IES Club Bulletin – Christmas-y Edition!

As we’re almost in December, we are finding our Santa hats, and letting you all know about some festive things coming up

1 – Curry and Crackers – Saturday 11 December – 7pm

This is our traditional end-of-the-year social event, at ISSC Rushmere. Curries are provided by the teams, you just need your £5 entrance and an appetite!

To give us an idea of numbers, please fill in the form linked here:

All are welcome!

2 – Christmas Trees to support IES Juniors

With Christmas just round the corner, please get your Xmas trees from Zoë and Colin Lees to help support our Junior section.

Zoë and Colin Lees are accidental Christmas tree farmers having inherited a field of trees when we moved into our house.  Each year we sell them with all profits going to good causes.  This year our chosen causes are -> UNICEF & IES Juniors.

If you are interested in a tree then please email for the address.  Costs and opening hours are in the attached advert

3 – Follow us on social media

With the increased likelihood of frosty pitches affecting matches and training for both sections, please follow our social media accounts on facebook, instagram and twitter for updates – @ieshockeyclub


IESHC Club Bulletin 27 Sept 21

1 – Senior section Saturday results

  • Men’s 1’s lost 0 – 2 home to Old Southendians 1s
  • Men’s 2s won 1 – 0 away at Newmarket 1s
  • Men’s 3s lost 0 – 5 away at North Norfolk 1s
  • Men’s 4  won 3 – 2 home to Pelicans 3s.
  • Women’s 1s lost 1 – 5 home to Harleston Magpies
  • Women’s 2s  won 7 – 1  IESHC 3s.
  • Women’s 3s lost 1 – 7 IESHC 2s.
  • Women’s 4s failed to raise a team.

2 – Junior section Sunday results (new Area League)

  • U16G beat both Felixstowe and Harleston Magpies 1-0 in their triangular tournament at home
  • U14B lost to Norwich Dragons 0-1 and to Ipswich 7 0-2 in their triangular tournament at home
  • U14G drew 0-0 against Norwich Dragons and beat Harleston Magpies 1-0 in their triangular tournament away at Harleston.

There were many positives, as well as learning points, for all the junior teams, but mainly it was just great to see them back in competitive matches. For many in the U14s this was their first competition in over a year, and the first time playing 11 a side full pitch hockey. Thanks to the senior club for supporting with umpires and to all the coaches and parents for shouting from the sidelines!

Two teams of U12s will be taking part in a mixed hockey tournament at Ipswich High School this Sunday – good luck to the teams.

3 – Club clothing

Don’t forget that the Club Shop is now open for you to order the new IES branded clothing. We have had positive feedback from people on receiving their orders from the first sale. Please place your order before end of day on Sunday 10 October:

4 – Club games on Saturday 2 October

Team  Opposition H/A Start
M1  Saffron Walden A 14.00
M2  UEA 2s H 12.00
M3  UEA 3s H 12.00
M4  Newmarket 2s A 15.00
M5  Felixstowe 4s H 10.30
W1  Upminster 1s A 14.30
W2  Christchurch 1s A 10.00
W3  Felixstowe 1s H 10.30
W4  Colchester 4s H 11.00

IES Club Bulletin 20 September 2021

1. Club Clothing

We are delighted to confirm that the first batch of the new range of club clothing ordered via the online shop arrived today. Anyone who has ordered shorts, skorts, socks, jackets etc can collect these from the bar at the club before training tomorrow and/or on Wednesday this week. Please arrive between 7pm and 7.30pm tomorrow and from 6.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday.

The club shop has reopened.  Please place the order before end of day on Sunday 10 October. Deliveries should be made week commencing 22 November to the club.

Please note that the items in the online shop are mainly for adults and older juniors. The juniors are planning to hold a sale of our junior training tops and jackets at half term.

2. League Hockey

The adult league season kicked off on Saturday with eight club teams in action. Pride of place in week one goes to the Men’s 1s, who secured an outstanding win away to City of Peterborough 1 – 0. A new look Men’s 3s secured a great draw at home to Norwich Dragons but there were defeats for Men’s 2s at home to Magpies and Men’s 4s away at Sudbury. The men’s 5s will have to wait for their first taste of league action after Newmarket conceded.

A below strength Women’s 1s were well beaten at Bishops Stortford, one of the fancied teams in East Prem whilst the 2s lost a tight derby game at home to Ipswich. The 3s lost at Castaways whilst sadly we couldn’t field a Women’s 4s team this week.

3. League Results

The new England Hockey Game Management System is unfortunately having teething problems but the East Area league results can be found here:

4. Come and support our teams on Saturday. 

Please try to pop up to the club this coming Saturday and support our teams. There are games throughout the day, with the Women’s 1s at home at 12.30 v Harleston Magpies in East Prem, and the Men’s 1s are also in Prem action taking on Old Southendians who include Ex Olympian Jonty Clarke – push back is at 14.30.  Full list of fixtures below.

Team  Opposition L/F H/A Start
M1  Old Southendians L H 14.30
M2  Newmarket 1s L A 15.00
M3  N Norfolk 1s L A 15.00
M4  Pelicans 3s L H 13.00
M5  Sudbury 4s L A 12.00
W1  Harleston 2s L H 12.30
W2  IES 3s L A 11.00
W3  IES 2s L H 11.00
W4  Harleston 6s L A 10.00


5. Junior Hockey

We started the new season with a bang! Two weeks with over 100 young people training each week, including a number of new members – a big IES Juniors welcome to you.

Our first competitive matches start this Sunday, with the U14 girls away at Harleston, triangular fixture v Harleston and Norwich Dragons, the U16 girls at home for a triangular fixture v Felixstowe and Harleston Magpies and the U14 boys at home, for a triangular fixture v Norwich Dragons and Ipswich 7.


IESHC Club Bulletin 6 August 2021

We hope you enjoyed the Olympics, especially the hockey of course. How brilliant to see our very own Sam Beveridge (Women’s 1s Coach) with the GB Women’s Squad winning a Bronze medal overnight! Congratulations to Sam and the support team and of course all the players.

1 Club Award Winners

Many congratulations to everyone who won an award this year – it was great to be able to present many of you with your awards after the AGM last month.


Thank you to all who attended the AGM recently. Please click here for a list of all new club officers . Please do get in touch with your representatives – a healthy the club needs all members to engage and take part.

3 Pre Season & Training Sessions

Senior / student training

This starts again at Rushmere on Tuesday 17 August (men – 7.30-9.30pm) and Wednesday 18 August (women – 7-9pm).

Initial training groups:

  • Tuesday Group 1 – Men’s 1s and 2s. Tuesday Group 2 – Men’s club: Men’s 3s, 4s and 5s.
  • Wednesday Group 1 – Women’s 1s and 2s. Wednesday Group 2 – Women’s club: Women’s 3s and 4s.

We may need to review groups depending on numbers and coach availability.

Junior training

The Junior section will return to Sunday training on Sunday 12 September – make sure the date is in your diary. We are also planning a transition training session for any Juniors going into Year 8 and above in the evening of Friday 3 September – more details to follow in an email to eligible players.

4 Coaching vacancy

We are looking to find a regular coach to run the women’s club training on Wednesday. This is a PAID ROLE. Anyone interested should contact Naomi: or Charlie:

5 Saturday fixtures / New League season

We have arranged fixtures for most club teams on Saturday 11 September (home and away) v Harleston Magpies. Captains will be in touch with details. The new Area league fixtures start on Saturday 18 September. Times and still be to be confirmed but fixtures can be found here:

6 Club Day

We had hoped to run a Club Day (with a charity element) on Saturday 4 September but there is currently no pitch availability at Rushmere on that day. If anything is possible we will let everyone know ASAP. If a Club Day isn’t possible, we will have a Club Showcase / new members’ session on Saturday 11 September instead, details tbc.

7 Summer holiday sessions

It was great to see so many of our Juniors taking part in our summer holiday hockey sessions. These were led by a team of our Young Leaders, and involved three mornings of skills development which finished in style with a water balloon fight and slip & slide goal scoring – so much fun!

8 First aid session

We had an extremely useful and interesting first aid session at the club on 21 July, led by sports injury specialist Ollie Howard. Attended by senior section players and junior section young leaders, coaches and parents. This covered how to deal with some of the particular injuries we may come across on the hockey pitch, plus the chance to practice some resuscitation and use a defibrillator. Thanks to Ollie and all those who attended.

9 Injury rehab and performance services

We have negotiated reduced costs for IES hockey club members for appointments with Ollie Howard (graduate sport therapist) who specialises in sports injuries and adolescent athletes.  Our members (players and coaches) will save £5 per treatment session. To contact Ollie text or call 07527055088. He is currently based at Sports Med East in Ipswich.

We hope to see you all soon


Book now for Junior Hockey Camps this half term holiday

Following on from our successful holiday training sessions last summer, we have launched some Half Term Hockey Camps.

They will be running at the Sports Centre on Tuesday 1 June and Wednesday 2 June, and are open to anyone who’d like to have some holiday hockey fun!

  • Suitable for all ages and abilities from Reception to Year 11
  • You don’t have to be a current IES player to come – invite your friends! This will be a great chance for them to experience the fun of hockey
  • Players will just need shin pads, a gum shield and suitable clothes and footwear to run around outside on our astros. We have hockey sticks to borrow.
  • On Tuesday we will have guest coaches from Surbiton Hockey Club leading the training, including their director of hockey coaching, Will Fulker, and a representative from their ladies 1st team.
  • On Wednesday our coaches will include members of the IES men’s and women’s 1st teams, as well as our IES Juniors young leaders and coaches.
  • Each day will include skills training and fun sessions for outfield players and goalkeepers – and those who have never picked up a hockey stick before. Our skilled coaches will tailor our camps to fit the abilities of all.

The camps are split into two sessions – a morning one for primary school children and an afternoon one for high school children. Within these sessions there will be small groups running. You can book for one day or two days, and each session of 3 hours costs just £10 per child!

Please book using our Google Form:

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