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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

April 23, 2018

Chairman’s report 2016-2017 on Folkestone Hockey Club – A Kent Hockey Club

I hope you all had a great summer? It has certainly been busy for the Club with a mixed league superbly organised by Jason Wilkins who sadly will not be playing for the Ops this season due to a change of job and location, but I’m sure we’ll see him now and again when he can visit?

We have had Optimists representing Kent, East Region, England and Wales including Deryl Gilham-Jones, Will Mead, Max Howitt, Vic Carney, Keir Starley, Kay Parsons, Trudy Bray and most recently Brian Murrill who won gold with England over 75’s!!

Janet Fuller ran “Back to Hockey” sessions during the summer with a good turnout including parents who were inspired to pick up sticks for the first time having watched their children play.

Last weekend we hosted our Club Day and took part in the Shepway Sports Trust Open Day introducing many sports including hockey to our local community. Both days resulted in interest from many youngsters and adults. Thanks to Dave Parsons for organising and everyone who helped out.

And here we are embarking on our 92nd season with everything in place – lights sorted, fixtures confirmed, water cannon serviced, new sponsors for men’s and ladies 1st XI coaches and banners up, Shepway Leisure staff looking forward to having hockey people “back in the house”, new bar menu, 4 pint jugs of San Miguel for £13 and other drinks deals, dug outs being moved next week to opposite side of pitch as part of project to install spectator seating, new nets on goals for league games, and much more !!

Brilliant time to be an Optimist!!!

Leigh Marshall

Chairman

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