Bean there, done that #HockeyFest

There were medals galore on Saturday  3rd September as we celebrated the start of the new season with an Olympics themed open day for new and existing players.

As part of the national HockeyFest celebration, junior players from 4 to 13-years-old took part in matches before the senior membership enjoy a mixed six-a-side tournament.

There were also additional competitive and social events with off-pitch fun including games for the youngsters that ranged from relay races to a strawberry laces eating contest.

Parents also got in on the act with a cake sale, BBQ and fundraising efforts which included laying small change from one end of the pitch to the other. Meanwhile dad Ivan Brinn, whose son Bobby plays in the under10s team, spent two hours in a bath of beans just outside the club’s new astro all-weather pitch at Darland Avenue. Their efforts raised an impressive £1600.

Chairman Gary Jackson said: “It’s been an amazing summer which started with our hugely successful Back to Hockey sessions and finished with a brilliantly inspiring result for the British ladies in Rio. We’ve seen lots of interest in people giving the sport a try and welcomed lots of new players to our Club Day – we pride ourselves on being a fun, family club and enjoy ourselves both on the pitch and off, as Bobby’s bean-fest fundraising idea proves.”

For more information about teams, training and to join the club, go to http://www.gahc.co.uk 

 

 

Back to Hockey – it’s back!

After an amazingly successful summer campaign which saw more than 40 people sign up, we’re pleased to report new Back to Hockey sessions starting on Monday 12th September.

Have you ever played and enjoyed hockey and fancy picking up a stick again? Or maybe you’re looking for a new sport and want to have fun and make new friends?

Now is your chance with ‘Back to Hockey’ – join us at 7pm on the astro.

Back to Hockey programme info

‘Back to Hockey’ is a national England Hockey campaign designed for women and men with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship, for beginners who have never picked up a hockey stick before, to those who have been away from the game for a while and want to polish up their rusty hockey skills. You’ll have the opportunity to get a bit fitter, learn new skills and play team hockey in a fun and sociable environment.

The new sessions at Anchs run from 7pm to 8pm each Monday – starting from Monday 12th September – and will be split into men’s and ladies sections so you’ll be guided at your own level.

Cost is just £2 and hockey sticks are available to borrow so there’s no need to go out and buy one straight away. Just wear clothes suitable for sport (t-shirt, sweatshirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms), and trainers or astroturf shoes if you have them. Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated during the session.

There are changing facilities including toilets and showers at the Anchorians Association clubhouse and the bar will be open for refreshments and socialising after every training session.

If you enjoy it and would like to join one of our club training nights then more info can be found at  http://gillinghamanchorianshockeyclub.co.uk/training.html

More questions?

If you have any questions or would like to register your interest in taking part, please contact anchorianshc@gmail.com.

For more information about the ‘Back to Hockey’ scheme and frequently asked questions, please see the England Hockey website.