IESHC Club Bulletin 30 April 2021

All the latest news from your hockey club…


Wednesday training sessions for adults

Just to confirm, these have now ended until pre-season gets underway in late July / early August.


Hockey at Rushmere on Saturday 8 May 

We are arranging a men’s game and women’s game at 11.30am to 1pm. This is open to anyone over 13, and if you would like to play, please just fill in your details on this Google form:


Summer League

The local summer league for adult hockey starts w/c 17 May. We await exact details of times, fixtures and venues, but if you would like to play in any of our four teams – please contact the team captains listed below. Matches will be played in May, June and early July.

Men’s B – Captained by Russell Williams & Steve Spurling

Matches on Monday evenings.

Women’s B – Captained by Jess Gray

Matches on Tuesday evenings.

Men’s A – Organised by Charlie Farrow

Matches on Wednesday evenings.

Women’s A – Captained by Claire Pearsons & Naomi Sharpe

Matches on Thursday evenings.

Monday Men’s div 2
Tuesday Women’s div 2
Wednesday Men’s div 1
Thursday Women’s div 1
Friday Free for replays if necessary



Annual Charity Day – Saturday 3 July from 11am to 5pm approx.

Lots of fun mixed adult hockey games (over 13s), junior hockey masterclass, barbecue, family fun, bouncy castle, ice cream van etc. Full details will be shared soon.

In the meantime anyone wanting to join one of the teams being arranged by club members are invited to complete the expression of interest here:

(There is no need to complete this form if you have already been asked to play by a team organiser.)


Junior update

Just a reminder that Junior sessions will be running on Sundays until 11 July. We have entered U14 girls, U16 girls and U16 boys into the new England Hockey championships which are due to take place May-July, and will share details once we have them.

We have some extra training sessions planned for the next half term holiday, including some exciting guest coaches! These will take place during the day on Tuesday 1 June and Wednesday 2 June – more details to follow about how to sign up, but please pop these dates in your calendars.


Club Matches 17 April 2021

Ahead of matches on Saturday we wanted to confirm the following arrangements.

Women’s matches start at 12.30pm. Please arrive at 12pm. Teams will be arranged before the start so please bring a red and a white shirt.

Men’s matches start at 2pm. Please arrive at 1.30pm. Teams will be arranged before the start so please bring a red and a white shirt.

Anyone over 13 is welcome to attend and play – just come along on the day. (Apologies if you have already said you can’t play – it is easier to email all eligible players!).

The match fees are £8 for seniors and £4 for students/juniors, payable on the day via captains if you have cash. The card machine will be available after the women’s matches and before the men’s matches if you need to pay this way.

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.  After the recent passing of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and the confirmation of funeral arrangements for this weekend we will observe a minutes silence ahead of all matches. Players are also invited to wear a black armband, if they wish.

Covid protocols still apply to all club activity which includes social distancing when not playing, wearing a face covering indoors and the club must keep a register of all participants. We regret that spectators are not permitted with the exception of one parent for any u18s.

The Café will be open for a take out service.


IES Senior/Student Club Bulletin – 14 April 2021

Great to be back!

It was wonderful to see so many club members back on the pitch last week, over 200 of you in total. We hope for an even greater turnout over the next few weeks, at one of the remaining Wednesday evening sessions, or playing summer league in May and June or at a Sunday morning junior session.

Membership Fees 2020/21

Due to the pandemic and associated factors beyond the club’s control, the recent winter league season was significantly restricted. Whilst we have extended the normal season by arranging additional training and intra club matches during April, the inevitable question has arisen as to ‘fair value’, for those who paid a full club annual subscription, as either a Senior Member or a Student Member.

The club committee is aware of the significant impact on our members and having considered all the facts, figures and financial implications have decided to reset the full subscriptions to £60 (Senior) and £30 (Student) for 2020-21. This means that members who have elected to pay a half subscription have no further payment to make and those who have paid a full subscription will receive a ‘credit note’ for the due rebate towards a 2021-22 subscription or a cash rebate if specifically requested.

All at the club work hard each year to try and ensure that we set a balanced budget and offer good value for money for our members and families. These ‘credit notes’ will be funded from our reserves; you may decide that you are happy to waive your ‘credit note’ and make a donation to the club – if this is the case, please do let us know and we will make sure this is clearly noted.

A more detailed summary of the financial position is available on request.  If you would like to discuss any aspects of club membership or indeed any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact Chairman Charlie Farrow.

SAVE THE DATE – Charity Hockey Day Sat 3 July

Subject to the envisaged loosening of Covid restrictions, the club will go ahead with the Annual Charity Hockey day on Saturday 3 July (running 11am – 5pm approx.).  The day will feature the usual mixed hockey tournament (for over 13s) and junior hockey activity including the exciting addition of a Coaching Masterclass.

All members, their families and friends are invited to attend. There will be a bar, barbecue and lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle for younger children. Further details to be announced in the near future.

IES Hockey Club

IES Club Bulletin and Survey 8 March 2021

IES Club Bulletin

Monday 8 March 2021

Information about returning to play and an important survey for you to complete

We are all excited about the easing of lockdown and the news that we should be able to start playing hockey again soon. Whilst we are still waiting for full guidelines from England Hockey who await clarity from Government we are making plans for getting back on the pitches at ISSC Rushmere.

With this in mind we would like our members to complete a short survey to tell us how you feel and to help us plan activity over the spring and early summer. The survey is accessed from the link below, please complete it before Monday 15 March.

Adult East Leagues

We have been notified that the adult league will not continue this season. Full details here:

We are hopeful however that we will be able to arrange local friendlies, and we anticipate entering teams into the Summer League which we expect to go ahead from mid-May.


Junior Competitions

We are yet to hear from England Hockey about any resumption of junior competitions.


Training, social hockey & fitness

We are arranging midweek sessions in April so we can all get back on the pitch, and see our many hockey friends.


  1. Adult training sessions including students and over 13s from the junior section

Dates: Wednesday 7 April and Wednesday 14 April

Times: Women – 6.45pm to 8.15pm; Men –  8.15pm to 9.30pm.

Cost: £4 for adults per session and £2.50 per session for students and juniors. Cash (exact money) and card payments will be taken on the evening when you arrive and register.

  1. Adult Intra Club Matches.

We have also pencilled in some matches on Saturday 17 April with games starting at 12.30pm and 2pm.


  1. Junior training.

We are planning to restart Junior training on Sunday 11 April, at the usual times of 9-10.30am for U8s/U10s/U12s and 10.30am-12noon for U14s/U16s. All registrations and costs will be the same as usual.

Covid Safe – We would like to reiterate that all sessions will be run following Covid guidelines.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stay safe

IES Hockey Club

IES Hockey Club Bulletin 05 January 2021

Dear all 

As you will have no doubt understood from the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening, the new lockdown means that ALL club hockey is suspended for the time being, both for seniors and juniors. This is likely to remain the case until the middle of February.

The East League are hoping to resume adult leagues at some stage, with matches potentially being played in March and April. Whilst teams will not now be able to play the entire fixture list it is likely that leagues will be decided on average points once all teams have played each other at least once. We don’t yet know what is happening with the Junior competitions.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation, and hope that we will have some better news to share with you soon.

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and thank you all for your support for IES.

IES Hockey Club

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.