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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club

January 20, 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 26-Jan
Team Opposition HorA Venue Time Notes Umpire
Men1 Maidstone 1s H ATP1 14:00  Appointed Umpires Kent/Sussex Regional Division 1
Men2 Mid-Sussex 1s A St Pauls Catholic College 13:30 Appointed Umpires Kent/Sussex Regional Division 2
Men3 Burnt Ash 3s A Awaiting confirmation Kent Open Premier A
Men4 K Sports 1s H ATP1 15:30 Kent Open Premier A
Men5 Holcombe 5s H ATP2 13:00 Kent Open Division 1
Men6 Old Bordenians 4s A Borden Grammar School 14:30 Kent Open Division 1
Men7 Marden Russets 4s H ATP2 16:00 Kent Open Division 2
Men8 Burnt Ash 7s A Awaiting confirmation Kent Open Division 4
Ladies1 Sevenoaks 3s H ATP1 12:30  Appointed Umpires East 2SE
Ladies2 Cliftonville 1s H ATP1 11:00 Appointed Umpires Kent Premier Division
Ladies3 Maidstone 3s A Armstrong Road 15:00 Kent Division 3
Ladies4 Dartford Ladies 2s H ATP2 14:30 Kent Division 4
Sunday 27-Jan
U14 Girls Maidstone H ATP 10:30