Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club, who celebrated their 80th Anniversary in 2006, are essentially a family-orientated Hockey Club running Mens, Ladies and Junior sides in various regional and county leagues as well as promoting social mixed hockey as part of its normal winter activities.
The Club works particularly hard in promoting a friendly atmosphere for opponents and visiting officials to its Cheriton Road headquarters and has built a reputation over the years as one of, if not the, the most sociable clubs on the county circuit.
Having two combi-pitches, one of International standard and its own clubhouse at the same venue obviously helps to promote team spirit, an essential part of the success of the club. The International Easter Hockey Festival, run by the Optimists Club, is the oldest such festival in the country and has now surpassed its 100th year.
On Saturdays, the club runs seven Mens sides, including its Development Squad the Fledglings, and for the forthcoming season four Ladies sides – all competing in their various leagues. Junior sides, both boys and girls, compete generally on Sunday mornings in Kent Junior Leagues and the club runs a highly successful mixed side who in recent years have played in the national final.
We also host the South Kent Junior Development Centre (JDC) for all age groups, both boys and girls from U12s to U17s as well as a Junior Academy Centre (JAC) for boys.
So there is plenty of hockey for everybody regardless of age, ability or ambition. We currently have regular players well into their 50s – even one or two in their 60s! All abilities are catered for from the finely-tuned and extremely fit to those only here for the social. New members of either category or any other in between are actively sought and will be heartily welcomed. If you have never played before we also cater for you.
To find out more or make a general enquiry please use the club contacts page or email using this link: General Enquiries