IES Club Bulletin – 24 December 2020

As you will have anticipated, the move to Tier 4 on Boxing Day means that all adult hockey has to stop for the time being. Sadly this includes the planned intra club games on Saturday 2nd January, which will now NOT go ahead.

Whilst there is an exemption for junior hockey, the club has decided to suspend junior hockey as well for the time being, so we will NOT return on 3 Jan as previously advised.

We will monitor the situation carefully and we will update all our members as soon as possible.

We hope you have a great Christmas at home and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able.

Return to Hockey – 2 December 2020

Good news! We are able to return to playing hockey at ISSC Rushmere from Wednesday 2 December.  Here are the basic details as we have them at the moment.

Senior training for men and women

Adult training sessions will run on Wednesday 2 December:


8.15-9.30pm: ALL MEN’S TEAMS

Senior training will revert to the normal days/times the following week

Senior league

The East league have confirmed their plan for a resumption of matches on the 5th December. The leagues plan includes matches for all our teams on the 5th, 12th and 19th December. The plan is dependent on both clubs / teams being willing & able to play and venues being available. If not already done so please contact your team captain to confirm your availability for these dates.

Junior training

This will restart on Sunday 6 December, with the U8s/U10s/U12s training from 9-10.30am, and the U14s/U16s training from 10.30-12noon. We will email nearer the time with final confirmation for the U14/U16 girls regarding training and the England Hockey matches which are due to take place on 6 December.

Please do remember the Covid-19 procedures regarding masks, hand sanitisation and social distancing when we return.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

IES Hockey Club

Update for the start of the senior hockey season

As we head into the first competitive weekend of our season for senior hockey, here is an update on the latest information about returning to play and some important reminders.

The good news is that, following on from the government’s statement earlier this week, as an organised team sport, hockey can continue to be played.

However in order to ensure this remains the case and that we can continue to play, we must all ensure we are following the Return To Play guidelines available on the England Hockey website. All our members should have completed the participation agreement and it is important that we ALL remember what we agreed to by signing the agreement.

A few key points to highlight.

  • Ensure you sign in for every session (For matches with your team captain or vice-captain.)
  • Ensure you socially distance off the pitch at all times and in groups no bigger than 6.
  • If travelling with team mates, ensure you wear a face covering and that the car is well ventilated. Sit apart, no more than two passengers on the back seat.
  • At away venues please follow any guidance given by the host club and respect any rules.

For matches and training at ISSC Rushmere, Ipswich School have asked that we adhere to the following guidance –

  • All bookings should not arrive more than 10 minutes before their booking and leave promptly afterwards, stick to your areas booked to allow other groups to use the walk ways, paths and toilets. Rule of 6 will apply to people gathering outside of their activity and at a distance of 2m apart or 1m plus with barriers in place (face masks).
  • The building has a one way system on the ground floor for people to use the toilet, each set of male and female toilets have an entrance and an exit, masks must be worn whilst inside the building, this is a school facility and is a major point for the facility to be open. As per Government guidance there are no changing facilities and attendees are required to come kit ready.
  • Hand sanitiser stations can be found at the entrance and exit to the building and again in the toilets.
  • No one should be playing loud music outside to limit the need for people to shout.
  • Spectators are limited to 1 parent/guardian plus siblings.
  • Lost property will not be retained on site under current Covid conditions, clear your area after use. It is shocking the amount of used face masks that are found around the site each day; use it or bin it, do not leave for others to dispose of.

Whilst things are not as we would like them to be, if we all follow the rules we can still have an enjoyable and successful season.

IES Hockey Club Bulletin – Number 5: March 2020

It has certainly not been the end to the season we were expecting but we can confirm that the season has ended with the East League deciding that they will not reschedule the last round of games due this Saturday. Final position will be decided by percentages. See details here

The final tables are still to be finalised but we can say that the club has had a really positive season. The Women’s 1s take star billing and will be heading to the East Premier League for the first time ever. Congratulations to Sam, Angela , Lol and all the squad! The Men’s 2s and 3s both narrowly missed out on promotion, the Men’s 4s, Women’s 2s and Women’s 4s finished their season comfortably in mid table. The men’s 1s were unfortunately relegated from Premier league after a really tough season, but finished the season with a great win over City of Peterborough. Cruelly it appears the women’s 3s have been denied the chance to win their last game and possibly stay up, whilst the Men’s 5s were relegated, but won many admirers for their positive approach and “never say die” attitude.

It won’t come as a big surprise but we are afraid that we have had to postpone the Annual Dinner on Saturday 2nd May, the current health crisis making it impossible to go ahead. We are currently exploring options to reschedule for Saturday 5th September, but this will be elsewhere as the Town Hall is not available. Anyone who has paid for the May event will be contacted by Chris Hatch our treasurer who will arrange a full refund or agree that payments made are carried forward to the rearranged event or towards membership fees for 2020/21 season.

The club committee will be meeting via Skype on Thursday 2nd April to discuss the Dinner and Annual Awards, plans for next season and Club Day, the feasibility of holding the AGM and the annual Charity Day.

We await details of the summer league but we anticipate that it will delayed or more likely cancelled. We will update members asap.

Many of you will have seen that we have been filming club activity at a recent training session and at home matches last Saturday. To explain, we are producing a video to showcase our club. However the current situation prevents us from filming some junior activity and conversations with some of younger members on Sunday.  We will endeavour to complete filming and showcase the results with members as soon as we can. The video is part of a wider initiative to develop a club strategy and development plan, a process being lead by a group of your colleagues. The group will share the draft strategy and ask all members and families for their input via a members survey in the near future.

Our junior section have had a great season, with over 100 children and young people at training every week. Our U18 boys reached the national indoor finals, our U14 girls and U10 boys were both through to regional finals, along with our U10 girls, who were also crowned county champions on 15 March, just before all games were stopped. All our teams played a full part in Suffolk Youth League tournaments, and the U8s enjoyed a great Christmas themed mini tournament at Ipswich7 in December. Thanks to all our coaches, parent helpers, team managers and young leaders for everything they have done this season. We know how much our IES Juniors love hockey, and we love seeing them every week, so we hope to be back on the AstroTurf at Rushmere as soon as we can!

A huge thank you to all of you who have done so much across the season to make our club the success that it is. We are a club for everyone, a place to play the game we love and share time with our friends. We will be back together soon, but in the meantime please take care all and stay well.

IES Hockey Club

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.

IES Hockey Club Bulletin Number 3: September 2019

Ahead of our first league matches on Saturday, the club committee wanted to wish you the very best of luck for the season head.

There is much to be positive about, especially after Club Day and some great attendances at the first few weeks of training. It is great to see lots of new members joining our ranks along with a group of very talented young people transitioning into the adult section. We are working hard to develop and grow the club to make your experience of IES the best it can be.

Most of our teams are in action this weekend with the exception of the W2 & W4 who have to wait until next week. Our 1st teams are both back playing at the highest level the club has ever participated at, and both squads can expect a challenging but exciting season. Both the Men and Women 1st teams are playing away on Saturday but please try to get along to their future matches and cheer them on.  All our teams deserve your support of course so please make an effort to stay at the club and cheer on other teams when you are not playing.

Please embrace being a member of the club, don’t just play and go home, join your team mates for teas, both home and away and please ensure you chat to the opposition and umpires. Please make the effort to support the club social programme (latest version attached.) A big thank you to Loraine and Harriet for arranging this.

On the pitch, please conduct yourselves as you would expect others to behave, be competitive of course, but please treat our opposition and umpires with respect at all times and be a really good example to all your colleagues, especially to our younger team members. Please wear the correct club kit with pride and ensure all our teams look the part.

Having dropped a men’s team there is the possibility that we will have big squads for some of the early men’s games, please bear with us as availability and selection settles down. This could also apply to the women’s section at times. However if you feel you are not getting the hockey you want, please speak to a club captain or feel free to call club chairman Charlie on 07811 336895.  We really do strive to offer you the club and the hockey you want.

Important. Please read the recently agreed club policy on face masks for defending penalty corners highlighted below.

IES HC Policy for the wearing of face masks.

We strongly recommend that all players wear face masks when defending penalty corners. It is club policy that U18 players members must wear face masks whilst defending penalty corners .  It is strongly recommended that U16 members do not defend penalty corners in adult matches.

(4 new facemasks have been given to all adult team captains / vice captains.) Players are of course free to provide & use their own protective equipment.)

Thank you – IESHC.


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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 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 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.