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News about development plans

Whitchurch Hockey club retains Clubmark accreditation

Congratulations Whitchurch (Shropshire) HC on achieving England Hockey Clubmark accreditation.

It is my great pleasure to inform you that you are one of a select number of hockey clubs across England to achieve England Hockey Clubmark accreditation.

Achieving England Hockey Clubmark is an important step in ensuring your club operates to a set of core criteria and has good practices in place to ensure that you can deliver quality hockey in a sustainable and vibrant club environment.

Club Mark – certificate 2018-2021

Shropshire Hockey Academy Centre programme for 2018-19

The Development Centres in June/July saw about 120 players attending across 6 centres in the county. Many of these players were new to Development Centres. The provisional Academy Centre programme is attached and also has details of how new players should register.

  • U17 is for those born in 02; U16 is for those born in 03; U15 is for those born in 04
  • U14 is for those born in 05; U13 is for those born in 06, 07, 08

So in summary,

  • U13 girls will have a 3 week coaching and assessment programme at Meole Brace from 6 to 8 pm starting on Thurs 13 September. Cost £42 for 3 weeks or £30 for those who attended the summer DC. Pay on first session.
  • For all ages of boys – Pre-Season AC coaching Sun 16th September at Shrewsbury School. Cost £5 pay on day.
  • 10am to 12.00  for U13 and U14s;   12 to 2.00pm for U15 U16 U17
  • For all ages of girls (except U13) – Pre-Season AC coaching Sun 16th September at Meole Brace. Cost £5 pay on day.
  • 11.30 to 1.15 for U15 U16 U17;    1.15 to 3.00pm for U14
  • Sun 7th October AC assessment and coaching for all age groups of boys and U15 U16 U17 girls. Cost will be reflected in AC Season fees.
  • Thurs 3rd October U14 girls assessment and coaching at Meole Brace from 6 to 8 pm Cost will be reflected in AC Season fees.

All new players who have not registered with England hockey before must register with Shropshire on the England Hockey Player Pathway System (PPS) by clicking the link below

Please Select Shropshire Development Centre Summer 18 Boys / Girls, from there we will then be able to allocate you to the correct squad for the 18/19 season.

This system is fully GDPR compliant and will give us all the necessary parental consents and emergency contact numbers which will be securely held. It will also inform us of who and how many players are going to be attending.

Thank you all.

If you have any queries please contact me, 07941 444037 or

John Beckett ( Boys ) 07814 518615

Shropshire Hockey Academy Centre programme for 2018-19

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Summer News letter

Tournament, Tea and AGM
A final reminder about the club AGM which will be happening on Saturday 28th April at the Leisure Centre.
We are holding a friendly mixed tournament for anyone who wants to play – registration from midday with the games starting at 12.30pm.  This will be wrapped up by 2.30pm so that people can change before getting together for tea, sandwiches and cakes at 3pm, and the AGM itself at 3.30pm. (We’ve managed to keep the meeting part down to about 30 minutes for the last few years, which is the plan again this time!) There will be a £5 match fee for the tournament to cover costs.
Any indication of numbers in advance for playing and teas would be very useful, so please reply or text a captain to confirm.  We would also welcome offers to contribute to the sandwiches and cakes, so we put on a good spread.
The tournament was great fun last year so we strongly encourage you to take part and help make it a fantastic club event.
Committee and Club Roles
This is also your opportunity to get more involved in the running of the club – if you would be interested in putting yourself forward for any role on the committee or elsewhere, please let us know and we will get in touch to discuss and make sure you’re included in the nominations.  We also have a vacancy for Ladies 3s captain which we are keen to fill as soon as possible.
Summer Training
Starting from Wednesday 25th April we will be running summer training sessions from 7.00-8.30pm for both juniors and seniors.  These will focus on game play with supplementary coaching exercises, and provide the opportunity to mix players up by ability, and help the juniors integrate with the senior players.  Cost will be £2 per player per session.
This will complement the playing opportunities for Ladies in the new summer league, and for juniors taking part in the Badgers league.
Training Jackets
Those of you who have pre-ordered jackets can now collect them at training or the AGM tournament, once you’ve paid.  (Price is £15, which needs to be provided in cash!)
Coaching Course (Introduction to Hockey / Level 1 equivalent)
We’re pleased to announce that this coaching course will be running at Whitchurch on Saturday 9th June.  We’re still waiting for England Hockey to confirm exact details of times and cost, but if you are interested in helping out with coaching, or improving your own understanding of the game (and you are 16 or over) please let us know if you’d like to participate.