Alton Hockey Club News pages

09 Aug 2017 : 2017/18 Season Membership Details

Here's a link to the new season's membership form: AHC_Membership_form 2017-18.pdf

There have been no increases in fees for this year!


Please note the following dates for payment of subs:

25th September (full payment or first instalment)

1st October - final deadline to be able to continue training and playing matches (£10 surcharge)

17th February - second instalment due


The reason for the slightly earlier than usual deadlines for first payment is that the new EH insurance policy will only cover unpaid members for three weeks.


Any questions, please email Matthew Steven -

01 Aug 2017 : Pre-season training - starts 16th August


We are starting pre-season training on Wednesday evenings at Lord Wandsworth commencing 16th August. The sessions will be for ladies and men and will run from 7:15-8:30pm until the first week of September when normal training will start. It is strongly recommended that you attend as many pre-season sessions as possible so we can kick off the season in great form.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible! Any questions, please ask.



19 Jul 2017 : AHC - Eggars Astroturf Update - Exciting News!

We have some great news from the Development Committee – the planning application for the new Astroturf @ Eggars has been submitted!


You can find details here:


Please can all members view the application and submit positive comments supporting the application? This is important as it demonstrates community support for the pitch.


Whilst on the subject of the new astroturf, we are into the final stage of our ‘Push for a Pitch’ campaign. Rather than ongoing small events to generate funds, we are proposing to hold another party at Eggars in November so  please save the date – 18th November 7pm to midnight. More details to follow but we are hoping to replicate and improve on the event we held last year!


Finally, we have been investigating other ways of generating funds without actually asking for people to donate. Impossible? Turns out it isn’t! We have set ourselves up as a cause on the Easy Fundraising site. By simply registering, any online shopping you do will result in a donation to Alton Hockey Club.


As an example, Gosport HC have been using this for about three months and in that time, over 51 people have registered and has resulted in over £600 of donations!


Please take the time to register at the following site, it takes under a minute and it costs you nothing, but will help the club!


More details on the 'Final Push for a Pitch' party to come soon!




The AHC Development Committee


14 Jul 2017 : Club Day - 2nd September 2017
Club Day - 2nd September 2017

A few minor changes to the format this year in that each age group has a time slot and there is also time for juniors who are completely new to hockey:


9-10am - New to hockey juniors (feel free to invite your friends!)

10-11am - U10

11-12pm - U12

12-1pm - U14

1-4pm - U16/U18 and adults - (7-a-side tournament)


We will have the usual BBQ and refreshment stands plus England Hockey, Stitch-a-Logo, OPRO (gumshields) and also More details to follow soon as well as a new membership form to bring along.


We look forward to welcoming existing, new and old members @ Amery Hill in September!


AHC Club Day Committee

07 Jul 2017 : Alton Hockey Club 2017-18 Training Times

 we have had to make some amendments to the Club Training times for the upcoming season.

The main switch is that Men's Training has moved from a Tuesday to a Wednesday Evening 7pm to 8-30pm and the Under 12 now have another slot at Lord Wandsworth College on a Tuesday Evening.

Training Times are:

Monday's 6-7pm Under 14's Lord Wandsworth College (LWC)

Monday's 7-8.30pm Ladies @ LWC

Tuesday's 6-7pm Under 12's @ LWC

Wednesday's 7-8-30pm Mens @ LWC

Saturdays 9-11am Juniors aged 6-12 Amery Hill School


Training will start week commencing Monday 4th September 2017


Have a nice rest of your Summer and remember that there is still a few summer inter club games at LWC on a Thursday evening left if you want to dust off your Stick and shin-pads!!!!!


Ian Southgate

Fixtures Secretary


04 Jul 2017 : Real Ale Train - 25th August

We have 30 tickets available, (Over 18's Only but parents of Junior members welcome), for the Real Ale Train on Friday 25th August 2017 departing at 19.20 from Alton Station.

As availability is limited, please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve your ticket(s). This will be on a first come first served basis.

Price is £20 and will be payable on the night to Matt Steven.

With thanks

Paul Chester

04 Jul 2017 : AHC - Summer Hockey Camps 2017

We have scheduled two hockey camps this summer, aimed at any child in any age-group up to and including our U14 players. On the back of previous demand and also feedback, we have decided to extend the camps to four days rather than the usual three.


Please click the links below to register:


Camp 1: August 7-10

Camp 2: August 21-24


The camps will be held at Amery Hill School - 10am-3pm.

Costs are £25 per day with a £15 reduction if you attend all four within the week. Payable by cash, cheque or PayPal.


Numbers will be limited to 48 per day to maintain player:coach ratios.


Please email or call me if you have any questions.


Thanks, Matthew

AHC Treasurer and Summer Camp Organiser


04 Jun 2017 : Summer Mixed League Starts This Week!

This Thursday evening (8th June) sees the start of this year’s mixed league 


We have had a good number of people register this year (65+) so what I plan to do is split us into 6 teams of 10. The goalkeepers are not being assigned to a particular team so they will get to play for two hours potentially. I will circulate the teams before Thursday.


The games this week are friendlies and meant to help us all find our feet and remind us how to play….


Please all arrive at LWC for a 7pm start. We will play 15 minute games and then swap round for the full two hours ie a mini tournament.


The following week we start the tournament proper and play 25min each way games. I will publish the schedule later this week.


Don’t worry about particular colours this week – I will bring the bibs. Normally we will need either a yellow or a white top.


Match fees are £5 a week (to cover pitch hire) or £30 for the 8 week 'season'.


Look forward to seeing you on Thursday. For any of the younger players, please don’t forget shin pads and gum guards. Advisable for the adults too of course..…


Cheers, Matthew

16 May 2017 : AHC Mixed Summer League 2017

This summer we are proposing to re-run the Alton Hockey Club Summer Sevens League. This is a friendly tournament run only for AHC players.

Each week we have 4 games of 7-a-side (inc GK or kicking-back). These games last for 55 minutes and start at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursdays - all games are played on half a pitch at Lord Wandsworth College.

If you are keen to play, please can you reply to this email and I will add your name to the list. The number of responses I receive will determine number of teams and hence how long the tournament will run. I propose that we will play a friendly on the first week and then a round robin tournament – this will determine league positions. We will then run quarters, semis, and a final.

There will be trophies for the winning team!!

The first games will be on Thursday 8th June.

The tournament is open to anyone aged 13 and over (ie U14 upwards) and to anyone who would like to play - including parents who may not have played before.. Teams will be mixed (ability and gender) and will be made up of 10 or 11 players. Please note we will not be using the website for availability or team selection. Once you are in your team, it is up to you to turn up each week if you are available. The extra players in each team should cover us for people being away on holiday during the summer etc..

I will send round a ‘fixtures list’ at the start of the tournament. Weekly updates will also be sent with results and upcoming fixture reminders.

Cost will be £5 per game or £40 for the tournament if paid up-front within the first three weeks. Any profit made will be donated to the Pitch Fund.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Teams and the full schedule will be posted/emailed by Thursday 1st June.

Thanks, Matthew

10 May 2017 : Club Award Winners

Alton Hockey Club ended the season on a high with their Dinner and Awards evening held at The Alton House Hotel on Saturday 6th May. A record number of people attended with 115 members from all senior teams squeezed into the venue to enjoy dinner, speeches and presentation of team and club awards. Club Chairman Dave Harvey introduced the evening and gave his speech on the success of the club over the 16/17 season - all four mens teams gaining promotion with three of them finishing as league champions, and the mens 2s going all season unbeaten. 
Each team Captain gave a speech and presented individual team members with Most Improved Player, Players' Player and Captain's Player awards. The official section of the evening culminated in the presentation of Club awards, voted for by the Club committee. Winners were:
Golden stick - James Goulding-Stewart with 28 goals scored in the season
John Young Goalkeeper of the Season - Bex Chester
Dennis Martin Young Player - Tom Green
Team of the Season - Mens 2nd XI
Fred Patel: Contribution to the Club - Ian Southgate (absent on the night, but his award was collected by his son, Kieran, on his behalf)
Robin Glanfield Spirit of Hockey Award - Paul and Bex Chester
Personality Award - Adrian Trim