YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU: Bag Pack this Weekend

Dear all,

This is a huge plea for some help! We have managed to secure a bag packing event at ASDA this Sunday 25th March 10am – 3pm.

This is to help fundraise for the new pitch and we are hoping for as much help as possible. Please try and make yourself free for an hour or two and come down to help wearing some Stafford HC kit.

If you’ve never really got involved with the club then this is a perfect opportunity to start. Every pair of hands helping out with fundraising honestly makes a huge difference and we need everyone on board to be able to accomplish our ambitious goal of building a pitch.

So… PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come and help if you can. Carl Franklin and others have put in a huge amount of effort in fundraising so far – please support them and celebrate the end of the season with this fun, family event.


Reminder: Club AGM 1st March

Dear all,

This is a reminder that the whole club AGM is tomorrow night, Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm, in the clubhouse. This is a good opportunity to get to grips with the running of the club, to understand the finances, and to have a say in the club’s vision and strategy moving forwards.

Hope to see you there

Richard Buka
Secretary, Hockey Section
Stafford Cricket & Hockey Club

Do you want a club tie? | Clubmark achieved | Outcome of open leagues vote

Dear all,

  1. If you would like a club tie, please can you email Tony Milner ( They will be between £8 and £12 depending on how many are ordered. They are dark green with the club emblem embroidered.
  2. Stafford HC (Men’s) has been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark accreditation. Clubmark recognises that the club operates to a set of core criteria consistent with good practices to ensure that we can deliver quality hockey in sustainable and vibrant club environment.
  3. Midlands clubs have voted to adopt an open leagues system from next season. This means that the current league structure to a more fluid system that allows 1st, 2nd, 3rd teams etc… to play in the same leagues according to ability. It is hoped that this will make every week a competitive game, prevent blank fixtures, and prevent smaller clubs folding, bringing the Midlands into line with the rest of the country.


Push on Tokens in ASDA & Tesco

Hi all,

We are still one of the chosen good causes for ASDA and Tesco so please can everyone do their best to support the club’s fundraising when shopping – grab some tokens and put them in our box. Please encourage all your friends and family to do the same.


Training starting this Tuesday 2nd January

Dear all,

Training for the entire club will start this Tuesday 2nd January normal time:

Junior training: 7-8pm
1s, 2s, and GKs: 7-9pm
Club training: 8-9pm

Ladies training is also on on Wednesday.

Sunday junior training is starting from 7th January indoors at Beaconside – 10am-12pm.

Happy new year to you all!


Green tokens at Asda

Dear all,

Happy New Year in advance of next week. 2018 is going to be pivotal year for the club and our quest for a new pitch at Riverway. Your undivided support is going to be crucial and we are lucky enough to have been chosen by Asda for their green token scheme. If you are doing your supermarket shop, please use Asda in town. You will be given some green tokens at the checkout and then please just drop them into the Stafford HC box on the way out – simple!

The scheme will be running throughout January.

We are also planning a charity bag pack at Asda in January and will be asking you for your support of this in due course.


The Hockey Committee & Pitch Fundraising Committee

Christmas shopping? You can raise free cash for the pitch!


The club is now registered as a cause on, a website that works with retailers to support good causes through the donation of a percentage of sales or a fixed fee per purchase to your nominated good cause. The retailers involved are wide-ranging including Amazon and John Lewis as well as companies selling holidays, flights, train tickets, insurance and foreign currency.

This does not cost you anything and your financial information is not used by the site or sold on to other companies.

Here are the simple steps that you need to take to start effortlessly raising funds for the club:

  1. Go to 
  2. Search for “Stafford Men’s Hockey Club” (or click here)
  3. Click “Join Us”
  4. Create a personal account using your email address and a password.
  5. Every time you want to buy something online, log in to your account and then search for the retailer through easyfundraising. If the retailer is listed, click on them and this will take you to the website as normal. Because you went to the retailer’s website through easyfundraising, your purchase will be recorded.
  6. Buy whatever you were going to buy as normal.
  7. You will receive an email the next day to confirm that your purchase has lead to a donation.
  8. Tell all your friends and family to do the same!

You can also install the donation reminder in your browser which will cause a pop-up window to appear at times when you are on retailers’ websites to remind you to go through easyfundraising.

Similarly there are phone apps available on iPhone and Android through AppStore and GooglePlay.



Dear all,
We seem to have a distinct shortage of club shirts. The first team white shirts bag currently has six shirts and the second team bag is in a similar state.
Please can I emplore, that if you do have any club shirts at home please give them back to the club by handing them into your captains, any committee member, or in the club.
This will save the club a large amount of money that can go into keeping subs low, and building a new pitch.

Fireworks – helpers needed

Hi all,

The club fireworks night is next Sunday 5th November. We are in massive need of volunteers to help the event run smoothly – we need helpers on the gate, barbeque, hot drinks, parking etc…

If you can help please email me ( or text me (07891017606).

This is a major event for the club and helps keeps the costs of playing hockey down for all of us. We need all the help we can get so if you’re free, please come down and give us a hand – don’t leave it to someone else.


Fireworks Flyer Drop Thursday 26th October

Hi all,

As you know, we do a flyer drop for both our big events of the year – the fireworks and the beer festival.

It would be much appreciated if you could spare an hour tomorrow night (Thursday 26th October), 6pm meet at the club, to deliver some flyers to homes around the club. This is our second biggest event of the year and last year we made over £5000. This money is integral to the club functioning. However, this is only possible if people come which won’t happen without the flyers.

So if you can, please lend a hand; don’t leave it to someone else.

The fireworks night itself is Sunday 5th November. Again if you can spare a few hours to help on the gate, in the car park, on the barbeque or selling drinks, that would be great – please email me (




New Club Kit Now Available

New Club Shop


Exciting news! All new Canterbury, Stafford Hockey Club branded club kit is now available to buy from the new Club Shop courtesy of Speed One Sports. 

As part of the deal, we not only get beautiful, customised Canterbury kit but Speed One Sports have also thrown in a set of team shirts as well. Shirt numbers are first come, first served so you’ll need to get your orders in soon. We will have a demonstration event on a Saturday in October and you will also be able to order kit on that day.

Follow this link to the club shop.

IMPORTANT! Training and other dates

Dear all,
Welcome back for the new season! I hope you’re all very excited about the new season and the possibility that this could be the season when we get our very own pitch.
Don’t forget – if you want to go to the Women’s Hockey World Cup, you have a week to apply for tickets.

Here are the upcoming dates:
Please contact captains for details of individual matches – all this information is on the website
Saturday 2nd September @ 4pm
Club Game
Contact Rikki Deller if by 31st August if you want to play (
Anyone who plays subs on this day will be entered into a draw to win a new club shirt
Sunday 3rd September 10:00 – 12:00
Junior training starts
£4 a session
Monday 4th September 18:00 – 19:20
Monday junior training starts
Tuesday 5th September ***please note new later start time***
Club training starts
19:15 – 20:15: Junior training
19:15 – 21:15 1s & 2s training
20.15 – 21;15: Rest of club training
Sunday 10th September 11:00-17:00
The Beacon Show – New owners of Beaconside publicising facilities and we have a stand
Likely small sided games – TBC – all will be welcome
TBC: Thursday 28th Septmber 19:00
Buka’s Big Quiz
Family friendly “challenging, general knowledge pub quiz”
Sunday 5th November 18:00
Family Fireworks Night
Volunteers will be desperately needed – if you can help out please do so
See you all soon
Richard Buka
Hon. Secretary
Hockey Section
Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club
Tel: 07891017606