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Club Day is on Saturday 8th April

  Please note the date has changed to Saturday 8th April. Unfortunately every weekend in April clashes with the staggered school holidays in different authorities and the bank holidays. We have chosen the closest Saturday to the end of the season and hope that many of you will be able to join in. We usually spilt into eight teams with one player from each of the men's teams, one from each of the ladies' teams and a couple of Academy players in each side. This makes balanced teams and a chance for everybody to play with different club members. On the day registration starts at 12:00. At 12:30 we present the men's trophies to Team Players of the Year and Team Leading Goalscorers. At 12:45 we have the club photo. Games start at 1:00pm. There are usually two pools of four teams with cross over finals. The cost will be £10 seniors, £5 juniors. We hope that this year there will be a barbecue. The event finishes by 5:00pm. Look out for a Teamer message and Academy email (men's club) and a group email (ladies' club). Please respond so that we have a good idea of numbers. The teams can then be organised so that they have a balanced mix of players.

Westbury & UB HC appear in the Hockey Paper!

We are the first club in Bristol (even the West!) to hook up with the Hockey Paper which is dedicated to just hockey. We are starting to form a good link with the editor (Thanks also need to go to Martin Palmer for his time to help provide the wording which appeared. The aim was to show how hockey is booming, as we well know in Westbury from our strong Saturday sides to our very successful Academy section which has over 100 children attending weekly. We really are a club on the move. The story also showed the 3 generations of the Holliday family on the pitch - Another first for us as a club.    

Training is back 7th September

Hockey training starts up again... Date - Wednesday 7th September Colts 6:00-7:00pm 1sts & 2nds 7:00-8:30pm Rest of Club 8:30-10:00pm Venue - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex Please take a note of the times for the various sections of the club.  

Sunday Academy Sessions are back 4th September

We are starting the Sunday Academy sessions again.... Date - Sunday 4th September Time - 0930-1100 Where - Coombe Dingle Sports Complex   Who are they aimed at? We have a number of age groups within our growing Academy we start with U8s and go up to U16s. From here we feed into the senior teams. This is done with the guidance of the coaching staff and the parents. Please do check out our Academy pages on the web site. The "Academy Home page" is located HERE. We also have further updates being added soon, so please do check back often   We have online membership forms you can complete as well, one for each age group. There are located on the Membership page of the web site HERE  

Club Dinner – Date announced

  We are pleased to announce that we have set the date for our 2016 Annual Club Dinner. Date: Friday 18th March 2016   Venue: Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground - The Grace rooms from 7pm Guest speaker: Back by popular demand, Andy Blackmore Club speaker: TBC but Village has offered...... Cost: £40 per adult ticket, £30 concessions for schoolboys only (included in the price is a £5 raffle draw ticket, additional raffle tickets can be bought separately) Over 16's only.   Further details to be released in due course.

Big Bash Hockey Fest 2015

Hockey Fest is an England Hockey concept: HockeyFest is replacing Club Weekend as the social event of the season.  Running from the 29th August through to the 13th September 2015 HockeyFest is a fantastic opportunity for clubs to promote their club, and the social aspect of their club, by being part of a national hockey festival. With this in mind we have shaken up what we have done in the past and we now present The Big Bash! Westbury Hockey - Big Bash 5th September The format has yet to be decided but it looks to be set around mixing the players up and having a tournament. Please keep an eye out for Teamer alert as you will need to reply to this in order for the organisers to get an understanding of numbers etc. We are looking to have our 1st team lead by skipper Gavin to source some quality opposition which will kick start the event for us. As stated earlier the rest of the club (which will also include our Academy players) would then take part in the Big Bash. Book the date now! We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

2015/16 Season is coming…

Just like winter in Game of Throne the new season is coming.... and it will be here sooner then some think! We are making updates to the web site so please do keep checking for the latest information and details. Don't forget just because we are "out of season" you can still post and chat on our social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Flickr - Links are at the top and bottom of the web site.) Also for our current members please keep an eye out for the Newsletters which will keep you all informed of what we are doing as a club. This will cover all areas of the senior sides as well as our growing Academy section. (If you have changed your email address or feel we may have an out of date address for you please let me know by clicking Paul@sharpshootin.com    

Help needed for QuickSticks

  On 6th June we kick off our QuickSticks sessions, these run for 6 weeks Full details are on our web site, http://www.westburyhockey.com/quicksticks/  We are looking for members and parents to help out. You do not need to have a coaching qualification we merely need people to help make the sessions run smoothly and generally point the children in the right direction.  If you are able to help please reply to this email or get in touch with Mark Colton (bigmc@blueyonder.co.uk )  

England Hockey – Coaching Update

A message from our England Hockey Relationship manager - Andy Blackmore I am sure that you are aware that for the past 12 months, England Hockey has been reviewing the coaching pathway.  In partnership with Scottish Hockey and Hockey Wales a Great Britain Coaching Strategy has been developed and new courses are now available, whilst others should be ready in September.   The revised coach development pathway provides more accessibility and flexibility for a coach to access relevant support and knowledge specific to their role. We believe this will deliver much better player experiences that will help influence children, young people and adults to take up, stay in and progress within in hockey.   Use the links below for details of the new pathway and courses that have replaced the previous Level 2 Coach Award qualification.   The key changes   Frequently Asked Questions   Sessional Coach Courses – including a course in Bristol in July.  Closing date for bookings (booked and paid online) 15th July.   Coach Course – including a course in Plymouth in June (closing date for bookings 3rd June) and a course in Bristol in August (closing date for bookings 21st July).   In additional a series of 3 hour Coaching Workshops are also available as part of the Great Britain Coaching Club Programme.  There are Workshops available in Taunton, Bristol, Oxford, Worcester and further afield between now and the start of next season.   Please ensure that this information is cascaded to your members, coaches and potential coaches.   Enjoy the summer.