U16 Boys win Sussex U16 Cup

Sussex Cup Finals Weekend 23rd/24th April

Congratulations to our U16 boys who secured the Sussex U16 Cup 2015/16 with a 2-1 win over Mid-Sussex,

and our U14 Boys, runners up to Horsham in the U14 Cup


Summer Junior Training starts 15th April

Don’t put away those hockey sticks yet – junior summer training starts Friday 15th April.

Who is it for?

The sessions will be headed up by Rob Warner and there will be groups suitable for beginners through to Llamas, Wolves and County standard.

When and where?

10 weeks Friday 15th April – Friday 24th June (excluding 3rd June); 6:00 – 7:00pm; Durrington High School.

How much does it cost?

Summer training is additional to club membership and will cost:

Cost 10 weeks @ £4 per session 10% Early Bird discount if paid by 15th April 2016
1st child £40 £36
2nd sibling (30% discount) £28 £25.20
3rd sibling (50% discount) £20 £18


How do I join?

So we can plan coaching ratios please email info@worthinghockey.co.uk to register and send payment by bank transfer to Worthing Hockey Club, sort code 30-99-93, account number 02100987 with your child’s name as a reference.

To take advantage of the early bird discount payment must be received before 15th April.


info@worthinghockey.co.uk or call Kathy on 07594 203677

Easter Charity Mixed-7s 26th March

Save the date – we will be holding our annual charity mixed-7s tournament at The Manor on Saturday 26th March in aid of Chestnut Tree House.

Format will be mixed 7s, any number of subs, all teams welcome regardless of standard; £30 per team

Individual players welcome – we will fit you into a team.

Registration from 10:00am; games start 11:00am.

The clubhouse will be open for food and drink and there will be a raffle – contributions to the prizes very welcome.

Come on down and get involved!

Contact Janice for more information.

Half Term Junior Workshops


pdf_icon_60Claire Greenway, who is our ladies section head coach, will be leading workshops in half term in association with Sussex Hockey.

See attached flyer for details – contact Claire on cgreenway@seaford.org for more information.

Young Umpires Course 16th February

England Hockey and the Sussex Hockey Umpires Association are running a Level 1 Umpires’ course for 14-18 year olds at Hurstpierpoint College on Tuesday 16th February (half term) 9:30 – 17:00.

The course fee is £50 and the tutors are John Murphy and Ian Anguige.

There is an online rules test to complete before the course; at the end of the day you are qualified as an umpire but then need to be assessed if you wish to umpire at a higher level.

Alan Grey (Sussex Young Umpire Coordinator) is happy to discuss the course but you must apply by contacting Natasha at umpiring@englandhockey.co.uk for an application form.

Ladies Section Xmas Match

The ladies section took advantage of a spare pitch slot to start their festive social with a fancy dress match on a pantomine theme…Ladies 1s were Snow White, Ladies 2s were Cinderella, and Llamas were Jack and the Beanstalk….how many characters can you recognise?

Club Day 2015

The sun shined on the new Durrington Astro for a great start to the season, and the seagulls were sufficiently intimidated to stay away!

First on the pitch were the juniors for a very well attended session, followed by the ladies. A brief pause at 12:45 to remember those affected by the Shoreham Air Disaster was followed by the official pitch opening with Durrington High School Headteacher Sue Marooney, our MP (and WHC patron) Tim Laughton, and our President Kathy Minchell.

Next up the Mens 1st XI took on a team from Reading HC followed by a tea of Thai green curry and beef salad. The rest of the mens section finished off the day, before repairing to the Manor Club House to toast the new season.

Training starts in earnest this week with most teams seeing some action next weekend. Get those membership forms in – it’s going to be a great season.

Social News

With the league season about to get underway it’s time to put the first social date in your diary. Head down to the Club on Saturday 26th for the first Band Night of the season, featuring Speedboatz.

Thanks to Josh Barron who has been busy sorting out our social media accounts – follow us on Twitter @WorthingHC and like us on Facebook

New Season Membership Forms

Time to dust off those hockey boots and get your membership sorted for the new season!

Forms available to download here, or you can submit online; Juniors (U18), Seniors, or Social

If you would prefer paper copy contact us.

Ladies Section News July 2015

Welcome everyone to the new season. The fantastic news is that we have a new pitch and new training times. We are also really excited to have Claire “Greenie” Greenway heading up our Ladies section coaching. She is a level 3 coach with loads of experience having worked also in the South and Sussex Set up.

Summer Training
From now until the 25th August 2015, there will be summer training for all to attending. It will not be serious; more of a friendly knock about to get your eye back in the game and may be get some fitness up before your first proper training session. This training is open to everyone so pass the word around. £3 a session at St Andrews. Tuesday 6.20-7.50pm.

Please note there will be no session 25th August as the school is shut! Training will start properly 1st September where training groups will be chosen at the end of the session.

15th August Ladies Social Rounders Victoria Park, Worthing from 3pm onwards

Club Day:
Saturday 12th September.

Time and venue: tbc – check website for details
There will be a social after this so make sure that you keep the evening free.

New Coaches:
Claire will be the Ladies 1’s coach and each training session Claire will have at least one assistant coach working with her.
She will be working closely with all the ladies squads ( she will manage 1 session a month for ladies 3’s and llamas) and will have a very big say on who plays in which squad and who comes to which training. The other bonus is that she will be able to attend most if not all of the ladies 1s games, which from last season will be a massive help. We will also try to make sure all Ladies teams have a manager on match day.

Robyn will continue to coach the LLamas and ladies 3’s with help from Ladies 1’s.
Claire has also organised Goalkeeper coaching – further details to follow. This will also be done Tuesdays.

Minutes from Ladies Section Meeting 14th July 2015:
• It has been decided (by all of us) that the expectation is to attend training at least 3 times a month if you want to play for the Ladies 1/2’s. Obviously we are aware work and other commitments do get in the way sometimes so in order to help with this we ask players to contact their captain. This enables us to gain rough ideas of numbers for training to run patterns of play and unit stuff in teams and ideally help you in matches.
• Training will be split into 1/2 and 3/llamas being assessed every 3 weeks with a selection meeting to check we have people in the right groups and enable us to identify players who need to be pushed through, in particular the juniors.
• Training will consist largely of game based activities with core skills elements in between to focus on individual needs.
• All teams from llamas to 1st team will play the same formation, defend shorts and press in the same way. This enables easy movement between teams and players know the roles and responsibilities are the same.
• We will run a uniform warm up across the ladies section; this means that all players can lead and you are not relying on one individual. This ideally would not be the captain who has other match day responsibilities.
• There will be a meeting before training ends at xmas with all ladies to discuss selection and training. Also we will discuss league positions and what if anything needs to be changed to ensure we finish in the best possible positions or are at least safe.

New training times and pitch:
Training next season is going to be different. Subject to contract we will hopefully be training on the new pitch: The Boulevard, WORTHING, West Sussex, BN131JX. (Same site as Durrington High and Oak Grove College)
The ladies 1s and 2s will be training together this season from the new times of 7:30 – 9pm.
The Ladies 3’s and Llamas will be training 6.30-8pm.

Ladies 1’s Claire “Goodie” Goodger – 07813 373556
Ladies 2’s Robyn Hornby – 07584 070771
Ladies 3’s Janice – 07939227199

The captains and committee put a lot of their spare time and effort into ensuring the club runs smoothly and that you can play hockey every week. Please ensure you communicate with your captain your availability so we can organise teams early in the week and we aren’t still chasing people on friday night!

Please note we have been lucky enough to gain lots of new players over the summer so the teams you played in last year may not be the team you start in this year. You need to give availability every week for you to play for Worthing Hockey Club – not a particular team. Also bear in mind just because you start in the 1’s does not mean you will play for them every week. We want to play the strongest players we have in every team.

WHC has invested a lot of money in the new pitch and coaches so it is of great importance that you bring your match fee – £7 to every game and pay your subs(membership form on website soon). We will be extremely strict this year and no-one will be selected for league games who has not paid membership. If you pay social membership £20 because you cannot play many games then your match fee will be higher. If you have issues or extenuating circumstances please speak to me individually.

Finally – we all need to remember why we play hockey. It might be for the fun, social or competitive side of the game and we need to make sure that we enjoy ourselves even when training in the rain and cold! There will be regular club socials which I hope that you can all attend and we will be setting up ladies socials too.

Andrea (Diva) Catlow
Ladies Club Captain
07879 413504