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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

January 21, 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 !!

A warm welcome to Nigel D’Cruz who is coaching and managing the Ladies 1st XI this season. Good Luck to him and all of you.

Brilliant time to be an Optimist!!!

Leigh Marshall

Chairman

FOHC Clubhouse from ATP1

Saturday 27th January
Team Opposition HorA Venue Time
Mens 1 Old Bordenians A BGS 13:00
Mens 2 Old Williamsonians H ATP1 14:00
Mens 3 Sevenoaks A Holly Bush Lane 13:30
Mens 4 UKC H ATP2 12:30
Mens 5 Blackheath and Es H ATP1 11:00
Mens 6 Maidtsone 4s A Armstrong Road 16:30
Mens 7 Maidstone 5s H ATP1 15:30
Ladies 1s Crostyx A Lee Valley 14:30
Ladies 2s BBHC A Erith School 12:30
Ladies 3s Sevenoaks H ATP2 14:30
Ladies 4s Holcombe 4s A Hull Park 2 14:00

Sunday 28th January
U16 Gs Holcombe H ATP1 1030 League
U14 Bs Ashford H ATP2 1030 Re-arranged League
L1s Sevenoaks H ATP1 1200 Kent Cup Semi Final