Alton Hockey Club News pages




20 Aug 2016 : Are you interested in joining Alton Hockey Club?

If you're interested in joining Alton, please let us know and come along to our club day on 3rd September at Amery Hill School.

From 9-10 am we'll be running a free taster session for beginners with no experience.

If you've played before at other clubs or returning to hockey after a break, please come along to one of our later sessions.

From 10-11, we'll have a session for U8 and U10 players.

From 11-12, we'll have a session for U12 and U14 players. 

U16s, U18s and adults are welcome to come along from 12. 

You will need a gumshield and shin pads but we can supply sticks.

We hope to see you on the 3rd Sept.


20 Aug 2016 : Beginner taster session

Inspired by the GB Olympic Hockey success?

We'll be running a free taster session for juniors to have a go at hockey on Sat 3rd Sept from 9am to 10 am at Amery Hill School, Alton.

We can supply sticks, but you will need a gumshield and shin pads.

If you're interested in giving hockey a go, please contact us so we have an idea of numbers. 

If you've played hockey before, come along to our Club day on 3rd September at Amery Hill. U8s and U10s will be from 10-11, with U12s and U14s from 11-12.

If you're interested in joining the club as a junior or senior player, please contact us for more information.

Pete

Junior Chair AHC


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 www.pushforapitch.co.uk.

15 Jul 2016 : NEW SEASON DATES

Pop these important dates in your diary now!

Club Day - Saturday 3rd September

Training Starts - week beginning 5th September

Fundraising Party @ Eggar's School - Saturday 24th September


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

AHC


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.


15 May 2016 : Alton juniors gain Hampshire honours

 We are very proud of our growing juniors section at Alton Hockey Club, and this year we were especially pleased to have five players representing Hampshire in the Southern Counties Junior Academy County Championship.

 Making it to a county squad is an impressive achievement, with a lengthy training and selection process putting the best players from across Hampshire up against each other, so they are all to be congratulated on making the final team in their respective age groups.  For the second year running, Millie has also been selected to attend the Junior Regional Performance Centre, which is the next stage up from county competition.

 The players pictured are (clockwise from back left) Millie Wakefield (U16), Ben Morgan, Ella Reeves, Hugo Samuelson (all U13) and Ariana Hawkins (U14).

 


04 May 2016 : Alton Girls U10s Triumph at South Regional Tournament

On Sunday 1st May, the Alton U10 girls team played in the regional finals at Teddington School, which saw the winning teams from each county in the South battle it out to become Regional Champions.  Alton had won a place in the tournament after winning the Hampshire Cup on 13th March at Haslemere, the first time the club has triumphed at this tournament.  The Regional Final day began extremely well, with Alton winning their first match against Marlow 4-0.  They then beat Wokingham 1-0, before losing 1-0 to Richmond but due to their goal difference they won their group, and proceeded to the quarter final against Brighton.  This was a tense game, which Alton led 1-0 until a penalty goal was awarded to Brighton in the final minute, taking the teams to penalty flicks.  Alton finally triumphed and then played Wimbledon in the semi final, which also resulted in a penalty flick decider after the final score was 2-2. They won this and proceeded to the final against Surbiton.  This was an extremely tense match, with team captain Monica Watkins scoring in the 9th minute, and setting the final score at 1-0.  The team played extremely well and enjoyed every minute, and were overjoyed at the result, which makes them the best team in the Southern region, and one of the top 4 teams in the country. 

Team:  Autumn Lloyd, Lara Bassett, Eleanor Woodfine, Madeleine Blanchard, Monica Watkins (capt), Izzie Rendall, Charlotte Carter, Grace Chester, Tabitha Steiner.

 


20 Apr 2016 : End of Season Award Winners

Alton Hockey Club ended the season on a high with their Dinner and Awards evening held at The Swan Hotel on Saturday 16th April. Over 80 members of 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 15/16 season from the expansion of the junior section to over 150 members training on Saturday mornings and participating in matches and festivals across the county, to the success of the Ladies 2nd XI in their first season competing in the league to the Mens participation at all levels across the Hampshire league. The evening was also an opportunity to officially welcome new Club President and club founder member John Smith back to the Alton hockey family.
 
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 21 goals scored in the season
John Young Goalkeeper of the Season - Niall Fife with 8 clean sheets
Dennis Martin Young Player - Jonny Dane
Team of the Season - Mens 2nd XI
Fred Patel: Contribution to the Club - Matt Steven
Robin Glanfield Spirit of Hockey Award - Lawrence Jones
Personality Award - Vicky Small



 photo l-r: Matt Steven, Niall Fife, Jonny Dane, Simon Millard and Andrew Stratford (Mens 2s Captains) James Goulding-Stewart, Lawrence Jones