We hope you enjoyed the Olympics, especially the hockey of course. How brilliant to see our very own Sam Beveridge (Women’s 1s Coach) with the GB Women’s Squad winning a Bronze medal overnight! Congratulations to Sam and the support team and of course all the players.
1 Club Award Winners
Many congratulations to everyone who won an award this year – it was great to be able to present many of you with your awards after the AGM last month.
Thank you to all who attended the AGM recently. Please click here for a list of all new club officers . Please do get in touch with your representatives – a healthy the club needs all members to engage and take part.
3 Pre Season & Training Sessions
Senior / student training
This starts again at Rushmere on Tuesday 17 August (men – 7.30-9.30pm) and Wednesday 18 August (women – 7-9pm).
Initial training groups:
- Tuesday Group 1 – Men’s 1s and 2s. Tuesday Group 2 – Men’s club: Men’s 3s, 4s and 5s.
- Wednesday Group 1 – Women’s 1s and 2s. Wednesday Group 2 – Women’s club: Women’s 3s and 4s.
We may need to review groups depending on numbers and coach availability.
The Junior section will return to Sunday training on Sunday 12 September – make sure the date is in your diary. We are also planning a transition training session for any Juniors going into Year 8 and above in the evening of Friday 3 September – more details to follow in an email to eligible players.
4 Coaching vacancy
We are looking to find a regular coach to run the women’s club training on Wednesday. This is a PAID ROLE. Anyone interested should contact Naomi: firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie: email@example.com
5 Saturday fixtures / New League season
We have arranged fixtures for most club teams on Saturday 11 September (home and away) v Harleston Magpies. Captains will be in touch with details. The new Area league fixtures start on Saturday 18 September. Times and still be to be confirmed but fixtures can be found here: https://fixtures.englandhockey.co.uk/
6 Club Day
We had hoped to run a Club Day (with a charity element) on Saturday 4 September but there is currently no pitch availability at Rushmere on that day. If anything is possible we will let everyone know ASAP. If a Club Day isn’t possible, we will have a Club Showcase / new members’ session on Saturday 11 September instead, details tbc.
7 Summer holiday sessions
It was great to see so many of our Juniors taking part in our summer holiday hockey sessions. These were led by a team of our Young Leaders, and involved three mornings of skills development which finished in style with a water balloon fight and slip & slide goal scoring – so much fun!
8 First aid session
We had an extremely useful and interesting first aid session at the club on 21 July, led by sports injury specialist Ollie Howard. Attended by senior section players and junior section young leaders, coaches and parents. This covered how to deal with some of the particular injuries we may come across on the hockey pitch, plus the chance to practice some resuscitation and use a defibrillator. Thanks to Ollie and all those who attended.
9 Injury rehab and performance services
We have negotiated reduced costs for IES hockey club members for appointments with Ollie Howard (graduate sport therapist) who specialises in sports injuries and adolescent athletes. Our members (players and coaches) will save £5 per treatment session. To contact Ollie text or call 07527055088. He is currently based at Sports Med East in Ipswich.
We hope to see you all soon