend this assistance to any Club / School particularly those that attain EH Club First recognition.

Meet the Trustees

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Chairman of the Trustees.

A life long hockey enthusiast, playing his first match at the age of ten. A move to Slazenger saw Mike joining Staines where he played the remaining 33 years of his hockey life. He was one of the first batch of H.A. coaches back in 1971. Other organisational involvement included captain of various teams, chairman of the Thames Int. Hockey Festival and chairman of the Staines Centenary in 1990. Prior to that Mike was on the marketing committee for the 1986 London World Cup. Involvement with the late, great Phil Appleyard in that period saw Mike and David Wareham set up the fledgling National Hockey Museum at Milton Keynes; its new home is now in Woking. However, David and Mike are still active on their Hockey Stamp collection which must be the largest in the world. Having retired as M.D. of Mercian in 2009, Mike continues various involvements in hockey, now including a trusteeship of the Hockey Youth Trust. However, the playing days are over, having completed 45 very happy years in club hockey.

Graham Burgess FCMA CGMA

Graham Burgess FCMA CGMA

Trustee and Hon Treasurer

Graham is a Chartered Management Accountant who currently works for the Highways Agency.
Graham played hockey, both outdoors and indoors, for Guildford Hockey Club, who were National Champions for both in the same year. He was captain of the Indoor Team. Also he played for Pussdogs, Surrey, the South and indoors for England Roses.
Graham still has a supporting role with Guildford Hockey Club and his wife Melanie is a Guildford Ladies’ VicePresident.

David Wareham

David Wareham


Player with Woking HC (1971 – 1980)
Divisional Hockey Umpire: County Championship Umpire (1982 – 2001)
Hon. Life Member – Southern Counties Hockey Umpires’ Association (former Hon. Secretary 1992 – 1999)
Vice President Woking Hockey Club (former Hon. Secretary 1976 – 1984)
Hon. Life Member – Middlesex Hockey Umpires’ Association (former Hon. Secretary 1984 – 1991)
Hon. Secretary – Hockey Association Technical Committee (1993 – 1997)
Member of Organising Committee – 6th Hockey World Cup 1986 (held in London) Stamp Co-ordinator with Royal Mail
Hon Curator – National Hockey Museum Project (1992 – present day)
Awarded HA President’s Certificate of Commendation for highly commendable service to The Hockey Association – May 1997
Awarded Middlesex HUA President’s Tie for Services to Middlesex Hockey -1997
South Disciplinary Panel Member (2003 – present day)
Umpires Organiser -Thames International Hockey Festival (1982 – 1990)
England Supporter – attending 6 Hockey World Cups (1982 – 2010)

David Cassell

David Cassell


David’s hockey career has been 1960-1970 Hawks’ Weybridge, during these years Surrey and Scotland, 1970-1972 N.Staffs’, captain of Stafford (County Champions 1971), 1972 1986 N Devon (occasionally), early 1990s Bromley, 1992-2005 Staines, 2006 Scotland (captain over 65s), 2008 West over 65s, present West and Scotland over 70s.
During forty years in teaching he has coached hockey and cricket at Under 13 level. Now long since retired but still manages to play International Hockey (just!).

The Hockey Youth Trust very kindly donated some funds to our hockey club in 2017 which has been very gratefully received and put to good use to support the development of our youth policy and next generation of goal keepers.

This focus has been so fruitful for us as we now have a regular availability of exceptional young goalkeepers who have progressed from our junior section into the men’s and ladies’ teams when they reach the appropriate age.

We continue to pride ourselves with exceptional coaching and support of our juniors where for 20/21 we are increasing our focus on working with local state schools, with a broader demographic reach to further develop the goal keeper and outfield programme.

Thanks to all involved

Pauline Knott

Stourport Hockey Club