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2 Olympic Gold Medallists pay us a visit

  We're grateful to Kate and Helen for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend time with us. We hope you all enjoyed this session, It’s not every week you get to see gold medal Olympians and we had 2! Our Academy goes from strength to strength with over 200 children registered in the U8-U14 age groups.  Our U14s are now successfully feeding into the senior Westbury Men's teams and Westberries Ladies Saturday sides.  Our U16s boys side continues to thrive in the Badgers league and our recently launched U18s boys played their first competitive match against a combination of our Men’s 1sts and 2nds. We have some photos, the recording from the BBC Points West News programme and the audio recording from BBC Radio Bristol here which we wanted to share with you all. BBC Radio Bristol Interview BBC Points West covered the event

2 Olympic Gold Medallists pay us a visit 2018-03-06T20:07:59+00:00

Super Saturday – 3rd Feb

It's coming!... Saturday 3rd Feb What are you doing Saturday 3rd Feb? We have 5 of our 7 teams playing at Coombe Dingle (our 2nds are playing as the "away" team) See below who is playing and at what time. Come along and support. Why not support the matches before and after yours? Not playing due to injury? - hop along and support us (if your injury allows of course) Bring family and friends along lets pack the dingle! Whose playing and when? I've highlighted in red the games taking place at Coombe Dingle so help you plan your Super Saturday Date Team Start Opponents H/A Venue Pitch Kit 3rd Feb 1st XI 2:30 Team Bath Buccs A Home Coombe Dingle Lower red 3rd Feb 2nd XI 4:00 Bristol University B Away Coombe Dingle   white 3rd Feb 3rd XI 10:30 N Wilts Away Dorcan Recreation Complex   white 3rd Feb Wanderers 4:00 Bridgwater A Home Coombe Dingle Lower red 3rd Feb Wizards 5:30 O Bristolians C Home Coombe Dingle Upper red 3rd Feb Warriors 5:30 Clifton Robinsons E Home Coombe Dingle Lower red 3rd Feb Widgets 3:00 Bristol & West E Away Winterborne Academy   red

Super Saturday – 3rd Feb 2018-01-30T15:30:12+00:00

Club Dinner – Friday 23rd March 2018

Well it's time to start making plans for our Club Dinner. This is always a fantastic event and while its only open the the male members of the club who are over 15. Want to attend? Click on the button under the poster   I want to attend the Club Dinner 2018    

Club Dinner – Friday 23rd March 2018 2018-01-11T15:59:53+00:00

U18s section unveiled at Westbury

We are pleased and very excited to announce our plans to establish an Under 18’s side at Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club. We are making this move in order to improve the transition of our junior players into senior hockey. There will be an increased focus on performance and we hope to give our promising young players every opportunity they need to achieve their goals on the pitch – from Westbury & United Banks Hockey Club 1st XI, county, regional and even international level. We plan to form our U18 squad from the New Year with three dedicated training sessions and three friendly matches against local teams. This will provide the platform to enter the relevant local Leagues and at a national level, the England Hockey Championship, in the 2018 / 2019 season. The development of an U18 side will provide the platform for this age group to compete competitively against both local and national opposition, and through a structured training program in line with the club’s 1st XI, will provide a pathway and opportunity for players to make the step up to gain selection for the 1st and 2nd XI senior men’s teams. Ben Rogers, our newly appointed 1st XI coach, will run the coaching program for the U18s, and the U16 / colts will continue to be run by Joe Thomas. As a player, Ben has played for Wales having gained over 50 senior international caps and played in several European Championships and World Cup Qualifier tournaments. Additionally, he has played in the England 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

U18s section unveiled at Westbury 2017-12-21T22:32:07+00:00

Latest hockey club production – The Spy Who Left me

The Westbury Hockey Players return to the Alma with their twelfth production (and their eighth at the Alma). What’s it about? – well if we told you we’d have to kill you. But suffice to say, it is a comedy which involves the return of a long lost husband, a stalking dentist, an unhandy handyman, a few spooks and a three piece suite. The cast, drawn from Westbury HC and Westberries HC, look forward to entertaining you. Tickets are now on sale for a new play called 'The Spy Who Left Me' - Wrriten by Club member Martin Fey. This will as usual be performed at the Alma Vale Tavern Theatre in Clifton on March 7th to 10th. Tickets are very reasonably priced at £5.50 and are available by clicking on  the following link - HERE  

Latest hockey club production – The Spy Who Left me 2017-12-17T22:57:32+00:00

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