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Ben Rogers – Men’s 1st team coach

Westbury and United Banks Hockey Club would like to introduce our new 1st team coach, Ben Rogers. We are excited as a club to have Ben on board and look forward to the short and medium-term future when we believe Westbury & UB Hockey Club will become a force to be reckoned with in the West. As a player, Ben played for Wales  gaining over 50 senior international caps and playing in several European Championships and World Cup Qualifier tournaments. Additionally, he has played in the English premier league for a number of seasons and recently has played and coached in the premier leagues in Japan and Singapore, as well as having coached university and school teams in the UK in the past. He has a wide range of experience from both a playing and coaching perspective here and overseas. He hopes to bring a performance-driven focus to Westbury and UB hockey that will enable the club to turn its potential as a large club into ultimately a national league club at 1st XI level in the near future. He would like to establish a cohesive programme that is aimed at performance throughout the club and to develop the home-grown talent of the academy players, whilst also embracing the ethos of the club as a family and fun club

Ben Rogers – Men’s 1st team coach 2017-12-14T23:45:49+00:00

So you want to be a coach?…..

The team at Gocrea8 are running Introduction to Coaching Course on behalf of England Hockey on Sunday the 24th September at Badminton School in Bristol. If you are interested in attending or have staff/coaches that want to attend please do get in touch. This is fantastic opportunity to broaden understanding and knowledge on the game of hockey. The course is designed to help new coaches, assistants and helpers build important foundations and key learning points when delivering their sessions and coaching.  

So you want to be a coach?….. 2017-09-09T18:11:41+00:00

Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017

EuroHockey is back between 18th and 27th August. This is a good way to get yourself back into hockey after a the summer. You can catch it on BT Sport or via the England Hockey Channels. ( England Hockey YouTube Channel located HERE ) Links to check out Rabo EuroHockey web site - CLICK HERE England Hockey web site - CLICK HERE FIH web site - CLICK HERE   Times of the matches Full Schedule is available here as a PDF - CLICK HERE

Rabo EuroHockey Championships 2017 2017-08-17T21:07:31+00:00

U15 player selected for England Hockey’s Futures Cup

Both the club (and of course his family!) are thrilled to say that G Nicholls has been selected for England Hockey's Futures Cup!!! What does this mean? G Nicholls has been selected as one of 18 boys (16 Outfield and 2 Goalkeepers) to represent West Hockey at the U15 Futures Cup. This is a tournament held in St. Albans just before the August Bank holiday weekend.  He will play against teams from the North, East and South of England plus Scotland and Wales. We wanted to take this moment to wish him all the best on this fantastic achievement and we are all rooting for him! More details about England Hockey's Future Cup can be found on their web by CLICKING HERE The team selections broken down on this link HERE    

U15 player selected for England Hockey’s Futures Cup 2017-07-24T19:38:57+00:00

Under 16s Win the League & Tournament Double!

The Under 16s under the guidance of Mike Small completed their season Sunday by winning the Bristol U16s' 11-a-side tournament at Bristol & West's Winterborne pitch for the second time. The league had already been secured for a third successive season with the team losing just once. On the way they set a club goal scoring record with a 17-0 win at Weston-Super-Mare. The Bristol U16 League table. NB Goals S = Scored Goals C = conceded Team Played Wins DRAW Lost GD Goals S Goals C Points 1 Westbury 1 12 11 0 1 87 95 7 33 2 Bristol & West 12 7 1 4 5 39 34 22 3 Old Bristolians 12 2 4 6 -17 22 39 10 4 Somerset Gryphons 12 2 4 6 -28 19 47 10 5 W-S-M 12 1 5 6 -46 15 61 8   The U16s started with two early goals against Bristol & West but conceded near the end but held on to win 2-1. As games progressed they proved to be the dominant team scoring goals in their next four games within the first couple of minutes to wrap up victories against Weston (4-0), Westbury U14s (2-0), Cheltenham (3-0) Cirencester (5-0). The game verses Cheltenham had a back story. In the England Hockey Cup a Cheltenham team made up of elite players from Cheltenham Public Schools beat Westbury 16-1 and went on to win the competition. The Cheltenham team on Sunday was a more realistic club side. Westbury were always in charge of the game and wiped away the memory of that heavy defeat with a well deserved 3-0 result. The Cirencester game needed to be won because three sides were still in

Under 16s Win the League & Tournament Double! 2017-07-22T19:40:12+00:00

HockeyFest is back for 2017!!

What is HockeyFest? Hockey Fest is focused on the friendly and social side of hockey where clubs open their doors to new and existing hockey players. If you are feeling inspired from the summer of hockey then Hockey Fest is a perfect way to join the hockey family. That can be from juniors to volunteering to parents coming back to the sport there is something for everyone. HockeyFest 2017 runs between August 19th to September 10th! More can be found on the England Hockey Web site What is Westbury & United Banks HC doing for HockeyFest?   The answer is quite a lot! We are looking to get as many current (and new players) involved, so please do come along and play, support and help us make this the best event we have put on for the players.   Events planned   Event 1-  Academy Game Devils v Cardinals 7:30pm start Tuesday 1st August Please note that this is a build-up match to our HockeyFest Event on 2nd September  Further information can be found lower down on this post     Event 2 - Academy Game Devils v Cardinals 7:30pm start Tuesday 15th August Please note that this is a build-up match to our HockeyFest Event on 2nd September Further information can be found lower down on this post     Event 3 - HockeyFest Academy Game Devils v Cardinals 7:30pm start Tuesday 29th August. Please note that this is a build-up match to our HockeyFest Event on 2nd September Further information can be found lower down on this post     Event 4 -  The Westbury HockeyFest BIG BASH Saturday 2nd September Three games planned for the whole club 12:30pm ('A' XI v 'B' XI) 2:00pm ('C'

HockeyFest is back for 2017!! 2017-08-17T21:50:39+00:00

QuickSticks FREE Hockey Sessions for 6-11 Year Olds

Start Your Hockey Adventure Here………………         What is QuickSticks?  - Fun taster sessions for beginners: boys and girls  - Training of basic skills and games  - Sticks provided – just turn up and play!  - Friendly and experienced coaches and helpers When is it?  - The course of 6 sessions starts June 3rd 2017  - Runs for 6 consecutive Saturdays  - 09.45am – 11am How do we take part?  - To sign up just email:  Reference: WUBHC Quicksticks 2017 Where does it take place?  - Hosted at Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club  - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Coombe Lane, Bristol, Avon, BS9 2BJ.

QuickSticks FREE Hockey Sessions for 6-11 Year Olds 2017-06-03T20:09:54+00:00

Academy Club Day Report 2017

On April 21st 2017 the sun shone for the 2017 Academy Club Day. We held 2 tournaments for the U10s and U12 whilst the U8s played Quicksticks. Under 12s  4 mixed U12 teams demonstrated some excellent play and teamwork applying their skills developed over the season to play each other in a round robin series of 12 minute fixtures.  The team coached by Ian Coles were run away winners winning all 3 of their matches. It was then tight for the remaining places with each of the other sides tied on one victory.  The team coached by Jon Lane sneaked second place with 3rd and 4th places being decided by goals scored.  The team coached by Chris Gilbert came 3 and lastly the one coached by Jon Bower came 4th.  John Donald top scored with 4 goals. The day was the culmination of an excellent season with the age group notching up 60 goals between them and Harry Rosen led the way with 19 goals.  Alex Attryde was second with 15 goals and John Donald third with 13. Player of the season was tricky to determine.  The qualities if a fine hockey player go further than skill on the pitch. Team spirit, attitude, dedication,  commitment, availability are all part of being a great hockey player. One person has stood out and proven to be a really solid midfield player with the ability to encourage younger players around him and to score some goals. He also has an excellent  vision of the game and usually will comes off the pitch with ideas on what we might do differently in the next game. This person is John Donald.  Well done John. Special thanks to those who have been

Academy Club Day Report 2017 2017-06-03T19:54:20+00:00

What are you doing Sunday 28th May?

Here at Westbury hockey club we like to support charities as much as possible. We received a request from club man - Phil Clear.   Here is a little more information.. Welcome to Ryan’s next chapter… Ryan Bresnahan, our amazing son and brother, died very suddenly on 31 March 2010 of Meningitis B. He was a fit, healthy, caring, funny, gorgeous young man; he simply took our breath away. We lost him within an hour – we had no time to say goodbye. ‘a Life for a Cure’ was founded as both a legacy to Ryan and to help raise awareness and valuable funds in search of the ultimate vaccine. This Bristol charity run purely on a voluntary basis is simply about working together to stop other amazing young lives being lost to meningitis. Some good must come from losing Ryan. Huge thanks for your support. John, Michelle and Charlotte xxXx There is a PDF file which gives all the details of this event planned for Sunday 28th May 2017 Event Details - Click HERE

What are you doing Sunday 28th May? 2017-05-03T22:51:17+00:00

Westbury Vets bag 7 goals!

Match Report : David "Bomber" Harris A new look Vets team took on OB’s Vets on the upper home pitch at 1pm on 30th April 2017 ….a very different looking opposition side to the team that we played against 2 years ago (much younger). OB’s only had 10 men for the first 15 mins but throughout the first half Westbury dominated and kept possession really well. This led to 3 well taken goals and Westbury were cruising at the half way point. The second half saw OB’s come into the game more, but still couldn’t get past our new Keeper Adam Whitlock. Stout defending meant an excellent clean sheet and further goals were scored in the 2nd half to enjoy a 7-0 victory. We enjoyed drinks, sausage and chips back at the Dirty Duck after the game. Stampy and Jimmer were a solid back 2 pairing with Phil Clear, Terry Bennet and Roger substituting across the other defence positions. Mason and Bomber were central midfield and Jon Bower was right mid with the dynamic John Ludley on the left. TC, Shads and Jon Swann rotated up front. Vets debuts for TC, Shads, Mace, Jon Bower and Phil Clear. An excellent team effort – well done lads ! The scorers were Shads – 2 TC – 1 Jon Swann – 3 Stampy (yes Stampy !) – 1

Westbury Vets bag 7 goals! 2017-05-03T21:59:58+00:00