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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

August 10, 2014

I will not apologise for repeating what my predecessor Steve Shaw said, we are a great club with fantastic people and amazing facilities.

These people and facilities have seen the Club grow in size and with the change of Freedom managing the day to day running of the facility leaving us to concentrate on our hockey and having fun. 

One of the changes is that we are now a Club that operates all year round instead of the seven months in the old place.  Already, we have training and mixed hockey operating in the summer.

Your committee are dedicated to improve the Club on and off the field.  We are not complacent and our first though in every decision we make is – What is best for the Club?

I am proud to be elected your Chairman of a Club I joined 25 years ago.  I am as strong believer in tradition and fairness

Our aims include building on the good reputation of the Optimists on and off the field by;-

- Supporting further recruitment and development of our junior section

- Helping Men’s and Ladies sections with recruitment/coaching and advancing our league positions

- Encourage good sportsmanship

- Building on our relationships with our stakeholders and partners – Folkestone Cricket Club, Freedom, Hockey Associations and other clubs of various sports

- Retention of our identity and in particular, our sense of fun and friendliness in everything we do and ensuring that 3HSP is recognised as our home

So, what’s to look forward to this coming season?  We have entered seven National Competitions which was unheard of a few years ago.  Our Ladies shone last year and provided us with success at the Kent Finals Day and our 1st XI  reached the semi finals of the National Trophy, playing well against Didsbury Greys.  Our Junior Section is stronger than ever and we look forward to seeing them play at senior level when they are ready.

We have just changed our kit provider to Grays.  Unfortunately we will not benefit from a multimillion pound contract, but we will have quality kit and an excellent service for ordering and delivery.

Enjoy the coming season

“Nil satis nisi optimum” – nothing but the best is good enough!

Leigh Marshall


August 2014

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