England Hockey’s Midlands In2 Hockey Championships

Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to help out at the Regional In2 Hockey Championships which is being held at Highfields on Sunday 14th April (U10’s) between 10:30am and 4pm and Sunday 21st April (U12’s) between 9.30am and 5pm.

Roles will vary and will include the timing of matches, collecting and recording of results, organising semis and finals, arranging the umpire programme and general administration and volunteering.

Exact roles will be decided by the organiser and volunteers will be told their role on the day.

If anyone is interested in helping out on either of the dates mentioned above please email amy.carter78@hotmail.co.uk with the date/s and times you are able to volunteer.

Level One Course at Shobnall Leisure Centre – Starts 8th July

Please see attached details and the application form for a Level One coaching course at Shobnall Leisure Centre in Staffordshire.

Unfortunately, the course starts on Sunday 8th July, but there are still places left which England Hockey are looking to fill.  We appreciate it is short notice but if you do know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on.

Coaching Level One Application Form – Shobnall

Notts Successes at the EHB Annual Awards

There was much to celebrate at the England Hockey Board Annual Awards on Saturday as the best of hockey was recognised at a special lunchtime ceremony. In all, 16 awards were presented at the lunch, held as part of the Investec London Cup in Chiswick, with honours covering everything from coaching and umpiring, to clubs, teams, athletes and administrators.  Notts representatives were proud to receive two of the most prestigious;

Harvester Club of the Season

Beeston Hockey Club, Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire club Beeston picked up the top award for hockey clubs at the end of yet another successful season. The efforts of members and volunteers have seen Beeston rise to a position as one of the country’s top hockey clubs. The first club to receive ClubsFirst accreditation for a third time, Beeston has enjoyed success on the pitch across its men’s, women’s and junior programmes, both indoors and out. Recently, Beeston has developed its own in-house coaching manual and development programme. Its success has come in part due to its ability to encourage current and former players to get involved in all aspects of the club, including a ‘Beeston Breakfast, on Sunday morning for the parents of junior players. The club has worked tirelessly to strengthen its links to schools and universities in the area and continues to grow.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Hockey. supported by DCS Europe

Martin Gotheridge

Martin Gotheridge was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Services for Hockey. To date, Martin’s distinguished career in hockey has spanned 53 years and taken him from his first club in Nottinghamshire to the top positions in English and European Hockey.

With a CV described by EHB Executive Chairman Philip Kimberley as “simply glittering”, Martin first started playing at West Bridgford, going on to captain the 1st XI before becoming Secretary and President. In between, he enjoyed a playing stint at University College London while studying law.

Eight years as Secretary of Nottinghamshire County Hockey Association and an incredible 32 years on the Midlands league committee followed before national appointments, including as Chairman of the old Hockey Association’s competitions committee, where he oversaw the introduction of the National League.

When not serving hockey through his work on committees, Martin took up umpiring and officiated at National League level. As a Technical Official and Tournament Director, he was appointed to major international tournaments across the world between 1990 and 2003. He served the European Hockey Federation’s club championship committee in the late 1980s and moved on the European Competitions Committee, which he chaired from 1998. He became a member of the European Federation’s Executive Board in 1993 and joined the International Hockey Federation’s competitions committee in 1999.

Of all his achievements in hockey, undoubtedly his most significant came following the bankruptcy of the old English Hockey Association in 2002. Martin was heavily involved in the drafting of the constitution to set up the new national governing body, work that enabled the EHB to become what it is today. In its new guise, Martin chaired the governing body’s Regional Consultative Committee from 2003-2005 and became President of England Hockey in 2005 before standing down in 2009.

During this time Martin served as Vice President of the European Hockey Federation (EHF) before becoming the first ever British President of the EHF, serving between 2008 and 2011. This summer, Martin will continue to support the international federation on the Jury of Appeal at the Olympic Games in London.

The nPower Big Dribble

The npower Big Dribble hits Market Square, Nottingham on Thursday 19th April 13.15 – 14.45.

Join celebrities, Great Britain hockey stars, local communities and thousands of others in an attempt to set a record for dribbling hockey balls 2012km across Great Britain.

Wish Great Britain’s hockey teams ‘good luck’ ahead of the Olympic Games by writing a message on our giant hockey ball.

It is also a super Event so there will be extra activities which will run from 11-4.

More details can be found at www.thebigdribble.com

Rush Hockey – the new game in town!

Research reveals that 84,500 adults would like to play more hockey. There is high demand for a less time consuming format of the game that does not require club membership or commitment to regular training.

Rush Hockey meets these needs.

Rush Hockey is the new, flexible, fun and small sided hockey game for adults. It can be played in mixed or single gender teams, indoors or outdoors and on pitches of varying surfaces and sizes. Teams are 4 or 5 a side with squads of up to 7 players. It is played with a standard hockey stick, but has unique goals and balls. The rules are very simple and the games are self umpired

It’s fast, furious, fun and a great way to get fit!

Rushcliffe Leisure Centre have teamed up with England Hockey to be the first in Nottinghamshire to offer Rush Hockey.

Starting Thursday 5th January 2012 and kicking off at 5:30pm in a pitch up and play league.

For more information on how to secure your place get in touch with Rob Linthwaite on 0115 9234921 or Rushcliffelc@Parkwood-communityLeisure.co.uk to get involved today or contact Amy Carter ACarter@rushcliffe.gov.uk to find out more.

Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, Boundary Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7BY
Tel: 0115 923 4921.


Come ‘Back to Hockey’

September sees the launch of ‘Back to Hockey’ for women who are interested in returning to the game to have fun and get fit.

There are currently no Nottinghamshire clubs registered for the scheme. This is a valuable way to regain former players to the sport who may have given up for any number of reasons.

Any interested clubs can register here:

EHB -Come ‘Back to Hockey’

EHB Statement – Coaching

From 1st January 2012, no coach except those licensed at UKCC Level 2, or above, will be permitted to coach independently.

All coaches need to be adequately qualified to coach independently.

The former England Hockey Coaching Committee, the Coaching Department and the Hockey Coaching Implementation Group across Great Britain (formerly the UK Source Group (England, Wales &Scotland) have debated this issue at length and approved the following policy statement:

‘From 1st January 2012, no coach except those licensed at UKCC Level 2, or above, will be permitted to coach independently’

This is a reminder to all Level 1 coaches that time is running out and following 4 years of previous notice that coaches must be qualified at Level 2 to coach Independently.from January 1st 2012

Please click on the following link to the web site for a full explanation and it is suggested that anyone planning to coach independently should enroll and upgrade to a level 2 during this summer

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New Quicksticks Online Training Course Launched


EHB are celebrating the launch of the new Quicksticks online training course and the best news is its absolutely FREE!

Available via the Quicksticks website, the course has been designed as an additional training tool to sit alongside the current Quicksticks INSET courses as a more flexible training option.

The course appropriately trains deliverers to introduce hockey at instructor / entry level within a primary school or hockey club setting. It is aimed at non-specialist Primary Teachers, non-teaching schools staff (teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors etc), and Community Sports or Hockey Club Coaches / Assistants.

Through a series of short videos the course explains the game of Quicksticks, and takes you through the Quicksticks equipment and resources. You can then take your pick from a selection of videos showing how easy Quicksticks challenges and lessons are to set up and deliver. The videos show Quicksticks being played on a variety of surfaces, (artificial pitch, sports hall, playground and netball court), with different ages and group numbers, showing you just how fun and adaptable Quicksticks is!

Take a look and see how you can adapt the delivery of Quicksticks to suit the environment within your school or club at www.playquicksticks.co.uk. Don’t forget registration is FREE and you can log in at any time and access the course when you need to!


FIH Ruling on Face Masks

The EHB confirmed today (follow link to EHB item) that after consulting with the FIH, the facial protection mask as shown below (which is, I believe is the OBO FaceOff Mk2 – admin), does not meet the requirement of the Rules of Hockey that: “field players … are permitted to wear a smooth preferably transparent or white but otherwise single coloured face mask which closely fits the face when defending a penalty corner.”

Banned FaceMask

This mask does not “closely fit the face” and is not “smooth”.

Further, the FIH Medical Committee is of the view that the mask poses a potential risk to an opponent in a collision. It does not therefore meet the further requirement in the Rules that “players must not wear anything which is dangerous to other players”.

All players, team managers, technical officials and umpires are advised of this ban as of today Friday 18th February 2011.

It should be noted that this ban applies across all hockey, senior, junior, outdoor and indoor.