Kettering HC. England Hockey Club of the Year

Posted by Angi Harrell on 29 May 2018

Kettering Hockey Club received national recognition for the progress they have made this year when, at the England Hockey Awards evening in Leicester, they were presented with the NottsSport Club of the Year Award. This is the most prestigious award of the evening which celebrates Hockey from grass roots to international level.

The capacity 500 audience including gold medal winning Olympians, current internationals and  representatives of other nominated clubs were there to see Sam Quek present Kettering chairperson Jaime Cox with the award.

Jaime commented “ WOW!!! What a night!!! We are still very much in shock at being named ‘Notts Sport Club of the Year 2018’!!! I don’t think many of us got much sleep last night and our ‘Executive Committee Whatsapp Group’ has been going nuts since.  This award will help not to just put Kettering Hockey Club on the National Map, but help EH promote the sport that we all love to other people by sharing our experiences and giving something back to EH, who have clearly believed in us!!”

The Award is a reflection of the work that goes into running a successful club both on and off the field. Off the pitch the Club have reorganised their committee structure to be more streamlined and now have a robust business plan and development plan in place. The Club have innovative ideas that are now being used by other clubs such as free shirts for officials. They take their role in the community seriously and donate a percentage of their fundraising to local charities.

This off field structure has led to unprecedented success on the field. This year alone the Mens 1s, for the second year running, and Men’s 2s were promoted and the Ladies 2s have moved into a regional league. The Club currently run 4 ladies and 4 men’s teams as well as under 14, 12, 10 and 8s. Older players are catered for by entering Masters competitions for over 45 ladies and Over 50 men.

The Hockey Club, which is part of the larger Kettering Sports Club, also have an active social scene and run various functions throughout the year.

Jaime’s speech on the night reflected that all the hard work doesn’t just happen and paid tribute to all the volunteers who make the Club so successful.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Sally Munday, commented “Congratulations, a well-deserved award and it is really great to see how much it means to the club”.

Kettering are now waiting to see if they will be shortlisted for European Club of the Year.

Kettering Hockey Club of the Year

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