Chairman’s Report – 2016 for AGM
2016-17 is our 90th Season
A look back at 2015-16
Men’s 2nd XI won promotion
Men’s Fledglings won promotion
Ladies over 35 Veterans won the National Plate final
Ladies 2nd XI won promotion
Easter Festival was superbly organised and great fun had by all
Deryl Gilham-Jones is playing as a veteran player for Wales
FOHC recently named Sports Club of the Year at the recent Shepway Sorts Trust awards held at Leas
Cliff Hall – thank you to Amy Bumstead and Suzy Hill for the nominations.
Club gain England Hockey “Club Mark” following hard work and review by Dave Parsons
More of our Juniors qualified for the Kent Development Programmes (JDC and JAC)
A brilliant summer mixed league competition organised by John Hodgman
Some of my personal memories – Not all of them!!
– Vicki Baxter scoring outrageous goals with delicate flicks over the keeper
– Max Howitt frightening the life out of opposition players with his speed and skill. Watch out for this
– Nicki Ball controlling the midfield with inch perfect passes to dissect defences
– Delight on Jamie Whitham’s face when he scored his first goal for the Ops
– Jason Wilkins stalwart defending with speed and accuracy
– Joy on the face of Penny Arnold after being part of the team that won the national final
– Brian Murrill’s pride when he won the award for Shepway Veteran Sports person of the Year at the
recent Shepway Sports Trust Awards
Scott Minister – our Treasurer
Scott Minister has managed our accounts very professionally and provided sound advice when required.
Due to his new job in London and continuing advancement he has decided to stand down as our
Treasurer. We owe him a great debt of thanks for steering us through transition from the old club set up
and with Freedom. We are lucky that a very qualified replacement for Scott came forward straightaway
in the guise of Danny Payne who preceded Scott as Treasurer and Julie Griffin has offered to become
his assistant – subject to their acceptance at the AGM.
RBJ – Our President
Robin has celebrated his 75th birthday and kindly invited everyone from the Club to share his party. He
continues to support us at every level and is often seen watching the various games that take place
The Club needs every member to recruit and just as important – retain players by supporting them and
sorting out any difficulties they have with attendance, payment of fees or other.
Through hard work, pestering and if needed enforcement, we have greatly improved collection of subs
and match fees.
We have enthusiastic volunteer coaches and first class facilities with all training sessions provided free
of charge, but we would like to see more members attending. Let your captains or Kay and Tim know
how we can improve attendance.
– There are still areas of the building that require some work to rectify faults and satisfy the original
plans and these are now well on the way to being completed by the Trustees .
– We have a new Facility Operating Company – Shepway Leisure which is tied in with the Roger
De Haan Charitable Trust and Shepway Sport Trust. We will work with them in providing good
service to our Club and ensure the facilities are maintained to a high standard and identify
opportunities for coaching and recruitment of players.
– Seating – Brian Swoffer left the Club a considerable sum of money and your committee has been
searching for something that would be useful to the Club, enhance the facilities and a lasting
legacy to Brian. We decided on spectator seating and have been working with Arena Seating
over the past year or so. Following a recent site visit, we hope to purchase two covered stands
with 100 seats that will be sited on the opposite side to the dug outs facing pitch 1. Due to some
logistical issues, we hope to move to installation soon.
– We have two new coaches identified by our Men’s and Ladies 1st XI’s – Chris Pearce and Tom
Bean who start their new roles in August. Both squads are motivated and excited by this and
have contributed to their recruitment and funding.
The Club continues to develop and grow. We are a very sociable Club and I’m sensing there’s a will to
play better and achieve success from our 1st XI’s which will have a tow rope effect on the other teams.
Optimists should be known and remembered for playing with spirit, being respectful and having a sense
Enjoy your hockey!!