URGENT: VERY IMPORTANT Club Shirt Amnesty

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.
Thanks
Buka

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 (richardbuka@gmail.com) 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.

Buka

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 (secretary@staffordhc.co.uk).

Cheers!

Buka

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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 (rikki@ogdensweb.co.uk)
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
Beaconside
£4 a session
 
Monday 4th September 18:00 – 19:20
Beaconside
Monday junior training starts
Tuesday 5th September ***please note new later start time***
Club training starts
Beaconside
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

Junior Academy Newsletter July 2017

Welcome to our newsletter!

By Charlotte May

Here you will find the most recent and up to date information on training and matches for our Junior Academy.

Sunday Training

During the summer, there is no weekday training but the Sunday sessions continue year round at Beaconside from 10-12 every Sunday. The ladies’ 1st XI coach, Andy Jones, and a team of assistant coaches run our training sessions for children aged 5 years plus. The first session is free and if you bring a friend you both get to play for free.

On Saturday 17th June a group of our juniors took part in a very hot outdoor tournament at Aldersley Stadium and performed extremely well against some very tough opposition! Back (left to right): Charlotte (Coach), Kirstie, Ella, Allana, Morgan, Lizzie, Mike (Coach) Front (left to right): Callum, Joe, Hugo, Charlie, Dougie (GK)

Upcoming Dates:

  • 15th July—U16 tournament @ Cannock
  • 16th July—Training 10-12
  • 23rd July—Training 10-12
  • 30th July—Parents vs Children game!
  • Summer time! – Training will resume on Sunday 3rd September and weekday sessions will start that week.

Parents v Children

On 30th July, we will be holding our bi-annual parents vs. children match at Beaconside. So dust off your sticks and come down to the pitch at 10am for probably the most competitive hockey match we will see all season!

Please text Charlotte on 07984 430121 if you would like to play—everyone is welcome!

July Player Profile: Amy Mitchell

Player Profile Name: Amy Mitchell Age: 14 Position: Right mid-field “I would like to say a big thank you to all club members. I know how much I have improved and that is all down to the coaches and players that advise and support me.”

‘Mrs T’ runs the London Marathon for our SHC Pitch Fund!

With most of the club living in fear of pre-season runs, Amanda Trotter has taken the ultimate running challenge and is taking part this years London Marathon to raise money for our new pitch!

She has been training hard, and has already raised over £800 for the fund! So please head to here JustGiving page donate! 

Click here to donate to Amanda’s London Marathon Pitch Fund run!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/StaffordHC?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_content=StaffordHC&utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_term=dgGqjN4Gj

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End of Season Awards Night

It was a fantastic evening last night as Stafford Hockey Club celebrated the end of season in style. Here are the winners of the awards.

Club Player of the Year: Mike Wymer

Club player of the year, Mike Wymer. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: Dave Parr

President’s Award: Dave Parr for all his work in securing planning permission for a pitch at Riverway. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: John Sinclair

President’s Award: John Sinclair, for all his work over the years as fixtures secretary and running the fathoms. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

Young Player of the Year: Will Trotter

Will was unable to attend the evening.

1st Team Player of the Year: Ed Handley

1st team player of the year: Ed Handley. Presented by Andy Barnett, 1st team vice-captain.

2nd Team Player of the Year: Jack Hodkinson

2nd team player of the year: Jack Hodkinson. Presented by 2nd team vice-captain, Mike Wymer.

3rd Team Player of the Year: Paul Taylor-Grime

3rd team player of the year: Paul Taylor-Grime. Presented by Steve Paling, 3rd team captain.

4th Team Player of the Year: Josh Williams

4th team player of the year: Josh Williams. Presented by Jack Fudger and Rikki Deller, 4th team captain and vice-captain.

5th Team Player of the Year: Tom Deakin

5th team player of the year: Tom Deakin. Presented by Gary Varga, 5th team captain.

Fathoms Player of the Year: Joe Mullor

Fathoms player of the year: Joe Mullor. Presented by John Sinclair, fathoms captain.

Mens First Team shortlisted for ‘Senior Team Performance of the Year’ at the Stafford Borough Sports Awards

Super proud to announce after an amazing 2016, our Mens First Team have been shortlisted for ‘Senior Team Performance of the Year’ at the Stafford Borough Sports Awards!

In an amazing 2016, Stafford HC Men’s First Team have gone undefeated at home, won two league titles, received behavior commendation and organised a series of community and fundraising events.

The commitment to playing as a team meant they ended the 2015/16 season as ‘West Midlands 1’ champions. The teams ‘high energy’ and attacking hockey saw them score 97 goals in just 18 games, but they also worked tirelessly defensively to conceded just 18 – leaving them with figures for the best attack and best defense. The team were also commended at the ‘Umpire Awards’ as one of the top regional teams for behavior and respect.

The positive hockey then led the team to finish divisional winners of the ‘Mercian Hockey League’ over summer. This season (2016/17), Stafford have played in ‘West Midlands Premier’ and close 2016 with the second best defense in the league, fifth best attack and just two points off the top of the league.

Alongside this, the team have organised events such as the family orientated ‘Beer, Music and Hockey Festival’ that works with local businesses, sponsors and invites the community to enjoy. The event also brings teams and players from around the UK to the area.

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Event Reminder: Christmas Party Saturday 10th December

Event Reminder: Christmas Party Saturday 10th December

Event: Christmas Party
When: Saturday 10th December 7.30pm
Where: Brian Westhead Pavilion, Stafford Hockey Club, Riverway
Cost: Adults: £10. Children: Free

The committee would like to invite you to the Stafford Hockey Club Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from team captains or the club. You can also reserve by emailing chairman@staffordhc.co.uk. There will also be limited availability on the night.

There will be food, drink and entertainment and as always, everyone is welcome so please feel free to bring your partners and children – children are free.

Christmas jumpers and santa hats are optional but there will be a prize for the best (or worst) jumper.