Alton Hockey Club News pages

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


04 May 2017 : Alton Hockey Club AGM, Thursday 18 May

Dear All


The Alton Hockey Club 2017 AGM will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 18 May, venue the Worldham Golf Club, Cakers Lane, Alton GU34 3BF.




Please find attached the agenda.  If there are any additional matters you would like raised at the AGM, they must be sent in writing by Sunday 13 May and submitted to the Club Secretary.


If you would like to stand for a Committee position or volunteer to help run the Club in any way please speak to any current Committee member or your Captain/Coach.  A list of the various positions will be sent out in the next week, along with role descriptions as appropriate.


We do have one proposed change to the constitution where we wish to update the Club's Officials and Executive Committee membership.  If you are unable to attend the AGM in person but wish to support these changes, please can you confirm your approval by email to the Club Secretary by Wednesday 17 May.


Many thanks




Richard Moffat

Club Secretary


02 May 2017 : Junior Presentation Day - 13th May

Further to Pete's email last week, this is to confirm that the presentation day for 2016/2017 will be at Alton Convent School (Anstey Lane) on Saturday 13th May starting at 10am.


As per previous seasons, all players will receive medals and there will be three awards per team:

Players' player

Manager's player

Most improved


We will be supplying some food for your children and teas/coffees for the adults.


When you arrive at the Convent, please look for signs to the Drama Studio.

We look forward to seeing you there!

21 Apr 2017 : AHC - OPRO Gumgards/Mouthguards

We have a possibility of OPRO coming on Club Day (September 2nd - 9am onwards).


However, they will only come if we have at least 20 people interested in purchasing...


If you would be interested, please can you add your name to this list:

Rough pricing is as follows:

clear 44.99
single colour 50.99
multi-colour or club design 55.99 (AHC Logo included)


Thanks, Matthew


01 Apr 2017 : AHC - End of Season Newsletter

To: All AHC Members

What a season we have had - certainly one for the record books! Please find attached our end of season newsletter with a little review of all things AHC.


Whilst the season has largely finished (bar some rescheduled fixtures), there are still events to attend and opportunities to play over the summer. Please see page two for more details. Of particular note: Easter Camp (11-13 April), Junior Presentation Day, Dinner Dance and the Club AGM all in May.


We look forward to welcoming you back on Saturday 2nd of September for what will hopefully be an even better season 2017/18! Please feel free to bring family and friends - watch this space for some incentives for anyone who signs up new AHC members...


Wishing you all a great summer!



AHC Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor in Chief ;-)

17 Mar 2017 : Note for parents
The Club encourages parents and guardians to stay and watch and support their children play at matches and festivals. If they are unable to stay for the entirety of the match/festival it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to ensure that the team manager has emergency contact details and medical information for the child being left.

08 Mar 2017 : Buy your Dinner Dance tickets NOW!

The senior end of season dinner dance will be held on Saturday 6th May at 7pm at the Alton House Hotel. Please select you food choices and pay here.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment

22 Feb 2017 : U10 Girls Win East Hants Sports Award
U10 Girls Win East Hants Sports Award

Congratulations to the U10 Girls winning the Junior Team of the Year Award at the recent East Hants Sports Awards. Following on from their convincing win at the Alton Sports Awards, the girls went on to be shortlisted for the East Hants Awards and took first prize at the celebration evening held at Old Thorns last week. Following an inspirational talk from ex-Alton Hockey Club player and Olympic Gold medalist Alex Danson, the awards were introduced by TV legend Fred Dineage and presented by Alex. The girls were thrilled to receive the award.

On the same evening, the Mens 1st XI came runners up in the Senior Team of the Year category, losing out to Alton Cricket Club. The Club was well represented at the event and we hope to be there again next year!

Well done all.