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GB players join the coaching team for the first skills test session


Our first Blackburn Junior Hawks skills test session saw assistance from guest coaches Nicole Jackson and Sarah Hutchinson. Both Nicole and Sarah are part of the Great Britain Women’s team who both secured a bronze medal at the recent world championships in South Korea in April 2017, following the pre-Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan in November 2016.

Nicole is an experienced goalkeeper with well over 12 years playing at a high level, icing for England and GB on numerous occasions. She will be playing overseas in Sweden next year for Goteborg Hockey Club. Sarah has been involved in the game for over 15 years also icing for England and GB throughout this time and is no stranger to senior hockey. Last year Sarah iced for the Altrincham Aces (men’s team) in Laidler conference D2 alongside her international duties.

Both Nicole and Sarah have completed these skills tests in their training camps for England and GB, so it was ideal opportunity to have this level of coaching down at Blackburn to assist. These 2 guest coaches will hopefully be the first of many more to assist with the Blackburn Junior Hawks.

Blackburn Junior Hawks Pre-Season Training Camp

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Blackburn Junior Hawks would like to invite prospective players for the 2017-18 season to attend our pre-season training camp sessions.


We are looking to recruit players at all age groups from u9s to u20s into our structured development pathway.


At Blackburn, players will have the development opportunities at all age groups, through our Laidler Conference u25s side, to the senior Blackburn Hawks team playing in the Moralee conference


Sessions will be held on


Wednesday 21st at 7 – 9 pm, and Friday 23rd June at 7 – 8 pm

Wednesday 28th at 7 – 9 pm and Friday 30th June at 7 – 8 pm

Wednesday 5th at 7 – 9 pm and Friday 7th July at 7 – 8 pm

Wednesday 12th at 7 – 9 pm and Friday 14th July at 7 – 8 pm


All sessions cost £5 and any EIHA registered u9, u11, u13, u15, u18 and u20 are welcome and encouraged to attend. Full kit is necessary


Please contact Alistair Corner at for more details, or to book you



Mini-League Blackburn



Mini-League Blackburn is a small area cross-ice games league designed to help hockey players of all abilities enjoy our wonderful sport, develop greater hockey sense through game play and make new friends through hockey.


Mini-League Blackburn runs on Thursday nights at Blackburn Arena between 7pm and 8:30pm, for children in the U9s to U15s age groups. The cost of the session has been reduced, and is now £7.50. Assistant Director of Hockey, Mike Fletcher and his team of coaches run the session and work on games designed to develop young hockey players whilst maximizing enjoyment.


The sessions are open to all EIHA registered players at any club. Please come along to the session and enjoy the games



A Change in Director

Blackburn Junior Hawks Ice Hockey Club today announces the departure of Matt Darlow as Director of Hockey, and the appointment of Scott Barnett to the same role for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.


Matt has made the decision to step down as Director of Hockey and the management committee would like to put on record our thanks for all his hard work during his time with us. His enthusiasm for development and growth has been the driving force behind the club during the past few months and we are sad to see his tenure come to an end.



Club Statement – Matt Darlow

Matt Darlow

Blackburn Junior Hawks Ice Hockey Club would like to reassure its members that Director of Hockey, Matt Darlow currently remains in post at the club.


With his departure from the senior team, the Blackburn Hawks, much speculation has surfaced regarding his role with the juniors. We would like to use this statement to reaffirm our support for Matt, and the work he is doing with the juniors. Matt has been a very proactive member of our management committee, working tirelessly to give our young Ice Hockey players all the opportunities to develop within our organisation, and the wider Ice Hockey community. He has already had a positive effect on all of our players, and the way they play the game.


As I am sure everyone can understand, this is a difficult time for Matt, and we have given him time to think over what is best for him. He will continue with his daily duties whilst coming to a decision on how to move forward. As a management team, we all hope that this decision is to continue with the work he has started here with us. We encourage all our members to send Matt messages of support so he knows what a difference he is making to our children, and how he can continue with this in the longer term.


Matt Strong

Blackburn Junior Hawks Ice Hockey Club Chair

Club Statement – Hawks Prospect Programme to continue as normal


With the departure of Juniors Director of Hockey, Matt Darlow from the senior team yesterday many of our parents have concerns over the initiatives that have been put in place for progression within the club. Specifically, the Hawks Prospect Programme and its future has been the subject of speculation. The Hawks management have informed us that the Hawks Prospect Programme will continue as normal, and the routes for progression within the club is still the focus of much work and attention. Anthony Kinder will now take charge of the Hawks Prospect Programme and expects business as normal. More information will follow in due course…


Exciting new roles advertised at Blackburn Junior Hawks


Junior-Hawks-Blackburn Junior Hawks are excited to announce two important new roles aimed at developing the club further. These roles are Media and Communications Officer, and Sponsorship and Fundraising Officer. Reporting to the Recruitment and Development Officer, and the Treasurer respectively these two new roles will focus on supplementing our team of volunteers in order to further develop the club. For further particulars please click on the following links in order to download the job relevant descriptions.


Media and Communications Officer


Sponsorship and Fundraising Officer


In addition to the above new roles, the club are also advertising for a new Child Protection Officer. Our current CPO has decided to concentrate on his duties as Treasurer, and so we are looking for someone new to take on this challenge and develop the club further. The job description for this role can be downloaded at the following link


Child Protection Officer


If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Alistair Corner, our club secretary at, or please talk to a committee member at rink side.

New Conference Coaches

Fletch and Dadswell

Blackburn Junior Hawks are delighted to announce that Assistant Director of Hockey, Mike Fletcher, and u11s Lead Coach Adam Dadswell have been selected to be Northern Conference Coaches for the upcoming season. Being selected to represent the Northern Conference at any level is an honour and a privilege and we are proud that two of our coaches are now part of this setup.



This is a fantastic achievement by both coaches and is an important first step for our club in moving towards our objectives of developing elite level coaches who can then develop and improve the players at our club dramatically in the coming 3-5 years. We are all extremely proud to announce Mike & Adam as part of the Northern Conference coaching staff for the 2016/17 season.




Sheffield Joy for Blackburn Hawks u9s



Blackburn Hawks u9s travelled to Sheffield last weekend to take part in the annual u9s tournament. Short benched but full of heart, they conquered all, remained unbeaten and won the event. Well done to the triumphant u9s.



New Assistant Director of Hockey!


Blackburn Junior Hawks are delighted to be able to announce Mike Fletcher as the clubs Assistant Director of Hockey for the 2016 – 17 Season.


As part of the clubs new sporting structure, the Assistant Director of Hockey will report to the Director of Hockey and help define and implement strategy changes the will benefit members whilst satisfying the day to day sporting needs of the organisation.


Mike has spent the last two seasons at Blackburn after moving from Bradford to play for the Blackburn Eagles in 2014. Already having a wealth of coaching experience from his time in Bradford, Mike was asked by then Head Coach Iain Hanson to help out with the u18s Junior Hawks, and more recently to be the lead coach for the u20s. Mike has gone from strength to strength and his influence is now felt on more than just the u18s and u20s, with his enthusiasm and desire to win being felt across all age groups.


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