Guildford Hockey Club Est. 1912

Guildford Hockey Club

Welcome to Guildford Hockey Club where players, parents and supporters have been enjoying the sport and social life that thrives around hockey since 1912. As the the game of hockey has evolved, so has Guildford to comprise 6 Men’s teams, 4 Ladies’ teams and a thriving Junior Section encompassing more than 500 children from the ages of 6 to 18 years old. We are situated at Broadwater School in Godalming with two all-weather pitches and a Clubhouse that is brimming with activity on weekday evenings and on weekends during the season when we are training, playing matches and running social events.

We pride ourselves on providing an enjoyable and productive hockey experience for all age groups and all ability levels. Please have a look at our website and if you are interested in playing or getting involved. We welcome new players. Come and see why Guildford is A Great Place to Play.

 


Weather: Fine

Temperatures are climbing again and all should be fine for this weekend's events.

Follow @Guildfordhc on twitter to get updates directly to your twitter account. If you are not a social media enthusiast, please check the twitter feed on this home page (to the left of this article) for updates. This is the easiest and quickest way to get a message out about training or matches being postponed for weather.

 


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Courses at GHC - from 16 February - Register Now

Our Adrian Jenksinson has a background in paramedic training, is a qualified sports massage therapist, is one of our very valuable Junior GK coaches and also plays in goal for our Men's teams. Adrian is also now qualified to run First Aid Courses and will be running a series of courses at the Club.

If you are a Captain, please think about who in your squad is First Aid trained and may need to go on course. Courses are valid for three years and it may be time to refresh knowledge and make sure the team has cover.

Also, calling all Junior Section coaches and helpers. Each age group should have a number of informed resources. An important part of coaching and developing young hockey players and also useful in daily work and home life, please sign up with Adrian...


Course 2
CPR & Defibrilator Refresher

Tuesday 16th Feb 6:30-9:30pm

Course 3
Emergency First Aid at Work

1 day course over 2 evenings
Wednesday 17th Feb 6:30-9:30pm
Thursday 18th Feb 6:30-9:30pm


Please contact Adrian for more information and to book your place:

phone: 07775 698 572

 


South Masters Divisional Trials - 13 March, Abingdon

Calling all 'mature' players, the Southern Counties Hockey Association would like you to come for their Hockey Day & Divisional Trials.

Please contact John Maylam:

01227 830419

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Time to Listen Course - 29 February, Wokingham

Time to Listen (TTL) is a three hour interactive workshop. It was originally developed by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and has been adapted to be specific to hockey. Run as a workshop, participants have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics in a friendly and informal environment.

The course is recommended for those interested in club welfare and safeguarding in hockey. We are looking to increase our Club Welfare resources - please have a look at the course flyer and registration form. With our growing Junior Section, we are looking for more people to help with Club Welfare - please contact to see how you can help or get involved. Thank you.

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England Hockey and GB Hockey Concussion Policy

Injuries do happen and we need to be able to recognise when there may be a serious head injury that requires time off for recuperation. EH & GB Hockey have published a very detailed policy to help guide clubs on what to do in case of head injuries.

There is a short summary and a 14 page documents which includes useful tips like how to diagnose a concussion and what the rest requirements are for different age groups. The advice has been added in our Club Info area. Please have a look: EH & GB Concussion Policy.

 


Junior Success in Barcelona!

What a weekend! 66 Players and 50 parents and coaches travelled to Barcelona on Friday 4th December for the 19th annual Torneo de la Inmaculada hosted by the esteemed Real Club de Polo de Barcelona. With 82 teams and nearly 1000 players participating, including top teams from across Spain and Europe, this is one of Europe's largest and most competitive youth tournaments.

This is the first year we were able to take three boys' teams and three girls' teams. Over three days, each team played five matches in a given format for their age group. All teams started with a pool stage; some progessed to further pools and some to play-offs and finals. It was a full weekend of hockey for our Guildford supporters, all of whom watched every Guildford match that didn't clash with another one. The support was amazing and thanks to all who came along!

The level of play and learning was terrific. The players were focused, worked hard, bonded with their teammates, listened to their coaches and visibly improved during the weekend. The results speak for themselves:

  • Under 12 Girls - Gold
  • Under 12 Boys - Plate Winners
  • Under 14 Girls - 4th (missed out on Bronze by the narrowest of margins)
  • Under 14 Boys - Silver
  • Under 16 Girls - Silver
  • Under 16 Boys - Silver

See a summary of the results and a gallery of photos here on the Junior page.

 

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Young Ones Training Kit Now Available for Purchase

Y1Logo-150Guildford HC are happy to announce that Young Ones are supplying our new training tops, training sweatshirts and hoodies.

Young Ones was co-founded by Tom Carson (currently England and GB international training with the Rio 2016 squad) and Chris Rea. They are passionate about delivering quality sportswear and are happy to be working with GHC.


Please see the explanation on our GHC website where you will also find the link to the Young Ones - GHC Shop to purchase items online with delivery to your door:
 

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Tuesday and Thursday junior skills sessions

6-7pm £5 per session for these one hour sessions run by Mo Rahman and guest coaches. Currently on break for Christmas, these sessions will re-start on Tuesday 12 January.

 


Join Us...

Welcome to GHC for the first time or welcome back for another season!

Please look at our Juniors, Men's and Ladies' pages by clicking on the buttons at the top of the page. Click here to see our Training Schedule 2015/16.

Contacts:

  • Ladies Club players please contact
  • Men Club players, please contact
  • Ladies looking to come Back to Hockey or try for the first time, contact
  • Men looking to come Back to Hockey or try for the first time, contact

Under 18s and Parents, please have a look at our Juniors page which will answer most of your questions and give you more contact details. For easy access to our registration form (required for participation in training and matches), please click here: Junior Registration Form 2015/16

We would love to hear from you and see you at the Club soon!

 


Friday Night Curry at GHC

LegendOfCurry Logo PNG-200Howard Denhart is making fresh curries at GHC on Friday evenings:

"All my curries are made from a fresh onion, ginger and garlic base, cooked slowly to maximise flavours and mixed with ground or whole spices to really make a flavoursome dish. Not only are ginger and garlic well known for their beneficial health properties, I also only cook with olive oil. ­ I never use ghee or butter in my sauces to reduce the chance of getting that 'heavy' feeling after eating. This means in addition that my dishes are lower in calories and saturated fats than those made by some traditional methods, but because of the attention to detail in the preparation stages, they still taste really fantastic."

Chicken curries will start from £5 per portion and vegetable curries from £4. All portions come with rice included. There will also be a kids option.

Take away options will also be available - Friday evening meal now sorted!

For more details, please have a look:

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To book for your event please contact or on twitter @legendofcurry.com.

His gazebo could really add something special to your garden party, and he won't make a mess of your kitchen as he prepares everything in his tent!


And Friday night Yoga...

Whether you are a conditioned 'yogi' or a complete beginner, Angela Thompson can lead you in  relaxing and beneficial yoga sessions on a Friday evening at Broadwater.

6.15-7pm in the Main School Hall at Broadwater. All welcome: Men, Women, Juniors. £5 drop in sessions (£2 for Juniors).

Mats are provided or you can bring your own. See Angela's website to learn more about her approach to yoga.


 


Clubbing Together

GHC's new Head of Marketing and Sponsorship, , has been working hard with the support of and others to help ensure a bright future for GHC. One Club, One Future. One shared goal - to enjoy our hockey and be the best we can be.

We want to partner with our local community and we need your help as members and supporters of GHC. This clubwide initiative called 'Inspire' needs you to get involved and ask a local business or organisation if they would like to partner with GHC to help grow their own business through sponsorship.

We have two opportunities for businesses to choose from including being part of our 100 Club or being the Club Main Sponsor. You will have received information about the initiative via direct email including a flyer for each of the programmes and a sponsor referral form. Please get involved to help us find sponsors to partner with - your club needs you.

An extract from the Main Sponsor Flyer is here below to give you an idea. All materials are available for download as well (see below). Thank you in advance for Clubbing Together to make our GHC the best it can be.

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Please contact or for further information.

Flyers and Form for download (please click):

 


A few highlights from the 2014/15 season...

Under 14 Boys 3rd in England

Unbeaten in the first two stages of the England Hockey Boys U14 Championships with a +60 goal difference, Guildford Under 14 Boys took to the pitches at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 9th May for the England Hockey National Finals.

More than 80 teams started the competition back in October and it was down to the top eight to see who would triumph. GHC boys missed out by the narrowest of margins on a chance in the final but overcame any penalty shoot-out nerves to claim the bronze medals in a field of competition that was very tough. Beeston were deserving winners and it was a great day out for GHC players, parents, coaches and supporters. Read about the event and see photos in the tour report here.

 

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FIH President visits GHC

GHC hosted the Mercian Finals Day on Sunday 3rd May. The Mercian Home Counties Colts Hockey League comprises more than 140 teams across the Under 14, 16 and 18 boys' age groups. Finals Day brings together the top four teams in each age group. Guildford Under 14 Boys won their play-off to get into the Final v Surbiton which was drawn at full time. Golden goal went against them in a match that could have gone either way.

Max Greenhalgh was awarded the man of the tournament trophy by FIH President Leandro Negre who came straight from Heathrow to GHC and then back to Heathrow via the Hockey Museum in Woking. Max was presented with a new Mercian stick courtesy of Simon Mason and Mercian Sports.

 

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Men's 2nd XI Win League Cup!

Well done to the Men's 2s who on Saturday 18 April won the Higgins Group London Hockey League Divison 2 Cup!

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Under 14 Boys win Regional Play-offs

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Under 12 Girls Win South Plate 2015

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Under 10 Girls are Surrey Champions 2015

Well done to the GU10s!  After a massive effort over 75 gruelling minutes of hockey, the GU10s took away gold medals as Surrey Champions.  A great performance by all, and reward for the many hours of training and matches throughout the season. 

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Under 12 Boys Surrey County Cup Runners-Up 2015

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GHC Under 12 Boys teams came 2nd and 4th in the Surrey Cup held on 1st March. The two teams met each other in the semi-finals and the winning team went on to draw with Surbiton in the final only to come 2nd on penalty flicks for the decider.

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Under 12 Boys Surrey Plate Winners 2015

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Under 12 Boys win Gold

One of the tournaments we look forward to each year in the Junior calendar is the Teddington Xmas Invitational. This tournament, held the Sunday before Christmas, includes top teams from across the South region of the country. Not only an excuse to avoid shopping, the Under 10 and 12 boys and girls have a great time and play some really competitive hockey.

Well done to our Under 12 Boys who came home with the gold medals.

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