Nottingham Hockey Centre – Newsletter December 2019

Hockey in the Community

The U14 and U16 girls’ schools county hockey tournaments took place on the 7thand 11thOctober.

A new 6-week parenting course booking took place in the seminar room throughout October and November. The course was attended by 10 people.

One of Beeston HC’s sponsors, Ryley Wealth Management, hosted a mortgage surgery for members of the club on Saturday 19thOctober. The surgery took place between 12pm-5pm with Kieran Dunne providing advice to a number of people.

The Sunday afternoon mixed league restarted in October. This year 6 teams have entered the competition which will run throughout the season. Each team will play each other twice over the course of the league. Nottingham University Medics have also expressed an interest in joining the league for next season.

The October half-term World Class Players camp proved popular once again with over 40 children attending each day of the two-day camp. The camp was coached by Beeston men’s first team head coach, Stephen Wood, along with first team players Simon Hujwan, Toby Stanley and Robbie Gleeson.

The Hockey in the Community schools league for boys and girls years 9 and 10 took place in November. Eight teams played in the league over two consecutive Thursday’s. Thanks to Kay Bond who organised the league once again.

STICK Project

On 19th November the STICK Project Consortium of 5 European clubs and universities presented its recommendations for a revision to the Erasmus+ program for student athletes to a number of stakeholders, including the European Commission, the European Hockey Federation, national associations, sports clubs and universities. The event took place in Brussels, Belgium.  

During the event, the STICK Project Consortium fielded a number of questions from potential stakeholders, and announced its desire to see the project incorporated within the new Erasmus+ programme, which will run from 2021-2027.

The aim of the 2-year pilot project, coordinated by Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Cluband the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, was to facilitate high dedication athletes to go one step forward on their dual career as students and athletes, combining the Erasmus exchange mobility with sport competition, which has often been very complicated, so far. The project was supported by the consortium partners consisting of Beeston Hockey Club and Nottingham Trent University from the United Kingdom, Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club and Dublin City University from Ireland, KHC Dragons and Universiteit Antwerpen from Belgium and Rotterdam Hockey Club with Erasmus University Rotterdam from the Netherlands. When adapting the current Erasmus mobility programme, one of the project’s challenges was to reconcile the demands and needs of universities as well as those of the student-athletes and their respective clubs and federations.

The pilot programme focussed on field hockey. However, the project is able to be implemented in any sport.

The project co-ordinated a pilot programme, which is currently being tested during this academic year. Oriol Roca from Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club is currently playing for Beeston Hockey Club, and studying at Nottingham Trent University.

The event in Brussels was chaired by Dr.Màrius Martínez, Vice-rector for International Relations of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, followed by a scientific approach to Dual Careers by Dr.Miquel Torregrossa from the same university.Mireia GalíSTICKProject Coordinator from Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, introduced the project along with the pursued aims and activities that have been carried out. Audrey Byrne, from Dublin City University, Dominique Vosfrom KHC Dragons and Chris Campbell from Nottingham Trent University explained the results from the university international offices, the clubs and the university dual career services perspectives, respectively. To conclude, David Passmore, Dual Career Expert at Dublin City University and Coach of the field hockey U21 ladies’ Irish national team and at Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club, closed the presentation with the final conclusions and recommendations for the implementation of the project.

Any sport or university which is interested in implementing the project’s academic-sporting mobility scheme can use the guide on the project’s website, www.stickproject.eu. In future, the European Commission may implement the project’s recommendations in whole or in part.

David Griffiths and Cellan Griffiths led the project on behalf of Beeston Hockey Club.

Events

Following the closure of Chase Park in Cannock earlier in the year, the Independent Schools Association Year 5 & 6 boys and girls (U11) 6 a side tournament was moved to Nottingham. Twelve schools took part in the competition and it is hoped that this will become a regular annual event at the Hockey Centre moving forwards. There are a number of other tournaments and events which used to be held at Cannock which will now take place in Nottingham.

The annual Christmas party tent has returned and this year’s theme is Moonlit in Marrakech. The first evening took place on the 2ndDecember and will run until the 21stDecember.

The Hockey Centre are set to host the Men’s and Ladies’ Over 35 and Over 40 Masters Hockey World Cups from the 8th– 17thAugust 2020. To date over 60 international teams have expressed an interest in attending the event. It is anticipated over 1000 people will take part in the ten day competition. If any members wish to volunteer to help at the event please emaildavid@nottinghamhockeycentre.com

Repairs and improvements

A new leased broadband line has been provided to the site by Air IT. A dedicated fibre optic cable was installed, this involved running a fibre optic cable in ducting underground from near the science park to the Hockey Centre. The new line will provide the centre with much faster broadband with 100mb upload and download speeds. The wi-fi network infrastructure onsite is due to be upgraded over the next month. This will result in a much-improved internet access and speed.

Two new brown attractions road signs have been installed on the east and west bound carriageways on University Boulevard directing traffic to the front entrance of the site.

Twenty tons of road stone has been provided by the Christmas company in order to firm the ground up on the entrance to the overflow grass car park. Thanks to the Probation service who helped to spread the stone across the entrance.

The finishing touches to the bar were completed in December with some new cabinets being installed behind the bar.

This year a twelve floodlight lamps so far have needed to be replaced. The lamps cost £120 each plus the labour cost, so this is not a cheap exercise, although last winter there were only a few which needed to be replaced.

Finally, a new Orchard is to be planted this winter on the land between the cage and the tram lines. There will be 56 fruit trees planted with 17 varieties of apples, pears, plums, damsons and cherry. These will be harvested between July – October and will hopefully provide the membership with lots of fresh fruit!

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