News from Guildford Hockey Club - 2019 April 22
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22 April 2019

Special Easter Monday Edition...including our new GHC Director of Hockey Appointment!
  • New GHC Director of Hockey - Double Olympian Dan Fox
  • League Season 2018/19 Summary
  • Final Few 2018/19 Events
  • Annual General Meeting 2019
  • Summer Hockey 7s Has Started!
  • New Match Reports
  • May Half-term Fun - Junior Skills Camps
  • Thank You Volunteers
  • Thank You Sponsors and Partners
Dan Fox Appointed GHC Director of Hockey

Double Olympian Dan Fox will be joining Guildford Hockey Club as of 1st August as Director of Hockey. This is a fantastic opportunity for the club to build upon our recent successes.

Dan joins us from Charterhouse where he has been Director of Hockey for the past three seasons and where he has transformed the hockey programme, coaching the 1st XI to back-to-back England Hockey Tier 2 Finals.

During this time he has also been coaching with England Hockey and this season just passed, played for Old Georgians HC, helping them earn promotion to the Premier League. Last week he was voted into the All Stars MHL Conference East team - the 11 best players in the XI positions from all ten teams this season.

Some highlights of his playing career include captaining Great Britain in the 2015 World League Finals in Raipur, scoring against Argentina in GB's first match of the London 2012 Olympics, and being named UK Sports Writers' Player of the Year in 2016.

Dan announced his retirement from international hockey in December 2016 with 101 England and 63 GB caps. He had competed in nearly 20 international tournaments including the World Cup in 2014, the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.

In addition to his long playing career at the top levels of hockey, Dan comes to us with extensive coaching experience - a range that includes running camps for the littlest juniors all the way to assisting with the GB men's team and coaching England U21 men and women, the England Hockey Performance Centres and more.


Dan's love of hockey started very young when hockey was a family affair - mum played for Olton & West Warwicks, one of the Midlands Leading clubs, where she captained the side from Conference to the top league and then managed the side from there. Dad umpired at the club and has spent years developing the youth cricket section of the club. Both sisters also played with the elder sister a former England Junior.

From Olton Dan went on to captain the Oxford University team where he earned blues for both hockey and cricket. Dan cut his teeth in the Premier League with Hampstead and Westminster HC, eventually captaining the side and getting noticed by the England coaches.

Dan was first selected for England to participate in the Champion's Trophy in November 2009 in Melbourne, Australia and then spent 7 years in the system while playing for HandWHC and then Holcombe HC.

Many GHC players, volunteers and parents will have seen Dan at GHC over the past two seasons when he contributed to the club's hockey as our Director of Junior Coaching. Dan brought coaching education sessions to our wide and diverse group of coaches in the Junior Section which ranges from Duke of Edinburgh helpers to former national league and GB players!

Dan has also been running our Junior Skills camps and has done coaching of various Junior teams including as part of our Boys Under 18 back-to-back South and National Indoor titles.

Dan is married to Jeni who teaches Chemistry at Charterhouse and they have a young daughter.

He is really looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting more and more people at GHC:

"My job will be to create an environment in which all our players, coaches, umpires and supporters have a great experience on the hockey pitch. This includes being part of both the adult and junior sections and working with our social and performance teams to build on the long and successful history of the club.

"In a day-to-day capacity you will see me running coaching sessions, leading the club’s coaching team, providing a link between the junior and adult sections, looking after the club’s links with local schools and other organisations, and providing a route into the Player Pathway for elite junior players.

"The Club has an impressive group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers that already deliver coaching, captain teams, umpire, book pitches, register players and generally ensure that Guildford Hockey Club is a great place to play.

"That structure will continue to be an important part of how we operate, and as the club grows and we add more senior sides and increase our junior membership, we will continue to encourage more people to get involved.

"I look forward to seeing you at the club and to a bright and successful future."


To see more about the Director of Hockey role - what it encompasses and how it fits with other parts of our organisation - please click here to go to our GHC Vision and Organisation webpage
League Season 2018/19 Summary

What a league season it's been - the games have all been played and the results are in. Seven of our 12 Senior teams came 1st or 2nd in their league tables!

The Men's 1s scored a whopping 88 goals with the Men's 3s are not far behind on 85!

In the 70s we have the Ladies 4s (74), Men's 2s (73) and Ladies 1s (72). Incredible numbers!

And that old adage about defence winning titles...the Ladies 4s let in the fewest goals of the GHC teams this season at only 18! The Ladies 3s and 5s were not far behind on 19 and 22.

The Men's team with the best defensive record was the Men's 1s having let in 28 for the highest goal difference of the season at +60.

The Ladies 4s won the most games and lost the fewest. What a season!

Onwards and upwards as 7 teams earn promotion for next season.


Final Few 2018/19 Events to be Played


The League season has come to a close, but GHC still has three teams with unfinished business in the England Hockey National Championships!

Please join the Ladies 1s at Lee Valley on Sunday 5th May when they play in the National Tier 2 Final v Loughborough Students.
Come and support - the Ladies would love to have a big crowd there - the Loughborough students will be loud!

There may be transport from the club if enough people are interested - contact Libby.
Sunday 5 May
venue: Lee Valley

GHC L1s v Loughborough Students

And GHC Boys Under 14s and 18s are in EH National Finals, too!

The Under 14s EH National Finals Day comprises the top 8 teams from across the country who have won their Area Play-offs. The action starts at 10am at Reading HC with the final to be played at 3pm.

The Boys Under 18s have made it through their EH knock-out competition to take on Beeston in the National Final, also at Reading HC. Pushback is 4pm. Come and support!

Sunday 11 May

- 10am U14 Pools
- 3pm U14 Final
- 4pm U18 Final

venue: Reading HC

The Under 14 Girls compete on Sunday 28 April in the Home Counties Girls League Finals Day - best of luck in a re-match of the EH Area Finals game v Sevenoaks!

Watch this space for more action as we look to host the Hockey for Heroes again this summer and any other events the membership would like to support.

See What's On below or on the GHC Website for Details.
AGM 2019
Tue 14 May 7pm
GHC Clubhouse

With the exciting news of a new Director of Hockey Role and Appointment of Dan Fox, GHC are really looking forward to next season.

The club's Annual General Meeting takes place in May - our financial year is 1st May to 30th April.

Constitutionally, the purpose of the AGM is to:
  • confirm the minutes of the previous AGM and Board minutes held since the last AGM
  • receive a report of the year from the Chairman
  • elect the Board
  • approve the final accounts of the year from the Treasurer
  • pass the proposed budget for the forthcoming year from the Treasurer
  • pass the proposed membership subscription rates and match fees for the forthcoming year
  • accept the nominations of the Board of Honorary Vice-Presidents
  • transact other resolutions received in writing by the Secretary from the Members
Reports will be available ahead of the meeting so that the meeting itself will focus on the following agenda items:
  • Welcome
  • Presentation of the accounts and budget including subscription and match fees and vote to approve
  • Election of Board
  • AOB
Please email any items for AOB to Jo Collins, our Club Secretary

Our club is based on the efforts of our volunteers - we are always looking for more help in the club.

Please consider taking on even a really small job to help out next season - if you aren't already. Many hands make light (and more fun) work. Get in touch with your Captain or Squad Manager or any of our Contacts in Who's Who
GHC Summer Hockey 7s Started 17 April

Get yourself and your friends down to GHC for some fun summer hockey (summer weather of course not guaranteed).

We had four teams of players for our first evening of the summer. Plenty of space for more players - do come along:
  • Friendly, fun, social hockey.
  • 7-a-side round-robin tournament each week
  • No prizes at all for the winners other than glory and recognition
  • Goalkeepers welcome
  • Registration 7.30pm – 7.45pm.
  • Team selection 7.45pm – 8.00pm.
  • Matches 8.00pm – 9.30pm
  • £5 roll up fee
  • Please bring dark, light & coloured shirts to change into if necessary
  • Juniors must be at least 13 years old
New Match Reports

Recent reports from our Ladies 4s, Boys Under 18s and Girls Under 12s

Send news, reports and photos - no matter how brief or detailed - to InTouch.
Many thanks!

Ladies 4s Win League

Boys Under 18s Overcome Wakefield in National Semi-final; Progress to National Final

Under 10s and 12s Travel to Canterbury

Girls Under 12 Storm in Final Match Thriller

To see all past match reports click here:
Women's Match Reports
Men's Match Reports
Junior Match Reports
May Half-term Skills for U6-16s

28-29 May

Save the dates - booking coming soon.

What's On
A look at what's happening this week and next on pitch...
(and every Wednesday evening until further notice)
19:30 Summer Mixed 7-a-side Social Hockey
Bring a light and a dark shirt, £5 pay to play


Meet and Greet Dan Fox, our new GHC Director of Hockey 10:30-12:30
Please contact InTouch if you would like to come.

10:30 Girls U12 Training for Surrey Plate

12:15 Girls U14A v Sevenoaks at HCGL League Finals Day


Away - Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
17:00 Ladies' 1s v Loughborough Students in the England Hockey Tier 2 National Cup Final


Away - Reading HC
Boys Under 14 in the England Hockey Tier 1 National Championships
10:00 or 10:45 Pool Match
11:30 or 12:45 Pool Match
13:00 or 13:45 Pool Match
15:00 Final

Boys Under 18 in the England Hockey Tier 1 National Final
16:00 Boys Under 18 v Beeston 

GHC Water and Sand
Girls Under 12 Surrey Plate Competition


EH SOUTH Guildford U15/17 Performance Centres at GHC 10:00-18:00


GHC Water
Junior Skills Camp


GHC Water and Sand
Vets Tournament

See What's On on the GHC Website for all match details including timings and pitches.
Thank You to Our 2018/19 Helpers

Details of 2019/20 Captains, Coaches, Managers and more is being worked on now - updated information coming.

If you have a skill or interest you would like to share, please let us know
The club wouldn't operate without its hard-working, fun-loving volunteers. At the risk of neglecting a name or two (apologies in advance!), thank you to all who took leadership positions this season:

Senior team captains and managers:

M1 - Craig Mullon, Tony Hall
M2 - JY Chan
M3 Shadows - Ed Cheng
M3 - Adam Hooper
M4 (Krakens) - Andrew Austin
Vets (Pilgrims) - Mark Edwards
Supervets (Gondoliers) - Tom Carney, Nigel Sturgess, John Bigos

L1 - Libby Leadbeater, Andrew Fergusson
L2 - Suzanna Burton-Wyllie
L3 - Linda Roe
L4 - Michelle Robson and Shona Davies
L5 - Maggs Kyte
Back to Hockey - Cathy Sanderson

Mixed Hockey - JY Chan
Fixtures and Pitches - Mark Edwards
Umpire Coordination - Rob Lee

Junior Section Age Groups:

Under 8s - Cate Newnes-Smith, Kate Fuller, Jo Lawton, Rob Ton
Girls Under 10 - Mercedes Bushnell
Boys Under 10 - Claudia Klijnstra, Richard Gibson
Girls Under 12 - Katie Stewart
Boys Under 12 - Claire Haines, Jonathan Haines
Girls Under 14 - Tony Smith, Kim Lunt, Dominique Pilling, Emma Francis
Boys Under 14 - Caroline Rees, Mat Rees
Girls Under 16 - Anthony Greenhalgh
Boys Under 16 - Caroline Rees, Mike Kefford
Boys Under 18 - Melinda Rock

Pitch Bookings - Jeremy Holt
Junior Section - Melinda Rock
Goalkeepers - Nicola Morison, Gina Castle, Dave Gunner
Schools - Tanya Baird
Skills Camps - Kim Lunt, Dave Dickson
Midweek Skills - Robert Manning

Dozens of parent volunteer coaches.
15+ Duke of Edinburgh assistants.
Everyone who umpires!!!!
Match Reporters!

GHC Board 2018/19:

President - Maggs Kyte
Secretary - Jo Collins
Clubhouse - Tony Hall
Treasurer - Mark Lenel
Sponsorship - James Relph
Men's Captain - Will Gibson
Ladies Captain - Maggs Kyte
Juniors Captain - Melinda Rock
Membership - Dave Dickson
Social - Fraser Daly
Website/InTouch - Melinda Rock
Special Projects - Gavin Lotay


Catering - Dave Hall, Andrew Fergusson
First Aid - Michelle Fussell, Sally Finlayson, Tash Davies
Welfare - Michelle Fussell
DBS Verification - Michelle Fussell, Melinda Rock
100 Club Administrator - Libby Leadbeater
Hawkinsport Kit Liaison - Caroline Rees
Schools Coaching Outreach - James Relph
Graphic Design - Cathy Sanderson

Click on the logo to visit our Partner websites.
Check our Partners webpage for more information about Sponsorship.

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendars...
More details about each event as we approach the date:


End of Season Event - SOLD OUT


Annual General Meeting 7pm GHC Clubhouse


Girls U12 Plate Competition - hosted by GHC


EH SOUTH Guildford U15/17 Performance Centres at GHC 10:00-18:00

TUE 28 & WED 29 MAY

Junior Skills Camps


GHC Vets Day


Hockey for Heroes Event
Ladies Summer Leagues
Pre-Season Training
Ladies Pre-Season Tournament
Club Day


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