About Surbiton Hockey Club
A Message From the Director
More Reason For Optimism At Sugden Road in 2013-14
Surbiton Hockey Club has much to look forward to in 2013-14, not only as our teams take on new challenges at all levels, but with much needed new facilities due to be unveiled at Sugden Road.
Due to the progress made by the club, we needed to upgrade our facilities, and on 28 September, our new second, sand dressed pitch, plus new clubhouse facilities including modern changing rooms, and a new kitchen will officially be opened as “The Future Is Now”.
We are very grateful to everybody who contributed to our “Bye Bye To The Beach” appeal, as without those donations, we would be not be in a position to offer the top class facilities that a club of our status requires.
Rob Dunn is about to embark on his second season as Club Captain, and we thank him for his hard work, especially in promoting the appeal to replace Pitch 2. Mark Rye will also continue as SHC President.
The Ladies section will face exciting challenges this season, following a successful season in 2012-13 when five out of eight teams were promoted, and L1 qualified for the end of season play-offs.
L1 will be aiming to build on last season’s success, and with five England internationals and one Welsh international in the squad, will be aiming for European qualification in only their second season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division. The indoor squad will also be aiming for promotion to the Premier Division.
Surbiton will have two teams in the South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League for the first time, after L3 won promotion from the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division to SCWHL Division 3B, from which L2 were promoted after winning all 22 games.
L5, L7. and L8 will play in Surrey Divisions 4, 8 and 9 respectively in 2013-14, after promotion was confirmed after the end of the 2012-13 season, and with L9 due to make their debut this season, the Ladies’ section continues to expand.
The top three teams’ success is testament to Jo Firth’s hard work in overseeing the selection of the Performance teams, and we are very grateful to Jo.. We also thank Ellie Vickery, the Ladies’ Chair of Selection for her hard work in her first season in the post, in helping three teams to win promotion.
M1 will have a European challenge to look forward to this season after qualifying for the Euro Hockey League for the first time in their history. And they will also have the Men’s Cup to defend after their 3-1 victory over Hampstead & Westminster at Wakefield last May.
New Coach, Todd Williams did an excellent job after a disappointing start to the season, but patience was rewarded as the team recovered from a couple of setbacks to finish as runners-up to Beeston in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Championships.
The only disappointment was relegation from the Maxifuel Super Sixes Premier Division, but the team will aim to bounce back when the indoor season resumes in 2014.
Two teams won their leagues in 2012-13, M8 won promotion from SOHL Division 4, finishing five points ahead of nearest rivals, Cheam; and the Jokers were convincing winners of the London League Vets Division One, over Reading Rustlers. Surbiton Spares (now known as the Sparticans) (M9) also had a successful debut season in the Thames Valley Conference.
M2, M5, and the Jokers also qualified for the League Cups, all finishing as runners-up in their respective finals.
Mike Gilroy-Scott chaired Men’s selection for the second season, and we thank him for his hard work.
Whether you dream of Olympic glory or wish to play a great team sport at a modest level, a warm welcome will await you at Sugden Road. All our young members are offered specialist training by some of the country’s top hockey coaches, and everyone gets to play competitive matches throughout the season.
Our Junior Performance Groups regularly supply players to the various junior national, regional, and county squads. With our youngest Colts starting their hockey at the age of 6, we have a thriving Junior Academy programme on Sunday mornings.
Colts members come from dozens of schools both in Elmbridge and far beyond and we pride ourselves in seeing lasting new friendships being forged on and off the field. Our aim is to provide learning within our training, whilst having fun and we would like to thank Will Fulker and Mark Atherton and their team of coaches for their hard work this year in achieving those objectives and to Fred Moore for his continuing tireless efforts with the Colts and their parents.
All of their hard work has been rewarded with national titles for our U14 Boys and Girls, and our U12 Girls; whilst our U18 Girls were runners-up in the EHB Cup.
Thanks to our Goalkeeping Academy, Surbiton has continued to maintain its proud record of supporting and developing goalkeepers over the past few seasons. Within the Colts section many of our keepers have represented their Counties and have also impressed at Regional level.
Players at both Junior and Senior level receive the support they need to develop their skills and take their careers to a new level
Richard Beaumont has continued his hard work as Umpires Manager, helping both Team Captains, and other club members to ensure that umpires were appointed to SHC matches as necessary.
Our Community Programme
“Suburban Hockey” goes from strength to strength. Local schools continue to benefit from the coaching expertise of the SHC team, and this community programme is developing. From 30 September, community hockey sessions will be held on Monday evenings at Surbiton HC, with local primary school children able to attend free of charge. Suburban Hockey, which is a separate company, and has been granted charitable status, also offers a number of bursaries for talented children to join a hockey club, if they are unable to afford the fees. Suburban Hockey is also actively seeking sponsorship and donations.
And The Social
Once again, there will be many social events to look forward to this season. On 2 November, it is “The Day Of The Dead” which in spite of its morbid title is a fancy dress Mexican themed day, timed to coincide with Halloween. On 10 November it will be the first and last Old Members Day of the season, as the new 1874 Club is set to be launched. And on 15 February, we are scheduled to hold our second “Big Weekend”. Look out for more events to be announced soon as we aim to find something for everyone.
Our 2012/13 season provided many new challenges and I hope that we will continue to build on the successes, and the progress made during last season. We want everybody to enjoy their hockey at Surbiton Hockey Club, and look forward to another successful season in 2013-14 at Sugden Road.
Surbiton could not operate without our volunteers who give up their time to help the club, and contribute much to the club’s success. However, we are always looking for even more volunteers to help out, so if you have any free time and would like to help on any scale please let us know.
Director of Hockey
A Message From The Club Captain
Club Captain’s welcome to 2013/14 season
A very warm welcome to the 2013/14 season. Last season, my first as Club Captain, was amazing in many ways both on and off the field. It will be a very tough act to follow.
We had considerable success at the elite level. Our Ladies first season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division was very successful culminating in them reaching the play-offs. Sadly, Brett’s Girls narrowly failed to qualify for Europe, but we wish them better luck this season. Our Men also had a very successful season under new Coach Todd Williams, and, despite a somewhat shaky start, managed to gain a place in Europe, and won the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Cup. We wish them luck at the 1st round of the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona 11th – 13th October after a 10 year absence in European competition. Our stalwart supporters “The SHC Barmy Army” will no doubt continue to prove they are the finest hockey supporters in the land, if not in the world.
Elsewhere, at vets, senior and colts level, several Surbiton teams covered themselves in glory. This season we have a new Ladies Team, a number of teams have new Captains, and some teams have moved into new leagues. We wish them all luck.
Thanks largely to Gill Griffiths, our Colts Administrator, we passed the prestigious England Hockey Club First Accreditation again. This is evidence that everything we do is to the highest standards, and that we are continuing to develop our facilities and practices in line with national best practice.
The Future Is Here
Our appeal to members reached its one hundred thousand pounds target and allowed us to take a significant step forward during the off season. We have spent over half a million pounds over the summer on improving the clubs facilities. We have a new kitchen, and we are putting the finishing touches to new changing rooms and our replacement for the infamous Pitch 2 aka “The Beach”. This will complete a major upgrade of the facilities started in 2009 with our Future Is Now Project, the guiding vision laid out by my predecessor as Club Captain Tom Sheridan. We are indebted to several members for making this a reality: Our chief fundraiser Mike Anthony, without whom none of this would have been possible; Our Architect Myles Taylor; Plus major contributions from Fred Moore, Keith Wallis, Paul Stockden, Tony Portelly and Verity Park.
Although we reached our £100k target, this was due to the efforts of the few rather than the many and several members/ squads have still to contribute. Fundraising will need to continue as we try to rebuild our financial reserves to make sure we can replace our pitches when they come to the end of their useful lives.
As one of the foremost Hockey Clubs in the country we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Former Club Captain David Curry and Club President Mark Rye will shortly be launching the “1874 Club”. Other items under consideration are: How to improve our spectator facilities; Whether to charge admission to 1st team games; The formation of a Business Club; and Whether we can provide hot teas and other on-site catering. Most of these initiatives will obviously require financing, and we will be consulting the membership before we take any decisions. Please discuss them with your teams.
How can you help?
We are officially the largest Hockey Club in the UK, with over 400 adult and over 800 junior playing members. There are over 100 people involved in the running of our amateur club, but we are always on the lookout for more help. So please get in touch even if you can only spare a small amount of time. Also we are always keen to hear of potential sponsorship opportunities or ideas.
I hope you have a great season whether playing for or supporting this great club. Try to make life easy for your Captain. Look after your opposition and be nice to your umpires.
Good luck. Have fun.