Two high quality astros, one floodlit with state of the art LED technology, astro training areas, modern clubhouse and multiple changing rooms… Marden Russets Hockey Club is well placed to offer fantastic facilities.


Two high quality astros, one floodlit with state of the art LED technology, astro training areas, modern clubhouse and multiple changing rooms… Marden Russets Hockey Club is well placed to offer fantastic facilities.

Founded in 1921, Marden Russets Hockey Club has a long and illustrious history of first-rate hockey.

In the 1980s an ambitious junior programme was launched, driven by Jeremy Barham, a former England & GB international. It mushroomed into one of the largest youth hockey schemes in Kent and this pioneering work has paid dividends over many seasons since.

Marden Russets have established a reputation as a dynamic, friendly club. Moving to a new ground just outside Marden in 2017, the club has seen membership grow significantly.

Today there are 8 Men’s teams, 4 Women’s teams and some 400 juniors playing hockey across all ages.

A new men’s coach, Keir Starley, arrived for the 2020/21 season, bringing a wealth of experience as an England international under 16, 18 and 21. He also captained England over 35s to a gold medal and is the Wales senior men’s goalie coach, having worked with Maddie Hinch, the England and GB women’s goalkeeper.

A comprehensive team of coaches and well orchestrated training sessions ensure skills are kept sharp, with plenty of fun too.

Men's Hockey

Men’s hockey

The men’s squad is vibrant and successful with new depth added as more players join. All levels are catered for with exciting opportunities for ambitious young players and plenty of scope for older players to enjoy competitive games and real camaraderie.

Women's Hockey

Women’s hockey

The women’s squad is also seeing growth, and league-winning success. There’s a wonderful and supportive spirit that welcomes talented new players as well as more experienced players. This is a squad with a strong team ethos.

Junior Hockey

Junior hockey

Marden Russets Hockey Club aims to inspire and nurture a love of hockey in all junior members, whatever their ability. We pride ourselves in identifying and developing talent and, most importantly, enabling everyone to fulfil their potential.

Interested in playing hockey?

Players of all ages and abilities welcome.

Hockey Dashboard

Hockey FAQs

Regular sessions are run for different squads and levels across Men’s, Women’s and Juniors. These focus on fitness, skills and game practice. Men’s and women’s training is usually weekday evenings, with Juniors on Sundays.

The club can lend you a stick initially. A chat with a few members will give some useful tips on where to buy a stick of your own. You’ll need shin pads and mouth guard too. Trainers are OK to start with for tasters or training sessions but you will need astro hockey boots in due course.

Each year new players join us and quickly settle into the game, learning from team mates in an encouraging, supportive atmosphere.

Occasional Back To Hockey programmes are run, often over summer. The first step is to contact the Membership Secretary:

Marden Hockey Club’s Young Leader programme plays an important role in the success of the junior section. The Young Leaders provide invaluable support to coaches, both on a practical level and by inspiring the youngsters to improve and enjoy their hockey.

Young Leaders benefit from a fun, rewarding and confidence building experience. The scheme helps develop key communication skills on the training pitch and is a great opportunity to fulfil Duke of Edinburgh volunteering and earn some extra money whilst adding to a CV.

In the Under 16 age group or above? Interested in applying to be a Young Leader?

Contact Sarah Newton at

Under normal circumstances our pitches can be hired by clubs, schools and registered coaching companies, subject to availability. We allow football clubs to hire the pitches for training children of primary school age and below.

Check out the Marden Russets kit on the O’Neills website. There are personalisation options and loyalty points available that you can redeem later. The club also receives a small percentage of all sales, so you’re supporting the Russets as you shop!

Any child welfare concerns relating to hockey should be reported to Tom Henson in the first instance. He can be contacted on 07759 429282 or If, for any reason, you are unable to report to the sectional CWO please contact Paul Hope on 07885 509751 or