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Club7s kick Start Season

Hello there! As we look forward to the start of the new season we kick things off with our Club 7s event. This is the 10th year we have been running this and it also support the England Hockey campaign - HockeyFest. HOCKEYFEST WESTBURY'S 10th CLUB 7s   When : Saturday 31st August Where : Coombe Dingle Sports Complex Time : 1:00-3:00pm Kick off the new season at Westbury with our popular Club 7s For all senior and Academy members Look out for a Teamer message to sign up to take part (out by 16th August) Fees £10 seniors £5 Academy Westberries will be holding their Hockeyfest Club Day 11-1pm Please accept on Teamer by Saturday 24th August, teams and schedule published the next day.

Club7s kick Start Season2019-08-19T20:50:29+00:00

Westbury celebrations at end of year dinner

  It was an evening of celebration for Westbury & United Banks Hockey club at their end of season dinner held once again at the County Ground on Friday 29 March.   100 club members, former players and guests came together for the club’s dinner which this year celebrates its 95th anniversary. This season has seen 3 promotions in the Verde South West and Wales Hockey League with the 2s securing promotion from Central 1 as champions with the 3s securing promotion from West Central 1 and the 6s securing promotion from West Central 3. Fielding 7 senior men’s sides in the winter league as well as 4 summer league teams Westbury is one of the largest hockey clubs in the area.     It wasn’t just a celebration of the senior men’s league sides because the club has also fielded teams in the O40s and O50s England hockey championships. The U18s which was formed last season also have had a promising cup run in the England Hockey champs. Many of those players have progressed through the ever growing Westbury Academy which starts with the U8s. 170 players have played for a senior team this season as well as 155 with the Academy in a festival or tournament.   GB Olympic Medal winner - Simon Mason Guest speaker - triple Olympian goalkeeper - Simon Mason shared his experience of his playing career as well as observations on the development of the game. He also provided superb insight and reflections on some of the challenges sportsmen and women face.   Club Captain Jon Bower addressing the room   Commenting on the evening, club captain Jon Bower said ‘it has been a privilege

Westbury celebrations at end of year dinner2019-04-08T18:37:00+00:00

Book now for Masters Tournament – June 9th 2019

  It might seem like a while away, but we are already planning and organising our Masters' Tournament.   The schedule: The tournament will be 11-a-side. We will have either a ‘round robin’ competition, or 2 pools and cross over finals depending on the number of entries. Bar facilities will be available throughout the day Matches will be played on the sand based artificial turf pitches. The pitches will be booked from 12:00 – 4:00. (The playing schedule will be sent out closer to the date) Cost: The charge is currently £130 per team Age: The event is for masters players (40+) but most teams bring a spread of players from all the masters’ age groups. However, we appreciate that some clubs may not have a full complement of veterans available and we would not want to prevent them from taking part. If you find you are a couple of players short, please feel free to put in some ‘near 40 year olds’ to make up your team. This is an opportunity to give future masters players a taster of what is to come. If you find your masters goalkeeper is unavailable (a problem we often have), you are welcome to include a younger goalkeeper. Goalkeeping is a specialist skill and it is best to have an experienced keeper rather than an outfield player putting on the pads! What to do next: Please email us on fixturessecretary@westburyhockey.com  with your details and we can get you added. Click here for our PDF flyer - Masters Tournament 9th June 2019

Book now for Masters Tournament – June 9th 20192018-12-23T22:53:34+00:00

Kicking off our Outreach programme with local schools

St Ursulas E-ACT Academy This is John Swann from Westbury & United Banks HC  kicking off the season’s outreach project. In these photos we are helping to deliver hockey to year 6 at St. Ursula’s E-Act Academy on 26th October. You can see we are using our brand new kit supplied by England Hockey.   ElmLea Junior School Jon Bower took time out from his working day to support our Outreach programme this time with ElmLea Juniors. Here is what Jon had to say.. Excellent afternoon off work helping @ElmleaJuniorSch Y5 girls hockey team in a tournament @BadmintonSchool - undefeated and without conceding they won it; lots of @WestburyHockey and CliftonLadiesHC players in side - credit to regular coach Emma Hinkins who couldn’t be there

Kicking off our Outreach programme with local schools2018-11-07T20:29:16+00:00

New Academy kit from England Hockey

During the Women’s World Cup this summer we entered another, rather less energetic England Hockey competition, one that required some creative thought and no need to step onto a pitch. The goal was to win a bag full of new quick sticks equipment.  In typical Westbury and UB winning style, victory was ours and just in time for the new season, our sparkly new kit was delivered; 25 sticks, 25 balls and games cards, all in a lovely new bag. It was just as well, on our opening Sunday academy session we coached over 180 children, including many novices who had need for the sticks. So a big thank you to England Hockey, we will be using the equipment not only on a Sunday morning, but also for our outreach sessions that we deliver to local primary schools

New Academy kit from England Hockey2018-09-22T11:04:36+00:00

On BBC Radio Bristol

On Wednesday 21 March we were interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol to talk about the great work we are doing as a club in terms of the development on the field with our senior sides and Academy as well as our work in the community with Quiksticks taking place with local schools. You can listen to Club Captain Will Jones, 1st team Captain Gareth Nichols and Welfare Officer Jon Bower being interviewed by Geoff Twentyman during the first half hour or so of the Sports Store show which looks at grassroots sport each week. The interview with Geoff Twentyman has been split into two parts below Part 1  Part 2    

On BBC Radio Bristol2018-03-26T20:08:34+00:00

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 visit2018-03-06T20:07:59+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 Feb2018-01-30T15:30:12+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 20182018-01-11T15:59:53+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 Westbury2017-12-21T22:32:07+00:00