Ipswich – East Suffolk Hockey Club (IES HC) is based at Ipswich School Sports Centre (ISSC), Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 1DE (Previously known as ‘Rushmere Sports Centre’). The club primarily consists of (for 2021/22) 5 Mens outdoor league teams, 4 Ladies outdoor league teams, up to 3 Mens and 2 Ladies Indoor teams, a Mixed team and a thriving Junior Section. All the Saturday Mens and Ladies teams play in the East Area League at various divisional levels. (This follows a national reorganisation and re-naming of all adult hockey leagues for this season). We also aim to run at least 2 Mens and 2 Ladies teams in the Suffolk Summer League which provides continuity and good competition for members on midweek evenings during May – July.
IES are always on the look out for new members. We have teams at all East Area divisional levels up to Mens Premier and Ladies Premier 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 hockey facility, which includes 3 astro pitches built in the past 7 years and an 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 and a set of club-specific rules and ISSC-specific rules.
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 JuniorCoaching 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. The club also fully endorses the ‘Safe Hockey’ initiative, which has been introduced by the national governing body England Hockey, in recent times.
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.