IES Hockey Club Bulletin Number 4: November 2019

A big thank you to everyone who has been busy keeping the club operating successfully over the first two months of the season. The start of every season is hectic, and this year has been no different. Special mention to all the captains and vice captains for all their hard work in getting teams together in the senior club and to all of you who work so hard to make sure we have umpires, kit, teams etc in place every Saturday and Sunday for the Juniors.

A lot has happened since our meeting in September

  • Our Club Day at the start of September was supported by many members and families and we have lots of positive feedback. In addition to the inter club games, we provided some family taster sessions, a barbecue and it was great to see some new faces joining our ranks.
  • The pre-season transition sessions and all the follow up work by captains & vice captains means many of junior graduates have successfully progressed into the adult programme. This needs ongoing monitoring to ensure we support and retain all these young people.
  • We have held the first of a series of coach development sessions. A huge thank you to Sam Beveridge for making this happen. Future sessions are planned, and we are looking to involve more people.
  • The Safeguarding course arranged for junior coaches, captains, vice captains and those involved in support our under 18 members to play has taken place, though it was a little disappointing more people were not able to attend. Pete Francis is looking at next steps and we need to ensure we make best use of the training / best practice to improve what we do.
  • Russell Williams and several club members have started work on a Club Development Plan with a scoping session held last month. Another session is arranged for the 2nd December and wider engagement with the whole club membership, both Seniors and Juniors, where we will seek your views, will follow in the New Year. We hope to have a plan completed in the spring and to present it at the AGM.
  • We have welcomed two young Australians into our fold, Conner and Cooper who are now playing with the men’s 1st team and helping with junior coaching on a Sunday.

On the pitch we have the usual mixture of results with the Women’s 1st team showing us the way, they currently sit third in Div1 after another good win on Saturday whilst the Men’s 2nd and 3rd team have both started well. The Men’s 1st team are finding life in Prem A difficult, but the squad remain confident they can turn it around.

It is great to see us playing the game in the right way and seeing such a great mix of young and old in all our teams.

In the Junior section, our teams have made a good start in the Suffolk Youth League and England Hockey competitions, with more games planned for all age groups before the end of the year. We regularly have between 80-100 young people training every Sunday.

Wednesday training is being very well supported, a big thank you to Sam, Iain, James and Steve who are leading these sessions. Coaching however remains an area that the club needs to develop so we have a sustainable mix of paid coaches and volunteers in future. Getting more people involved and developing their skills is a really important area and a priority for the next 12 to 24 months.

It is really encouraging that we have a growing group of junior coaches and it is especially good to see some of our young players supporting junior coaching. We need to support these young people to develop their skills and to encourage more people of all ages to get involved.

Sam Beveridge our Women’s Head Coach is attending some Sunday sessions in November to observe activity, to speak to coaches and to encourage more joined up activity across the age groups.

Indoor Hockey The new season is underway at Rushmere with matches on a Monday night. There are opportunities for more people (men and women) to get involved because we are considering entering further men’s and women’s teams. Please contact Rachel Nunn if you want to play women or Charlie for men.

Junior Festival / Help Needed! The club are hosting a Suffolk Youth League Festival this coming Sunday 17th November. We need a few extra volunteers to support the event which runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm.   Please email if you spare a couple of hours to help.

Membership payments. Thank you to the vast majority who have now paid their annual membership fee. Please be aware that anyone who has yet to pay (there are very few of you) will not be selected moving forward without you first discussing this with your team captain who will in turn speak to Chris our Treasurer. In the Junior section, Moira the Junior Admin person will be in touch if there are any outstanding payments. Please do not be afraid to ask for support if needed.

Selection / availability. We are in the fortunate position of having a healthy number of players to represent our 9 adult teams especially in the men’s section. As a result, we are having to rest players on odd weeks. Please bear with us if you are asked to miss a week but also be clear on your availability ahead of time. Also please make it easy to select you by being available every week. If at any point you are not getting the hockey you want, please tell us.

Player and Spectator behaviour Please can we remind all members that we must all conduct ourselves in positive, supportive and friendly way at all times. This applies to your team mates but especially towards opposition teams and their spectators, and of course towards match officials. It is important that visiting teams and their spectators have a positive experience playing at Rushmere. This should not extend to letting them win!

Social Event – Please make sure you support the next two club socials.

  • Saturday 7th December Curry and Crackers evening.
  • Saturday 14th December Film Night 7pm Family Film. 9pm 12plus.

Check out the club website & social media for further details.