Alton Hockey Club News pages

14 Aug 2016 : AHC Welcomes Soma Singh as Head Coach
AHC Welcomes Soma Singh as Head CoachAlton Hockey Club is delighted to welcome former Great Britain and England international, Soma Singh as their Head Coach for the 2016-17 season. Singh captained his country and played 145 times for England and GB and represented Great Britain at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and is currently the Director of Hockey at Lord Wandsworth College. On welcoming Singh to the Club, Dave Harvey (Club Chairman) said "we are thrilled to be welcoming such a well respected and influential hockey personality to Alton Hockey Club. We have great aspirations and are in a fantastic period of change and development which we hope Soma will contribute further to. We are all very excited for the season to come and to welcoming Soma fully."
Recently Alton Hockey Club have been involved in lots of activities to introduce new players to the Club. In June they once again ran a Back to Hockey six week course for adults to try out hockey for the first time, or to get back into the sport after years out. It was great to see ladies and men of all abilities having fun and enjoying some light fitness too! The Club also ran a friendly mixed league over the summer months to keep members' skills up. AHC will also be participating in the town's Sports Festival at Anstey Park on Sunday 21st August so come along and speak to us if you would like more information about hockey, or to have a go at our activities. Alternatively, the Club is holding its annual Club Day on Saturday 3rd September from 10am at Amery Hill School, open for everybody to attend to have some fun and ask any questions you may have about playing hockey.
The Club has grown so much after the London 2012 Olympics and the success of the Great Britain Ladies including ex-Alton hockey player, Alex Danson, that it has almost reached capacity on the one Amery Hill pitch so they are currently raising money in conjunction with Eggar's School to build a new pitch. They will be hosting a fundraising evening on Saturday 24th September including a hog-roast, live music, bar and auction of exciting items. More details on the event and tickets are available on

02 Jun 2016 : Alton Hockey Club 200 Club- Push for a pitch

Dear Club member

In addition to the major fund raising event to be held on Saturday 24 September 2016 19.00 to late at Eggars school, the Development Committee want to announce the launch of the Alton Hockey Club 200 club at the start of next season

If you take part in the National Lottery then you will know that buying a number each week gives you a chance of winning a major cash prize and a proportion of the money raised goes to good causes.

Our lottery will be monthly and half the money raised will be given back in 3 prizes each month. Numbers will be £5 per month.  So if we sell the maximum of 200 numbers then your chance of winning is 3 in 200- a lot better than the National Lottery !

The good cause for the money raised will initially be the new pitch, but if this proves to be a success we can run it every subsequent year to fund training goals, dugouts, goalkeeper kits, sticks and balls and other junior training materials. The Development Committee see the new pitch as just the start in developing a real community club in the town of Alton.

You can register your interest with any member of the Development Committee over the summer . More details will be posted throughout the summer by email and on the website.


Best wishes

Dave, Grev, Matt, Sig, Paul, Martin, Colin, Mark, Vicky.

22 May 2016 : Minutes of AHC AGM 2016

Dear Members

Please find attached the Alton Hockey Club AGM minutes and summary of club accounts for 2015-16.

We look forward to seeing you all raring to go at the start of the 2016 season. Training times remain the same as last year and we look forward to welcoming Soma Singh as our new Director of Coaching. Soma will be leading adults training sessions, some older juniors sessions and will oversee the coaching syllabus for the club. Soma is a former GB Player and is a very sought after coach having worked at National League clubs throughout the Country. Soma's appointment is a statement of intent for the club in terms of our future aspirations and we look forward to working with him and learning from him.

If you need a little hockey to keep the summer months interesting we have...

  • Junior Half Term and Summer Hockey Camps (booking details on the website)
  • Mens and Ladies summer leagues which are already underway
  • 'Back to Hockey' for both Men and Ladies starting @ LWC on Monday 6th June
  • AHC internal mixed summer league starting @ LWC on Thursday 9th June (open to AHC members who play senior hockey)

Best Wishes


19 May 2016 : AHC Push for a Pitch - Save the Date!

Dear Club member

The Development Committee want to bring to your attention a major fund raising event to be held on Saturday 24 September 2016 19.00 to late at Eggars school, Alton.

The evening will feature an auction, live band, hog roast and bar - tickets are £25 per person with Tables of 8.


We are looking for items to auction so if you have contacts or are able to offer something please let Sig know. 


We are hoping to raise between £5K and £10K which will make a significant contribution towards securing the new astro at Eggars. Younger members please tell your parents!

So save the date, round up your friends and let's have a great evening . More details will be posted throughout the summer by email and on the website.

Best wishes

Dave, Grev, Matt, Sig, Paul, Martin, Colin, Mark, Vicky.

08 Feb 2016 : Fundraising launch and defibrillator
Alton Hockey Club has launched a campaign for a £50K fundraising project to allow the club to help build a new all weather hockey pitch, at Eggar's School, so that the club can continue to provide training for it's hugely expanding junior section as well as provide pitches for adult team matches.
The limitations of Amery Hill pitch on usage at the weekend and the lack of floodlights means that the juniors have extremely limited training space on Saturday and sometimes have to forego training altogether so that the adult teams can play league matches, a requirement they have to fulfil to remain in the league and further the club's already impressive progress at adult team level.
We are working closely with Eggarls to secure a Sport England bid for a grant to build a new pitch with floodlights and after the decision made at the EGM have committed to raising £50K towards the project over the coming months.

Also, recently Humbly Grove Energy, a local company, have kindly donated the funds to AHC to purchase a defibrillator which has been given to Amery Hill School to maintain and look after. The equipment was installed recently on the outside of the changing facilities for school, sport and community use. 

Anyone keen to help with fundraising activities or who would like to donate money to the cause should visit or speak to your Captain.


AHC Juniors - February 2016 from Matthew Steven on Vimeo.

30 Nov 2015 : Notes from EGM
An EGM was held on Friday 27th November 2015 to discuss the proposal for the Club to raise funds for a new pitch at Eggar's School. Notes from the meeting and the decision made are available on the 'Documents' section of the website or here Notes from EGM held on 27/11/15

27 Sep 2014 : Availability and Selection for Matches

Availability &Selection

We require all player’s availability for the coming weeks and we need to know by Sunday latest before the next game to help us select the strongest teams; please follow these instructions if you are not familiar with our website.

Log-in to the AHC Website.

If you DO NOT have a Log-on and password, go to drown-down menu ‘CONTACT’ and request a Log-on from one of the names available, appropriate for you.

Once logged on, go to drop-down menu ‘AVAILABILITY’ and select the date and click your status; please add any relevant notes (i.e. home only, a.m. game only, lift required etc.) and we will try and get you a game. Feel free to input a few weeks in advance.

Selection will take place Monday/Tuesday and get posted by Wednesday latest; you will get a selection email or text, please follow instructions and confirm.

Simples !