Alton Hockey Club News pages

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

07 Jun 2016 : Summer Hockey Camps

We are now only running one hockey camp over the summer. Please click on the date below to be taken to the booking site.

22-24th August


The camp will be running 10am - 3pm. Cost is £25 per day or £65 for three days.

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.

01 Jun 2016 : Summer League Teams and Fixtures

Each week there are 3 games of "7-a-side" (inc GK or kicking-back), with the games each lasting for 55 minutes. The first two games start at 7.30pm and the 3rd game starts at 8.30pm. All games are played on half a pitch at Lord Wandsworth College.
A fixture list of games is on the attached PDF file, with teamsheets as well - so take a look at what team you are in and when you are due to play. Please note I have tried to keep families together so that lifts to LWC can be shared.

Given the number of people that have registered, I have created teams of about 10 players of mixed ability across the club. This should give enough coverage for when people are away during the summer weeks.  If you wish to come early each week, you may well get an extra game if any teams are short… We also have a spare half-pitch in the second session so if anyone wants to stay behind we can play a friendly as well.

Goalkeepers aren't in any specific team as they are needed in every game, so please feel free to turn up each week and you will be asked to play in both the 7.30 & 8.30pm games - otherwise the teams will need to have a kicking-back
The format for this year is a league table. At the end of the Summer League the league winners will be presented with trophies for winning the league.
The cost for each week is £5 for everyone (including Goalkeepers) to cover pitch and lighting costs.

You may wish to purchase a summer season pass for £40, which covers you for all 10 games, saving £10 on the individual week price. If you want to take up this offer the £40 has to be paid by 23rd June (3rd week in) otherwise you will be charged £5 per week played.
To make it easy I have shown on the fixture list what colour your team are due to play in each week (either Yellow or Blue) so please bring the correct colour as it does help get the games under way quickly.
We also need people to umpire games on the evening - so if you are available to umpire in the time slot you are not playing this would be appreciated - a whistle can be provided!
Each week you will receive an  email reminder of the next week’s matches and results and league table based on previous weeks results - so make sure this email doesn't go to your SPAM address!

I look forward to a great summer of mixed hockey!

If you have any questions, please give me a shout.

Cheers, Matthew



Summer League Fixtures.pdf

Summer League Teams.pdf

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


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).


09 May 2016 : Alton Hockey Club - Inaugural Summer Sevens League - Starting June 9th

This summer we are proposing to run the inaugural 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 9th June.

The tournament is open to anyone aged 13 and over. Teams will be mixed 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 2nd June.

Thanks, Matthew


AHC Treasurer and Summer League Organiser

Mob: 07511422111

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