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!!
Leagues table can be found in the post on the front page:
FOHC Summer Mixed League – see post for further details
Please see below a slight amendment to the fixtures. 2 matches have been swapped the following fixtures:
05/07/2019 @ 8PM Ashford vs South Saxons – This will now be played 12/07/2019
12/07/2019 @ 8PM FOHC B vs Canterbury – This will now be played 05/07/2019
Date 19.00 (Pitch 1) 19.30 (Pitch 2) 20.00 (Pitch 1)
14/06/2019 Canterbury Vs Gore Court Nomads Vs Ashford
21/06/2019 Deal Vs Gore Court FOHC B Vs Ashford Nomads Vs South Saxons
28/06/2019 Canterbury Vs FOHC A Cliftonville Vs Gore Court FOHC B Vs South Saxons
05/07/2019 Deal Vs FOHC A FOHC B Vs Canterbury
12/07/2019 Cliftonville Vs FOHC A Deal Vs Nomads Ashford Vs South Saxons
19/07/2019 FOHC A Vs Gore Court Ashford Vs Canterbury Cliftonville Vs Nomads
26/07/2019 FOHC B Vs Deal Gore Court Vs Nomads South Saxons Vs Canterbury
02/08/2019 Ashford Vs Deal Cliftonville Vs FOHC B FOHC A Vs Nomads
09/08/2019 Gore Court Vs FOHC B Ashford Vs Cliftonville South Saxons Vs Deal