• Club Chair Forum 22nd February 2017

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 16 February 2017

    I have arranged two evenings at Kettering Hockey Club to run a Club Chair Forum on the topic of Leadership in our clubs, as one of the 7 elements of “What makes a great club” identified by club members in our 2014 survey.   We are inviting Kettering HC, Long Buckby, Northampton HC,  Oundle HC, Welford HC, Wellingborough HC and Wootton Wanderers HC.

    First evening – Wednesday 22nd February 

    Follow up evening – Tuesday 28th June

    One of the most significant challenges we face in clubs is the reliance on a few volunteers to manage the whole club, this workshop is designed to help us plan a way to inspire a broader range of volunteers to support us in our desire to grow, develop, manage their activities and generally run their clubs.

    I would like to invite you and key volunteers from your club to attend these two evenings, the first is to explore the topic of Leadership:-

    • What Leadership  means to us
    • How we lead our clubs
    • Examine practical examples of how we us Leadership in our clubs
    • What can we learn from each other
    • How we change the way we Lead and Inspire volunteers
    • What are going to change.


    The second workshop will be to review our progress and share how we have increased the pool of volunteers at our clubs and reduced our workload! 

    Please email Melanie on east@englandhockey.co.uk to say if you can attend on the 22nd and who you will be bringing to the workshop.  The second workshop will be to follow up on the progress in time for the off season when we will be trying to recruit a new cohort of volunteers.




     Andrew Dale
     Relationship Manager

    Direct: +44 (0)1509 228676 | Mobile: +44 (0)7725 432013

    England Hockey The Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University Ashby Road Loughborough LE11 3TU

    Tel: +44 (0)1509 228676| www.englandhockey.co.uk


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  • Women's Masters Trials 2017

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 7 February 2017

    Hello Ladies


    The Ladies Midland's O40, O45, O50, O55 and O60s trials are to be held on Sunday 12th March 2017 at Hampton Hockey Club (www.hamptonhockey.org.uk). Address Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton In Arden, B92 0DQ


    Registration is from 11.15am. Trials will start at 12pm and will finish between 3-4pm depending on numbers attending.


    Please ensure you bring dark and white shirt/socks. A numbered bib will be provided.


    If you are interested in trialing for any of the above age groups, please complete the attached Expression of Interest form and send to Cheryl McCulloch (cheryl.mcculloch@yahoo.co.uk) as soon as possible

    Please note that whilst we will consider your preference for a particular age group squad, if selected, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your chosen squad.

    If you wish to be available for selection and are unavailable to attend the trials, due to injury, prior commitments (cup game, re-arranged league game) or illness, please still let us know of your wishes to be considered.  If one of the selectors has been able to see you play, or knows of your ability from previous squads this will be taken into account when selecting this year's teams.

     If you have any queries please get in touch with


    Midland O40s Management Team


    Manager - Cheryl McCulloch



    Assistant Manager – Nik Baker


    Coach – Sue Sutton


    Midland O45s Management Team


    Manager - TBC


    Midland O50s Management Team

    Manager - Caroline Frye



    Midland O55s Management Team

    Manager - Cheryl McCulloch



    Assistant Manager – Nik Baker


    Midland O60s Management Team

    Manager- Jean Scott-Miller


    Kindest Regards


    Midland Masters Management Team


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  • Midlands Masters Trials 12/03/17

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 29 January 2017

    Hi All I am contacting you to inform you that the Midlands Masters Trials for the 2017 tournaments are to be held at Hampton Hockey club on Sunday March 12th from 2-5pm. If you know of anyone who is interested in coming this year in ANY age group please get them to get in touch. This year we are holding trials for all of the age groups at the same time so that we may firstly get enough numbers to make trials happen. this will mean that you may end up playing against some youngsters! but it will be a good test. Please could you let me or Cheryl Mcculloch know if you are going to attend or are interested in playing this year. I need the following - again!! Name DOB Club Shirt no (if you have one) email mobile no. position/s Look forward to hearing from you soon. there is also a potential for a mini tournament against the England O55's and a team from Gibraltar on 29/30 May - so please also let us know if you are interested in this. Caroline Frye [mailto:carolinefrye@blueyonder.co.uk]

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  • Coaching for Talent - Moulton College 21/04/17

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 29 January 2017

    England Hockey have just organised this course at Moulton College please see below:-

    Coaching For Talent

    By the end of the workshops coaches should be able to:

    Understand the principles for developing talented hockey players

    Understand the priority hockey themes for talented players

    Consider the most effective way we can develop talented players through delivery priority themes that allow the players to learn and apply skills, through:

                       - Player centred, coaching approach

                       - Games rather than drills culture

                       - Questioning style


    This workshop is designed for coaches that:


    Coach within the lower end of talent pathway (ie. JDC/JAC, 360 Centres, District Programme)

    Coach 1st XI teams within Regional/County leagues

    Want to deliver player centred sessions

    Want to deliver positive learning environments for talented players

    Coaches that attend this workshop will get:


    Pre-course information

    Information on Player Centred coaching approach, Games rather than Drills culture and questioning style

    Theoretical background plus 60 minutes observation of National Age Group Academies/360 Centres/District Programme


    Please be aware for courses introduced from 16th May 2016 there will be a members and a non members price. For more information and how to purchase coaches membership please click here.


    The cost to book on is £38 for members and £48 for non members


    To book a place and to see dates and venues of all the workshops please see the following link.


    find a course






















     Andrew Dale
     Relationship Manager

    Direct: +44 (0)1509 228676 | Mobile: +44 (0)7725 432013



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  • England Hockey Umpiring Forum Monday 30th January

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 25 January 2017

    England Hockey have organised Club Forums to discuss umpiring across the region. They would like to invite you to the final one in our region.   The meeting will be a chance to network with other club colleagues and to share ideas / good practice. You will be joined on the evening by England Hockey Officiating Officer David Elworthy.  David will also share with you some live examples of clubs developing their own umpires and other details of central support available for you and your umpiring team. 

    Please invite the person most involved in developing umpiring at your club.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows


    ·        7pm Welcome introductions (over tea, coffee & biscuits.)

    ·        7.20 EH focus on Club Umpiring

    ·        7.50. Developing and deploying club umpires / updated national guidance and good practice.

    ·        8.30 Open discussion.

    ·        9pm Depart


    Venue and Date:-

    Monday 30th January 2017 – Kettering Hockey Club, off Lake Avenue, Kettering. 

    NN15 7JT


    Please RSVP to Melanie Hart east@englandhockey.co.uk  if  you are attending.

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  • Report from Midland Region Hockey Association

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 18 January 2017

    Sport England and UK Sport Funding Sport England has announced significant investments into a number of sports as part of their new strategy for sport. As part of this investment, England Hockey has been awarded £9.03m for the four years from 2017-2021.

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  • Wellingborough II pulled from the League

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 9 January 2017

    Hi Everyone,

    During the Christmas break the committee decided regrettably to pull Wellingborough 2nds out of the league. This decision wasn't taken lightly but the struggles Wellingborough had putting out a 2nd team was proving increasingly difficult & financially costly. However I would ask all fixture secretaries to liaise with Wellingborough in the hope that, without the constraint of league rules, the fixture could be played as a friendly.

    Best wishes for the new year,


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  • Users at Wellingborough School

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 28 November 2016

    Dear All

    Sadly, I have had reports of unacceptable behaviour by some of our hirers:

    • I would like to remind you and ask your supporters / spectators to respect that we are a strictly no smoking site. Anyone found smoking will result in their group being banned from hiring our facilities with immediate effect.
    • Secondly, parking is to be kept to the car park. Under no circumstances, other than a medical emergency, may cars be driven alongside the astro pitches or parked on the grass. This is a safety issue and we cannot allow it.
    • Finally, please respect our staff. It's not easy for them to constantly approach people and ask them to keep to the rules, particularly when they are alone and faced with a group of people. We will not accept any rudeness to our staff and will ask your group to find an alternative venue.

    Thank you to those of you that this does not apply to, it is much appreciated.


    Kind regards

    Jackie Cliffe

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  • Level 1 Umpires Course 27th November 2016

    Posted by Angi Harrell on 7 October 2016

    Kettering Hockey Club are running a L1 Umpire Course on the 27th of November. If you are interested please sign up via the link provided. (The course is towards the bottom of the page) Find a Course - England Hockey Find a Course - England Hockey englandhockey.co.uk

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