Ipswich – East Suffolk Hockey Club is based at Ipswich School Sports Centre, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 1DE (Previously known as ‘Rushmere Sports Centre’). The club primarily consists of 6 Mens outdoor league teams, 4 Ladies outdoor league teams, 4 Mens and 2 Ladies Indoor teams, a Mixed team and a thriving Junior Section. All the Saturday Mens teams play in the East Region Hockey Association (ERHA) East League at various divisional levels whilst the Ladies teams play in the East League Div 2NE (1st X1), Suffolk Premier Div (2nd X1) and Suffolk division 1 (3rd X1). IES are always on the look out for new members. We have teams at all levels up to Mens East Premier B and East Ladies Division 2 so even if you’ve never played before or have years of experience then give us a look. We are friendly club, playing good hockey at an outstanding newly developed hockey facility, which includes 3 astro pitches and extensive club house, with the added bonus of a good and active social side. Contact ‘Membership enquiries’ for further information about joining & training.
The club’s rules are embodied in its Constitution.
The Club aims to promote a happy and constructive atmosphere both on and off the pitch and be well-organised. We intend to be successful at our level of hockey and attendance at midweek training is expected. We are ambitious to maintain and improve on all current divisional statuses. The club is looking to expand its number of teams in the near future and is always seeking to recruit new players.
The Club places great emphasis on our Youth Coaching programme and policy, as well as supporting the attainment of official qualifications for our coaches and umpires. Indeed, we have been in receipt of significant public Grant Aid and private Sponsorship in past years to help finance these specific objectives. The Club is working towards achievement of Clubs 1st accreditation – the national standard for provision of a safe and high quality environment for bringing young players into the sport and for Quality Management of the club in general.
A key aim in general is to bring young players through into adult hockey and expand the opportunities to play by increasing the number of teams competing. This objective is not easy to achieve and we need all the commitment from senior members and others that we can get.
Further details of the Aims and Objectives may be found by reference to the Club Constitution.
In addition to the hockey we organise social events about once a month, such as barbeques, discos, dinners, quiz nights, race nights etc with ticket prices set to provide good value for members and their guests whilst generating some much-needed additional income for the Club.