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England Hockey Sessional Coach Course 12/13 May
18 Feb 2018
 
The following Sessional Coach Course that allows coaches to lead sessions is now available to book. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.  
 
Date  
Saturday 12 May & Sunday 13 May.  
Time  
9:00am - 6:00pm & (:00am - 5:00pm 
Venue  
Braintree Hockey Club, The Four Releet Church Street, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM7 5LJ 
Closing Date  
Thursday 26 April  
 
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant - bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Participants must be aged over 16 years to attend.  
 
If you have any queries or problems with the booking process please contact coaching@englandhockey.co.uk  
 
Don't forget that any coach, umpire or player can sign up to the FREE Hockey Hub to access resources and ideas.

Introduction to Coaching course Sunday 13 May
18 Feb 2018
 
The following Introduction to Coaching Course is now available to book. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.  
 
Date 
Sunday 13 May.  
Time 
10:00am-4:00pm 
Venue 
Alive Lynnsport, Greenpark Avenue, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk, PE30 2NB 
Closing Date 
Thursday 3 May 
 
Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant - bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Participants must be aged over 16 years to attend. 
 
If you have any queries or problems with the booking process please contact coaching@englandhockey.co.uk  
 
Don't forget that any coach, umpire or player can sign up to the FREE Hockey Hub to access resources and ideas.

Good luck in the next rounds to our teams still in the England Hockey Club Championships
16 Feb 2018
 
This weekend the U18 GIRLS are off to Saffron Walden to hopefully find themselves into the quarter finals, the U18 BOYS have been given a walkover to Lindum and are now into the quarter finals. 
 
The MIXED team are also off to Felixstowe this weekend (18/02) in the second round of the Mixed Cup, hoping to repeat their road to the finals from a few years back now. 
 
Our LADIES 1s are into the quarter finals and have drawn Lindum at home on 18/03, likely to be a 1pm start at TRF for those that want to come and support them. 
 
The MENS O40s are also into the quarter finals and are travelling away to Witham to see if they can repeat their finalists status from last season and hopefully experience another day out at Lee Valley. 
 
Our U14 and U16 BOYS and GIRLS are also still going strong with deciding games over the next few weekends to see whether they progress to the regional finals and hopefully a chance to go onto the national finals. The BOYS and GIRLS U14s and U16s have both had previous experience and success at both regionals and nationals levels so fingers crossed they finish their group rounds high up in the respective leagues. 
 
Good luck to all of those players, coaches, managers and parents involved!!!

Annual Dinner Dance 2018 at Norwich City Football Club on Saturday 19th May 2018
9 Feb 2018
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance has now been booked and will be held on Saturday 19th May 2018 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is now available via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
If you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Congratulations to DECEMBER Lottery winners: L. Worrall, I. Phoenix and R. Hagen
30 Jan 2018
 
Congratulations to our December 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Leigh-Ann Worrall  
Runner-up: Ian Phoenix  
Third Place: Roger Hagen  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

City Under 16 Boys compete well to finish seventh in the National Indoor Finals
22 Jan 2018
 
City's Under 16 Boys travelled to Wolverhampton at the weekend to compete in the National Indoor Finals where they finished seventh though with slightly more clinical finishing could have secured a semi-final spot. 
City started well against Repton securing a 5-4 win after a good performance, but in what was to be a theme for their matches conceded a short corner at the final whistle. 2-1 up at the break three goals in 2 minutes just after the break gave City the breathing space they needed. Goals came from Cameron Cooke 3, Louis Hart and Harry Basset. 
Next up were eventual winners Cheltenham who proved to be well drilled with slick short corner routines running out 6-0 winners. However, hard City tried Cheltenham always managed to get a stick to City's goal bound efforts. At the end of day 1 City found themselves third in their pool with a semi-final place a possibility. 
The first of Sunday's matches was against eventual finalists Guildford. Despite going a goal down early on we replied to go 2-1 ahead through Cameron Cooke and Raunaq Rai. Guildford then equalised , but two quick goals from them just before the break proved to be the difference. A further goal after the break put them further ahead, but two goals again from Cameron Cooke and Raunaq Rai made it 5-4 with three minutes remaining. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find a deserved equaliser and as we pushed forward Guildford scored again on the final whistle. 
The last match was against Harrogate where the boys produced their best performance of the tournament, but despite numerous goal attempts couldn't find the net. Though in control for most of the first half City went into the break one down and then conceded another soon after the break. Cameron Cooke reduced the arrears before Harrogate scored again. With four minutes remaining and knowing only a win would give any chance of a semi-final place City substituted keeper Eddie Darley and brought on George Harrad as a kicking back. City scored immediately through Raunaq Rai and then captain Tom Bailey equalised with a minute remaining. Pushing for a winner Harrogate caught City on the break winning a short corner at the whistle which they converted to score the winner. 
A great performance from the boys who finished fourth in their pool, only outplayed by eventual winners Cheltenham.  
Squad : Tom Bailey, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Eddie Darley, George Harrad, Louis Hart, Raunaq Rai 
A big thank you to the parents for their support and for transporting the boys to the West Midlands in some miserable conditions.

Impressive City U18 Boys Finish Fifth in National Indoor Finals
21 Jan 2018
 
Norwich City's u18 Boys had a great weekend at the Super6s Indoor Hockey National Finals in Telford, ultimately finishing 5th in the country and just missing out on a semi-finals place.  
 
City got off to a slow start on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Guildford in a match where City's dominance was unlucky not to achieve at least a draw. Our second match, against Taunton Vale, was going the same way at 2-1 down, until Harry Paterson equalised with one second remaining. City had played brilliantly all day with little to show for it. 
 
Norwich were determined to make amends on Day 2 against Bowdon. After scoring City's first within 20 seconds, Paterson scored a hat-trick and Dan Phillips the fourth in an impressive 4-2 win. In our final match, a chaotic opening six minutes saw table-topping Repton 4-1 up. City rallied and, in an unbelievable 14 minutes of play, scored five unanswered goals to finish 6-4 winners. Skipper Josh Bailey and Phillips both scored a brace, with one each for James Hewett and Paterson. 
 
With seven points from four games, City were unlucky not to make a semi-final spot, but have to be delighted with a fifth placed finish. The eventual National Champions were Guildford, the only team who defeated us all tournament!  
 
Congratulations to the whole squad who played sensational hockey all weekend and were great ambassadors for the Club: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. Thanks finally to the parents for ferrying the boys and for all the enthusiastic support.

City Boys in Action this Weekend at the Indoor National Finals
19 Jan 2018
 
This weekend our u16 and u18 Boys travel to the Midlands for the Super6s Indoor National Finals and will be playing against the best indoor teams in the country. Reaching the Finals is a massive achievement, with the boys first winning the Norfolk County Championships and then qualifying through tough East competitions.  
 
The u18s tournament takes place at Telford, with City facing Guildford, Repton, Bowdon and Taunton Vale in the Group stages. Meanwhile the u16s tournament is in Wolverhampton with the boys up against Guildford, Harrogate, Repton and Cheltenham in their Group.  
 
Good luck to all 15 boys involved: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Ben Withers, Eddie Darley, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke and Louis Hart.

City Hockey launches Back to Hockey 2018
9 Jan 2018
 
Do you have a friend or family member - male or female - that you think would love to start playing hockey? With Norwich City launching its 2018 Back to Hockey scheme, it's a great time to bring them along on a Wednesday and introduce them to the sport.  
 
Back to Hockey is a national scheme run by England Hockey and is designed to help people get back into the sport after a break or try it for the first time? It is a gentle introduction - or re-introduction - to hockey whether you have played before or not. 
 
Sessions are designed for women and men - beginners, improvers and existing players who want to join some no-pressure hockey sessions aimed at fun and encouragement. 
 
Sessions are every Wednesday starting from January 2018 from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Norwich City Hockey Club pitch at Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Ave, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6HP 
 
Contact Sue Tomlinson for more sue.tomlinson@tiscali.co.uk 
For more information visit the Norwich City HC Back to Hockey blog  
https://hockeyfitness.wordpress.com 
Back to Hockey is a national scheme for women with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship. Whether you are a complete beginner or keen school hockey player who wants to play again - all abilities and fitness levels are very welcome.

Congratulations to our November Lottery winners: A. Paterson, D. Radnedge & R. Hagen
29 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to our November 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Alistair Paterson  
Runner-up: David Radnedge  
Third Place: Roger Hagen  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

U16 Boys qualify for National Indoor Finals
17 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to the under 16's boys who followed in the footsteps of the under 18 boys travelling down to Aldenham College to play in the East Regional Indoor Finals and qualifying for the National Indoor Finals, finishing as runners-up to Old Loughtonians. 
A 9.30am arrival meant an early departure in very frosty and in some areas misty conditions, however, everyone arrived safely. What should have been a five team tournament was reduced to three as a result of Felixstowe withdrawing on Saturday and OMT on Sunday morning. This left ourselves, Old Loughtonians and Saffron Walden. The draw resulted in us playing the first two games. First up were Old Loughtonians who took an early lead, but we soon drew level. However it was then OL who dominated taking a 6-1 lead into half time. After the break we had our best spell of the game scoring two goals to reduce the arrears, but OL regained the initiative and ran out 10-3 winners. A win against Saffron Walden was a must if we were to stand any chance of qualifying. The first half was an even affair as went 1-0 up, were then 2-1 down but countered to go into the break 3-2 up. After the break we wrestled the initiative moving into a 3 goal lead at 5-2, Walden pulled one back before we scored again to lead 6-3, Walden scoring a late goal to reduce the arrears. A comprehensive 10-1 win by Old Loughtonians over Saffron Walden secured our qualification. 
Squad : Eddie Darley (GK), Tom Bailey (Capt), Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Louis Hart 
Scorers : Cameron Cooke - 6, Raunaq Rai - 2, Harry Basset - 1

Sunday mini hockey cancelled
17 Dec 2017
 
After a thorough pitch inspection by our intrepid mini coordinator, the heavy decision has been taken to call off mini hockey today. This is a huge disappointment because parents had been clamouring to leave their warm houses and redden their faces beside Norfolk's premier hockey facility... Secret Santa has been notified (secretly) .

Heroic U18 Boys Qualify for National Indoor Finals
16 Dec 2017
 
Norwich City U18 Boys defied the odds today at Aldenham College when they came second in the East Indoor Finals and qualified for the National Indoor Finals. Due to holidays and injury, City's squad was down to the bare bones, and so the team of six played 90 minutes of frenetic indoor hockey with no substitutes. After a really narrow (and quite unlucky) 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Old Merchant Taylors, City then drew 2-2 with IES. In the final match, despite their fatigue, City found some reserves of energy and played exceptionally well to run out 4-2 winners against two time National Finalists Old Loughtonians, which was enough to see them through in second place. 
 
Congratulations to the whole team all of whom dug deep and made a huge contribution: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Jake Cushion, Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. 
 
Finally, good luck tomorrow to our U16 Boys who also play in their East Indoor Finals at Aldenham College and are hoping to make City double National Finalists this year.

Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017
7 Dec 2017
 
Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017. Mark was aged just 38. Mark was married to Lizzie and had a son named Barnaby. 
 
Mark was a determined, direct and hard-hitting centre-forward with a good turn of pace. He led the Norwich City First Team's front line in the late 2000s. 
 
As a team member, although sometimes grumpy on the pitch, he was always jovial and cheerful in the changing room before games and in the bar after. He would always put himself out to drive, picking team members up from all over Norfolk. He brought the water bottles every week (with at least three different types of squash) as well as a series of early sports drinks which he shared with the rest of the team! He was welcoming and friendly to all the team members, regularly entertaining us with a series of jokes before the start of each match. It is fair to say that he was the heartbeat of the side for a number of years. 
 
Mark was always fun to be around and will be missed. 
 
There will be a Gathering to celebrate his Life at The Marsham Arms, Holt Road, Hevingham, NR10 5NP on 13th January 2018 from 12 noon till 2.30pm.There will be a light buffet lunch, and anyone wishing to attend will be welcome. (Dress code to include shorts and loud T-shirts if you so wish!) 
His family will be holding a collection for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 
If you would like to donate in memory of Mark but are unable to attend, please send any donations to his parents at 26 Thompson Avenue, Holt NR25 6EN.

Is anyone looking for Christmas hockey Socks.?
1 Dec 2017
 
A special offer of £5.50 per pair... 
 
Sizes available: 
9-12 
1-2 
2-4 
6 x 5-7  
3 x 8-11 
 
I have limited availability of some of the sizes of the Christmas socks so first come first served. 
 
If you are looking for any sock stocking fillers please let me know.  All socks can be viewed on the website www.clubsocks.co.uk

Cold weather impacts on your hockey
25 Nov 2017
 
With the weather getting colder please don't forget to keep an eye out on the website and keep in touch with team captains and managers if you are in any doubt as to whether the weather is going to impact on matches and training sessions. 
 
We will aim to ensure that our website and social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook) are kept up to date so do keep an eye out for any notices.

City Boys win the U16 and U18s Indoor County Championships
12 Nov 2017
 
The Norwich City Boys teams had an excellent morning at the County Indoor Tournament at UEA today, winning both the U16 and the U18 County Championships and qualifying for the East Region Finals next month. 
 
In the first match against Dragons, the U18s dominated, but it wasn't until the final play that City got past the excellent Dragons keeper to score the sole goal of the game, courtesy of Rob Duffy. However, against Harleston Magpies, City stepped up several gears, played some scintillating hockey and won convincingly 5-1, with four goals to Dan Phillips and one to Josh Bailey. 
 
The U16s Tournament was a straight shoot-out between Norwich City and Harleston. City's team was too strong and pulled away to win 3-1 with two goals from Cameron Cooke and one from Ben Chapman. City have now been County Champions for the last three years, which is an impressive achievement.  
 
Congratulations to all the boys involved U18 Boys: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Sam Bingham. U16 Boys: Eddie Darley, Cameron Cooke, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Ben Chapman, Harry Bassett and Louis Hart.

New Clothing Stock Available
5 Nov 2017
 
Following a number of issues with clothing last season which resulted in both the club and individual members not receiving orders, the club has decided to change supplier and from 2017/2018 we will be using Samurai Sportswear, based in Long Stratton, to provide playing kit for the both the adults and the minis section and tracksuits/hoodies for the adults section. 
 
There will be a number of changes to the process of ordering kit, which have been made to make ordering items easier and to help keep better track of stock, so please read the below information carefully. 
 
- All kit must be purchased on the shop page of the club website prior to any kit being handed out, so if you need socks or shorts/skorts at the weekend please make sure you order these in advance or you may not be able to pick them up when you need them. 
- The club has invested in some new cabinets to store all the stock in and these will not be easily accessible by any one. Ordered items will be picked out by the clothing coordinator once a week to be collected at a following training session or match day. 
- In order to reduce waiting times on personalised items the club has purchased stock of hoodies, tracksuit jacket and tracksuit bottoms in adult sizes. Once ordered these will be returned to Samurai for printing before being available for you to collect from the clubhouse. Please note that items will be collected from stock and taken to Samurai once per week so whilst we aim to get your order back to you as quickly as possible please be aware that you may have to wait a couple of weeks for this to be completed. 
- The shirts we have in stock are currently unnumbered so current members are now able to purchase replacement shirts and retain their club number. New senior club members should be automatically allocated a number when they sign up so please make sure you are entering the correct number. Mini hockey players should speak to their coach/team manager or Sarah Anthony to check which number they have been allocated, senior club members will have their number displayed on the top right of the home page. 
- Please note there is a new size chart on the website however if you would like to try any items on before purchasing them please email clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk to arrange a convenient time for this - either around training changeovers or on match days. 
 
The website has been updated with new images and prices of the new stock so please head over to the shop to place your order. 
 
For those members that ordered items from Aquila last year and have not received them please be advised that the executive committee are looking into recovering funds and not leaving people out of pocket. 
 
If you have any questions please contact the clothing coordinator at clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Gallery pages have been updated with recent ladies action shots
3 Nov 2017
 
Our club photographer Simon Tasker has been catching up on some recent ladies fixtures and has published some excellent action shots from our Ladies 1s and Ladies 4s games within our online gallery. 
 
As always we thank Simon for giving up his time to take such great action shots. If anybody else manages to take any action photos then please email them to us via gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll get them published.

Harry Paterson selected for elite England Hockey programme
2 Nov 2017
 
City player Harry Paterson is one of just 65 boys from across the country to be selected for England Hockey's Advanced Award in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme for 2017-18.  
 
Harry is a lower sixth pupil at Norwich School and has been a member of Norwich City Hockey Club since the beginning of primary school. He now plays in the Norwich City men's first team.  
 
Team captain Nick Jones said: 'After putting in the hours during pre-season training and impressing in pre-season friendlies Harry was selected for the 1st XI squad this season." 
 
According to England Hockey the programme is "a government funded apprenticeship scheme designed to directly measure the athletes' ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of hockey. " 
 
Modules include: strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition, media and communications skills, career development and lifestyle management.  
 
Nick Jones added: "Of particular note during preseason was Harry's equaliser against local rivals Harleston Magpies in the last five minutes. He has integrated with the team well and has grown in confidence game after game over the first five matches of the season.  
 
"It shows the strength of the club's junior section as he is one of four players under the age of 18 who have all made their league debut for the Men's 1st XI this season. It is always good to hear of the success of our young players in regional and national programs. Well done Harry."


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