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Our Back to Hockey campaign goes from strength-to-strength with 47 people now signed up to our sessions and some excellent national coverage from England Hockey.

Check out the article about us and how this has been a huge club effort to offer hockey to people who haven’t played before or are maybe picking up a stick for the first time in many years.

We’re at the halfway stage of Back to Hockey and having a break over the bank holiday but back at 7.30pm on Monday 6th June for a further three sessions so new players can still join us and give it a go. It’s free and sticks can be provided.

Read the EH article at http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=34968&itemTitle=Gillingham+Anchorians+HC+attract+40+players+to+Back+to+Hockey&section=22

In the meantime, our Summer Family Fundays get underway on Sunday 5th June at 10.30am to midday. All ages and abilities welcome for some fun and sociable games – just £2 per player.  Further Fundays on 3rd July and 7th August.

Let us know if you and/or your children are coming anchorianshc@gmail.com

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Anchs runners aim for 240miles

Nine members of the Anchs running arm (or leg if you prefer) are taking part in an ultimate endurance event, aiming to cover 240 miles between them in just 24 hours.
The team from Anchorians Road Runners Society will be heading for Endure 24 in Reading on the 11th & 12th June where they will run in teams of four and five, continuously for a 24-hour period around a five-mile cross-country circuit.
This running event with a difference will see each team aiming for 24 circuits or 120 miles in the 24-hour period – approximately 25 miles per runner.
The team is appealing for sponsorship with all proceeds going towards the pitch fund.
You could either sponsor a total amount for the event, or an amount per circuit completed (e.g. 10p per circuit – if we complete 48 laps between the 2 teams in total, then £4.80).
If you fancy sponsoring our efforts, then message Chairman Gary Jackson. Please advise if you are a UK taxpayer, so that we are able to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation.
We will of course be posting updates via FB and Twitter throughout the event, so that you can share in our pain.13256330_10153506282295825_6405392714340313097_n

Back to Hockey Success

Anchorians first Back to Hockey sessions launched on Monday 9th May with a staggering 28 new faces turning up to take part but this grew to an incredible 36 attendees in week two!

The sessions continue on Monday nights from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (not bank holiday Monday) until 20th June. They’re free and sticks can be provided so all ages and abilities are welcome.

There will also be some Family Fun Sundays over the summer for children and parents. Join us from 10.30am to midday on 5th June, 3rd July and 7thAugust. Just £2 per player.

Hockey matches, training and events get properly underway after Club Day on Saturday 3rd September.

For more info and to sign up to Back to Hockey and/or Family Fun Days, please email your details to anchorianshc@gmail.com

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Grand Pitch Opening

Gillingham Anchorians Hockey Club celebrated the official opening of its new pitch by launching its ‘Back to Hockey’ campaign for people wanting to try the sport.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, the MP for Chatham and Aylesford, along with Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chishti, cut the ribbon on the club’s all-weather surface at its base in Darland Avenue.

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The official opening was also attended by guests including Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price, board members from England Hockey and representatives from the National Hockey Foundation, Kent Sport and Medway Sport – all organisations which crucially supported this small family club in its huge £210,000 fundraising campaign.
Anchs Chairman Gary Jackson said: “We are truly indebted to the support from club members, former players, sporting organisations and bodies plus the hockey community across Kent and nationally. The pitch opening is a celebration of all our hard work and demonstrates what volunteers can achieve when they work together. We are now looking to the future and how we can continue to offer this great sport, and new friendships, to the Gillingham and Rainham communities for many years to come.”
Sports Minister, and Chatham and Aylesford MP, Tracey Crouch cut the ribbon alongside Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chishti. She said: “Sports clubs are vital to their local community, bringing people together and helping boost individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing. As well as offering hockey to people of all ages and abilities, Anchs is a really family friendly club and gives Gillingham residents a great opportunity to put something back into their community through coaching, umpiring and volunteering opportunities. I congratulate all involved in the efforts to secure the funding for this fantastic new pitch, that includes investment from the National Lottery via Sport England. I am sure Anchs will go from strength to strength and will bring many more people to the sport.”
Rehman Chishti added: ““It is an honour to be invited to open the new pitch at the Gillingham Anchorians Hockey Club. As the local MP I supported the club’s successful bid for funding and I’m delighted that after all their fundraising and hard work they are now able to benefit from a new all-weather surface.
“It’s a fantastic local club which has continued to provide excellent sporting opportunities at the heart of the local community over the past sixty years and I hope that more people will give hockey a go.”

Four men’s teams, three ladies sides and a thriving junior section of 100 children play at the club which celebrated its 60th season in 2014/15 and achieved national ClubsFirst accreditation last year.
Volunteers worked tirelessly to raise the money for a new pitch to secure the club’s future for the next decade, holding numerous events including a Dawn to Dusk hockey match and 20 half-marathons in one year for Club Captain Richard Brewer.
Anchs also received vital support from other clubs and local schools plus £45,000 of Sport England National Lottery funding and £75,000 from England Hockey and the National Hockey Foundation.
Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “Sports clubs need a number of things to be successful, including a welcoming environment for members and newcomers, good coaching and great facilities.
“With this National Lottery funding, we’ve been able to help Gillingham Anchorians build an excellent surface that people of all abilities can enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing the club go from strength to strength, welcoming many more people into hockey.”
Royston Hoggarth, England Hockey Chair added: “England Hockey is delighted to have been able to support the club develop new facilities. This area is a hotbed for hockey and it’s great to see Anchorians growing so rapidly along with so many other clubs around the country where junior club hockey participation has increased by 65% since 2012.”
Anchs welcome new members of all ages and abilities, and are keen to offer hockey to even more people across Gillingham and Rainham by inviting those who are thinking of getting back into the sport – or maybe wanting to try it for the first time – to its special sessions starting at 7.30pm on Monday 9th May.
The club will also be running Family Fun Days throughout the summer for children and adults to have an informal and fun match together. For information on Back to Hockey, summer events and playing next season, go to http://www.gahc.co.uk or our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/GillinghamAnchoriansBack2Hockey/
For more information about the ‘Back to Hockey’ scheme, please see the England Hockey website.