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!!
FOHC End of Season Social – Saturday 23rd March
End of Season Dinner 26th April
Summer hockey and beyond draft programme (as of 31st March) available as a download or link in a post.