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The clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in and the Christmas adverts are in full swing on the TV! Must be nearly time for a mid season review!
All teams are performing well – some better than others. On the mens side the 1s and 5s continue to dominate their respective leagues. The 1s style of hockey this year is particularly exciting (averaging more than 5 goals a game)and is a result of some new ideas and “young blood” blended with experience. The recent top of the table clash with Newmarket was a particular highlight. The 5s continue to win – again some young players supporting and being mentored by the “old guard”. The new mens 6s have recorded their first wins this month and the other teams continue to provide stern tests for all opponents.
The ladies 2s and 3s are finding life in their new “promoted” leagues tough at times but are both producing some good results to try to consolidate their positions in mid table. The Ladies 1s have also find themselves mid-table after a mixture of results – being unlucky at times with draws and 1 goal losses a little too common for their liking!!
Masters ladies and mens teams have been in action in the EH knockout competitions this month – the Trophy competition beckons for teams so far!
The U18 boys recorded a good victory over Chelmsford earlier in the month and progress to the next round of the U18 cup against Bourne Deeping in the new year. U14 boys and girls have also been in action in their respective EH regional leagues – still a couple of games to go before we know if they will progress.
Sunday morning training for U8, U10 & U12 continues to be as well attended as ever with numbers in many age groups at capacity. Thanks to all our coaches, managers and parent volunteers who continue to make these sessions so popular.
As you may have seen in our “News” section the club has this month set up a “satellite” club at Thurston Community College after school on mondays. This is being supported by a grant from Suffolk Sport and being led by Julie Grayling & Teresa Smith. The first session was well attended and will hopefully lead to an increase in interest in the Club from a previously under represented section of the local community.
New Pitch Project Update – November
Since the Club’s AGM back in May, the Committee, together with the Development Committee have made some significant progress in raising funds for the new pitch at Culford.
Over £220,000 has now been pledged by members and supporters of the Club through the Loan Note Scheme and for this we are immensely grateful.
The Development Committee are pleased to report that we have now achieved three conditional grant awards from the National Hockey Foundation, England Hockey and Sport England totalling £200,000. Work is currently underway to turn these into full awards. The Loan Scheme, together with Club funds now sits at £250,000, which means that we are nearing our £500,000 total, now reduced due to some helpful VAT arrangements. The construction works for the new pitch have just been re-priced and remain within the original budget.
We are very encouraged by this position and are now working with Culford School and the external grant funders to address their various conditions. We are also now considering how we can meet the funding shortfall of approx. £50,000 so we can be in a position to confirm that the project will definitely go ahead as proposed in 2015. Watch this space!