2013/14 Awards Night and Auction - Saturday 26th April - Bar 27
Make sure you reserve Saturday 26th April for the 2013/14 Presentation Evening and Fundraising Auction at Bar 27 in Bridgwater.
The cost will be £15, which will include a two course carvery dinner (main and dessert). Please give £5 deposit to Amy Burridge or your team captain as soon as possible (all deposits need to be with Bar 27 by the end of March).
On the night the bar will be open from 6pm and the auction will commence at 6.30pm, and we'll need to be seated for food by 7:30pm. Please can people start thinking of promises/ things to donate to the auction and hand these items/ideas to either Amy or your captain.
England Hockey Clubs Survey 2014
England Hockey is looking to gain better insight into clubs, to gain some clarity on club priorities and to establish exactly what clubs want from them as a Governing Body, as well as what players want from their club. This information will inform the development of England Hockey's Club Strategy.
The Club Strategy will aim to provide the inspiration, tools and support to enable clubs to provide the best possible experience for their players. At all levels this will help to increase participation, develop talent and increase the profile of hockey to achieve our objective of being a nation where hockey matters.
England Hockey is actively encouraging clubs and players throughout the country to complete the relevant questionnaire to ensure their voice is heard. With prize draws and a detailed report for all clubs involved, there's something in it for everyone.
England Hockey are trying build a picture of player experiences in hockey clubs in England via the England Hockey Clubs Survey - please a few minutes to complete the survey below from Enhgland Hockey by following the link below:
Own Goal rule to be phased out
England Hockey confirms that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Mandatory Experiment "Own Goal" rule will be withdrawn from the NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League and Investec Women's Hockey League with effect from 1 February 2014. This will also apply to the quarter finals, semi finals and finals of the Investec Women's Cup and the NOW: Pensions Men's Cup.
The rule will not be changed for any other hockey - league or competition - until 1 September 2014.
This is with the proviso that any new tournaments or competitions that are started once the regular league season has concluded, eg summer leagues, may play to the new rules prior to that date.
Engand Hockey recognises that a change of rules mid-season is not ideal and this is why the rule has not been changed in other areas of the game. However as the new rule will apply to international hockey from 1 February it has made this change so that elite players to be playing to this rule with effect from that date too. Investec Women's League and NOW: Pensions Men's League clubs were consulted and there was overwhelming support for this.
Read more at England Hockey ...
Level 1 Coaching Assistant Award Courses - Feb/Mar/Apr 2014
Bookings are now being taken for the next three Level 1 Coaching Assistant Award Courses to be held in the West.
Old Bristolians Sports Club, Bristol taking place on:
Mon 24th February 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Sun 2nd March 10am – 6pm and Sun 9th March 10am – 6pm
Closing date for applications is 13th January 2014.
Chippenham Sports Club, Wiltshire taking place on:
Wed 9th April 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Sat 12th April 10am – 6pm and Sun 13th April 10am – 6pm
Closing date for applications is 28th February 2014.
Princess Royal Sports Complex, Wellington School, Somerset taking place on:
Wed 23rd April 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Sat 26th April 10am – 6pm and Sun 27th April 10am – 6pm
Closing date for applications is 12th March 2014.
The courses cost £160 and are payable by credit/debit card at the time of booking online here (you may need to scroll through the pages to find the course listing).
Book early to avoid disappointment. The course in Yeovil in January was filled within three weeks of going live on the booking system!
The minimum age to attend the course is 16. The Club will subsidise club members attending the course (50% fees reimbursement), provided that the club member makes a coaching contribution to the club for the season following the completion of the course. Contact Bridget Hedaux (Club Secretary) for more details of the subsidy.
2013/14 Fixtures now on the site
2013/14 Fixtures are now posted on the website. A few times have still to be set, and some could change (subject to confirmation with the opposition) and we'll update the site as soon as we know of any changes. Many thanks to Phil and Julie for their work in putting this all together. Read more ...
2013/14 Subscriptions and Registration
It's that time of year again - time to complete membership forms and pay annual membership subscriptions. The good news is that Match Fees and Subscriptions have been held at the same level as last season. Full details on subscriptions here ...
Membership forms are available from the Committee, and you can download a copy here. It's really important to complete a registration form to ensure that the club has an up to date set of information and contact details for all members.
Standing Order form downloadable from the website. Read more ...
Give Hockey a Go at Chilton Trinity any Friday evening in September
Give it a Go Fridays are a chance for any young people interested in 'giving hockey a go'. Coaches and players will be on hand at Chilton Trinity Sports Centre (on the artificial pitch) to get you started. Sticks and balls will be provided, and even goalkeeping kit for the anyone brave enough to give goalkeeping a try!
Just come in sports kit, with trainers suitable for astroturf (no studded football boots!).
Come along between 3:30pm and 5:00pm and Friday in September (the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th), and give hockey a go. We think you'll really enjoy it!
Club Day - Saturday 7th Spetember
This year's Club Day, again sponsored by Harvester (in association with England Hockey) will be on Saturday 7th September at Chilton Trinity Sports Centre - on the all weather pitch.
Everyone is welcome, not just club members - anyone who fancies having a go at hockey.
Ladies are asked to arrive for a 10:00 am start, men at 11:00am.
Look forward to seeing you there.
If you fancy advertising the Club Day, you can print off the poster by downloading the file below.
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Pre-season training starts Tuesday 6th Agust
Pre-season training - all welcome, begins on Tuesday 6th August at Chilton Trinity from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. All welcome. Pre-season training will be slightly different format this year - instead of the usual 50mins fitness and 10mins stick and ball work it will consist of fitness drills using stick and ball drills throughout to make best use of the pitch and begin to sharpen skills for the new season. New members welcome to come along.
Chard 2 v 4 Bridgwater Y
Fixtures (and results) from the Summer League posted here.
New 2013/2014 Kit - Get on board with the first order
A new shirt and short (skort) design for men and ladies is now available to order. We hope to place the first order in the next week or so to ensure delivery in time for the new season. Details and an order form are available in the kit section, here. We'll take an order just by email as well.
The kit will be manufactured by Kukri, and supplied by Somerset County Sports who will hold stock next season. We'll also be adding additional items next season, including training tops, track suits and hoodies.
Shopping to Raise Money for Bridgwater HC!
A new initiative to help raise funds ...
It's very simple to use and could generate lots of money for the Club.
You can do all your shopping and much more on-line through the Club Shopping Mall and at the same time you can help the Club to keep membership subscriptions and match fees down as well as raising funds for coaching and club kit.