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TRF New Season Arrangements
27 Aug 2021
 
Dear All 
 
All of us here at TRF are looking forward to the start of the new season and getting back to hockey with things as normal as possible. We do, however, recognise that some might not be comfortable with shared facilities and crowded spaces, the main areas of concern being use of the changing rooms and club room. With this in mind we have tried to put in place plans which will enable use of the facilities whilst keeping everyone safe. 
 
As of July 19th there are now no legal gathering limits - there is no longer a restriction on the number of people that can meet to participate in, or spectate, hockey, outdoors or indoors. 
 
There is no longer a requirement for social distancing which removes the restrictions on changing rooms and clubhouses. Although these restrictions are no longer in place under law, good practice is encouraged. 
 
· The changing rooms will be open but players should be aware that cleaning between uses is not possible during match days and therefore the players will use them at their own risk. Those players not comfortable with using the changing facilities should continue to arrive ready to play. 
 
· Before the game, players should meet outside where possible and should not meet in the club room. 
 
· Toilet facilities will still be open as they have been. 
 
The club room can get extremely busy on match days and some players may not feel comfortable in this environment. To try to limit numbers this room will be reserved for players and officials only for use after their game. Spectators can go in to get a drink or use the toilets but must not take up residence for the whole day, this includes children as all tables will be required for teas. We will review this regularly particularly as the weather gets worse. 
 
It is important that kit bags are not taken into the club room as space will be limited. The Yellow meeting room may also be used as an extra space for teas so please do not leave kit bags in here, return them to your car.  
 
· On match days there will be no access to the kitchen or bar area except for staff, with no exceptions. This is important to avoid large numbers of people in this confined space. A drinking water tap will be installed on the outside of the building so that water bottles can be filled. 
 
· Teas will be available and teams still have the option of taking them outside 
 
· Tables will be allocated for each team to have teas after their game. There will be a limited time period of 45 minutes for players to take teas and they must then vacate the clubhouse to make way for the next finishing game. This will hopefully help to keep numbers down in the main room. There is also the option of taking food and drink outside as at present as the tables will still be left in place. Teams can advise Ady Marr by Wednesday if they and their opposition would like teas on the following Saturday. This will give the option for some local teams to continue to leave straight after the game, whilst those that have travelled a long distance may be more inclined to stay. 
 
The Directors at TRF hope that these new guidelines will help everyone enjoy the facilities without being too restrictive. All of these measures will require the help and cooperation of the clubs. We would please ask that Captains be responsible for making sure that players abide by the rules and don't hang around in the clubhouse too long. Most importantly of all please be respectful to the staff who are working at the clubhouse. 
 
We will keep all of these measures under review and if there is anything that you would like to raise please contact a member of TRF. 
 
TRF Directors

Sad news - Richard Blyth
31 Jul 2021
 
It is with much sadness that we have to announce the passing of our one of our Vice Presidents and former President Richard "Spender" Blyth. 
 
Richard played for one of our formative clubs Norfolk Wanderers where he was a great servant undertaking the roles of team captain and club captain. He then continued playing for and serving City before going on to manage the Men's 1's and holding the role of President from 2000 - 2002. 
 
Richard enjoyed a pint and the after match socializing in the Coachmakers, the Eagle, Lime Tree Road and Taverham. 
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Richards wife Gillian and his children Tom and Anna as well as brother Michael and family.

Mixed and Mens O50s Finalists in England Hockey Competitions on Saturday 10th July in Nottingham
6 Jul 2021
 
With our Mixed team beating Holcombe and now this weekend seeing our Mens O50s beating Old Kingstonians means that both teams are now through to the finals of the England Hockey Competitions, being held on Saturday 10th July in Nottingham. 
 
Our mixed team are playing Olton and WW at 12:00 with our mens O50s playing Kingswinford at 14:30, with lots of other finals fixtures from other competitions and age groups taking place throughout the day. 
 
Wishing them all the best in what is the final weekend of a very long few months of back to back Sunday hockey fixtures for so many players and coaches, so a much deserving break around the corner and we hope they have an amazing day in the finals. 
 
Good luck!!!

Mens O50s Semi Finals at UEA and Mixed are Cup Finalists
3 Jul 2021
 
On Sunday 4th July our mens O50s are playing Old Kingstonians in the semi finals of the EH masters competition, playing at the UEA Sportspark starting at 13:00, so we wish them luck in making the finals the following weekend. 
 
The Mixed squad, after a great win away against Holcolmbe last weekend, have secured their place in the EH cup finals after Bristol Firebrands decided to concede and not travel to play the game in Norwich. They now play in the finals at midday on Saturday 10th July at the Nottingham Hockey Centre. 
 
Wishing them all the best in what has clearly been a great few months for many of our teams in the EH adult and junior competitions.

Club Round up of Cup and Plate Successes - Mixed and Mens O50s progress to the Semi Finals
28 Jun 2021
 
Wow, what a month it has been so far with the club having entered into all of the mens, ladies, mixed, juniors and masters competitions, sending teams on an almost weekly basis all over the country as they progress in both the England Hockey cup and plate competitions.  
 
Our Mixed team won away at the weekend in the Quarter Finals of the Cup competition, beating a very strong Holcombe team 3-2, reaching the Semi Finals of the Cup for the first time in our history (having been in the finals of the plate on a number of occasions before). Their next round is at home against Bristol Firebrands on Sunday 4th.  
 
The Men's Masters O50s are also into the Semi Finals of the Plate competition, with two away wins and a walkover to Southgate, they now play Old Kingstonian at home also on Sunday 4th, back to back with our Mixed fixture if you want to come along and watch and support both games. 
 
Good luck to both of them for this coming weekend!!! 
 
Many of our other teams also managed to make it through to the Quarter Finals and Last 16 of their competitions, so much great hockey played in a short space of a number of weeks, but challenges of trying to field teams with so many other games going on and some of the challenging distances to get teams to travel saw some teams sadly have to concede. 
 
Quarter Finalists: 
 
- U14 Girls played a strong East Grinstead U14s team away with a close 1-2 loss 
- Womens O45s lost away at Bedford 1-2 
- Mens 1s unfortunately couldn't play and were unable to persuade opposition sides to allow them to play both Mixed and Mens 1s either across both days of the weekend or back to back (as per the Womens 1s the week before) 
- Mens O40s against Hampstead and Westminster conceded with injuries causing them to have to drop out at last minute 
- Mens O50s had a walkover with Southgate unable to travel (into Semi Finals) 
- Mixed won 3-2 away at Holcombe (into Semi Finals) 
 
Last 16: 
 
- Womens 1s lost on strokes away to Southgate, after 8 of the ladies played a few hours before in the Mixed where they beat Wapping at Lee Valley (so close losing out on strokes, but an impressive performance to play two intense games back to back) 
- U14 Boys came up against a strong Knole Park with a 1-8 loss 
 
Other round-up of fixtures: 
 
- U18 Boys losing away to a competitive Cambridge City boys team 2-5 
- U16 Boys hosted an impressive Sevenoaks team in a great end to end game but losing 2-5 
- Womens O35s had a great game despite a limited number of players unfortunately losing away at St Albans 
 
So, whilst we have two teams still marching on, wishing them all the best at the weekend to hopefully make it through to the finals, we need to give a huge thank you to the captains, managers and coaches of those teams who have worked so hard over recent weeks to organise and get all the administration sorted, a time consuming task that they undertook. Plus of course all those players who gave up their time to represent the club, many playing week after week after week, so much commitment and this as always is appreciated and recognised by our officials and their fellow club members.

AGM & Club Vacancies
23 May 2021
 
Just a gentle reminder that the club's AGM is to take place on Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 7pm. The AGM will be held via Zoom and the link can be found via our website www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/agm 
 
We have a number of club vacancies which need to be filled and they are: 
 
Head Coach 
Ladies Club Captain (1/2/3) 
Youth & Minis Co-Ordinator 
Publicity & Social Media Officer 
Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer 
Welfare Officer  
Umpire Development Officer 
Assistant Umpire Liaison Officer 
 
If anyone is interested in these roles please contact Karren Dagless (Longy) or Ali Wardale in the first instance for further details. 
 
See you next week! 
 
https://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/agm

International Hockey - BT Sport
22 May 2021
 
England Hockey have sent details about this weekend's international hockey matches. GB Men take on Spain (1300 Sat and 1200 Sun) our GB Women take on USA (15.30 Sat and 14.30 Sun). 
 
The games of course are behind closed doors but they are being shown live on BT Sport. EH are recommending a great deal from BT that allows a month long pass for £25. You can read further details using the link but the key points are:- 
 
A BT Monthly pass bought ahead of this weekends games include, 
 
• Home FIH Pro League games plus another 6 FIH Pro League Fixtures which are taking place 
• Coverage of the EuroHockey Championships (4th June - 13th June) 
• 50 International Hockey matches 
• Premier League 
• Champions League Final 
• Europa League Final 
• Premiership Rugby 
 
There is no contract and the Monthly pass will get the purchaser 30 days of BT Sport. 
 
Finally EH also have an electronic programme for the games this weekend and there is some updated content following the games against Germany last week. Please see link

Annual General Meeting - 26th May 2021 - 7pm
26 Apr 2021
 
As a club, we are working towards holding our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 7pm. As last year, we are planning to hold this meeting via Zoom, however this may change when further Government and England Hockey guidance is known. 
 
There are several vacancies throughout the club which will be published shortly and if you can spare some time (however limited) it would be a great help. .

Match & Training Fees - April 2021
27 Mar 2021
 
Dear Club Members,  
 
Never in the history of Norwich City Hockey have we been unable to play hockey and we have no doubt that the 2020/2021 season will be the season we talk about the most for many years to come.  
 
During the Pandemic, we went through national lockdowns and our social interaction dramatically reduced as we stayed at home, which in turn helped protect the NHS which ultimately helped saved lives. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our frontline workers. 
 
As from Monday 29th March we are able to resume playing hockey and we have been busy making plans to resume training together with arranging matches with local teams. This has all been arranged though out April. 
 
As a club, we are hearing that it is the social interaction which players are missing and that they are looking forward to catching up with friends whilst being able to play hockey again. 
 
With this in mind the club has decided that all training and friendly match fees, starting 29th March and continuing until the end of April, will be free of charge.  
 
However in order for the club to be able to absorb these training and pitch fees, we need those players who have a debt against their name or have not paid any membership fee to make payment to take advantage of this offer.  
 
Players who have not paid their membership fee will not be eligible to attend training or play matches. An email will be issued to individuals whose membership fee is outstanding requesting payment 
 
If you are unsure whether you have any outstanding match fees or training fees, please login to your account, check your member's activity and make any necessary payment. Anyone whose debt is over £36 is ineligible to attend training or play matches until that debt is cleared.. An email will be issued to individuals indicating their outstanding debts. If any player is any doubt after checking their member's activity or has difficulty with any payments please contact our treasurer, Maria (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk).  
 
Hopefully as we take these tentative steps out of lockdown we can start to get back to normality on and off the pitch. Here's hoping! 

Membership Fees 2020/2021
27 Mar 2021
 
The Executive Committee, over the last couple of weeks, has been working hard to ensure that a fair and consistent approach is taken to reimbursing all players for membership fees for the 2020/2021 season together with ensuring the club stays afloat financially as additional fees, such as affiliation and insurance, still have to be paid.  
 
We are now in a position to communicate this decision.  
 
We are happy to confirm that Norwich City Hockey Club, for the 2021/2022 season, will look to discount all your membership fees paid to the club to 50% of their original value. In ensuring fairness across the club and in order that we can offer this discount, two considerations have been introduced and they are:- 
 
1. Players will receive a 50% discount off an equivalent membership/subscription (like for like) for the 2021/2022 season (examples only below) i.e.  
 
(a) if a player had a platinum membership (full cost was £330) - the same package must be purchased for the 2021/2022 season - membership becomes £165.00. 
 
(b) if a player had a basic membership(full cost was £100) and paid for their games - the same package must be purchased for the 2021/2022 season - membership becomes £50.00 
 
The 50% discount for memberships next season applies regardless of your payment method choice (DD or full payment). 
 
We are aware that some players cancelled their direct debits or have not paid membership and therefore we will only credit players who have paid the full membership amount. Players whose membership is overdue will be contacted shortly.  
 
2. A player's account must have no outstanding debt attached to it. Any outstanding debt must be paid in order to obtain their 50% discount against next season. If the debt is not paid then normal membership payment options will apply.  
 
If you are unsure if this applies to you, please check your members activity and make any payment necessary. An email will also be issued to any individuals requesting payment of their outstanding debts. 
 
If any player has any queries, or is experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our treasurer, Maria (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk), who will in complete confidence, deal with your query.  
 
Mini-hockey fees will be dealt with separately. 
 
We all know that this season has been really difficult, not only on a hockey level but also on a personal level and as a club we wanted to thank you for your patience and continued support throughout these difficult times. 
 
With this in mind we wanted to give something back to players who are keen to get back on the pitch and socialise with other players and therefore we will very shortly be announcing a little treat so watch this space! 

Return to play!!!
16 Mar 2021
 
Dear Club Members  
 
We hope that you and your family have kept safe and well during this latest government lockdown.  
 
It was announced in the UK Government's most recent roadmap that recreational sport would be given the green light from Monday 29th March. However we are still awaiting for England Hockey and the Government's department for sport, culture and media guidance on what this would look like.  
 
Our current plans as from Monday 29th March is to resume training in some capacity for all teams at the usual times and days. This training may take a more 'informal' approach with less focus on coaching and more on playing matches. We also plan to resume some local friendly matches on Saturday 10th, 17th & 24th of April with the details of these fixtures being released on the website, please if you can start to fill in your availability on the website in preparation for this. This is the most recent and up to date plan on how we all hope we can return to hockey but this depends on any guidance and restrictions which are put in place.  
 
In relation to our junior and 'minis' hockey once we have further details and guidance we will begin to plan what a return to youth hockey might look like.  
 
Our season is effectively over apart from the Mens 1st XI who have been given an opportunity to secure a National League place. We are awaiting for further guidance on this. The EH championships such as the Masters, Mixed and Junior (U18s, U16s etc) cups are still currently active and a decision will once again be made in the coming weeks.  
 
A decision regarding memberships and match fees is still to be decided and we hope to communicate this in the next couple of weeks.  
 
Thanks once again to all our club members for their continued support throughout what has been one of the most difficult and disruptive hockey seasons we have all faced, however there is light at the end of the tunnel and we all can look forward to a return to the pitch in one form or another in the coming weeks. 
 
NCHC Executive Committee

NCHC Fees Update for 2020-2021
24 Jan 2021
 
With no indication of when we are able to return to hockey, and we understand how frustrating this is, the Executive Committee is aware that members may have questions regarding their fees for this season including those that are still paying for their membership packages via the direct debit system.  
 
The direct debit payment method was introduced by the club in order that club members could phase their membership, match fees and/or training fees over six months (usually commencing in August/September and stopping in January/February).  
 
The Executive Committee, after careful consideration, has decided that the direct debits should continue, although, we are uncertain as to when our season will re-start. If the direct debits were cancelled, this would cause the club a huge financial administration nightmare which would lead to every player's membership becoming void. It would also create additional work, over and above their normal duties, for our captains and treasurer when dealing with finances which we would like to avoid.  
 
At the end of the season, we will be able to extract MI data which will identify members' activities and will enable us to see, at first hand, players activities together with what they have actually paid. 
 
As an Executive Committee, we need to ensure that we consider :- 
 
1) An easy option for returning to play if we can, meaning having a continuing membership in place 
2) financial fairness to our members as we need all the financial data to be available 
3) preservation of the club's financial health  
 
With this in mind, at the end of the season (whenever that is!), we will analyse the data looking at the different types of membership to ensure that no members have been unfairly dis-advantaged in anyway. We will ensure that a fair and consistent approach is taken which represents the level of play we have been able to enjoy. The Executive Committee will determine the most appropriate method of dealing with any overpayments. 
 
Please be assured that we will be as fair as possible when coming up with a solution for each Membership Type taking into account financial fairness to our members and the need to preserve the clubs financial health. 
 
The Executive Committee wishes to thank you for your patience, understanding and co-operation in these uncertain times. 
 
We hope that you are all staying safe. If you haven't already, there is a great inter club challenge taking place at the moment called "Right to Play" in which you can walk, run, cycle. swim or row - if you have time to spare give it ago - its addictive! Our website has more details. 
 
Stay Safe! 

25000 Laps of a Hockey Pitch Challenge!!!
9 Jan 2021
 
We are challenging our club to run, walk, swim, cycle, row, 25000 laps of a hockey pitch over the next 5 weeks to raise money for Right to Play. This amazing charity works to protect, educate and empower vulnerable children to overcome the effects of war, poverty and disease around the world through play. More info at www.righttoplay.org.uk 
 
If you'd like to take part, keep track of your activity via www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/tracker and we will share how each team and club member is doing. We'll keep social media updated with each teams progress! 
 
If you'd like to donate please follow the Just Giving link below, please also share this link with your friends and family to help us reach our £500 target! www.justgiving.com/fundraising/norwich-city-hockey-club 
 
Thank you!

Impact of Tier 4 from Boxing Day
23 Dec 2020
 
With Tier 4 becoming effective on Boxing Day it will mean the cessation of formal adult hockey activities, however, junior (under 18) hockey is still permitted. 
 
Q: How do the new Local Restriction Tiers affect hockey? 
 
A: Hockey is still permitted in all parts of the country but with greater restrictions at the higher Tiers. In Tier 4 only one-to-one or household / support bubble activity is permitted for adults. Adults should adhere to Step 1 of our Return to Play Roadmap in Tier 4 Areas. 
 
There is an exemption for Junior (under 18s) activity and disability sport that means activity can continue for these groups. Any activity should be done as locally as possible. 
 
Junior activity and disability sport should be delivered in line with Step 4 of our Return to Play Roadmap. In Tier 4 areas leagues and competitions should not take place and any matches should only be between very local teams (the same town or clubs that use the same venue).

Mens Training Resuming Tonight
15 Dec 2020
 
Mens training will resume as normal tonight, 8pm start for all teams.

NO GK Training this evening
7 Dec 2020
 
Due to the predictable icy conditions GK training has been cancelled and will run next week instead.

U12 girls train via Zoom
19 Nov 2020
 
Lockdown Two has stopped all training, so the under 12 girls completed their first Zoom session with 12 players drilling skills.  
 
'It worked well,' said coach Nick Hood. 'The girls did five skills together, joined at times by cats, dogs, parents, and siblings.' 
 
'It was bad weather, so everything took place indoors or in garages. A few skirting boards and walls took some knocks but no serious damage by the look of it,' he said.  
 
Sarah Anthony, head of the minis section at the club said it was great the session had taken place. 'Well done. I bet those under-12 girls who participated had a great time. Minis training would have been cancelled that week anyway as the weather was horrendous,' she said. 
 
She thanked Nick Hood for the effort he had made to keep the girls training via Zoom and drilling their skills.

Mens Training 3rd November
2 Nov 2020
 
Just a reminder that Mens training will be going ahead tomorrow as planned prior to the UK national lockdown taking place on Thursday. 
Please make sure you bring a Black and White top as games will most likely take place most of the evening.

Norwich City HC 2020/2021 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
5 Oct 2020
 
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2020/2021 season has opened and you can now create your very own mixed team from players throughout the club. 
 
Visit the fantasy page on the website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and begin to pick a player from each team across the club, one player maximum from each team (excluding the GK) and start to see how your team compares with others as the season progresses. 
 
Points are awarded to each player based upon games they play in, appearances, the results of those games, the goals they are scoring (more so for defenders and midfielders than forwards), their attendance at training, plus whether they are involved in coaching and umpiring. 
 
It is FREE to take part, pick your team now and make tweaks during September and October, and after that you will be permitted to make one player change per month. Just login to the NCHC and go to http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and start to have some fun exploring the 100s of players we have playing in our 16 teams across the club.

Ladies Club Captain - Vacancy
4 Oct 2020
 
The ladies section of the club require a new Club captain, this position forms part of the executive committee. It involves being a point of contact for captains and players a like. The main responsibility is to oversee selection and assist captains making decisions. The other element is to liaise with players who have concerns.  
 
Therefore, this position requires an individual with good communication skills, as you will be required to communicate with players on all levels, including juniors and their parents. You need to be able to deal concerns/questions with confidentiality and empathy. Organisational skills are also important to ensure they are dealt with in a timely fashion and deadlines are met.  
 
This role is supported by Annette Peters, as vice club captain.  
 
Please contact Helen Busfield for more information or contact Karren Dagless if you are interested in taking on this important club position

Member Debt Policy
19 Aug 2020
 
Following the publication of the Annual Accounts at the recent AGM concern was raised at the level of Member Debt. This was discussed at the subsequent Executive Meeting where it was agreed to adopt that the following policy in relation to Member Debt would be adopted. 
 
Any debts from the 2019-2020 must be cleared by 1 September 2020. Any player that has not cleared last seasons debts by the 1 September will not be allowed to participate further in any club teams or attend any further club sessions until that debt is cleared. Captains and coaches will be made aware of debtors to assist the Treasurer in enforcing this policy. 
 
With effect from the 2020-2021 season any player who during the course of the season is in debt to the equivalent of 3 weeks Match Fees (£36 for the 2020/21 season) whether that be made up of Match Fees and/or Training Fees will not be allowed to attend training or play again until the debt is cleared.  
 
 
 
All players will be expected to clear their debts at the end of the season. Any player that has not cleared their seasons debts by the AGM will not be allowed to participate in any club teams or attend any further club sessions until that debt is cleared.

Update details
5 Jul 2020
 
'It would be great if you would be willing to take a a moment to check that all the details the club holds about you are correct,' says welfare officer Sarah Bunting. 'It would really help us as it's important for welfare and wellbeing that we have accurate contact details. Perhaps you could also update any qualifications and safeguarding changes in the last year, for example coaching, DBS and first aid courses. It is appreciated and really helps the welfare team,' adds Sarah.  
 
Log into the Norwich City Hockey Club website and at the moment it will automatically ask you to update your details. Or look for the link to your personal details on the home page.

Club Vacancies
2 Jul 2020
 
Our AGM is fast approaching and as a club we have various vacancies which need to be filled for the forthcoming season. The vacancies are:- 
 
Secretary 
Sponsorship and Fundraising Secretary 
League Liaison Officer 
Boys Youth Development Officer 
 
If you are interested in any of these roles or would like to know more about them please contact either myself or Ali Wardale for further details.

Clubhouse gets a makeover by the team at TRF
29 Jun 2020
 
A number of club members, some who represent the club as part of TRF and some as club volunteers, have been working hard and safely during lockdown in shifts to give TRF a new makeover in preparation for the season ahead. 
 
Doors and walls have been painted, the kitchen has a new cooker and the building has a new carpet throughout, plus new furniture is being sourced for the main function room. 
 
So, whilst we continue to monitor guidelines closely with TRF and England Hockey around the return to some level of playing hockey on the pitches, hoping we can begin some small groups sessions shortly, at least we have a new clubhouse to look forward to on our hopeful return this summer. 
 
Continue to keep safe and healthy everybody and look forward to being able to get back onto a pitch in the not too distance future.

Until we can play again - keep fit and hone your skills at home
8 Jun 2020
 
Playing a league match against other clubs, shaking hands after the game and then all crowding into the clubhouse for teas... it all seems like another pre-covid19 world. So if you're missing hockey and keen to keep hockey-fit or boost your stick skills at home, there are several online resources offering some ideas. 
 
Ciaran O'Connell a personal trainer from Reading Hockey Club, has teamed up with Pitchero, to bring you short video fitness sessions on YouTube. These are great if you're missing hockey and want a workout that uses your stick so you can vaguely remember what playing feels like. 
 
The Hockey Performance Academy, The Hockey Paper and Hockey Australia have also been posting some ideas on YouTube and their website. 
 
If you're looking for some ideas, I've curated some I've found available for free online on https://playbetterfieldhockey.wordpress.com/ Click on the rectangular icon at the bottom of this post.  
 
Look for 5 May 2020 post titled: TIPS FOR HOCKEY SKILLS AND FITNESS AT HOME" 
Lockdown hockey. Tips for hockey skills and fitness at home 
 
Please do also send in any other resources you have found liz@lizhollis.co.uk

Meet the committee: club president Ali Wardale
8 Jun 2020
 
This is the first in a new series of 'meet the committee' profiles we'll be featuring on the club website and in the newsletter. Ali Wardale, 62, has been president of Norwich City Hockey Club since May 2015.  
What does the job involve and what else do you do at the club? 
The president is really the figurehead of the club. I see my role as taking an interest in all elements of the club and providing support to as many of our volunteers as I can. 
I also hold two other official roles which are head coach and league liaison officer. 
 
The role of head coach involves the planning of coaching sessions for the Saturday teams as well as finding coaches, assistant coaches and encouraging individuals to obtain coaching qualifications and improve their knowledge. Over the past season I have regularly helped coach the mens 1s/2s, girls' development, women's 3s/4s and walking hockey midweek sessions.  
 
On Saturdays my priority has been to manage the girls' development team when Nick Colman has been unavailable, followed by the women's 3s who we were keen to see obtain promotion. However, I have tried to provide coaching to as many teams as possible and also watch as many teams as possible. That way I can assess whether players are playing at the correct level and feed this information to club and team captains as well as discussing with other coaches.  
 
As league liaison officer I am the link between the East League & Norfolk Women's League and our captains. This includes entering teams into the league, trying to ensure that the club abides by the league rules and that captains complete team sheets and submit results as required.  
 
How you are coping with lockdown? Keeping fit away from hockey? 
The lockdown has allowed me to continue the rehab of an Achilles injury that kept me sidelined for most of the season. I have been running or cycling every other day with walks on most of the intervening days. I have pushed running distances up to 8km and have got my 5km time back down below 25 mins so looking good at the moment. Cycling distances are increasing, most rides being between 20 - 30 miles. What has added a little competition is the Norwich City HC Running and Cycling Clubs that have been set up on Strava. We have 68 members in the running club and 23 in the cycling club with members from all across the club participating. What has been nice is to have a bit of a break from all the admin, but we are now starting to think about next season and what needs to be put in place for when we get the go ahead to restart. 
 
 
How long have you been at the club -what was it was like in the early days? 
I have been a member of the club since it was formed in 1990. Prior to that I played for Norfolk Wanderers and as part of the committee was heavily involved in the merger discussions that led to the creation of Norwich City Hockey Club. At that stage it was only a men's club with six teams plus a veterans' team. The women's teams came about when we were joined by Norwich Argonauts Ladies about three years later who had three teams. We had no ground of our own and no club house. In the early days we were still playing on grass at Eaton Park, but as artificial pitches became available we used Dereham Hockey Club then UEA. Teas were at the East Anglia Lawn Tennis, in Lime Tree Road when matches were at Eaton Park or the UEA. We had a period where we had teas at the Sportspark. For matches at Taverham before the Clubhouse was opened in 1996 we had teas at the Bob Carter Centre and the Silver Fox pub. When the clubhouse was built we could have teas at home and the addition of the second pitch in 2015 meant all matches could be played there too. Over the years the number of Saturday teams has expanded to the current seven men's and women's Teams and boys andg development teams. The Mini-hockey section originally held sessions on grass at Taverham Hall School and then moved to the artificial pitch at Pinebanks where the whole mini-hockey section fitted onto one pitch for an hour and a half. The mini-hockey section has grown from about 50 members to the 150 we have now. The number of Juniors has also increased dramatically.  
 
When, where did you start playing hockey? 
I started playing hockey at the City of Norwich School when I was 10 years old under the tutelage of Bill Haddon, an ex-Grasshopper, and Geoff Broadbent a former Wanderer. 
 
 
Tell me about your hockey 'career'? 
It could take a while to cover the whole 50 years! 
I started at school and played in each year group team and in the 6th form played for the 1st XI. 
In the 6th form at school we played some men's teams one of which was Carrow Hockey Club and they invited some of the boys to play for them on Sundays on the immaculate pitch at the old County Cricket Ground, in Lakenham, owned by Colmans. This was my first step into adult hockey. 
 
On leaving school at 17 in 1975, I joined Norwich Union and immediately became a member of Norwich Union Hockey Club starting in the 3rd XI, then progressing through the 2nd XI to the 1st XI. In those days Union were one of the top teams in the County and most players had played for the County or County 'A' so I learnt lots and was given much encouragement. I moved to Norfolk Wanderers in 1984 and also played for Impala, a Sunday team playing friendly matches.  
 
I have been with Wanderers and subsequently Norwich City, formed in 1990 when Wanderers merged with Norwich Grasshoppers, since 1994. I have played for every team captaining a number of them. In my days with Wanderers those that had a big influence on me were Richard Innes a right winger who played immediately in front of me and scored many goals for club and county as well as being a good coach, Ian Phoenix a quality full back who didn't miss very much and former GB player David Aldridge who came back to play for us and coach us.  
 
At school one of my form mates and hockey team-mates, Martin Kett, was selected to play for the East Schoolboys and at that point it became an ambition to play for the Norfolk senior team. The first county trial I attended was for under 18s, but was not selected. Trials for the Norfolk U21's over the next three years eventually led to County U21 selection. County 'A' selection followed later and I played for a number of seasons, being appointed captain for a couple of seasons. Selection for the full County team eventually occurred in 1986 when I was selected to play against Cambridge University at Fenners. I made 10 appearances for Norfolk over a couple of seasons during one of which Norfolk won the East County League. 
More recently I have played for Norfolk Over 50's and now the 60's and due to my fitness levels rather than skill levels have played for the East Masters at Over 50, 55 and 60's. 
 
Early on in my career at Norwich Union HC I joined the committee and have been involved in running clubs ever since undertaking most of the core roles at one point or another. I believe that being a member of a club of whatever type is about contributing as well as receiving.  
 
During my Norfolk Wanderers period I took on the role of running the Vacational team which entailed getting U16/U18 schoolboys together during the school holidays to play fixtures. I then set up a few coaching sessions for younger players at Eaton Park before creating a Mini-hockey section in conjunction with John Skepper an umpire and also a teacher at Taverham Hall School who allowed as to use the school facilities. We continued at Taverham Hall after the merger, but when Norwich Union laid an artificial pitch at Pinebanks we moved the mini-hockey sessions there which is where they stayed until we were able to move to Taverham. I ran the Mini-hockey section from 1988 - 2005 and then passed the baton to Sarah Anthony. 
 
I have coached for over 30 years and during that time have attended various courses and workshops attaining the Level 2 coaching qualification in 2009 
 
I also qualified as Level 1 Umpire over 20 years ago.  
 
What do you like about hockey and why would you encourage others to play and join our club? 
Hockey has many different facets. For those at the top levels it is a fast, exciting, skilful game, but at any level you can test your skills against others. Playing a team sport provides lots of camaraderie, but hockey has a great after match social experience where you make lots of great friends and meet lots of great people. Most of them, friend and foe, are also pretty amenable on the pitch despite the sometimes fierce competition. Social hockey does not have the same demands as competition hockey and allows the game to be played in a much more fun manner. It's also a sport where players of all sexes and ages can play on the same pitch and still have an enjoyable game. It has given many parents the enjoyment of playing alongside their children and in many cases watch them surpass our abilities. I like that the hockey fraternity have had the courage to change the game over the years to make it better and has also developed a number of different varieties such as Rush Hockey and Walking Hockey.  
 
 
What team(s) do you play for at City? 
These days I play my hockey mostly in the 7's helping to develop the younger players coming up from the Boys Development team. 
 
Are your family members involved in the club too? 
Nicky, my wife, plays for the Ladies 7's having finally taken up the game in last few years after following the other three of us around for years. Both my children Chris and Holly played through the junior section and into the adult teams. Chris is still playing for the Men's 1's as well as coaching the Ladies 2s. Holly makes the odd appearance for the club when she is back in Norwich.  
 
What other organisations and sports are you involved in beyond the hockey club? 
I am also involved with the Norfolk Hockey Association. I coached county junior teams for eight years and was Chairman of Norfolk Schools & Youth committee for nine years. I have been president of the Norfolk Hockey Association for the last three years.  
Since retirement, I have been helping with East Schools competitions either umpiring or officiating. In September last year I was elected Deputy President of the East Region Hockey Association as a result of which I sit on the Regional Consultative Committee that provides oversight to England Hockey. Consequently, I'm likely to be heavily involved in the governance changes that will affect East Hockey if members approve the governance change proposals. 
 
I'm a bit of a sports nut and have dabbled in a number of different sports to varying degrees of success. I love running and ParkRun and I competed in the first Norfolk Marathon running from Holt to Norwich. I still have a hankering to run the London Marathon, but not sure my body feels the same way. I enjoy cycling these days, more for fitness than competition, but have cycled the Ride London. 
In the days when Hockey ran from September to March, my summers were taken up playing cricket for Great Melton CC where I am a Vice-President and still hold a record from 1988 for the most league wickets in a season. I spent a few years Orienteering in my early twenties, but playing hockey Saturday afternoons, Orienteering Sunday mornings and another hockey match in the afternoon was tough going. I spent several years participating in a Ten Pin Bowling league on Friday evenings so I'm always up for a social ten pin bowling evening. I spent over 30 years .22 target shooting as a member of the Norwich Union Rifle Club and this is another sport at which I have represented Norfolk.

Women's club captain Helen Busfield on protecting your mental health
26 May 2020
 
The 18-24 May was Mental Health Awareness week. The lockdown measures have been imposed to protect our physical health. However, it is important we also take care of our mental health at this time, writes NCHC women's club captain Helen Busfield.  
 
Here are a few ideas I have found useful over the past couple of weeks, to help maintain my own mental health, that you may want to try: 
 
Stay connected with others - whether it's your friends, family or those you care about, there are so many ways to stay connected. It's important to talk to others at a time when we have limited social interaction. I have really enjoyed connecting with old school friends who live all across the country and I now frequently see them virtually via zoom. 
 
Talk about your worries - however small they may seem, talk about your worries so they don't become a bigger issue. There is lots of anxiety around things that would never have been a problem previously, for example, going to the supermarket. Talk about your worries to people who you trust, as they can help you through it or may even share the same thoughts. A problem shared is a problem halved.  
 
Exercise - whether it is a walk in the park, a run or cycle we have now been granted an unlimited amount of time to exercise. This helps maintain our physical health but is also important for our mental health as well. If you haven't already, join the NCHC Strava club to track your run or cycle against fellow club members. 
 
Be kind to yourself - our lives have changed dramatically and therefore the expectations of ourselves should too. This may be that you are not as productive when working from home or have achieved what you normally would at work. I have found this also applies to the same situation of, if I want to have more cake, chocolate or ice cream, that I can have it. To be kind to myself and therefore it is necessary, right? 
 
Practice gratitude - this is something I have done in the past and have now started to do more frequently again. Practicing gratitude can be anything from being thankful for being healthy, having a phone call with a friend or eating a nice meal. I have even started to take more notice of nature when I exercise. Many articles suggest to practice gratitude daily before going to bed, this doesn't suit everyone so find a way that fits your lifestyle. The important thing is to practice gratitude to help find the positives and build resilience, not how you do it. 
 
To do list - I have always lived by to do lists, mostly because if it's not written down, I will forget about it. But I find it very satisfying being able to cross something off my list and have a sense of achievement. If I haven't crossed it off that day, it goes on the next days list and that's ok. 
 
Keep your mind active - at the beginning of lockdown I binge watched many a series on Netflix, including the Tiger King (which I recommend if you haven't). However, novelty quickly wore off and I needed to stimulate my mind in other ways. I have enjoyed using this time to do more reading than I normally would. Fortunately, I am lucky to be classified as a key worker and have been able to keep going to work which has given me plenty to focus my mind on. 
 
Limit news content - there is lots of information available to us and it can be overwhelming. I have found BBC News do a useful daily summary article, which keeps me updated on Covid-19 and other developments on lockdown. I normally read this and try not to watch the news broadcasts, unless it is an important political update.  
 
In addition to the above I have also found sanctuary in Amazon Prime and my old friend Sauvignon Blanc, let's keep it real.

NCHC - AGM
9 May 2020
 
As a club, we were working to towards holding our Annual General Meeting in May. However due to the uncertain times we have all found ourselves to be in the Executive Committee have taken the decision to move the AGM to Monday 6th July 2020. This date, together with how we hold the AGM, will be reviewed in line with Government and England Hockey guidance.

Join the NCHC virtual cycling club on Strava
24 Mar 2020
 
For those not so keen on running or who like a bit of cycling too we have a also created a virtual cycling club on Strava. 
 
Please feel free to join. 
 
https://www.strava.com/clubs/NCHCCycling?utm_source=com.whatsapp&utm_medium=referral

Come and join the NCHC virtual running club on Strava
21 Mar 2020
 
Harriet Johnson from the women's 1s has set up a new running club for all members and friends from all teams.  
 
'Norwich City Hockey Running Club' has been set up on Strava (a popular run tracking app) which club members can join as a fun way to stay connected and active during this time if they're debating taking up, or getting back into, running as a way to help with physical and mental health. While pounding the pavements may not be the ideal substitute for our beloved hockey, it is an easy, free, and socially-distant way to incorporate some exercise into your day.  
 
The group leaderboard tracks how everyone is doing and it's based on miles run, rather than speed, so everyone is in with a chance of making it onto the leaderboard. 
 
The group is also a great way to share running tips (favourite playlists, audiobooks or podcasts maybe?) and could help us all stay a little more (virtually) connected in these tough times.  
 
If anyone is interested in joining in, download the Strava app if you don't already have it, set yourself up a profile, and then search 'Norwich City Hockey Running Club' on Strava Clubs. Alternatively you can use the following link:  
 
https://www.strava.com/clubs/NorwichCityHockey 
 
Stay safe, wear bright colours if running at night, and have fun!

COVID-19 Update
16 Mar 2020
 
Following todays announcement by the Government and guidance issued by England Hockey, the East League and Norfolk Hockey Association including the Norfolk Womens and Development Leagues the impacts on the Club are as follows: 
• All coaching sessions, adult, junior and Mini's including WalkingHockey/Back To Hockey are cancelled until further notice.  
• All remaining Norfolk Womens League matches are cancelled and the current league placings will be treated as the final table. 
• Remaining Development League fixtures are currently postponed and may be played at a future date though the competition will be abandoned if these can't be played by the beginning of May 
• This coming weekends East League fixtures are postponed. The East League Management Committee aim to meet via conference call one evening this week to try to plan the rest of the season, however with the length of time mentioned in the government announcement that people avoid clubs it maybe that the East League Management Committee declare the season over and the League tables decided on a percentage basis. 
• The end of season event scheduled for Saturday 28 March is cancelled. The end of season awards will take place at a later date. 
• We are investigating the possibility of delaying the 30th Anniversary Ball and the following days matches to a later date and will provide an update as soon as possible. 
• A decision on the AGM scheduled for Monday 18 May will be made nearer the time. 
 
The hockey family has the best interest of all players, officials and spectators at the heart of these actions. We wish you all well and look forward to resuming our hockey as soon as it is safe to do so. 
 
Stay fit and stay safe.

County success for Norwich City Hockey Club youngsters
25 Feb 2020
 
Norwich City Hockey Club teams performed well in the recent National Clubs and Schools In2hockey Championships for the 2019 to 2020 hockey season, held at Pelicans Hockey Club. 
 
"Despite recent storms putting paid to crucial training sessions and a day of high winds on Sunday, Norwich City U10 and U12 teams turned up for the county championships switched on and focussed," said Sarah Anthony, head of the NCHC minis section.  
 
On form U12 girls and boys were crowned County Champions, while the U10 girls were Runners Up. All three teams qualify for the Regional Championships in April.  
 
The U10 boys were pipped to the post by one point but the coaches were extremely proud of their determination and team spirit.  
 
Coach, Nick Hood, praised the teamwork and crisp passing that got the U12 girls through tight games.  
 
Despite having the majority of the possession, the U12 boys made life interesting by losing their game against Dereham HC in the final 20 seconds.  
 
However, with comfortable wins over Harleston Magpies, North Norfolk, Norwich Dragons and hosts Pelicans, they were crowned overall champions on a considerable goal difference. 
 
Norwich City HC President Ali Wardale said: "I was particularly impressed with the standard of hockey being played, not only from our club but all those young players across Norfolk, who participated. "  
 
"I had the pleasure of seeing a considerable difference in the skills and teamwork, even since we hosted a successful tournament at the end of January". 
 
Trudi Westbury, the U10-girls manager, said the U10 squad used pure determination and total commitment to their agreed tactics in order to progress in the tournament.  
 
"They haven't had much training time recently, so their coach Anna Horsley gave them specific instructions for each match which the girls carried out really well and were able to adapt their play depending on their opponents. 
 
"It was a real team effort and some great passing and goals helped them to edge out their opponents and finish as runners up, earning their place in the Regional Finals in April," added Trudi. 
 
Girls U12 squad: Millie Power, India Fox, Hollie Blackham, Jessica Westbury, Evie Brockington, Chloe Holmes, Poppy Scott, Lottie Hood, Phoebe Betts and Amelie Horsley. 
 
Girls U10 squad: Isla Westbury, Sophie Brockington, Bella-Mae Borges, Niamh Bethapudy (captain), Bryony Hiles, Khensani Pfute, Millie Bunting, Ellie Rowley, Genevieve Horsley and Florrie Purling.

30th Anniversary Dinner at The Assembly House on Friday 15 May 2020
23 Feb 2020
 
The club is celebrating 30 years this season and instead of the usual Annual Dinner Dance we are having a 30th anniversary dinner on Friday 15 May 2020 at The Assembly House at 7pm.  
 
Ticket Prices are £42 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
The ticket includes a three-course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations and raffle.  
 
Arrive at 7pm 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

Your club needs you. Would you like to train as an umpire?
20 Feb 2020
 
The club is desperately short of umpires and is keen for people to take the level 1 umpiring award. 
 
"We really want some new umpires at the club, ideally three from each team," says Paul Gallop, umpire development officer. 
 
"There's a lot of support at the club and you don't have to know loads about hockey rules before you start - the course will teach you what you need to know. You just need to be up for giving it a go." 
 
Women's Club Captain Helen Busfield said the club really needs some people to step up and give it a go: "Don't feel worried about taking the course and trying umpiring as the club is really supportive and will help you all the way. 
 
"Some people feel as if they're not confident enough to manage games and the players, but you'll have huge support from the club once you've done the course." 
 
The level 1 course takes you through the basics and equips you with enough knowledge and foundation skills to start to umpire lower league games and devs to start with. 
 
You'll be supported by the club on your umpiring journey and can progress to take further courses if you want. 
 
The level 1 course is open to anybody over the age of 14. Even non-players, such as parents or partners of players, are welcome to give it a go. All you need is to be willing to learn and an enthusiasm for hockey. 
 
The course starts with a classroom session - with a Powerpoint presentation and a workbook to complete. After this you all have a go at umpiring each other playing hockey out on the astro.  
 
Once, you've passed level 1 you can start umpiring games and will be paid £15 a match. 
 
The club is offering to pay the £50 cost for anybody who wants to take level 1. A debt of £50 will be placed against your NCHC account which you can pay off as you receive the £15 for your umpiring fixtures.  
 
Once you have completed the level 1 course, you will be a grade B umpire, which means you can umpire up to Norfolk women's division 2. If you want to umpire higher, you will need a further assessment.  
 
 
If you're interested please let Paul Gallop, the club's umpire development officer, know gallop_paul@yahoo.co.uk. When Paul knows how many people are interested the club can then fix a date and time to run a course. 
 
'We don't have enough umpires so they often have to do more than one game on a Saturday. If there are umpires in each team, people could play first then umpire wherever needed." 
 
"It goes without saying that we can't play without umpires so it would be great if people could train and help share the workload of umpiring games. It's especially tough when we have to provide two umpires for a match where an away-team don't bring their own official." 
 
"If you have any questions, do get in touch. It will take around eight weeks to arrange a level 1 course, so it is likely to be on a Saturday or Sunday after the season now." 
 
gallop_paul@yahoo.co.uk

Enter England Hockey survey for chance to win free international match tickets
18 Feb 2020
 
The sport's national governing body, England Hockey, has launched the 2020 England Hockey Player Survey.  
 
It wants to find out more about your experience of playing hockey in your team and your views about your club and how it is run.  
 
Filling in the survey puts you in with a chance of winning tickets to an international match.  
 
'The best clubs aim to give every player the best experience of our sport and your feedback can help us understand what you like and what you don't like as a player so we can help develop and support clubs across the country,' says England Hockey.  
 
Find the survey on the home page of www.englandhockey.co.uk The organisation conducts this survey every two years and your feedback helps it understand how attitudes change over time. 
 
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and as a thank you, your name will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five pairs of tickets to the FIH Pro League GB v Argentina double header at The Twickenham Stoop on 16-17 May or one of 5 England Hockey online store vouchers worth £30.

Norwich City hosts successful junior tournament
9 Feb 2020
 
The club recently welcomed 53 junior teams to Taverham for the annual Norwich City Hockey Club minis tournament. 
 
Organiser Sarah Anthony thanked everyone for their support and said the day had been a success.  
Pic: Anthony Butterworth 
 
'Well done to all the players for some fantastic hockey and huge improvement from start to finish. I got the general impression that everything was played in the right, positive spirit and I am very grateful for that, especially to parents for their vocal support from the sidelines.' 
 
Despite the cold morning weather, rather dreary sky (except for a flash of sunshine in the middle) and drizzly end, the day ran as smoothly as could be expected with 53 teams and short turn-arounds.' 
 
Sarah thanked everybody who helped the tournament run smoothly, especially Bill Anthony for the timetable, coordination of games, timing and pitches throughout the day.  
 
'I also can't thank the umpires enough,' she said. 'We didn't have quite enough volunteers (ideally 16 are needed in the morning and 16 in the afternoon) so those who did umpire ended up working very hard. In particular, Ali Wardale and Fongy who umpired all day, virtually without breaks. Freddie Paterson, Sophia Colman, Farren Miller, Jonty Black, Sofia Kazimerczak and Corey Rushton who had little or no experience umpiring did a great job and, I think, enjoyed the experience. They were joined by Ellyn Roberts, Caroline Illing, Simon Black (also with paediatric nursing skills), Fred & Maddie Anthony, Simon Parsons, Lingy, Thomas, Alastair & Cameron Cook, George Bowman, Nick Hooper, Jamie Horsley, Nick Colman, Rae Phillips and Louis Preston.  
 
I am so grateful to those adult and young umpires who helped and gave up their Sunday to ensure such a successful day.  
 
She also thanked the volunteer coaches and managers "who did such a brilliant job coordinating and organising teams before and during the tournament.: 
 
"In addition, thanks go to one or two club players who, despite not having children who play in the minis, came along to coach some of the U10 girls' teams. Nick Colman, Micayla Toothill (also on hand with paramedic skills too), Gabby sharp and Oli Williams - thank you." 
 
"Richard Garwood and Ian Roberts who, without children in the Minis anymore, manned the BBQ all morning and into the afternoon, aided by Maxine Rushton. Later on, thanks to Chris Wardale and Harry Ford for taking over." 
 
"In the kitchen, Larissa Miller, Su Colman, Nicky Wardale, Ellie Brine and Ethan Rushton did a sterling job with all the serving, washing up and generally keeping it all running smoothly without long queues." 
 
"Injured Kristina Black, who was unable to umpire, manned the cake stall. Joby Castlo-Hall who ran the bar all day with Maree Garwood (who helped with kitchen, bar and cakes)." 
 
"A few parents baked and brought cakes, flapjack, brownies, cupcakes and rolls - thank you to them - we could have sold a lot more and it would be great to see a packed cake stall next time." 
Ali Wardale (Club President) with wife Nicky and son Chris, Bill, Fred and Maddie Anthony and George Bowman who all stayed and helped me vacuum, clean, wash up, tidy and lock up the clubhouse after the event. 
 
"Thanks also to anyone and everyone else who did a fabulous job supporting the Club and its Mini section. It was so busy that I may have left someone off the list above who kindly helped quietly and efficiently - thankyou very much indeed too. Small emergencies were sorted quickly and efficiently through communication 
 
FACT FILE 
 
Number of NCHC players who took part: 102 
Number of NCHC teams who took part: 14 (U10 girls x 5, U10 boys x 2, U12 girls x 4 and U12 boys x 3). 
Total number of Norfolk teams who took part: 53 
Average number of Norfolk players who took part: 430-450 
 
Our profit for the day was £1,126.50 (up from £855 last year, but pitch hire costs will have to come off) 
Cake Stall: £100.00 (down from £222.35 last year) 
BBQ: £538.90 (up from £375 last year) 
Kitchen: £487.60 (up from £257.65) 
£214.10 was spent on medals (174.90) and bags of sweets (£39.20) for players. 
 
All in all, a very successful fundraising event, especially after the Men's 1s and 2s raised a substantial amount the evening before at an enjoyable Race Night - well done them. 
 
"It would not be possible to run these tournaments were it not for the dedication of the coaches, the help of senior and junior club members the enthusiasm of the players, the help of our Young Leaders, support of parents and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that we all create. There have been lots of messages of thanks and congratulations from other clubs." 
 
Finally, a huge thanks from all club members, players, parents and officials to Sarah Anthony herself for running such a successful tournament and inspiring so many young players.

NCHC particpate in Radio Norfolk's The Game
29 Jan 2020
 
On 28 January Tapin, Harriet and Louis took part in Radio Norfolk's The Game Quiz. All three ended up tying along with Year 7 from Wymondham College. 
 
It was a humorous hour with funny stories about events and club members who may be identifiable. 
**Harriett isn't good when booked ?? 
** Chris breaks things when angry ?? 
** Louie's friend (who shall remain nameless, but is an Over 50) likes striking hockey pitches... 
It's funny. 
You can listen to the podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p081npxl

More news and views for 2020
21 Jan 2020
 
In the spirit of new-year resolutions, the plan is to add a lot more updates to the news section of the club website through 2020. I'm the publicity and communications officer, so it's my job to let you know what's going on at the club. Please get in touch if there's any news you want other members to know about, for example if you're running a charity event or looking for volunteers or help with something. I'd also like to profile club officials, members, players and supporters. Let me know if there's anybody you think fits the bill. I'm also searching for the longest-standing player as it's the club's 30th anniversary this year. Was anybody a member when the club was founded in 1990, or joined a bit later in the nineties, and is still playing? Hollis 07889 680302 liz@lizhollis.co.uk 
 
The plan is to pull all the stories together from the website and send them out to you by email in a monthly newsletter. The executive committee which runs the club met last night and there's a couple of interesting things you might want to know about.  
 
Minis tournament 
This Sunday there will be a minis tournament at the club and Sarah Anthony, who is running the event, would still love to hear from anybody willing to helps. She's particularly on the look-out for young umpires for the seven-a-side games.  
 
30th anniversary dinner 
The Assembly House is booked for 15 May for a dinner dance to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the club. Celebrations will last all weekend, possibly with some family hockey matches and games at the club the next day. Plans are still being finalised.  
 
End of season party 
There will also be a party at the clubhouse on Saturday 28 March to celebrate the end of season. Put the date in your diary. More details to follow.

Introducing our new fundraising officer Louise Sharp
13 Jan 2020
 
Raising money for the club is a huge task and our new fundraising officer Louise Sharp has lots of plans to boost the coffers. But she needs help.  
 
'I can't do it alone,' says Louise, a nail-technician from Mattishall, whose daughter Gabby, 17, plays in NCHC women's 3s. 'I really need others to join me and create a team of fundraisers who can meet regularly, maybe once a month, to really make a difference to club funds.'  
 
In 2020 the club will be looking at fundraising and working out a plan for what is needed next. We'll be looking for ideas about the future of fundraising at the club - whether we need to focus on smaller goals such as installing new scoreboard or spectator seating. Or maybe we need to think big and aim to raise the £300,000 needed for a new warm-up astro pitch on the grass next to the car-park. Nothing is fixed as yet, so feedback is welcome.  
 
Louise can be contacted on 07884 388072 or by email at fingersandthumbs@rocketmail.com

Message from new club welfare officers
13 Jan 2020
 
Sarah Bunting and Anna Linsmith are our new welfare officers. Their details are displayed on noticeboards at the club and under the welfare section on the website and they can be contacted to discuss any safeguarding or welfare matters. 
 
They are keen to remind club members that incidents and accidents should be reported. You can do this through the welfare section of the website.  
 
The beginning of the new year is a good opportunity to ensure your - or your child's - personal data is up to date, for example emergency contact details and medical alerts. You can do this by logging onto the club website, entering your username and password and then log into your personal data to check and update.

Celebrations and events at the club this year
13 Jan 2020
 
Norwich City Hockey Club is 30.  
 
It's 30 years since Norwich City Hockey Club was formed - and the club would like to celebrate in style.  
Plans are underway for an anniversary dinner at the Assembly House, in Norwich, in June 2020. All members are invited. Keep an eye out for more information about the final date and how to book.  
There will also be an end-of-season party on Saturday 28 March in the club house. More details to follow but it will be for all ages, teams, friends and family. There will be food, games, drinks and a dance. Price is still to be confirmed but it will be kept as low as possible.  
 
Norwich City Hockey Club was founded in 1990 from the merger of the original clubs Norfolk Wanderers and Norwich Grasshoppers - later Norwich Argonauts also joined.

How you can join the club lottery - and what it's all about
13 Jan 2020
 
You might have seen 'this month's lottery winners' flashing up on the club website and social media. But what is the club lottery and how can you get involved?  
 
The NCHC Club and Ground Lottery was set up when Norwich City Hockey Club merged with other clubs in the area and was established in its modern form in 1990. 
 
"It plays an important role in raising funds for the club and was even used as part funding towards the re-laying of the sand pitch a few years ago,' says Jennifer Czerwinski, who is administrator for the lotter, along with John Ingham (aka Frosty). Both also play for the club and are also lottery members. 
So how does it work? "Every month the website assigns a ticket number to each paid entry. If you have paid for three entries then the website will assign you three ticket numbers," says Jenni. 
 
"We then use a random number generator to select a Runner Up, Second Place, and Winner (in that order) and the website works out the cash prize for each one based on how many ticket entries there have been that month." 
"The maximum first prize is £60 but this is raised to £100 for our annual Dinner Dance draw. The winners are published in the newsfeed on the website each month and if you are a lucky winner then you will receive a cheque for your winnings in the post." 
 
How you can join? Join for as little as £1.50 per entry per month, and the more entries you pay for the more chance you have of winning. To sign up simply go to the http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery and follow the instructions to set up a direct debit via GoCardless.  
'It is really quick and easy to set up and provides invaluable funds towards the running and future improvement of our much-loved club,' says Jenni.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact us as lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Walking hockey and back-to-hockey launch for 2020
13 Jan 2020
 
Norwich City is launching its 2020 Back to Hockey and Walking Hockey programmes - and we're hoping you can bring along friends and family to boost numbers and bring new players into the club. 
 
If there's anybody you know who might want a way to get fit and so much fun it hardly seems like exercise - let them know about the sessions at Taverham every Thursday from 18.30h to 20h. Sessions for 2020 start this Thursday 16 January.  
 
Run by Ali Wardale they are also great for people wanting to get back into the sport after a break or injury, or wanting to try hockey for the first time. 
 
The club is particularly keen to encourage men to come along. The Thursday sessions are mixed and a few men attend - but it would be great to bring in more potential players for the men's squads.  
 
This 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. 
 
Back to Hockey and Walking Hockey runs every Thursday until April 2020. Sessions run through the summer but are likely to change to Wednesday evenings off-season.  
 
First session is free, then £4 a session after that. 
 
Contact? Just turn up on the night or for more info contact Ali Wardale aliwardale@aol.com

Get your 'priority-booking' tickets for the hockey Pro League
13 Jan 2020
 
If you fancy watching some big-stadium, international hockey this summer, there are eight high-level matches scheduled in London - and tickets are available to buy. 
 
The International Hockey Federation, known as the FIH, hockey pro-league is an annual competition between the major global hockey nations.  
 
The standard is high and the games are action packed and the league takes place between January and June 2020. 
 
The UK-based games start on 2 and 3 May 2020, Team GB's women's and men's teams will be playing at the Lee Valley Stadium in Stratford, London - and tickets are available for hockey-fans who fancy watching. GB Women will face China and the men's team will play India. 
 
Later in May and early June there are six more games at Twickenham and again at Lee Valley. 
 
Tickets are still available and there is priority booking for the 'hockey family' until 19 January which gives you first choice over seats and allows you to group together friends and family in the same seating area. Tickets go on general sale on 1 February.  
 
Here's the link for priority booking if you belong to a hockey club https://hockey.seetickets.com/tour/the-fih-pro-league/?src=family

Congratulations to November and December lottery winners:
6 Jan 2020
 
Congratulations to our NOVEMBER 2019 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
WINNER: David White  
RUNNER-UP: Jack Luther  
THIRD PLACE: Robert Mitchell  
Congratulations to our DECEMBER 2019 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery.  
 
WINNER: Jennifer Czerwinski  
RUNNER-UP: Paul Ayers  
THIRD PLACE: Anil Sharma  
 
The club and ground lottery has 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.  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize which is drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year.  
 
To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ where you can sign up online in no time at all!


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