Tim Speight

Tim Speight sadly passed away on Wednesday 25th January. Tim was, up until recently secretary of the Notts Hockey Development Group and a member of the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association executive. He was also a great supporter of Beeston Hockey Club and his daughter Abi is a member of the ladies 1st team squad.

Details about the funeral will be posted once they are known.

If anyone would like to send cards to the family please hand them in at Beeston HC and they can arrange for them to be sent on to the family.

Our thoughts and wishes are with Tim’s family and friends at this sad time.

Hockeyfest @ Clumber Park

The Sport Development Team at Clumber Park have been in post for a couple of months and are busy organising lots of different sporting offers to their visitors. Currently they are planning their summer holiday programme where they will be running informal, fun sport challenges one of which they hope to be hockey.

They’ve recently hosted a very successful tennis event (as part of a national partnership with the LTA). Coaches from local clubs came along to Clumber to promote their clubs and have chats with visitors whilst they made their way round 8 or so tennis challenges e.g. how many times can you bounce a ball, or how many forehands can you hit over the net etc. It was a really good fun event which over 200 people took part in. The LTA used this to promote their Great British Tennis Weekend.

They will be duplicating this format with a number of different sports and would like to have some local clubs along when they run their hockey activities? They would love to have coaches or club volunteers at the event just to mix in with the visitors and promote what their clubs offer (and maybe recruit some new members!).

They hope to run the event around 5-6 times over the 7 week holiday so there will be a range of dates which hopefully one or more might work for people.

If you’d like to get involved, please contact

Lucy Newbury (Lucy.Newbury@nationaltrust.org.uk)
National Trust Sport Development Officer
Clumber Park Estate Office, Blyth Road, Nr Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ
T: 01909 511015

Mansfield Sports Recognition Awards

This year’s Mansfield Sports Recognition Awards will be taking place on Monday 8 December 2014 at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex.

Nominations for the categories are now open!

You can nominate in two ways…

  1. Fill in a nomination booklet, you should be able to get one through your club
  2. Fill in an online nomination form at www.mansfield.gov.uk/nominate

We ask that with every nomination (hard copy or online) that a photo of the nominee(s) is attached so that it can be used for the PowerPoint presentation on the evening. (Please note that the Junior Sportsperson of the Year is now split into two age categories). Deadline for nominations isFriday 14 November.

We hope to receive lots of nominations again this year to celebrate the fantastic sporting performances and dedication occurring in across Mansfield!

Tickets for the event are priced at £5 (adult) and £2.50 (junior).

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Many thanks,

Martin Cook,

Sports Facilitator,

Mansfield District Council

Safeguarging and First Aid Courses

Below are details of some Safeguarding and First Aid courses that were closed courses but now have spaces available to everyone. They are:

  • 14th July 6-9pm – Emergency First Aid
  • 22nd July 6-8pm – Safeguarding for Young Volunteers
  • 24th July 6-9pm – Safeguarding and Protecting Children

They are all at County Hall, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP and you can book places on www.coachingnottinghamshire.co.uk and they £20 each for the first aid and the safeguarding and £10 for the Safeguarding for Young Volunteers.


Nottinghamshire HA Chairman’s Team

Please see the below from our Chairman;

To All Men’s clubs Nottinghamshire Hockey Association

Dear All, I have been invited to field a Nottinghamshire HA Chairman’s team to play a warm-up match against the Notts U17 boys JAC squad and would like to have representatives playing from as many Notts men’s clubs as possible. The team can be of any age group but please let me know if you are nominating anyone U18. Feel free to nominate several players if you wish. I do need 16 or even 18! I have Umpires already (surprise).

The match is on Friday 28/2/14 7.00-9.00pm on the SAND DRESSED pitch at Highfields. There will be no cost to the players and some County colours shirts will be available for them to play in.

I appreciate it is the day before most of you will play league hockey however I would welcome nominations from your club on the attached form. I don’t intend to wear your players out!

It will be welcome practice for the boys and a good opportunity for a player from your club (or two) to enjoy some social but hopefully competitive hockey in a different environment.

Please give it strong consideration and fill in and return the form as soon as possible and definitely by 14th February at the latest. If you want to say no then do please let me know that so I don’t start chasing the reply.

Regards & best wishes



This has gone out to all Club Secretaries with Men’s sections.  If you want to play, put your name forwards!

Nominations to Notts HA Chairman team 2014

Club/Coach Education Workshops: Jan-Apr 2014‏

The Club and Coach Education workshops for Nottinghamshire (January – April 2014) are now available to view and book on to.

You can book on via the coaching website http://www.coachingnottinghamshire.co.uk where you will just need to quickly register for free (or login if already registered!) and then book and pay onto a workshop of your choice.

Most workshops are £20 however a couple of the new courses are just £10 so please check when booking.

Please pass this information on to your club committees, coaches and volunteers. It is important to have many members of clubs having the knowledge and experience of some key areas such as Safeguarding and First Aid.

L1 Coaching Course at Manor Sports Centre – HURRY CLOSING DATE SOON!

Please see attached an application form for a Hockey Level One Coaching Course which is running at Manor Sports Centre in Mansfield – please circulate this around your club and to anyone you know who might be interested in attending. Please note, candidates must be aged 16 on the 1st day of the course to attend.

Application forms need to be sent to Elaina Leithead, England Hockey, The Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, LE11 3TU (along with the consent form if under 18) or email to midlands@englandhockey.co.uk.

The Nottinghamshire Hockey Development Group has secured a small amount of funding to financially assist people who attend this particular course and who are coaching in clubs within Nottinghamshire. I have negotiated with England Hockey to exclusively open this course to Nottinghamshire clubs until Friday 6th September – please note after this date the course will be open to anyone across the country. Due to this, and along with England Hockey now having an online payment system for coaching courses, candidates are required to inform Elaina of the contact details of the person making the £160 payment so she can telephone them and take the payment over the phone.

Once booked on the course, The Nottinghamshire Hockey Development Group will be informed of the names of the candidates and on completion of the course, those candidates will be reimbursed some funds – the amount of funding per person will not be confirmed until we know how many complete the course but it will be a minimum of £20.

If you have any queries regarding the course, please contact Elaina directly on 01509 228676 or email midlands@englandhockey.co.uk.

Consent Form
Manor SC L1 Application Form

FREE Anti Bullying Workshop for Clubs

Please see link below to FREE Anti Bullying Workshop aimed at supporting clubs. (Delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Anti Bullying Coordinator)

It will be held on 2nd October at Gedling, all details on the link.

This workshop will support clubs to have procedures in place to prevent bullying but also provide guidance on how to deal with any incidents. The content will include Cyber bullying and E- Safety.

Interested parties just need to click on the link to register.


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.