We are now well into the new season, and it is extremely encouraging to see all our teams back playing regular hockey.
After 5 games, the Mens 1s are currently mid table in the South East Men’s Division 1 West, whilst following promotion last year, the Ladies 1s are also mid table in South East Women’s Division 1 Martlets. The Ladies 2s and the newly formed Ladies 3s are having fantastic starts to the season both with unbeaten starts in South East Women’s Division 4 Martlets division.
The Mens 2s and Mens 3s are playing together in the Mens Division 1 Martlets with the 3s winning a close inter club league match earlier in October after their promotion in the previous season. The Mens 4s, 5s, 6s, are playing in the South East Men’s Divisions 2,3 and 4 Martlets respectively with the 5s currently mid table with 2 wins and the 6s recording their first victory of the season with a team featuring many of our junior players moving up into adult hockey which is fantastic for the future of the club.
In the run up to christmas, there will be lots to look forward to with Mixed Games, Over 50s England Hockey Games and the continuation of the South East leagues – exciting times for all of our teams.
As we get to half term, it is the perfect time to look back at the first few weeks of the season for the growing and thriving Junior Section. Starting with the Sussex Development League, both the Wolves and Llamas had strong starts to the season – with the Llamas unbeaten as we go into November and the Wolves winning 2 out of 3 of their league games so far – setting things up nicely for the run up to christmas.
Llamas U14 v East Grinstead Wolves U14 v Brighton
This season for the first time, we have entered U14 Boys and Girls teams into the England Hockey National Championships. The 1st round was held at a sunny Angmering in early October with the Llamas U14 winning a thrilling penalty shoot out against East Grinstead with Harriet our GK being star of the show keeping a clean sheet in the eliminator, to send Worthing through 2-0. The boys game was just as exciting with Worthing just being edged out 1-3 in a tight competitive game against Brighton. Just before half time Alex scored to make it 1-2 – setting up an end to end 2nd half with Brighton holding out for the win in an excellent game.
U12 Girls at Burgess Hill U12 Boys at Crawley
Our younger juniors have been training regularly on Sunday mornings, with 2 sessions from 11am to 12noon and 12 noon to 1pm being well attended by over 30 new and more experienced players alike.
The next step is playing in matches. Earlier in October, our U12 girls played in their first mini tournament of the season hosted by Burgess Hill at the Triangle, scoring a victory alongside some narrow loses. The U12 boys also played their first mini tournament against teams from East Grinstead, Lewes, Crawley and St.Francis. Again the games were close and competitive with a great time had by all.
As we head into November, we look forward to more from the Sussex Development league, England Hockey Cups as well as arranging more U12 and U10 matches to build and enhance our fantastic junior section. https://www.worthinghockey.co.uk/teams/juniors/
Thank you so much to the 5 Ladies and 5 Mens teams that played out a fantastic tournament over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Here is a flavour of the weekend. The Mens tournament was won by Sussex All Stars recording an unbeaten record with Yorkies finishing 2nd after a 1-1 draw with Sussex and only slipping up against Millfield OBs. On the Ladies side, Land Girls won all 4 games including a 2-1 win over Girls on Fire who finished 2nd unbeaten across their other 3 games, just edging out the Maidens of Mayhem. The matches were closely fought in a competitive yet social atmosphere with points also shared across touring teams Handbags Rock, Gin & Chronics and of course the hosting Worthing Mens and Ladies teams. See you all next year !!
Mens Winners – Sussex All Stars Ladies Winners – Land Girls Girls on Fire v Land Girls Sussex All Stars v Handbags Land Girls v Gin & Chronics Millfield OB v Handbags Worthing Ladies Worthing / Girls on Fire Land Girls Handbags Rock Sussex All Stars Sussex All Stars v Worthing Handbags v Worthing Sussex All Stars v Millfield OB Our amazing umpires Worthing v Gin & Chronics Worthing v Land Girls
Now that we have reached the end of the season – the first thing to say is that “at least we had a full season” this year. Here we reflect on the many positives from the hockey itself to the development of the club over the last 12 months.
We hope you enjoyed the hockey that you played this season and we look forward to seeing you all for the next one !
The Chairman’s Views
On the pitch
Over the year we have fielded 10 teams (6 mens, 2 ladies, 2 development) most weeks and there have only been odd occasions where getting a team out has been a major issue. Thanks go to Ian, Katie, Rex and Matt as well as the individual team captains for making this happen.
Well done to the Ladies 1s and Mens 4s for gaining promotion to the next league and also to the Wolves and Llamas who had strong seasons – showing that our junior hockey is going well and moving us to a preferred choice for younger players.
Ladies 1s Mens 4s
Looking at our Comets Group this has developed well over the season with 40-50 juniors aged between 6 and 12 attending on Sunday mornings. Regular boys and girls tournaments for both U10s & U12s have proved a great success with Worthing competing strongly and achieving excellent results at these events.
Comets U12s Wolves v Llamas 2021
The other Men’s teams have competed strongly and performances especially in the second part of the season have reflected the development of the Club. The Ladies 2s finished near to the top of their league and the second half of the season was particularly successful.
There’s a lot of organisation that goes on behind the scenes so that we can play hockey at the weekends and it’s important to mention this. Matt Sephton has organised a team of umpires to make this happen and each week we need between 7-10 volunteers so that the games can take place. But we need more volunteers to grow this pool as well as a “well organised” volunteer to take over from Matt as co-ordinator.
WHC Coaches WHC Umpires
Our coaching teams on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays have helped to develop our players as well as providing fun and engaging sessions. Most of these have been very well attended and you should make an effort to get to the training sessions if you can, they are key to continued team development. Next year we plan to expand the training further to include 2 hours on a Thursday, so there will be more options available – but we do need more coaches to come forward please and support the development of other players.
One of the most visible developments over the last year has been building of our “semi permanent” marquee which has been available for Club Events and also as an additional social area after matches.
The marquee was originally built to host the 125 Year Anniversary Dinner last year and also act as a base for the Vets Tournament in August. The Anniversary Dinner showed the continued support of current and former members of the Club and was also the first time the Club was able to host an event of this size on its own premises. This has given us confidence to hold further events for Club members and also our annual Dinner Dance which we hosted on 21 May.
The Vets Tournament ran over 3 days (including Friday evening) and was well received by everyone who attended. It attracted over 100 hockey players from all parts of the country and kept everyone entertained and engaged with good food, good wine and good company. This was particularly impressive taking into account that “lockdown” had only just come to an end. In August, we hope to host a similar but larger Tournament with up to 12 teams following the same format.
The Marquee is always available to Club members who want to hold a birthday party or any type of celebration. Let us know if you want to use the venue and we can help get this organised.
Our August Vets tournament Our events marquee (formal) Our events marquee (informal)
ClubMark is a nationally recognised standard provided by England Hockey to confirm that your Club is well run and has all the proper policies in place to make sure members can play hockey safely – and we have achieved this during the current season. Well done to Adrian Smith for getting us there (and slightly ahead of plan). You can see a copy of the certificate in the Clubhouse.
There are only a few Clubs in Sussex that have achieved this accreditation and prospective members (particularly younger members) may be encouraged to join us because we have got to this level.
We have continued to develop and grow our facilities around the Club House – improved outside space and increased use of the Marquee and will continue to do this over the next year. If you have some ideas or suggestions let me know.
Over the last month of the season, we provided Hot Teas and this appeared to be successful and well received. Whilst this was a trial our intention is to continue to do this next season rather than look to each team to deliver this when they are playing at home.
Our clubhouse Clubhouse socials Teas in the marquee
Running the Club
In many ways the efficient running of the Club currently relies on the efforts and contribution of a small group of members to organise and deliver what we need. This has become more challenging as the Club’s activities have expanded significantly since we moved to Angmering.
This means that this type of model is not really sustainable, and we will need to move to a more commercial basis for the delivery of these services. This will also better reflect the true costs of running the Club. The details of this are being discussed as we speak and the ideas / inputs will be shared with club members via the AGM and member communications as the options progress in this area. If you are interested in helping at the Club in any way, please do come forward, as the number of jobs that need doing is ever increasing as the Club grows and moves forward – which is fantastic and really exciting, showing that Worthing Hockey Club is in a great place as we look forward to the next season and beyond.
JH – Chair
Mens and Wolves Boys Section
A season of consolidation, building on home grown players coming through the ranks
The Men’s section ran 6 full teams for the 2021/22 season which was quite an achievement in the circumstances, coming off the back of a curtailed campaign in 2020/21. All of the leagues were completed which was great to see.
The Men’s 1’s consolidated their position in the newly formed South East League structure with a mid-table finish in Division 1 West, featuring National Premier League club 2nd XIs amongst its teams. After a strong start comprising some red hot home form, the season slipped away somewhat with some challenges around availability. The aim is to find a top coach and help push for the top of the table. Similarly, the Men’s 2’s finished in a solid enough position in the Division 1 Martlets League, without ever challenging the top of the league. They were ably led by skipper, Nathan Mays, who returned a 20+ goal season, with a number of younger players gaining valuable experience both within this league and providing support to the Men’s 1’s squad.
Mens 1st XI Mens 2nd XI
In the Division 2 Martlets League, the Men’s 3’s and 4’s came head to head. The 3’s had a slow start to the season, hampered by losing a number of players, promoted to the 2’s. However, they recovered strongly, with a few new signings of their own and were never in any danger, steering well clear of the bottom 4. The 4’s earned promotion to Division 1 after completing the season, winning 15 games out of 22 and returning the least amount of goals conceded in the league thanks to their exceptional goalkeeper Alex Hall. They finished runner up to a strong EG 3’s side.
David Edmondson, WHC Men’s 4s team manager commented “We started strong, had a little wobble after Christmas but then pulled it back and got our promotion, which we are really pleased about. A lot of the games have been very tight, it is a competitive league and we are all really happy and looking forward to next season.”
Mens 4th XI Mens O45s
The Men’s 5’s were unfortunately relegated from Division 3 and will now join the 6’s in Division 4 next season. It was a tough season without a settled side, but the 5’s should prove to be the side to watch next season, gunning to bounce back with promotion. The 6’s played a vital role in bringing new players into Men’s hockey and providing an environment for everyone to be part of the club and play a reasonable standard of competitive hockey. They ultimately found it tough going in Division 4.
On Development side, the Wolves Boys U16 squad had another strong season, finishing in the playoff positions, narrowly missing out in the triangular end of seasons matches which ultimately decided the league. Just as impressively, 2 of the team represented Sussex at U13 and U15 level respectively whilst others also played for the Mens 5s and Mens 6s as they move into senior hockey.
Wolves U16 Sussex Wolves
A great season all round, and we’re all looking forward to the next one.
DE – Mens Club Captain (incoming 2022). IP 2021/22
Ladies and Llamas Girls Section
Positive season across the board with more new players and increased availability
We feel very lucky to have been able to complete a full season of games with strong numbers and great results across the ladies section.
Ladies 1s achieved an impressive promotion capitalising on working as a team both on and off the pitch utilising the dedicated coaching from Jez.
The impact of regular, structured coaching has had a very positive effect on this team and is shown in skills and knowledge of the players which reflects in the formation and wins.
Ladies 1s Ladies 1s Ladies 1s
Ladies 2s have had a hugely successful season fighting their way up the table each week. This again is a positive result from the weekly coaching and having management pitch-side from John during many of their games. This team has seen a great increase in numbers attending training and avalible for games.
Ladies 2s Ladies teams
The Llamas have had an incredibly impressive season. Several of the junior girls have this season achieved selection and play for Sussex, showing the development and success of this team.
Sussex Llamas Sussex Llamas Llamas U16
I am so immensely proud of each and every ladies section member and the determination to continue playing games through a very challenging year.
The teamwork and bond between all the ladies is visible and both sides have grown from strength to strength exponentially.
While part of the season was still restricted due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, all players played their part in supporting the club and teams and this is reflected in the scores and availability each week.
With promotion for the Ladies 1s to Division 1, a top 4th placing for the ladies 2s, the wealth of the youth, enthusiasm and skills generating from the Junior Llamas section, I can say without reservation we will be building on this season’s success and carry this forward into the coming season.
There is an element of excitement and the real prospect of attaining a ladies third XI team, which ensures that there can only be more opportunities and more games and safeguarding a solid ladies section to WHC.
In summary, this has been an incredibly rewarding and motivating season for all ladies, of all ages playing for WHC. Not only were their successes each week at both home and away games resulting in a team promotion but more importantly the number of ladies attending training and making themselves available each week to play is hugely inspiring. There is now real positivity within the section from the growth of the Llamas right through every team.
KN-S – Ladies Club Captain
Comets U12 Junior Section
A season of firsts and enormous progress for the Sunday morning juniors
At last years end of season celebrations, we had 30 U12 juniors – this year we had over 50 ! That marks the fantastic progress that has been made this season with a combination of 3 main activities :
- Player recruitment by advertising in schools and working with Activ 8 for Kids to run 4 days of Holiday Camp hockey to help attract new players
- Regular coaching on Sunday mornings ay Angmering led by Rob Warner and Rex Fuller and supported by a growing number of coaches. Please do join the coaching team if you can, we need more coaches as the number of players continue to grow
- Regular match play against other clubs across Sussex. For the first time we ran U10 matches as well as U12 matches for the boys and girls. These took the form of multi club mini tournaments hosted by clubs across the county, with Worthing competing strongly with a good set of results.
The highlight of the season from a matches point of view was the Ron Easton West tournament, where the girls U12s finished 3rd and the boys U12s finished 1st with an unbeaten set of results. This led to the boys playing in the Ron Easton Sussex Final, eventually finishing as Runners Up in the overall tournament – a great achievement from the team.
Boys U12s Girls U12s
Over the course of the season at Angmering we hosted Girls U12 matches on a full pitch, boys and girls U12 mini tournaments on half pitches, an U10 boys mini tournament on half pitches and ended the season with a larger half day mini festival with a total of 8 teams playing multiple matches with nearly 100 players involved across the morning – it was lovely to see and so encouraging to see the next generation of players coming through.
Holiday hockey camps Sunday U12s training
RF – Junior Development Officer, DN U12 Boys Coach
That concludes our review of 2021/22 – what a season it’s been. We look forward to seeing you all for 2022/23 which starts again with pre-season training from August. Thanks to all that make this happen !
Worthing Hockey Club’s junior section celebrated the end of a fantastic 2021/22 in style under the Angmering sunshine ! First up, the Wolves and Llamas Under 16 boys and girls development teams played their 2nd annual matches against their parents. The Wolves did not hold back and beat their parents 4-3. Next up were the Llamas – with no substitutions and the spring day getting warmer, both sides played hard with the parents winning 2-0 in the end. Each game finished with the teams receiving their end of season medals and the Player of the Season trophies were presented. The day ended with players, parents, families and friends enjoying a well earned BBQ.
This was followed the next week by over 50 under 12 Comets boys and girls playing matches in equally warm spring sunshine. Each player was awarded with a medal for their brilliant achievements during the season, with Player of the Season awarded to both Girls U12 and Boys U12 – the day was again rounded off with the now customary BBQ ! Congratulations to all for a fantastic season.
Worthing Ladies 1st XI finished the South East Martlets Division 2 season with a run of 7 wins from 8 matches since christmas to finish runners up in the league and secure promotion to Division 1 for next season – Congratulations to the whole team !
The 10 team league was contested throughout the season, with Worthing’s promotion chances coming down to an 8-3 win on the final day of the season !
The full league results can be viewed by clicking here.
Every club needs a large network of friends, supporters, helpers, sponsors and partners to deliver hockey to the community every week of the season across all of our junior and adult teams. On Saturday 12th March we held an event for our Life VPs, Vice Presidents and Sponsors to come and enjoy a day at the club – to say Thank You for your support. The day started with a fantastic curry lunch, followed by taking in a series a matches, played in front of our newly installed advertising boards. It was a chance to catch up with old friends, meet new friends – have a drink or 2 and a bite to eat. Plus the weather was be kind to us as well !
A list of our fantastic Life Presidents and Vice Presidents can be found here : Vice Presidents & Club Captains – Worthing Hockey Club
A list of our brilliant 2021/22 sponsors can be found here : Sponsors & Fundraising – Worthing Hockey Club
Program of matches for the day
10.00 am Ladies 1st XI v HoneyBees
12 noon Bar Opens
12.30 pm Buffet Lunch
13.00 pm Mens 1st XI v Sunbury
14.30 pm Mens 2nd XI v Middleton
16.00 pm Mens 4th XI v St.Francis
Ladies 1st XI 10am 12/3/22 Mens 1st XI 1pm 12/3/22 Our 2022 Sponsors
Great News ! WHC is now one of a select number of hockey clubs across the country that can display the ClubMark logo. England Hockey’s ClubMark is an accreditation to show that a club is well run and working inline with set of operating standards which ensure that the appropriate risk assessments, policies and procedures are in place to run the club safely. Attainment of ClubMark is the evidence for clubs and their members that these levels are being systematically met, allowing quality hockey to be delivered in a sustainable and vibrant environment for all. Click here for all of Worthing HC’s policies.
Dear Worthing Hockey Club,
Congratulations Worthing 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.
Please find attached your certificate of achievement. 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.
As we stride towards a ‘Nation where Hockey Matters’ we wanted to acknowledge and
thank you for your commitment and dedication to creating more, better and happier
Congratulations once again on achieving England Hockey ClubMark, and best of luck
to all your club members for the future.
Chief Executive, England Hockey
In a packed Sunday of matches, the Mens O40s had an enjoyable and competitive match against Guildford in the England Hockey Association Trophy Round 2. The game also raised awareness for the cancer charity Foxtrot Oscar Cancer that looks to raise money for different cancer charities each year.
Guilford started the match quickly, going 2-0 up in the early stages. Worthing pulled it back to 2-1 before half time thanks to Jez Subedar. In the second half, Worthing equalised from a penalty corner, making it 2-2 at the end of normal time. The match was decided on penalty strokes with Guildford progressing to Round 3 after winning the shoot-out 4-2. A great afternoon of cup hockey and all for a good cause too.
Worthing and Guildford Mens O40s in EHA Trophy Round 2
It was great to see the christmas jumpers as part of the festive celebrations at the final training sessions of the year.
Both of our WHC under 12 teams shone brightly at the Sussex Hockey Ron Easton tournament in November, taking 3rd and 1st places in the girls and boys competitions respectively.
The girls team achieved a great set of results with three wins, two draws and a loss. Coach Matt Sephton proudly commented: “Awesome performance from each and every player, never gave up, tackled hard, scored some fantastic goals and fantastic team work!”
The WHC boys team were unbeaten with four wins and four clean sheets to win the tournament. The day started with a 2-0 win over Chichester, followed by victories against Mid Sussex and St.Francis, before ending with a tense 1-0 win over Brighton to secure 1st place in the tournament. Coach David Neale said: “We are all so proud of the team today. We had a squad of 9 players and everyone played their part with high levels of skill and teamwork – and most importantly all done with a smile and great team spirit.”
We are so proud of all of the under 12 players. Congratulations, the future of the club is in safe hands.
Under 12 Boys Under 12 Girls Worthing Herald Article 2nd December 2021
A very crisp Sunday afternoon was an opportunity for the new generation of Worthing Hockey Club mixed hockey team players to make their mark in the England Hockey national mixed cup.
A fast paced game against a skilful Eastbourne side meant the Worthing players had to bring out their best.
Lots of goal scoring pressure from WHC in the first half resulted in several short corners and brilliant conversions from Lewis.
Mixed team captain, Sharon Price commented on the game: “Both teams were determined to win today and it all came down to the penalty flicks. A few nerve wracking moments watching the bravest of our team step up and we were victorious 7-6.”
“I am so proud of the team today, it was the first time we have played together and we smashed it. A perfect example of mixed hockey on display by the always fabulous WHC.”