Around 40 club members attended the AGM last night, thanks to all of you especially those of you who have volunteered to take on a committee role, coaching or captains role and any of the volunteer positions we have.

But there are still some vacancies for those of you unable to attend and wishing to make a more active contribution to the successful running of the club next season (and hopefully beyond).

The Executive Committee roles have been fully covered thanks to a couple of nominations from the floor last night for the Secretary’s role (Rosh) and the Comms Coordinator (Sarah).  However we still require people for the following roles

  1. Ladies Fixture Coordinator –
  2. Ladies 2s captain
  3. Ladies 5s captain
  4. Ladies Masters captain
  5. Auditor of the accounts with a suitable qualification!

Other roles were filled by people on the night who are already fulfilling other roles on the committee.  This is very much appreciated but it is also much easier if we allow people the time to do one role and share the burden more fairly across the club.  Please give some thought as to where you are able to make a contribution (other than playing) over the course of the next season.

The full minutes will be circulated to all members in due course but brief snippets covered include

  1. over the course of the season we have been advised that two former mens players, Ray Patrick and Geoff Berrington have passed away and we also heard about the sad passing of Elly Sheard during the season
  2. Our facilities at the club have moved forward with the pitch, lights, changing rooms all much improved and we now plan to work on the final removal of the old astro and tackle the much criticised (by York and Rotherham) teas we provide
  3. we desperately need some new goals and when the club finances permit, this will be a priority
  4. We achieved Club Mark status with Sport England meaning we have met high quality standards for our playing programme, our duty of care and welfare, our club and its community and our club management
  5. Our junior section continues to thrive under the watchful eye of the prize winning Pam Hardaker, with several talented players going on to representative hockey at various levels.  A number of the juniors are also successfully being integrated into the senior teams on Saturdays.
  6. Did you know half of you subs and match fees go towards the costs of the facilities at Adel (pitch, lights, bar, changing rooms, showers….), around 15% goes on coaching costs, 10% on league fees, 10% to the new pitch fund and the remainder on teas, umpires, admin and kit?
  7. The club coaching structure has been reorganised by Paul and the good news is we already have names in frames for the roles required
  8. The mens teams overall have improved marginally from the previous season
  9. The ladies teams overall have had a strong and successful season with 4 league titles won over the last 2 seasons (all teams have won their division at some stage) and we plan to reintroduce the 5th team next season
  10. A number of proposals were made at the AGM and all were unanimously agreed by those present. These include:
    1. a 3 year kit agreement with All Rounder which will see the club re-united to all wear the same colour kit next season (orange, and rather fluorescent by the looks of things)
    2. A coaching Coordinator (Paul) will replace the Director of Hockey in the new coaching structure and those involved in regular coaching will be rewarded more fairly
    3. Match fees and annual adult subs will remain as per this season with the introduction of a “casual player” match fee of £10 a game for those who help out in a playing capacity on a very occasional basis although we would hope that this would lead to them becoming full club members
  11. Summer leagues start soon – keep an eye on the social media to keep up to speed
  12. We are running Back To Hockey for 6 weeks from 19th May so contact Paul Lewis for more details if interested
  13. Did you know that several of our current members are playing international hockey?  Bobby Bhogal is currently playing for Scotland over 55s in Australia and Ian Phillips and Dave Margerison have both been representing Wales and Scotland over 65s for a few seasons now, including competing against each other.  I won’t reveal who won but suggest you ask Ian….  A few of our former players are also doing well on the international stage with Suzy Petty having made appearances for England and the winning goal in this years Oxford v Cambridge varsity hockey match was scored by one of our former players, Johnny Staunton-Sykes.  Lets hope he returns to the area on completing his degree to resume his career with us!

I am sure there is much more but for now, please give some thought as to what you can offer the club (financial and emotional) and I look forward to seeing you all at the end of season dinner and prize giving on Saturday night and then at various summer league games.