IES Hockey Club Bulletin – Number 2: July/August 2019

The season is fast approaching and plans are ongoing to ensure we start the season on the front foot.  Please read on so you are aware of everything that is heading your way!

1. Fitness training –  for all members on Monday 5th, 12th and 19th August 7.30 to 8.30pm at Christchurch Park (meet at the Park Road entrance).

2. Pre-season Training (STICK & BALL) – Pre-season training will be on Wednesday in the new season starting on Wednesday 7th August 7.30pm to 9pm with other sessions on the 14th, 21st and 28th

3. Training during the season (From September) All teams will train on a Wednesday times as follows

  • Pitch 2 – 7.30pm to 9.30pm – Men’s and Ladies 1st Team squads (Men – to include invited players in the 2nd and 3rd team wanting to progress to 1st team) and Women (to include women 2nd team and invited young players.)
  • Pitch 3 – 6.45 – 8.15pm Women’s club and 8.15 – 9.45 Men’s club

4. Saturday 7th September Club Day (Part of the EH HockeyFest Campaign) with inter club games and a barbecue. Format and times below.

  • 2pm– pitch 2 – Men’s 2s v* Men’s 3s – pitch 3 Women’s 3s v* Women’s 4s.
  • 2pm – pitch 1 – Family session, Back to Hockey and Junior coaching. Targeting new players
  • 3.30pm– pitch 2 – Women’s 1s v* Women’s 2s. Pitch 3 Men’s 4s v* Men’s 5. *The assumption is that teams will be mixed up a little to ensure close matches but we can leave this for captains involved in each match to arrange.
  • 3pm to 5pm barbecue & drinks till 6pm.

(Note the men’s 1st team are playing in a pre-season tournament on the 7th and 8th)

We are looking to encourage all existing members to come along and to be part of the day and we plan to invite our young people involved in the recent transition sessions to come along and play, this may mean we have big squads for some matches and will need a bit of planning.

We are also looking to have a real push to encourage new people to join us. We hope members will invite family / friends to join us and to take part in the Back to Hockey and junior session. Please encourage family, friends and colleagues along to the family / Back to Hockey session at 2pm.

5. Saturday 14th September  We are in discussion with Ipswich HC about friendlies across the club. Details will be shared as soon as we can.

6. Saturday 21st September League starts- please note that we are busy confirming home match times and these will be shared asap.

A new league website is up and running and can be found here, so you can check out the fixtures https://www.hockey-east.co.uk/ note all our teams are in East leagues this year.

Please let your captain know your availability for pre season activity, Club Day and league matches.

7. Coach Development sessions – unfortunately the take up for this has been disappointing so the first session 24th July was cancelled. However the follow up sessions are going ahead and we are still recruiting people who would like to find out more about what and how to coach. . Please sign up for all or part of the programme by emailing Sam Beveridge sam.beveridge@hotmail.co.uk or for more  information call Charlie Farrow on 07811 666895    Future dates, Monday 23rdSeptember 7 – 9pm, Sunday 17thNovember (am) & Sunday 24thNovember (am) & Friday 29th November  7– 9pm.

8. Transition sessions – The club has been running some sessions to help our up and coming teenagers to transition from juniors into adult hockey. Its is exciting to think we a such a great bunch of  talented young players moving into our senior teams. A big thank you to all who are supporting  the process.

9. Club Development Plan – We are starting work on a Club Development plan. (Members – please take a look at the scoping document which was emailed to you as part of this update)

10. Charity Fundraising – As I am sure you have seen we raised a magnificent £1,747 at the recent Charity Day. I am able to confirm that we have now paid the full amount committed to the St Elizabeth Hospice Charity. As the only local sports club to support this initiative we can feel just a little proud of ourselves!

See you in training!

IES Hockey Club Bulletin – Number 1: June 2019

This is the first of what we anticipate will be a regular update from the clubs leadership team to ensure we keep all members and families up to date about club activities.

Your new committee are working hard on your behalf, to move the club forward both on and off the pitch, developing our activities, to support and invest in our volunteers, to reach out to the wider community and to grow our membership.

The club are proud to to sponsor the Elmer’s Big Art Parade which is raising funds for the St Elizabeth Hospice, look out for the two IES Elmers as you walk around Ipswich this summer.

We look forward to our Charity day on Saturday 6th July which includes the usual mixed festival and barbecue and this year we are arranging some junior activity and we hope to create a bit of a festival feel, please come and support the day which starts at 11am and runs until late afternoon / early evening.

Following the recent AGM the clubs new committee, captains and vice captains met to start planning for next season. We have included below a list of the key information and decisions taken.

  • The CASC status application will be followed up and completed this season.
  • Team captains and vice captains were confirmed (as there were some gaps after the AGM).
  • Captains will be meeting over the next few months to organise training and start selection.
  • We will purchase 4 face masks per team (and a spare set) for all adult teams. We will also investigate whether more facemasks are required for the junior section and order accordingly.
  • Goalkeepers playing Saturday/senior hockey will be contacted by captains to audit their kit and order any replacement parts, where necessary.
  • We will investigate running goalkeeping workshops during the season as it was recognised that goalkeepers can sometimes get overlooked during regular training sessions.
  • We will look to enter a team into the plum tournament on 7th-8th September
  • Pre season training sessions will take place on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Aug. for 7.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Friendlies will be organised for Saturday 14th September with the leagues all starting the following week.
  • A club day under the England Hockey HockeyFest banner will be held on Saturday 7th September in order to get everyone together before the season starts and to encourage new people along. More information will be provided in due course.
  • We will aim to organise some umpire development events during the season to encourage people to try out umpiring for the first time. This will not be an official L1 umpiring course.
  • Thanks to support from Sam Beveridge we have arranged a series of informal coaching workshops throughout the season to introduce interested members / parents in coaching and get more people involved. This will not be a formal course, will be free of charge and open to all. Details to follow.
  • We are starting work on a Club Development Plan and a 1st draft will be shared in due course and we are aiming to gain Club Mark acreditation (England Hockey / Sport England kitemark.)
  • A members survey will be sent out to find out what members think of the club and what direction our members would like to see the club take in the future. More information about this will be made available soon. The results of the survey will help us to build the development plan.