Alton Hockey Club News pages

19 Dec 2014 : No junior training this weekend
Just a reminder that junior training has finished for 2014. It will start again on Jan 10th 2015 when we we will have our new training times.
From Jan 10th, U8 and U10s will be from 9-10. We will also be starting a new beginners' course for all ages in the 9-10 session.
Existing players in U12, U14 and U16s will be train from 10-11.

13 Dec 2014 : FROST WATCH!!!
Please keen an eye on emails and the website before you set off for the last Junior Training session of 2014.

While frost is not currently forecast, we will be checking the situation in the morning.

Unfortunately, despite its description as an 'all weather pitch', if the water-filled layers of the pitch freeze, it looses all pliability and is therefore unable to absorb the shock of balls, sticks and bodies hitting the surface, which makes it dangerous to use (it's a bit like playing on concrete!).

So - keep an eye-out, and we'll update you if there's a problem.....

11 Dec 2014 : Changes to junior hockey training in 2015
Dear parents 

I just wanted to let you know of some important changes to the junior hockey training starting in the New Year. 

From January 10th (the first training session in the 2015), the training times for the U12 age group will train from 10-11. 

The reason behind this is the phenomenal success of the Minis U10 section which is proving incredibly popular. Due to the numbers we can no longer accommodate them on half a pitch. By moving the U12s we can use a full pitch for the U8 and U10s. This will allow us to progress to some more advanced skills and have better game-play. 

The U12 session will continue to use half a pitch and be led by Simon, Dom and Paul - but from 10-11. The U14s and U16s will train on half a pitch from 10-11. We would also encourage U16 players (and those more mature U14 players) to attend adult training on Monday and Tuesday evenings. 

While I appreciate this may have an impact on some of you - particularly those with children in the Minis and U12, the club has to make these changes to ensure safe training for all children and maximise use of the pitch

Just to confirm the U12 age group will train from 10-11 in the New Year. 

Thanks and kind regards 


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 !

23 Sep 2014 : New Ladies Development Team
This season, for the first time a long while, Alton Hockey Club are fielding two ladies teams. The new "Development Team" is to encourage young players from junior hockey into adult hockey, to coax people back into hockey out of retirement and to welcome anybody who wants to try out hockey for the first time, irrespective of age. The idea is to play some friendly games over the season with no obligation to commit to weekly training or games.

The first game is this coming weekend, 27th September at Haslemere.

If you would like to be involved, or know someone who does, please be in contact with either Vicky ( or Steph ( who will be able to give you more information.

The more the merrier!

03 Dec 2013 : Rule Change

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that the Mandatory Experimental Own Goal Rule will no longer be within the Rules of Hockey with effect from 1 September 2014.

The Own Goal Rule will remain in place until then. However from 1 February 2014 it will not apply in international hockey. Also, national assocations may continue to apply the rule in order to conclude competitions where the rule has been played. However, this is not mandatory.

20 Sep 2013 : Alton Hockey On Facebook!
We are now on Facebook so if you have an account please add us!