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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

January 12, 2019

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 ATP1

Fixtures for weekend of the 19th and 20th January
Saturday 19-Jan
Team Opposition HorA Venue Time Notes
Men1 Old Bordenians 1s A Awaiting confirmation
Men2 BBHC 1s H ATP1 12:30
Men3 Gillingham Anchorians 2s H ATP1 15:30
Men4 Burnt Ash 3s A Awaiting confirmation
Men5 Old Williamsonians 4s A Sir Joseph Williamson’s School 16:30
Men6 BBHC 3s H ATP2 13:00
Men7 Gillinham Anchorians 3s A Anchorians Hockey Club 10:30
Men8 Gravesham & Welcome Unicorns H ATP1 11:00
Ladies1 King’s Alleyn’s 1s A Kings College 13:30
Ladies2 Blackheath & Elthamians 1s A College Meadow 15:00
Ladies3 Blackheath & Elthamians 3s H ATP1 14:00
Ladies4 Herne Bay 3s A Herne Bay High School 16:00

Sunday 20-Jan
U8 Mixed Various H ATP1 09:00
U16 Girls Burnt Ash H ATP1 11:30
U12 Girls Various H ATP2 09:00
U12 Boys Triangular A Marden
U10 Boys Triangular A Herne Bay
U10 Mixed Triangular A Cliftonville