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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

November 18, 2018

Chairman’s report 2017-2018 on Folkestone Hockey Club – A Kent Hockey Club

Optimists, welcome to our 93rd season!!

I hope you all had a great summer off, although hockey has continued through the summer where we hosted another successful mixed league competition.

There was also the Women’s World Cup at Lee Valley and I know a lot of our members took the opportunity to go and watch some great hockey including a party of our Juniors who had a great day out organised by Erin and Janet Fuller.

The Club continues to make steady growth, attracting players from the age of 5 up to very senior levels. We now have an established Ladies 4th XI in it’s fifth season and this season we are introducing a Men’s 8th XI into the leagues. We also have many more players participating in County, Regional and National teams.

Our Men’s 1st XI have attracted some new players and Coach Chris Pearce is very excited about the squad’s prospects this season in a push for promotion.

On the junior side, we are working closely with most of the junior schools in our area and increasing partnerships with senior schools.   Providing FOHC coaches with funding from Folkestone Town Council and support from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Shepway Sports Trust and the Outreach programme. Three Hills also hosts a Development Centre for young players in Kent identified as having further potential on the Player Pathway towards county, region and national teams. FOHC has seen a growth in the number of young Optimists taking part in this including Will Mead playing for England Under 16’s in the Home Nations and Conal Blackwell selected to play in goal for England in the UK School Games at Loughborough. We currently have 12 juniors on the Player Pathway and very proud of all their achievements.

FOHC has been recognised as an “Aspiring Club” by England Hockey and we are grateful for the continued support from our Relationship Manager for this part of the country – Charlie Farrow. Participation in hockey is increasing nationally and the Optimists are certainly profiting from this trend and intend to introduce more people to our great sport

Shepway Leisure continue to do a great job in running our facility, led by Nick Shaw and his team

And finally, a special thank you to our President, RBJ for everything he does for our great Club.

Enjoy your hockey!!

 

Leigh Marshall

Chairman

FOHC Clubhouse from

 

Fixtures: Saturday 24th and 25th November – (as of 18/11/18)

Saturday 24-Nov
Team Opposition HorA Venue Time
Men1 Sevenoaks 2s H ATP1 12:30
Men2 Southwick 1s A
Men3 Ashford 3s H ATP1 15:30
Men4 Sutton Valence 2s A Sutton Valence Senior School 11:15
Men5 Cliftonville 2s H ATP2 14:30
Men6 Holcombe 5s A Holcombe Park 10:30
Men7 Blackheath & Elthamians Dynamos A Avery Hill Campus 13:30
Men8 BBHC 4s H ATP2 16:00
Ladies1 Redbridge & Ilford 1s H ATP1 14:00
Ladies2 Old Bordenian 1s H ATP1 11:00
Ladies3 University of Kent 1s A Parkwood Astro 10:30
Ladies4 Holcombe 4s H ATP2 13:00

Sunday 25-Nov
U16 Boys Gillingham. H ATP1 10:30
U14 Girls Burnt Ash. H ATP2 10:30
U14 Boys Holcombe. A HP2 11:00
Ladies K Sports – Kent Vase A K Sports