Dear Parents and Players Welcome to the new season! I hope you all had a great summer and that you are looking forward to getting back onto the hockey pitch! 2018/2019 season is looking to be a great one and we kick it off with our Club Day this Saturday 8th September 2018 at our new pitch at Wycombe High School. We will have sessions for all age groups and mens/ladies/mixed matches later in the afternoon. We will have a BBQ, second hand kit sale, cake sale and the presence of 2 of our 3 International Coaches at the club Ian Sloan and Mark Gleghorne. The sessions for Saturday are as follows – please come along and support the day and if you can lend a hand on the BBQ, bring cakes/second hand kit for sale, man a stall or help set up do let me know: 08.30-10.00 Minis & U12’s 10.00-12.00 BU16 & GU16 12.00-13.30 Ladies 1st team Match vs Leighton Buzzard, 13.30-15.00 Mens 1st team Match vs Slough, 15.00-18.00 Mixed Adult Hockey matches.
Training starts for all age groups next week. With our new coach Zoe Shipperley – GB/International Player alongside Ian Sloan and Sam Burroughs, we have developed a great junior development model for those BU14’s and above that demonstrate potential. As the season progresses Zoe, Ian and Sam will continue to liaise and boys ready for the next step will have access to more training sessions as they look to play in the higher mens teams or start playing mens hockey once they are 13. More on this later in the season. For the rest of the season, below is an outline of the training details for the Boys Section by age group. Please let me know if you have any queries. BU12 Tuesday 6-7 Wycombe High School (Register in the pavilion at 5.45 and pitch warm up) Coaches: Zoe Shipperley – GB/International Player Supported by Shona Black, Josh Olcot, Ed Gemmel Manager: Keisha Sheehan The BU12 will be on pitch at the same time as the GU12 so we are hoping for some mixed matches and shared coaching. BU14 Wednesday 6.15-7.30 RGS (Warm up 6.00) Coaches: Zoe Shipperley – GB/International Player Supported by Martin Keegan, Jamie Holderness, JJ Juttla, John Michell Manager: Austin Callaghan BU16 Wednesday 7.30-9.00 RGS (Warm up 7.15) Coaches: Zoe Shipperley – GB/International Player Supported by Martin Keegan, Andy Pedrette Manager: Caroline Turney Some BU16’s have also been selected to train on a Thursday Bisham 7-8 with the BU18’s and Lower Mens Club. This will be confirmed directly to you if you have been invited. Later in the season, if invited and subject to ability/performance, BU16 may have the opportunity also to train on a Monday night at Bisham 8-9 with the Mens 2’s. BU18 Thursday 7.00-8.00 Bisham (Warm up 6.45) Coach: Sam Burroughs – Mens 1st Team Player – & ex Junior England Player Manager: Helen Hinde The U18’s will train alongside the Mens 3-6’s. As the season progresses, and subject to selection, BU18 may be invited also to train a Monday Bisham 8.00-9.00 with the Mens 2’s. Please assist your Managers by adding your omissions to club buzz and accepting/declining matches quickly – this was a very hard process to manage last year. Finally, a reminder that all match fees will be collected via direct debit this season. If you have not done so already please can you setup your account as soon as possible so that payment can be taken as shown on your account by direct debit. This avoids wasted time in chasing. Thanks all and see you on saturday. Sarah Prior Boys Section Manager