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Club News   

Local charities receive £500 donation from Woking Hockey Club  

In a presentation on Sunday 8 September, Sue Bushell representing the local children's hospice Shooting Star CHASE and Wendy Denty of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices both received cheques for £250. The monies donated were a result of the Woking Hockey Club 2012/13 season grand prize draw. This is the principle fundraising event with proceeds going towards the operation of the Goldsworth Park-based hockey club including many initiatives to encourage young and old alike to take up the sport. In a record breaking year, the club raised over £4500 with £500 going to two charities nominated by club members.

The presentation was made by Woking junior team members Mat Ming, Evan Kimber and Ailsa McIntyre. Mat and Evan were chosen as Woking’s first junior members to be selected for England duty in their respective age groups. Ailsa joined the presentation party in recognition of her superb marketing efforts having single-handedly sold in excess of £750 of raffle tickets in and around Woking

Linda Jacks, chair of the junior section, Woking Hockey Club said: "As one of the biggest hockey clubs in the country, raising funds for the club and for local good causes is a really important part of the club’s ethos.  We are delighted to support both Shooting Star CHASE and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and hope that in the seasons ahead we can continue to demonstrate the club’s commitment to give back to great causes such as these local charities. My thanks go to the generosity of everyone who supported this year's prize draw including the many volunteers involved along with the local and national businesses and club members who were so generous in their prize donations.”

The 2013/14 season commenced on Sunday and this year is likely to see record numbers of new members as hockey continues to evolve as one of the growing team sports across the UK.

Woking Hockey Club welcomes young players from age 5 and has over 15 adult teams catering for players of all standards. For more information, go to www.wokinghc.com

Picture: left to right – Mat Ming (Woking and EnglandU18), Evan Kimber (Woking and England U16), Wendy Denty (Woking & Sam Beare Hospices), Linda Jacks (Chair, Woking Hockey Club Junior Section), Ailsa McIntyre (Woking U10) and Sue Bushell (Shooting Star CHASE).

Woking End of Season Raffle 2013

Congratulations and enormous thanks to Simon Lipyeat and Kate McIntyre for their most fantastic efforts organising this year's raffle, and huge thank you's to you all for your part in making it such a success.

The final figures are:
Gross Total Sales: £4372

£40 promotional T-shirts
£90 ticket printing
£500 donation to Woking Hospice and ShootingStarsChase, Guildford (£250 each)

Net contribution to Club is therefore: £3742
Throughout the campaign there have been so many club members who have gone over and beyond, selling tickets, donating prizes, putting donated prizes together to form "bigger" prizes, sourcing prizes from companies etc.  It's been a whole club effort - thanks to everyone who made it such a success.


Congratulations to Mat Ming and Evan Kimber
Mat was selected to play in the final 18 match squad for the England U18 Boys during the Euro 4 Nations tournament over the Easter weekend in Valencia, Spain, where England played Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Well done Mat, Woking HC are proud of you!

Mat started with the club as an U8, playing in the various u8 and u10 inter-club festivals that are played in these age groups, and is the first home grown Woking colt EVER to reach an England squad. 

Evan Kimber played for England U16s against Belgium in July 2013  despite only being an u15 this year - a huge achievement! 
NEW FIH Hockey Rules

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have announced new rules which will come into effect in England on 1st September 2012. Full details of their announcement are below:


Rules of Hockey

Based on recommendations from the FIH Rules Committee, the FIH Executive Board has agreed changes to the Rules of Hockey.


Changes to the Rules of Hockey (with reference to the numbered Rules in the 2011 edition) are as follows:


Rule 8.1: method of scoring. The way a goal is scored is amended; it now includes what is sometimes referred to as an “own goal”. That is, a goal can now be scored after the ball is touched in the circle by either an attacker or a defender. It is anticipated that the detailed text will read:


8.1 A goal is scored when:

a the ball is played by an attacker, or touches the stick or body of a defender, within the circle

b after either of these actions, the ball does not travel outside the circle before passing completely over the goal-line and under the cross-bar.


This is described as a “Mandatory Experimental Rule” so that it applies at all levels of hockey but, because it is a significant change, it will be monitored closely. After a period of review, the FIH Rules Committee will decide whether or not it becomes a permanent change to the Rules.


Rules 13.2.d and e: procedures for taking a free hit, centre pass and putting the ball back into play. The ball may now be raised intentionally and directly using a push, flick or scoop action; this action must be conducted safely. This is essentially an evolution of what is known as the “self-pass” from a free hit. By having the option to raise the ball immediately, opposing players will not have had the opportunity to get closer than five metres; a raised ball should be safer. It is anticipated that Rules 13.2 d and e will read:


d the ball is moved using a hit, push, flick or scoop

e the ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit.


Rules 13.2.f and g: as a consequence of the changes above, these Rules have been deleted.


The FIH have indicated that new Rules books incorporating these changes will be available in the autumn


Could you please pass details of the these changes to your members as soon as possible.


Coming soon...
Club Day WINNERS 2012!
Hopefully everyone enjoyed Club Day. Below is an image of the Winning team:
Woking Hockey Club Achieves England Hockey ClubsFirst Award! 
After a year of hard work from members in all sections of the club, we successfully passed our England Hockey "ClubsFirst" assessment on Friday, 31st July 2009 and are now proud holders of the prestigious ClubsFirst Award.

For the assessment, one of England Hockey's Development Officers came to the club and conducted a range of checks and interviews to ensure that the club provides a safe, effective and child friendly hockey environment.

The ClubsFirst award is a national recognition for clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards. All clubs achieving ClubsFirst also achieve the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, a nationally recognised award for sports clubs.

As part of the club's work towards achieving this award, a range of club policies and
future objectives have been updated and developed. All these policies are available on the club's website, and include:
  • Club Equity Policy
  • Club Child Protection Policy
  • Club Health and Safety Policy
  • Codes of Conduct for Coaches, volunteers, spectators and parents
  • Junior Club Rules
Please take a look to make sure you are fully up to date with all the club's policies!
Linda Jacks, who led the club through the Award, is emphatic about the benefits to the club, saying "It's incredible how working through the requirements of the award ended up meaning we have overhauled the whole club.  A major benefit is that it has stimulated increased communication between different sections of the club, and within the colts section, resulting in a new focus and determination to move the club forward."
The club has already benefited from achieving the award by receiving funding from both England Hockey (£49k) and the National Hockey Foundation (£40k) for our new pitch. Quite simply, we would not have qualified to receive this funding if we didn't have the ClubsFirst award.
The club will also benefit in a number of additional ways:
  • As part of the award requires the club to write a four year development strategy for the club and a one year action plan, it ensures that the club will retain its focus over the next four years and continue to develop.
  • The club will be more attractive to new players and coaches seeking to move clubs, and it should thus aid recruitment.
  • The award required the club to develop a season long coaching programme for the Colts section.  This will ensure greater continuity between the age groups, and ultimately the transition into the senior section of the club, and will result in colts receiving improved and more structured coaching.
  • Achieving the award confirms that the club meets the necessary child safety standards, particularly with regard to child protection policies and CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checks for nominated volunteers working in the colts section. 
  • Over the last year, the club has run young umpire and coaching courses, which will ensure that it support their colts not only as players but as future coaches and officials.  The club will now run such courses annually. 
Please contact Linda Jacks (lindacjacks@gmail.com) if you have any questions about the award.