Alton Hockey Club News pages

12 Dec 2017 : AHC - Christmas Club Day this Saturday - Timings

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, the timings are as follows:


9am-10am - Minis/U8/U10 training (as normal)

10am-11am - U12 and U14 tournament (plus any parents who would like to play)

11am-1:30pm - Senior player's tournament (please enter availability on website so we have an idea of numbers)


There will be teas and coffees available as usual and also the water bottles will be for sale.


We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday,


The AHC Committee

12 Dec 2017 : No U12 training tonight
LWC pitch is frozen so no training tonight.

08 Dec 2017 : AHC Quiz Night (inc Fish and Chips) 2nd February 2018

We're back by popular demand (well Trimmer, Soggy and Pitball think so.)

The AHC Quiz Night (including Fish and Chips) is back on Friday 2nd February 2018 only £10 per person at Alton Rugby Club.

Get your tickets now from the usual sources (Soggy, Trimmer, Pete, Bex or Paul.)

Hurry places are limited.

See you then

The 5th XI Quiz Masters.

22 Nov 2017 : Level One Umpire Course @ Army Hockey Astro Aldershot GU11 2LD Saturday 6th January 2018

Many of you are aware Alton Hockey Club is desperate for more umpires at Senior and Junior level we need more people umpiring matches than ever before.

With this in mind the following L1 Umpire Award course is now available to book via the England Hockey website Find A Course page

Saturday 6th January 2018



Army Hockey Astro, Aldershot GU11 2LD
Booking Deadline
Wednesday 20th December

Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.
For any queries please contact


The Club will Pay in fees for this course as long as in return we are able to call on you during the season to umpire matches accordingly

Many Thanks

Ian Southgate

AHC Umpiring Officer

21 Nov 2017 : Fundraising Target Reached!
Fundraising Target Reached!Alton Hockey Club celebrated at the weekend with their Final Push for a Pitch. The fundraising event held at Eggar's School set out to raise the final £8000 that the club needed to reach its £50000 target to support the school's bid to build a new astro turf, and they succeeded with flying colours. 

Having heard that planning permission for the pitch had been granted on Friday,  club members were already in fine spirits when they arrived to enjoy drinks and a hog roast. During the meal, attendees were treated to a fascinating and inspirational talk by ex-GB international goalkeeper and Director of Mercian Hockey, Simon Mason. He discussed his journey to where he is now,  choices that we make in life and about success (as well as ribbing Club coach and former GB international Soma Singh about his past moustaches!) 

Following Mason's motivational speech, Nick Godfrey stepped up to lead an auction of fantastic items including premiership football and rugby tickets, holiday home stays in France and Cornwall and a whole host of other amazing offers. The evening finished with dancing and safe to say everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Having reached their total target of £50000 over two years,  the club can only wait now for the date that the diggers can start,  hopefully before the start of next season to celebrate the Club's 40th anniversary! 

09 Aug 2017 : 2017/18 Season Membership Details

Here's a link to the new season's membership form: AHC_Membership_form 2017-18.pdf

There have been no increases in fees for this year!


Please note the following dates for payment of subs:

25th September (full payment or first instalment)

1st October - final deadline to be able to continue training and playing matches (£10 surcharge)

17th February - second instalment due


The reason for the slightly earlier than usual deadlines for first payment is that the new EH insurance policy will only cover unpaid members for three weeks.


Any questions, please email Matthew Steven -

19 Jul 2017 : AHC - Eggars Astroturf Update - Exciting News!

We have some great news from the Development Committee – the planning application for the new Astroturf @ Eggars has been submitted!


You can find details here:


Please can all members view the application and submit positive comments supporting the application? This is important as it demonstrates community support for the pitch.


Whilst on the subject of the new astroturf, we are into the final stage of our ‘Push for a Pitch’ campaign. Rather than ongoing small events to generate funds, we are proposing to hold another party at Eggars in November so  please save the date – 18th November 7pm to midnight. More details to follow but we are hoping to replicate and improve on the event we held last year!


Finally, we have been investigating other ways of generating funds without actually asking for people to donate. Impossible? Turns out it isn’t! We have set ourselves up as a cause on the Easy Fundraising site. By simply registering, any online shopping you do will result in a donation to Alton Hockey Club.


As an example, Gosport HC have been using this for about three months and in that time, over 51 people have registered and has resulted in over £600 of donations!


Please take the time to register at the following site, it takes under a minute and it costs you nothing, but will help the club!


More details on the 'Final Push for a Pitch' party to come soon!




The AHC Development Committee


07 Jul 2017 : Alton Hockey Club 2017-18 Training Times

 we have had to make some amendments to the Club Training times for the upcoming season.

The main switch is that Men's Training has moved from a Tuesday to a Wednesday Evening 7pm to 8-30pm and the Under 12 now have another slot at Lord Wandsworth College on a Tuesday Evening.

Training Times are:

Monday's 6-7pm Under 14's Lord Wandsworth College (LWC)

Monday's 7-8.30pm Ladies @ LWC

Tuesday's 6-7pm Under 12's @ LWC

Wednesday's 7-8-30pm Mens @ LWC

Saturdays 9-11am Juniors aged 6-12 Amery Hill School


Training will start week commencing Monday 4th September 2017


Have a nice rest of your Summer and remember that there is still a few summer inter club games at LWC on a Thursday evening left if you want to dust off your Stick and shin-pads!!!!!


Ian Southgate

Fixtures Secretary


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


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 ;-)