A fantastic season for Gillingham Anchorians Hockey Club has been capped off with an awards ceremony which saw a mum and daughter pick up top playing prizes. Around 100 members attended the event at the Village Hotel in Maidstone where 13-year-old Jess Gray won the Most Improved Young Ladies Player trophy after her first season in the senior sides while mum Jackie was congratulated for her hockey career which included playing in goal and now as an attacker for the ladies first team.
The full list of awards were: Most Improved Young Men’s Player – Chris Risby; Most Improved Young Ladies’ Player – Jess Gray; U21 Men’s Player – Luc de Bont; Young Ladies’ Player – Sarah Lack; Veteran Player – Jackie Gray; Team League Performance – Ladies 2’s; Individual League Performance – Emma Strangleman; Individual Achievement Award – Richard Brewer; Club Person – Helen Goddard; Club Personality – Gemma Smith; Chairman’s Award – Trevor Shave.
The evening was also another chance to celebrate the club’s huge achievements this past year including the massive fundraising campaign to lay a new pitch and being awarded ClubsFirst accreditation. Chairman Gary Jackson said: “The off-pitch action is just as important to us and the family friendly ethos that we strive for was very much evident with those who attended and won awards. The celebrations aren’t yet over as we have the official pitch opening very soon and are also launching our Back to Hockey sessions in May to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up this fantastic sport and make new friends.” Sports Minister, Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch and Gillingham MP Rehman Chishti will be cutting the ribbon at the opening event on Saturday 7th May. This will be followed by Back to Hockey sessions starting on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm. For more info on this and other events, go to http://www.gahc.co.uk or find Anchorians on Facebook.