Hockey Development Festival Yr 5/6


Harris Academy Morden (SM4 6DU)

Lilleshall Road Morden SM4 6DU

Competition date

10th Nov 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Yr 5/6
  • Mixed gender event
  • 2 boys and 2 girls on the pitch at any time
  • Max 8 per squad

Hockey Rotation Sheet (4 Boys 3 Girls)

Hockey Rotation Sheet (4 Girls 3 Boys)

Hockey Rotation Sheet Squad of 6

Hockey Rotation Sheet Squad of 8

Enter the competition


Borough Development Competition

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals


  • This is a Development Festival event.
  • Schools may choose EITHER a Borough Championships OR a Development Competition per each sport, on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm
  • They can then book onto the other event, should they wish to for another set of children, on the open booking date, a week later on:
  • Monday 18th September 2023
  • If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
  • MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.

Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5/6.
  • Mixed gender event.
  • 2 boys and 2 girls on the pitch at any time
  • Maximum of 8 competitors in a squad.

Event Eligibility

  • This is a Development Festival event. The intent is to encourage participation and no scores or results will be recorded at this event. 
  • School squads should be familiar with the competition rules before attending this event, although umpiring will be appropriate for the level of competition.
  • The intent and principles of the competition have been designed to support pupils learning of the game and not be restricted by enforcement of the rules. We anticipate that many children may not have played competitively before and aim for children to learn more about the sport throughout the day.
  • There is also Hockey Borough Championships event being delivered this year. Please consider the most appropriate event for your pupils to attend before registering.
  • Schools cannot select the same pupils for the Development Competition and the Borough Championships. In the instance that a Championship team player has also played in a Development Competition team, the team will not be able to progress to a medal winning position.
  • If our Hockey events exceed their capacity for school entrees, priority will be given to schools who are not registered for the Hockey Borough Championships.
  • It is our aim to ensure all schools can access at least one of the events.

Kit & Equipment

  • Shin-protectors and mouth-guards are highly recommended.
  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs.
  • No studded boots to be worn.
  • No jewellery, baseball caps etc.
  • It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.
  • Staff will be asked to keep score during the games.

Staffing and Spectators

  • Spectators will not be permitted entry to the school/private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.
  • All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school.
  • DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school.


  • 4 players on the pitch at any one time (2 boys and 2 girls).
  • A rotation sheet must be completed for each squad playing in the tournament.
  • In the event of a colour clash the second name team will change.
  • No Goal Keepers.
  • A goal is scored if the ball crosses the line after being struck by any stick within the scoring circle.
  • A penalty goal is given if a defender deliberately prevents the ball crossing the line using their feet or body.
  • A free-pass is given when an offence occurs. It is to be taken from where the offence occurred (unless in scoring circle) and all opposing players must move 3 metres away.
  • Fouls in the scoring circle will be taken from 1m outside the circle nearest to where the foul took place.
  • A foot foul or stick tackle is only applicable if deliberate, if it causes a significant advantage to the defending team or if in the umpires opinion it is deemed as dangerous play.
  • When the ball crosses the back line after being touched by an attacker, the defending team play the ball from the top of the scoring circle while the attacking team must all retreat to their defending half.
  • Players cannot play any ball over knee height.
  • Players cannot use the back (rounded) part of the stick.

Competition Format

  • There will be an initial rotation of skill-based hockey games followed by a group of hockey matches for each team.
  • Match duration will be dependent on entries and determined at the time of the draw.

Draw Format

  • This will be confirmed depending on the number of team entries.


  • This is a festival-based event with no group or overall winners.
  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.


  • Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.

Winner’s Pathway

  • There is no planned pathway from this event and there may not be an overall winner.

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

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First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

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