Alton Hockey Club News pages




19 Mar 2017 : Easter Hockey Camp

We will be running an Easter Hockey Camp on 11-13 April, 10am - 3pm. This is aimed at U10s and U12s, minimum age for attendance is 8. If you would like for your child/ren to attend, please sign up and pay asap.

Sign up now here.


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.


30 Jan 2017 : Alton Sports Award winners
Alton Sports Award winners

Alton Hockey Club were delighted to win both Senior Team of the Year and Junior Team of the Year at last week's Alton and District Sports Awards. The Mens 1st XI were presented with the Senior Team award in recognition of their unbeaten run this season so far. They currently sit top of Hants Div 3 having played 13 games unbeaten, scoring 80 goals and conceding just 14.   The team is leading the way for Alton Hockey Club, inspiring younger players in the club to aspire to play for them one day, and encouraging healthy rivalry with the Mens 2s who are also unbeaten and sitting at the top of their league. The Mens 1st team are a joy to watch on the pitch, showing some expert skills, whilst being polite and respectful to their officials and opposition. This was recognised by the league when they won the Hampshire Hockey Umpires Association Award for courtesy and hospitality. 


In the junior category, the U10 girls were awarded the Team Award having performed magnificently throughout the season. They not only won the Hampshire in2hockey County Championship but then became the first Hampshire team to win the Southern Regional Championships. To become South of England Champions was an incredible feat for the team, the club and the county. The competition featured several of the super powers of GB premier and national league hockey such as Surbiton, Wimbledon and Reading with major coaching resources behind them. In fact many of the clubs there had not even heard of the town or club. The girls were absolutely amazing and played brilliantly against some seriously good opposition. They survived the torture of two penalty flick shoot-outs and an unbelievably tense 1-0 win against favourites Surbiton in the final. Throughout the tournament opposition managers praised the manner in which the team played and the sportsmanship they demonstrated. The tournament organiser described them as ‘a credit to the club’.


Alton Hockey Club is grateful to the Alton and District Sports Council for organising the awards and for the opportunity for the Club to gain recognition within the town as it grows and develops for the future.

 


28 Nov 2016 : Quiz Night Thanks & Leader Board

Just a small note of thanks to all who attended and helped out at the 4th XI Quiz Night on the 25th November.

We believe that a good time was had by all and the evening went off with great success.

Many Thanks

Adrian, Ian and Pete

The Aging Quiz Masters.

Below is the Final Leader board and Results of the Starter Picture Quiz

LEADER BOARD (FINAL):

 

1ST (10) TAXI DRIVERS = 70.5

2ND (11) SOUTHGATES = 65

3RD (4) THE PENALTY FLICKS = 62.5

4TH (6) AT LEAST WE MIGHT SCORE = 62

5TH = (7) THE INTERNATIONALISTS = 61.5 / (5) PAULS ANGELS = 61.5

7TH (8) QUIZZY BEARS = 57

8TH (9) GOLDSMITHS = 56

9TH (2) EXTRA QUIZZY RASCALS = 55.5

10TH (15) CORONA GS = 55

11TH (10) CHARLIES ANGELS = 54.5

12TH (12) MISFITS = 53.5

13TH (13) ONE MAN DOWN AGAIN = 50.5

14TH (3) THE UMPIRE STRIKES BACK = 45.4

15TH (16) OVERACHEIVERS = 43.5

16TH (17) 5 DRUNKS AND A GINGER BEER = 36

17TH = (18) QUIZLAMIC STATE = 35.5 / (19) QUIZZY RASCALS = 35.5

18TH (14) COMFORTABLY DUMB = 32

 

 

 

STARTER QUIZ ANSWERS:

 

FLAGS: ICELAND / URAGUAY / QATAR / GHANA / CROATIA

CURRENCY: KOREAN WON / INDIAN RUPEE / THAI BAHT / VIETNAMESE DONG / JAPANESE YEN

COUNTIRES: NETHERLANDS / SPAIN / GERMANY / IRELAND / SWEDEN

DIALLING CODES: INDIA / CHINA / FRANCE / USA / AUSTRALIA


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.

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.


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).

 


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 www.pushforaptich.co.uk or speak to your Captain.

 

AHC Juniors - February 2016 from Matthew Steven on Vimeo.