Hockey in the Community
The Hockey Centre hosted the Notts Women’s Shield and Cup finals in April. Beeston Ladies 3rdXI played in the final of the cup competition and beat Worksop 6-2 to take the title.
The ‘World Class Players’ Easter and May holiday camps proved popular once again. The Easter camp in particular was well attended.
England Hockey NAGS (National Age Group Squad) U16 Girls and EDP (Elite Development Programme) women both used the facilities at the centre for their training during the Easter holidays.
‘World Class Players’ introduced a new summer academy on Thursday evenings which ran during May through to June. The academy was aimed at children aged 8 to 16 and was coached by Beeston 1stteam coaches and players. Over 70 children subscribed to the weekly sessions.
A new mixed hockey summer league was introduced for this year. The league took place on Friday evenings from 7pm-9pm. Eight teams from around East Midlands took part in the competition. Congratulations to ‘Misfits A’ who were the competition winners. Nottingham Players HC are also hosting their annual mixed 7 a side league in July.
The men’s 6 a side summer league is being run once again on Tuesday evenings with 20 teams taking part. The men’s masters 6 a side summer league is also being run once again on Monday evenings with 12 teams taking part.
The men’s 11 a side summer league will take place in July and August once again and the ladies 7 a side summer league runs from June to August.
NEMS Community Benefit Services have been using the conference room at the hockey centre during the day. Their first booking was on the 8thMay and they have already returned for a further conference in June.
The Civil Service rounders event returned to the centre once again in May. Over 70 participants enjoyed the rounders competition on the AstroTurf pitches and a BBQ afterwards. The Junior Lawyers also hosted their annual rounders and BBQ event once again at the centre with over 50 people taking part.
For the second year, Nottingham Trent University organised their annual alumni matches at the hockey centre. The current students played a fixture against past students followed by a social in the bar afterwards.
The Beeston Junior BBQ and Awards Evening took place in June on a wet and windy Sunday evening. The presentation of the awards was taken indoors into the bar upstairs this year.
Great Britain star and Olympic Gold medalist, Maddie Hinch, is hosting a 2-day goalkeeper camp at the Hockey Centre in July. To book a place on the camp please visit www.maddiehinch.com/coaching/
The hockey centre have hosted a number of events since the hockey league season finished. In April, the England Hockey men’s and ladies’ promotion and relegation play-off weekend 1 matches took place on pitch 1 and pitch 4. Thanks to the ball patrol volunteers from various clubs around Nottinghamshire who covered all the matches on the day.
The AOC Games (Association of Colleges) returned to Nottingham once again this year with a number of competitions across different sports taking place at the University of Nottingham and other venues throughout the city. The hockey competition was organised by Andy Barnes.
The annual Civil Service men’s and ladies’ hockey tournaments were played on the 9thand 10thMay. The ladies’ competition was a 7 a side format which took place on pitch 4 and the men’s competition was 11 a side played on pitch 1 and pitch 2.
The centre hosted two weekends of the men’s County Championships this year. Teams from far and wide across the country travelled for ‘B’ Division qualification weekend at the beginning of May, hosted by Nottinghamshire Hockey Association. The winners, alongside other qualifiers, returned in June for the finals day which consisted of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ division semi-finals and finals. Congratulations to Nottinghamshire who were promoted to the ‘A’ Division for next season.
The centre hosted the In2Hockey U10 boy’s and girls’ regional finals and the England Hockey In2Hockey National Finals for U13 schools and U12 clubs in May. Beeston U12 boys reached the national finals and finished 9th.
The annual Sikh Union Sixes was held again, organised by Sikh Union (Nottingham) Hockey Club, in June.
As part of the new England Hockey summer competitions, the new Women Over 50’s tournament was hosted in Nottingham this year in June.
The U13 Boys UK Lions tournament and new for 2019, the U13 Girls UK Lions tournament are set to take place in June and July respectively.
Repairs and improvements
Work has begun to refurbish the ‘Stick & Pitcher’ bar in the clubhouse. The work will be carried out in phases to minimise disruption to the evening bookings and customers. So far, new electric and aerial points have been installed in the main bar and the alcove. Tiles have been removed and the walls have been plastered. The wooden tongue and groove paneling in the main bar area has been sanded down ready to be decorated. The refurbishment will be completed in August.
Finally, the hot water boiler in the plant room had to be replaced following detection of a leak from the main tank. The work was undertaken by Antony Grice Plumbers and took 3 days to remove the old system and install the new one.