Chairman's Update May 2020

Dear All

As the lock down continues I hope you are all staying safe and managing to cope with the lack of hockey.  You may be aware that the leagues and final positions have now all been finalised – so it is clear what is happening next season – which hopefully will be able to start up in September (as normal).

Many thanks to everyone who completed the Club Survey, there were 35 responses in total covering most of the teams and a wide range of ages and experience levels within the Club.  Most of the feedback was positive (thank you) and, in particular, the junior sections received many positive comments about coaching, development and making the game fun.  Many of you showed a keen interest in contributing further to the Club through umpiring, coaching or more general management and identified skills that you could offer to achieve this.  Please step forward and let me know as there is much we would like to do and more support would enable us to progress more of our ideas (and yours).

Some responses identified a number of things that you would like to see improved – and this is very important so that we can focus attention on these areas.  For example, more training session options and an increased variety of social events were noted – although many of you also made positive comments about the social side.  We are aware that being a “captain” involves a significant amount of admin work as well as being captain on the pitch and we are looking at options to reduce this burden and make the job more about leadership and enjoyment rather than administration.

There were also some questions about the work we are doing in the Community to encourage Schools to play hockey and develop awareness of hockey more generally.  Much work has already been done last year within a number of Schools but our plans are to expand this significantly next year.  To do this we need more volunteers to help support and run these events.  If you would like to get involved in something that could make a difference for young people and be part of the team please let me know.

Finally I would mention again that you should be aware of EASYFUNDRAISING.  This doesn’t cost you anything and takes a couple of minutes to sign up.  So far we have 23 supporters signed up and I would like to get this up to 50 by the end of May.  But it’s up to you to do it.  This could easily raise £’000s for us if everyone signed up.

Best Regards

John Herbert
WHC Chairman

Chairman's Update

14 April 2020 

Dear All,
Firstly I hope you are all well during this lock down period and staying safe. I think it is inevitable that the season is now finished and the last few games are very unlikely to be completed. We are still waiting to hear from the leagues how they will resolve things but we will let you know as soon as there is any useful information.

We have been keeping an eye on the clubhouse and all seems well although many of our plans for the summer will need to be deferred. We hope to get some social hockey later in the summer but it is unclear when the lock down will come to an end and this can get started. We will look to get this going as soon as we are allowed. Since the end of season events were all cancelled – we hope to have a Freedom Party at some point in the summer once this is all over. But we can only guess when this will be. Please keep a look out for information here.

There are several roles that need filling within the Club. Some of theses are key positions and without these being filled, the club will find it very difficult to operate properly and effectively. With this in mind, we are seeking new recruits with forward thinking ideas to help us make our Club as successful as possible, whilst creating an environment and community we can all be proud of. If you feel you have something to offer, and are willing to give some of your time to help make our club grow and thrive,then please get in touch.

Finally you should have been contacted about EASY FUNDRAISING. It is easy and it does raise funds for the Club. Please use this as it raises much needed cash and doesn’t cost you anything. In a nutshell – if you are buying something “online” and use this the Club gets up to 1.5% of the money you spend. This covers a wide range of purchases. For example – Amazon, John Lewis, M&S, Price Comparison Websites,Travel, Home Improvements etc. Click here for the dedicated WHC page. 

Best regards

John Herbert
WHC Chairman

End of Season Celebrations 2020

You are all invited! We are getting together at the Clubhouse to celebrate the end of another great WHC season. 

DATE: Saturday 2nd May 2020
TIME: 6 – 11pm
COST:
£22
DRESS CODE:
Smart
CONTACT: events@worthinghockey.co.uk 

There will be daytime 7-a-side tournament games and a BBQ for all then from 6pm a hog roast, dessert, DJ, awards and a whole heap of fun and laughter. Don’t miss out, book your tickets now.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, there is a limited number so please book now to avoid missing out!

Send £22 (per person) to WHC to secure your place and contact events@worthinghockey.co.uk if you have any questions.  

SCHEDULE

Free to enter 7-a-side hockey tournament! The clubhouse will be open from 10am with BBQ at 2pm. 

Adult tournament 12 – 5pm
Junior tournament 2 – 3pm

Party starts 6pm
Food from 7pm

Worthing Hockey Club Flyerz 2020

Never played hockey before? Didn’t know hockey was accessible to all? Come down to Worthing Hockey Club and join us we have a packed schedule of hockey that is available to all. 

Only £3 per person, please contact events@worthinghockey.co.uk before the session.

Join the Flyerz family! No matter your age, ability or hockey experience, come and join our inclusive hockey club. Family and friends welcome to join us!

Sundays 10:30 – 11:30 at The Angmering School. 

Fun | Friendly | Inclusive    

Join The Flyerz Family

Fun | Friendly | Inclusive

No matter your age, ability or hockey experience, come and join our inclusive hockey club. Your family and friends are welcome to join us.

DATE: Sundays

TIME: 1030 – 1130

VENUE: WHC, The Angmering School, BN16 4HH

COST: £3 per session

To find out more please contact us at events@worthinghockey.co.uk 

 

The number of disabled people who take part in sport has grown significantly and England Hockey are committed to providing hockey playing opportunities with an emphasis on inclusion and participation.

Flyerz Hockey has become a really positive term for disability hockey in England. Created by our clubs, Flyerz is something that people want to belong to.

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh talk on BT Sport about Flyerz, what it is and how to get involved. Take a watch to find out more…

England Hockey is working in collaboration with Access Sport to grow the number of Flyerz sections, improve well-being and increases access and opportunity for disabled people to join the hockey family. Access Sport are able to support clubs with;

  • Integrating Flyerz into your club
  • Promoting Flyerz and engaging your community
  • Disability inclusion training
  • Funding opportunities
  • Access to the Flyerz network and resources including our new Flyerz handbook
  • Invitations for opportunities to play at every level

WORTHING HOCKEY CLUB AWARDED SUSSEX ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S CUP

Worthing Hockey Club is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Sussex Hockey Association President’s Cup for its services to the hockey community in Sussex.

The cup was presented to John Herbert, Chairman of Worthing Hockey Club by Michael Acott, President of the Sussex Hockey Association at its new clubhouse on Saturday 5th October 2019.

After years of fund raising and generosity from local individuals and companies alike, the new clubhouse at The Angmering School was opened on 16th March 2019 overlooking the home astroturf, forming the cornerstone in the next chapter of club’s over 120 year history and a base for six Men’s Teams, three Ladies Teams, Veteran Teams, Mixed Teams and growing Development / Junior Sections welcoming adults and children from across the region.

With the support of the Sussex Hockey Association, the club is now actively working to attract new members of all ages to join the world of hockey through a program including coaching in schools, under 12 and under 16 teams training / playing at the weekends and development of the Men’s and Ladies teams which are all playing in competitive Sussex and Regional leagues.

To mark this historic event in its 123 years of history, the club has re-branded to reflect a modern, fresh image whilst retaining its traditional values, aiming to widen the appeal of the hockey in the local community and attract new players, adding to the nearly 250 existing members.

New Season Welcome

Welcome to you all to the new season.

This year’s WHC focus will be on player development and attracting new players into the Club.  We will be increasing the number of coaches available at training sessions and also encouraging people to undertake some formal coaching qualifications.  If you would like to do this please let us know.  We are also looking to put in place a further training session on Thursday evenings although this may not be at Angmering. We will keep you updated on developments.  Training dates at Angmering remain unchanged with Ladies from 7-9 pm on Tuesday, Wolves training from 6-7 pm on Wednesday and Men’s from 7-9 pm on Wednesday.  The Men’s training from 7-9 pm will now be for all team.  There will be some unused pitch time from 6-7 pm on Wednesday which members are welcome to use informally. 

We will also be moving to the new kit for all teams from the start of this season.  It is important that we all play in the same colour and design of shirt – so please go onto the Club Shop (via website) and order your shirt.  You should have a Club number which you can get from Carol membership@worthinghockey.co.uk or Josh events@worthinghockey.co.uk.

We have also entered a U16 Girls team (Llamas) this year into the Sussex Development League and this will create a sensible development structure enabling our younger players to play against a similar age group and also a team for the players moving up from the Comets. Please volunteer if you would like to help us run this team.

There are some administrative changes this year and you may already have seen some of them.  We will be moving to an electronic system for collecting match fees for all teams using the “Teamo” app.  This was used successfully by one team last year and we have decided that this is a better way forward so that you don’t have to find cash each week.  This is quite straightforward using a smartphone but your team captain will let you know how this works and what you need to do.

One further option is to provide teas centrally for all teams rather than each team providing its own.  We are still waiting for more feedback on this idea but we will make a decision over the next month.  If we did this there would be a small increase to match fees to cover the costs.  Development of the social side to the Club last year was impressive for a first season at a new venue.  We need to build on this – so please use the Clubhouse as much as you can and if you have a big social event please consider whether this will be suitable.

Finally, to continue to move the Club forward – we still need more volunteers to help in a number of areas.  There are things we would like to do this year but they can only be achieved with more help and support.  If you would like to get involved please let us know and get involved in helping us achieve our goals.

Don’t forget that your subscriptions are now due.

John Herbert
WHC Chairman

A Glorious Golf Day Cheque Presentation

 

Andie’s Golf Day last month was a huge success, not just in enjoyment had on the day but in the amount of money we were able to raise for St Barnabas House. 

Last Saturday we were privileged to be able to let the Chambers family know that we successfully raised over £730 and to be with them to officially present the cheque to St Barnabas House. 

We would like to share with all WHC members the wonderful thank you letter we received from the hospice and what our donation can be used for; 

“Dear Rob and all the lovely members of Worthing Hockey Club, 

You are all amazing! Your golf day raised a wonderful £731.46 in memory of your dear friend Andie Chambers. We feel so privileged to have such wonderful people like yourselves in our community who support the hospice, allowing our care teams to reach more patients in need of end of life care. 

To put your donation into context, it could, for example, help to pay for one of the following:

  • A 24 hour stay at the In Patient Unit for a patient, where they receive round-the-clock care from our dedicated Nursing Team
  • Three people to attend the Day Hospice for one day, where they can enjoy activities such as art, cooking and gardening
  • Tow hours of all care services provided by St Barnabas House

As you can see, your donation really does make a big different to the care that we’re able to provide our patients and their families. 

Thank you again for your wonderful donation, it really does mean the world to us.”

Thank you to everyone who came along on the day to play, support and donate. 

Glastonbury Party Day

Join us this summer for our Glastonbury Party Day!

This summer we are hosting a family fun day at our new clubhouse to celebrate this year’s Glastonbury festival. 

DATE: Saturday 29 June 2019

TIME: 11am to 11pm

VENUE: Worthing Hockey Club Clubhouse

Andie's Golf Day 2019

This year’s annual Worthing Hockey Club charity golf day, renamed Andie’s Golf Day after our good friend and fellow member Andie Chambers, saw over 60 players tee-off at Hill Barn Golf Club on Saturday 8th June 2019. 

After a hearty breakfast in the golf club dining room teams took in some practice shots before all heading out for 18 holes Texas Scramble. While the sun blessed them the winds whipped round the 75 year old South Downs course adding an extra element to the technical fairways. 

By mid afternoon all teams were back, all be it a little wind blown, with big smiles having enjoyed a great day of golf, some friendly competition and an Avalanche Cocktail on the 11th hole – Andie’s celebration drink where she had her hole-in-one. 

Golf Day Winners 

1st place  SLAGGS team;  Ian Penny, Ant Fuest, Gave Green , Gordon Starks Winners of the day and of the Trophy Shield!
2nd place  YORKIES; Rex Fuller, Matt Sephton, Steve Bird, Tony May 
3rd place Direct Blinds;  John Massie, Simon Keys, Matt Ansell, Jeff Bond
4th place Nuggets `V` team;  Graham Vaughan, Jon Fricker, Alan Price , Bob Catlow

Longest Drive Winners

Ladies; Kelly Stevens
Men’s;  Bob Catlow

Nearest the Pin Winners

5th hole – Simon Keys
8th hole  Alan Price
11th hole.  Matt Foggett who is now the proud winner of the Andie’s Hole in One trophy
17th hole  Alex Ballamy

The wooden spoon goes to Nuggets `A` team;  John Adams, Sara Carter, John Edwards and David Turner who won some head torches…to find their balls in the bushes!

Thank you to everyone who took part, played, donated a raffle prize and helped organise a hugely successful golf day remembering our dear friend.