NHA Recruiting – Senior Men’s County Coach

After 4 successful years in charge, Amo Soar is stepping down as Head Coach of the Men’s Senior Squad in order to focus on coaching the England O40s Masters, so NHA currently have a vacancy.

The Men’s senior County Squad is an important facet of our County Association – giving players (and technical staff) the possibility of participating at a higher level and outside the normal league competitions. Our aim has always been to have as diverse a spread of County clubs represented in the squad as possible.

Please spread the following information around your contacts.

Any prospective coach should be at least EH Level 2 qualified or aiming to become.

This is an ideal opportunity to raise your profile within the national hockey community and increase your experience in a higher tiered competition.

As well as coaching the squad through the County Championships competition, any prospective candidate will also be expected to deliver a number of trials and final squad coaching sessions.

They will be expected to have input into the structure of trials and squad coaching as well as providing input into the final squad selection along with the captain and other senior players.

Limited financial support can be provided on agreement.
Please respond, stating your interest, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – gareth@nottshockey.org.uk by 31st December 2018 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2019.

County Championships B Division Preliminary Tournament 2017

It was damp and dreary conditions that welcomed Nottinghamshire and Cornwall as they started off the 2017 B division pool hosted at the Nottingham Hockey Centre.

With the pitch proving quite slippery due to the weather and several players loosing their footing early on, it was Cornwall who started the better, and Ben Eddy put them ahead after only 4 minutes. Nottinghamshire gradually found their feet and, shortly after the break, Sam Dixon pulled them level with a trademark drag flick PC finish.

Chris Burton foils an early Cornwall PC

Cornwall replied and retook the lead when Josh Pearce finishing from free play, before Nottinghamshire completed the scoring when Charlie Brook deflected in from another well worked Nottinghamshire PC and the game ended 2-2.

The second game of the day saw Derbyshire, newly promoted from the C Division, take on Northumberland, a side relegated from A Division. Derbyshire stormed into the lead within the first minute when Chris Beastall finished nicely, before Northumberland got into their stride. Guy Draper doubled Derbyshire’s lead just 10 minutes later. Northumberland finally started to pull together and got a goal back, through Jonathan Stoddard, just before half-time. The second half was a cagey affair. Both side defended well and stifled any free flowing attacking play. Final score 2-1 to Derbyshire.

Ryan Day scores a thunderous reverse stick goal v. Herefordshire

Game 3 saw Herefordshire face Nottinghamshire. The sides have met several times before in the County Championships and the end result here was no different to their recent meetings. Eight goals, including a hat-trick from Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day plus one a piece for Alex Davies, Manny Soar, Charlie Brook, David Ebbage and skipper Adam Innocent was more than enough to counter the Herefordshire goals by Andy Rogers, Stuart Goddarzi, Hary Ellis and Nicko Evans.

Game 4 saw Cornwall take on Northumberland. It was all evenly balanced before a rush of blood by Northumberland’s goalkeeper, Jordan Thompson, saw him take out a Cornwall forward illegally, give away a Penalty Stroke and receive a 10 minute yellow card on 12 minutes. This put Cornwall in control. Josh Pearce converted the stroke and, with Northumberland without a goalkeeper on the bench and forced into to playing with a ‘kicking back’, found themselves 3 down, with further goals from Dom Proctor and Cuthbert Sheppard. Northumberland did pull one back when Andrew Hayes converted a penalty corner, but Cornwall replied to regain their 3 goal lead through Sam Dunston before Thompson returned. Northumberland pulled to within two, right on the stroke of half time through Ritchie Brown and set up a nervous second half, especially when Chris Traynor scored for Northumberland to make to 4-3. A nervous 28 minutes later Cornwall were relieved to hear the final whistle with no further goals.

The final game of day 1 saw Derbyshire take on Herefordshire. Derbyshire were looking to finish the day on maximum points and Herefordshire were looking to consolidate after their earlier loss to the hosts. Herefordshire defended stoutly and it wasn’t until 33 minutes that Derbyshire finally broke them down when their skipper, Ashley Blakemore, converted from a penalty corner. The second half followed much the same vein and Herefordshire could provide no response to further goals by Derbyshire’s Joe Fell and Chris Beastall at the end of day one.

The weather on day two couldn’t have been more different than day one. Clear blue skies and bright sun welcomed the counties as they arrived at the host venue.

Cornwall and Herefordshire kicked off proceeding and Herefordshire found Cornwall too strong, providing no reply to a brace from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston and one a piece for Nic Stanlake, Henry Lewis and Cuthbert Shepherd.

Nottinghamshire’s Freddie Sail has no hope of stopping Northumberland’s Chris Traynor’s early Penalty Stroke

Game two saw hosts Nottinghamshire face Northumberland. The last time these two sides met it resulted in a 4-4 draw on a dreary day in Durham. However, on this glorious day Nottinghamshire were slow out of the blocks and Northumberland quickly took control. 3 up in 12 minutes through a Penalty stroke, converted by Chris Traynor, before adding his second and another from James Talbot. Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day pulled one back just before half-time and Lukasz Urbaniak made Nottinghamshire’s defecit one, just after. However, two further goals form Northumberland’s captain, James Redpath, and with Chris Traynor completing his hat-trick, the game was safe despite Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook scoring a late consolidation goal.

In the third game table topping Derbyshire faced Cornwall. A close first half saw Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall get the only goal, before 3 goals in six minutes, from Jacob Foster, Adam Foster and Ben Everett-Li put the game beyond Cornwall. They didn’t give up however, and goals form Martin Rowe and Cuthbert Shepherd pulled it back to 4-2 before Derbyshire’s Adam Foster scored his second to make to 5-2 to Derbyshire. A late consolidation from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston would prove invaluable later in the day.

Two unanswered first half goals from Northumberland’s Andrew Hayes and James Redpath saw them take a 2-0 lead at half time in their last game of the weekend against Herefordshire. Two further goals in the second, from Andrew Titmus and James Talbot were more than enough bearing in mind that Hereford’s only goal came from Harry Ellis.

Nottinghamhire’s Josh Dent limits Derbyshire’s options from a side line ball

The weekend ended with what all the local spectators had been waiting for. A local derby game as Derbyshire took on Nottinghamshire. Cornwall’s results earlier in the day meant that Nottinghamshire needed to win by 2 clear goals in order to qualify for Finals day. Derbyshire had already secured their place. But, local rivalry meant that only a win for either side would do. Notts gained the upper hand on 6 minutes when Ryan Day increased his tally for the weekend with an excellent penalty corner finish. The close proximity of the counties meant that both sides’ players knew each other extremely well, many playing for the same clubs, and it may have been brought to bear when a crunching challenge by Nottinghamshire goalkeeper, Chris Burton, saw Derbyshire awarded a penalty stroke just 60 seconds later. This was calmly converted by Derbyshire’s Adam Foster. Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook restored Nottinghamshire lead on 13 minutes, only for Adam Foster to pull Derbyshire level again on 20 minutes. Derbyshire led for the first time on 26 minutes through Guy Draper, before Nottinghamshire pegged them back to 3-3 when Sam Dixon scored from a penalty corner. 2 goals in a minute from Derbyshire’s Dan Molloy and Guy Draper extended their lead to 2, before Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook’s penalty corner deflection saw the hosts only trailing by one at half-time. Nottinghamshire’s captain, Adam Innocent, scored early on in the second half to bring the sides level before they took the lead again through Ryan Day. Two goals from Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall saw them regain the lead before Notts captain again pulled the sides level. In the last 10 minutes Nottinghamshire piled on the pressure, but some good saves from Derbyshire’s goalkeeper, Rich Harman, kept the score at 7-7. An over-time penalty corner by Sam Dixon hit a Derbyshire foot for a repeat as Dixon went off in agony having taken a stray stick to his hand. The subsequent and final penalty corner of the game was saved by Harman to keep the score 7-7!

So Derbyshire and Cornwall qualify for finals day after an exciting and thrilling two days of hockey.

Nottinghamshire 2017 Back Row: Amo Soar (Head Coach); Ali Lewis; Josh Dixon; Alex Davies; Ryan Day; Tom Palframan; David Ebbage; Alex Whitt; Chris Burton; Freddie Sail;Sam Dixon; James Hewitt (Assistant Coach) Front row: Ben Docherty; Adam Innocent (Captain); Luke Davies; Lukasz Urbaniak; Charlie Brook; Manny Soar; Josh Dent

Participation

Club Not Selected Selected
Beeston HC 4
Belper HC* 2 4
Boots HC 9
Mansfield HC
Newark HC 1 1
North Notts HC 1
Nottingham HC 1
Nottingham Players HC 1
Nottingham Trent University
Sikh Union (Nottingham) HC 1
South Nottingham
Teddington HC* 1
University of Nottingham
West Bridgford HC 1 2
Worksop (Men) HC

* As well as county club players, those players living, born or studying in the county also qualify to play

Goal Scorers

Penalty Corner Field Goal Total
Ryan Day 3 3 6
Charlie Brook 2 3 5
Adam Innocent © 3 3
Sam Dixon 2 2
Alex Davies 1 1
Manny Soar 1 1
David Ebbage 1 1
Lukasz Urbaniak 1 1

County Championships 2017

At the end of last season Nottinghamshire retained Division B status in England Hockey’s County Championships.  Coach Amo Soar returns for another year alongside his assistant James Hewitt.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 6th-7th May 2017 at our home venue of The Nottingham Hockey Centre.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

Wednesday 12th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 19th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 26th April 8:00-10pm – Warm-up match vs Lincolnshire – Start 8:15pm
Wednesday 3rd May 7:30-9pm – TBC
(The TBC will likely be a final squad training session – attendees will be informed)

All training is at The Nottingham Hockey Centre on the SAND DRESSED pitch (This is due to the County Championships being played on the sand).

Please arrive at 7:00pm to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at The Nottingham Hockey Centre  on 6th – 7th May 2017.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 20th May at the Nottingham Hockey Centre – so a great opportunity with home advantage potentially throughout!

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
Have played for Nottinghamshire previously and not played for another county since
Live in Nottinghamshire
Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
Have been born in Nottinghamshire
Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

All selected players will receive a NHA training shirt – Anyone can order additional kit from our on-line shop.

NHA shop

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail gareth@nottshockey.org.uk so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend. No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

County Championship Preliminary Tournament 2016

On 7th and 8th May, newly promoted Nottinghamshire travelled to Woking Hockey Club to try and achieve their primary objective, retain Division B hockey for next season.

The heat meant it was going to be hard – after all, many of these players had just completed tough league campaigns and long cup runs, and also drawn in a group that contained the two relegated Division A sides from last season, but after a successful training & selection process and a couple of warm up games confidence was high.

Notts first game of the weekend was against Shropshire, one of last seasons relegated A division sides and strongly tipped to bounce straight back up.

Notts Skipper Adam Innocent goes agonisingly close against Shropshire

Notts started strongly and could have had the prefect start, but Skipper Adam Innocent’s cheeky lob agonisingly scraped the wrong side of the Shropshire post after only a few minutes.

The game was finely balanced and Shropshire had several good changes of their own. It was, however, Sam Dixon who would find the net first for Notts to put them one up at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw some more finely balanced hockey but as the temperature by the pitch reached 30C and against the run of play, Shropshire pulled level with a nicely crafter penalty corner with just 30 seconds remaining in the half.

Notts reacted well and, just before half time, a quick free hit from Charlie Brooke caught the Shropshire defence napping and allowed Sam Dixon to get his second of the game.

Sam Dixon scores just before half time

A cruel rebound off the post, early into the second half, helped Shropshire pull back level and the scoreline remained 2-2 at the end of the third quarter.

Shropshire took the lead at the start of the third quarter, only to have that cancelled out by Sam Dixon, completing his hat-trick, almost immediately, following up the rebound from his own drag-flick. Adam Henfry then put Notts ahead with a superb reverse stick strike.  With the clock running down Shropshire reverted to the long ball game and it eventually reaped rewards when they equalised for the last time with only seconds remaining.

A great showing by all accounts for Notts, but it was the highly tipped Shropshire who were more happy with the point at the end.

Notts second game of the Saturday was against Bedfordshire, the other relegated A division County last season.

Some good early pressure for Notts but it was Bedfordshire that ended the first quarter in front by a single goal.

Notts were unlucky again when a bungled Penalty Corner routine led to disarray on both sides and allowed Bedfordshire to score again, leaving Notts two down at half time.

Charlie Brooke surges through the Bedfordshire defence

Notts were having all the territory and possession though, and it was only a matter of time before David Ebbage would finally pull a goal back for Notts.  Then followed a long period of sustained possession for Notts around the Bedfordshire goal.  They hit the keepers face-mask and the cross bar within seconds of each other and it was only what they deserved when a great run from Ryan Day gave him time to pick out Adam Innocent unmarked on the penalty spot. He finished calmly to bring Notts level at the end of the third quarter.

A defensive lapse early into the final quarter saw Bedfordshire pull back in front. But Notts weren’t going to allow these points to slip away as they had in the earlier game.  Sam Dixon fired a rocket past the Bedfordshire keeper with just minutes to go to draw level, before a quick free hit by Josh Singleton to Adam Innocent split the Bedfordshire defence. He then moved the ball on quickly to Sam Dixon, who coolly rounded the Bedfordshire keeper to put Notts ahead with just seconds to go. Final score, Notts 4-3 Bedfordshire.

The end of day one and, with 4 points, Notts had all but achieved their primary objective.  Never in recent history had a team been relegated with 4 points.  With other results in this incredibly tight division also going their way, Notts actually found themselves topping the group at the end of the first day.  No game had been settled by more than a single goal, underlining just how tightly it was balanced.

Day 2, even hotter weather (measured at 34C on the pitch) and Notts first game was against Surrey, the County that Notts lost to in last seasons Division C final.  Notts were looking for revenge, but in the end it was the home County that used their home advantage to the fullest.  It was incredibly tight at the beginning and the score remained at 0-0 at half time.

Notts keeper Chris Burton guides a Surrey forward wide

Surrey found the net early on in the second half from a penalty corner, but Notts’ Sam Dixon deftly glanced the ball in off the post from close range to pull the sides back level.  The heat and effort required in day one’s games started to take their toll on Notts now and they eventually lost out 5-1.

Notts final game loomed against long time Division B county Somerset.  Even though there was a mathematical chance that Notts could still make the finals the heat had taken it’s toll.

A scrappy first half saw Notts down 0-3 at half time.

Somerset apply pressure on the Notts goal

Somerset would extend that lead to 4-0 before Henry Godkin could pull a goal back for Notts.  Somerset extended their lead to 6-1 before Martk Northcott could pull another back, but it was Somerset that completed the scoring for the day to lead 7-2 at the final whistle.

So this season’s campaign is over.  Tired legs and a bit of sun-burn but well worth the prospect of Division B hockey next season and, who knows, the possibility of hosting and a slightly kinder draw could see Notts achieve next season’s target which is to reach the Play-off finals.

Notts 2016 Squad
Back Row : Sara Parr (Manager) James Wakeland, Sam Dixon, David Ebbage, Adam Henfry, Matt Orridge, Max Sowter, Ryan day, Oliver Matharu, Nathan Wakeland, Mark Northcott
Front row: Adam Innocent, Manny Soar, Josh Singleton, Josh Dixon, Charlie Brooke, Henry Godkin, Alex Davies, Amo Soar (coach)
Side: Chris Burton

Senior Men’s County Championships 2016

Promotion for Nottinghamshire in last years County Championships means a new, tougher challenge for head coach Amo Soar and his new assistant James Hewitt.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 7th-8th May 2016 at Woking Hockey Club in Surrey.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

  • Wednesday      6th April     7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Wednesday     13th April   7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Wednesday     20th April  7:30-9pm – TBC
  • Wednesday     27th April   7:30-9pm – TBC
  • Wednesday     4th May     7:30-9pm – TBC

(The TBC will likely be a squad practice match and final squad training – attendees will be informed)

All training is at Highfields on the Water.

Please arrive at 7:00pm to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at Woking Hockey Club on 7th – 8th May 2016. An overnight stay will be required and will be supported by the County Association.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 21st May (TBC) at Cannock HC.

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
  • Have played for Nottinghamshire previously and not played for another county since
  • Live in Nottinghamshire
  • Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
  • Have been born in Nottinghamshire

Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

All selected players will receive a NHA Polo shirt – Anyone can order additional kit from our on-line shop.

NHAshop

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail gareth@nottshockey.org.uk so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend.  No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

Nottinghamshire Promoted in England Hockey’s County Championships

On a sunny, but breezy, Saturday at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club in Essex, Nottinghamshire Hockey Association’s senior men’s County squad faced their sternest test of the last few season, a promotion battle into the second tier of England Hockey’s County Championships.

A strong squad by all accounts, but one that would only travel with 16 due to the last minute withdrawal of 2 players (one due to work commitments and one to a bereavement) Notts were confident going into their semi-final against Herefordshire.

Manny Soar forces the Herefordshire 'keeping into a good save early on in their County Championships Semi Final
Manny Soar forces the Herefordshire ‘keeping into a good save early on in their County Championships Semi Final

Notts started well and pinned Herefordshire deep in their own half for prolonged periods. Notts skipper, Adam Innocent, and Manny Soar forced Herefordshire’s goalkeeper into some smart saves early on, but it wasn’t until 2 minutes from half time when the sustained pressure paid dividends and Mark Northcott struck to put Notts ahead.

Notts' skipper, Adam Innocent, scores Notts 5th v Herefordshire
Notts’ skipper, Adam Innocent, scores Notts 5th v Herefordshire

With the winner of this game guaranteed promotion, Notts forged ahead in the second half and made their possession count. A converted Penalty Stroke by Sam Dixon and a fine finish by Adam Henfry saw Notts 3 ahead. Herefordshire tried forcing themselves back into the game and pulled a goal back from a Penalty Corner with 8 minutes to go, only for Nortcott to double his tally and restore Notts 3 goal lead just 2 minutes later. Hereford scored another with 5 minutes to go to raise their hopes, only to have them dashed by a double strike by Notts skipper Innocent. The first a rifling strike from the top of the D into the bottom corner and the second a cheeky lob to the far post which the Herefordshire ‘keeper could only watch helplessly. Final score Notts 6 v 2 Herefordshire and on to the final at 3pm.

With Notts primary aim of getting promoted into ‘B’ division confirmed it was a relaxed, but tiring squad that faced Surrey, returning after several years’ absence from the competition, in the ‘C’ division final.

Surrey were confident, having only conceded 3 goals in their last 5 games, but after several near misses when it looked easier to score, it was Notts who made it count first when Northcott finished from a clever Penalty Corner routine. Northcott struck again from an overtime Penalty Corner at the end of the first half to double his and Notts tally.

Notts 'keeper, James Wakeland, and Matt Orridge concentrate through a crowd during a Surrey PC in the C Division Final
Notts ‘keeper, James Wakeland, and Matt Orridge concentrate through a crowd during a Surrey PC in the C Division Final

The second half started with a ding-dong battle. Sam Dixon extended Notts lead just 2 minutes into the second half only for Surrey to pull one back just 2 minutes later. Sixty seconds later Surrey scored again to reduce the deficit to one. Just 5 minutes passed before Notts Alex Davies finished calmly after some good work by Sam Dixon to restore Notts 2 goal advantage. But, as the short-handed Notts squad began to tire, Surrey started to get the upper hand. Surrey scored from a Penalty Corner and then from free play to bring the scores level. With 5 minutes left Surrey controversially took the lead and it was an exhausted Notts squad that conceded their 6th goal of the game with seconds remaining to lose 4-6.

After several seasons back in the competition Nottinghamshire now seem to have a stable core of squad players and will be looking to improve further in next year’s competition. For full details of Nottinghamshire Hockey Association news, including how you could get involved in hockey in the county, visit www.nottshockey.org.uk

Notts HA Squad - Promoted from C Division
Notts HA Squad – Promoted from C Division

Nottinghamshire Squad

Amo Soar – Head Coach
Phillip Rhodes – Assistant Coach (not present in photo)
Sara Parr – Manager

John Short – Boots HC
James Wakeland – Newark HC
Nathaniel Hammond – West Bridgford HC
Ben Docherty – Boots HC
Josh Dixon – Newark HC
Alex Whitt – Boots HC
Matt Orridge – Mansfield HC
Sam Dixon *Belper HC, England U16/U18
David Ebbage – South Nottingham HC
Henry Baldwin – West Bridgford HC
Luke Davies – Boots HC, South Africa U16/U18
Oliver Matharu – West Bridgford HC
Adam Henfry – Boots HC
James Hewitt – South Nottingham HC
Manny Soar – Boots HC
Mark Northcott – *Burton HC
Alex Davies – Newark HC
Adam Innocent – Boots HC

*Note the England Hockey County Championships is open to players of affiliated Clubs within the County, plus those born and/or living in the County.

Men’s Senior County Championships – Open Coaching and Trials

It’s all change for the Nottinghamshire Men’s County side for the County Championships in 2015, with Amo Soar and Phil Rhodes taking on the head and assistant coach roles respectively.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 9th-10th May 2014 at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and maybe challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

  • Tuesday           7th April     7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Tuesday           14th April   7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Wednesday     22nd April  7-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
  • Tuesday           28th April   7-9pm (may be 7:30-9:30pm TBC) – TBC
  • Wednesday     6th May     7-9pm – TBC

(The TBC will likely be a squad practice match and final squad training – attendees will be informed)

All training is at Highfields on the Water.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at the Dorcan Academy, Swindon on 9th – 10th May 2015. An overnight stay will be required and will be supported by the County Association.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 30th May at Old Loughtonians, where another overnight stay is probable and, if necessary, as before, will be supported by the Association.

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
  • Live in Nottinghamshire
  • Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
  • Have been born in Nottinghamshire

Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail gareth@nottshockey.org.uk so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend.  No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

Recruiting : Senior Men’s County Squad Manager

Following on from the appointment of Amo Soar and Phillip Rhodes as the coaching team, Nottinghamshire Hockey Association are inviting applications for the post of;

Senior Men’s County Manager

This is an ideal opportunity to assist in the county squads tournament organisation and administration.

Initially, the role will include informing potential players of trials and coaching sessions and inviting potentially suitable players along.

Then, as well as liaising with Tournament Directors and Tournament Officials you will also be required to attend tournament meetings, pass on relevant rules and regulations info to coach and players, assist in pitch side paperwork and ensure (as far as practical) player eligibility.

Depending on experience, the manager may also have some input into the squad selection process.

Please respond, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – gareth@nottshockey.org.uk by 27th March 2015.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place in early April 2015.

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association Appoints Coaching Team

After an extensive recruitment process, Nottinghamshire Hockey Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Amarjeet Soar as Head Coach for the Senior Men’s County Squad.  He will be partnered by Dr. Phillip Rhodes in the role of Assistant Head Coach.

Amarjeet (or Amo) is an England Hockey qualified Level 3 coach and is currently a coach at Boots Hockey Club and has had extensive experience of coaching at most levels.  He has also worked as a volunteer at many International hockey events including the 2012 Olympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Phillip is also an England Hockey qualified Level 3 coach and currently a coach at Boots Hockey Club.  He also holds a silver Goalkeeper coaching award and has been heavily involved in coaching age group squads for England Hockey’s Single System since 2010.

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association is a constituent body of the Midlands Region Hockey Association and endeavours to improve the standard of hockey within its County.

For further information please contact Gareth Parr (Secretary) via www.nottshockey.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association – Recruiting Senior Men’s Manager and Coach

Nottinghamshire Hockey Association are inviting expressions of interest in the posts of;

Senior Men’s County Manager

This is an ideal opportunity to assist in the county squads tournament organisation and administration.

Initially, the role will include informing potential players of trials and coaching sessions and inviting potentially suitable players along.

Then, as well as liaising with Tournament Directors and Tournament Officials you will also be required to attend tournament meetings, pass on relevant rules and regulations info to coach and players, assist in pitch side paperwork and ensure (as far as practical) player eligibility.

Depending on experience, the manager may also have some input into the squad selection process.

Senior Men’s County Coach

Any prospective coach should be at least EH Level 2 qualified.

This is an ideal opportunity to raise your profile within the national hockey community and increase your experience in a higher tiered competition.

As well as coaching the squad through he County Championships competition, any prospective candidate will also be expected to deliver a number of trials and final squad coaching sessions.

They will be expected to have input into the structure of trials and squad coaching as well as providing input into the final squad selection along with the captain and other senior players.

Limited financial support can be provided on agreement.
Please respond, stating which position you are interested in, to the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association secretary, Gareth Parr via email – gareth@nottshockey.org.uk by 31st December 2014 with a brief copy of your hockey/coaching CV.

Interviews, if necessary, will take place during January 2015.