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Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for March - A. Colman, M. Davey and M. Blyth.
30 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to our MARCH 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Andrew Colman  
Runner-up: Maurice Davey 
Third Place: Michael Blyth  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for February - A. Sharma, R. Gay and I. Mcfadyen.
30 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to our FEBRUARY 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Anil Sharma 
Runner-up: Robert Gay  
Third Place: Ian Mcfadyen  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norfolk Win U13 Boys East Region Championship
30 Apr 2017
 
Last weekend at UEA Sportspark, Norfolk U13 Boys took on teams from Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in the East Region County Championship. Norfolk won all their first five games comfortably and were confirmed as the winners before their final game against Herts, which was a 4-4 thriller. 
 
Norfolk played brilliantly as a team, playing some beautiful hockey and showing really advanced hockey skills. Norwich City contributed a large part of the squad - congratulations are due to City players Henry Baker, Sam Hyatt, Rocco Iaccarino, Rafe Lochore, Oliver Moore, Toby Pallister, Freddie Paterson and Joseph Roy. Finally, huge thanks to Mary Cheesman for all the hard work she has done coaching the u13s this season - this was a great way to finish!

Norfolk U15 Girls win Regional finals
25 Apr 2017
 
Norfolk U15 girls travelled to Redbridge for the East County finals with six NCHC girls in the squad of fifteen. Sophie Turner, Emily Spencer, Ellyn Roberts, Rachael Phillips, Sophia Bassett and Amelia Barclay all played major roles in the six matches against the other East Region counties. All six matches were wins for Norfolk with 28 goals being scored and no goals conceded to convincingly win the tournament.

Ali Shearer Runs for Cancer UK!
20 Apr 2017
 
Our very own Ali Shearer is running the London Marathon for Cancer UK this year, please read his story below and donate via the link for this great cause! 
 
"don't have a story linking me to Cancer. I'm fortunate to have had very little to do with it across my friends and family. I work with hundreds of children on a daily basis and thankfully again have had very little exposure to it across my eight years of teaching.  
 
But it's there and I know the day may come in the future and I want to be able to say that I've done my bit to help. Children with Cancer UK are doing amazing work on a daily basis and continue to change lives in ways that most of us will never appreciate.  
 
The marathon and this challenge are certainly changing me and my life throughout this process and I hope that by the time it's done and can look back and be proud of my achievements, but more importantly my fundraising efforts. 
 
Please think of me on these cold winter evenings and Sunday mornings and spare whatever you can to help."

Taverham Fashion Show
14 Apr 2017
 
On April 26th Taverham High school is hosting a Fashion Show which will be held at House of Fraser Norwich, this event will see Taverham High Sixth Form Students organise and model at this event. This looks to be a memorable evening with not just a fashion show but also workshops and special offers on the evening.  
 
Tickets will be available from the High School at a cost of £5 per person. We look forward to seeing you at the fashion show and hope to increase our fundraising by much more.  
 
Please contact Arlene Warwick on 01603 860505 or by email A_Warwick@taverhamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk with any queries

Congratulations to Thomas Ling for his nomination as Rising Star for the England Hockey Awards 2017
14 Apr 2017
 
A big congratulations to Thomas Ling for being shortlisted in the final three for the award of Rising Star at the England Hockey Awards 2017. 
 
Good luck with the outcome of awards ceremony Lingy.

Register now for club day on Sunday 20th August
9 Apr 2017
 
Our annual lead up to the new season is always capped off at our Club Day. This year it is on Sunday 20th August at TRF, organised as an inter club mixed festival throughout the day, with the BBQ and bar open and selling food and drink all day. Register your interest in playing via the form on the homepage of our website. All welcome (O13s-O60s) and we mix the standards of players to ensure a fun packed day of enjoyable hockey.

U12 Boys Qualify for National Finals
8 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to the U12 boys who today qualified for the National Finals which are to be held at Beeston Hockey Club on Saturday 13th May. They narrowly lost to Old Loughtonians in a nail-biting final but as Runners Up qualified.

HOCKEY FOR HEROES CHARITY MATCH
1 Apr 2017
 
Hockey for Heroes Inter Club Charity Match 
 
Book the Date - Thursday, 27th April 2016, at Taverham, from 6.15pm  
The Hockey for Heroes 2017 challenge is to carry an paralysed ex Royal Marine from Cardiff to Lee Valley Stadium (200 miles) and play 3 hockey matches each day over a 10 day period, starting 26th May 2017. Sam and Simeon Tomlinson who are in the squad will be part of this challenge and aim to raise £2000, see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson 
Hockey for Heroes raise funds for Help for Heroes through playing hockey.  
All proceeds for this event will go towards this charity. 
Please contact Sam or Sue if you would like to be part of one of the teams. 
Congratulations also to Hannah Jarvis who has been selected for the Ladies Hockey for Heroes squad

Norwich City players part of Norfolk Hockey Masters teams in East Regional County Finals
1 Apr 2017
 
Good luck to some of our members from Norwich City Hockey Club, together with players from other Norfolk clubs, who on Sunday 2nd April will be representing Norfolk Masters in the East Regional County Finals at Lee Valley, having seen all teams successful in their qualifying competitions earlier in March. 
 
Norfolk Ladies - Masters O40s 
- Jenny Brine, Karren Dagless, Caroline Illing, Debbie Painter, Serena Scott 
Norfolk Men - Masters O40s 
- Matthew Brine, Nick Hooper, Jason Hyatt, Jon Painter, Jim Pallister 
Norfolk Men - Masters O50s 
- John Ingham, Jon Kidner, Geoff Spencer, Ali Wardale 
 
East Masters Regional County Finals Schedule 
Sunday 2nd April, Lee Valley, London 
10:30 - O40s Ladies (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
11:30 - O40s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
12:30 - O50s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Suffolk 
13:30 - O40s Ladies (3/4 Play Offs) 
13:30 - O40s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
14:30 - O40s Ladies (Final) 
14:30 - O50s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
15:30 - O40s Mens (Final) 
16:30 - O50s Mens (Final)

Have you booked your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance 2017 on Saturday 6th May?
31 Mar 2017
 
Have you booked your tickets for this years end of season Annual Dinner and Dance, this year being held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is available online via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
Just let us know who you want to sit with, or which team you play with and we'll sort out tables accordingly, so you don't need to worry about sorting out everybody else for your table. 
 
However, if you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

City girls' dev team are league champions
30 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City girls' team have won the development league this season. Fantastic news which means that City are champions of three out of a total of five divisions in the Empresa Norfolk League this year. The City 2s also won the Premier league title and the City 5s the Div 2 title. Great work City! The victorious dev team finished top of their league with 46 points - despite unfortunately having to concede a game and lose the points at the beginning of the season because of lack of availability. The City team finished ahead of Magpies girls on 44 points and Dragons on 38. City were due to play a struggling Dereham team this Saturday, a fixture they expected to win, but the match was conceded because Dereham couldn't field a team. City took the points taking them to the top of their league. Dev captain Kate Houldey thanked the dedicated coaches, both pitch-side and at Wednesday training, the managers and parents for bringing players to matches and supporting from the sidelines. "It's been an amazing season and we've loved it. With everybody's help and our great team spirit we've worked together and improved each week until we finally won the league," she said. "Thanks so much to everybody who has helped, we couldn't have done it without you all. We've had a fantastic team atmosphere and have loved playing together. We won by playing together as a team." After initial availability challenges early in the season, the team was joined by some keen U12 players from the minis and the momentum grew until they were able to field a huge and talented squad every Saturday. Having fun, winning and learning lots - hockey at its best.

Help Shearer Run for Cancer UK
29 Mar 2017
 
A message from Ali: 
"The charity that I'm running for is Children with Cancer UK. I'm hoping to raise £2,000 which goes towards goes towards research in the fields of prevention and treatment, as well as welfare of those already diagnosed. So far I've run around 550 miles in training over 21 weeks and will total around 700 by the time I take the start line on April 23rd. I'm hoping to complete the task in 3 hours 15 minutes or less and so far training has gone really well.  
 
The link to my fundraising page is: 
http://www.justgiving.com/AliShearer

FREE Golf Afternoon @ Royal Norwich Golf Club on Sunday 9th April
15 Mar 2017
 
An afternoon of FREE golf has been arranged on Sunday 9th April, dedicated to members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club alone for them to go along and play in a 9 hole competition at Royal Norwich Golf Club, including some sessions on the range with the pro, followed by some refreshments and snacks in the clubhouse afterwards. 
 
Royal Norwich Golf Club are keen to offer members of Norwich City Hockey Club an opportunity to go along and get to experience the wonderful course and facilities that they currently have in Norwich. With the finalising of the move to a new site at the old Weston Park Golf Course they are keen to showcase what they have now and what the plan is for the new facility when they move there in 2019/2020, some amazing changes going on which they would like to let more people know about. 
 
All of this is being offered for FREE as an event purposely for our members, family and friends, so if you are a golfer and keen to go then just get in touch with Pies via golfday@norwichcityhc.co.uk to find out more and to reserve a place. Places will be limited but the hope is that we can accommodate as many as we can that might be keen.

Calling Tough Mudders - Grantham - Sunday 21st May
14 Mar 2017
 
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it's not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it's a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are. 
 
A small 'elite' team, principally from the Mens 5ths have committed for this challenge, but the invite is open for all adult club members to join us. Please speak to Jason Hyatt, Geoff Spencer, Mark Bailey, Ash Bird or Tom Cox for more details. Our team name is the 'Legends', you can register via https://toughmudder.co.uk/events/2017-midlands

Help Geoff, help the British Heart Foundation
14 Mar 2017
 
Geoff Spencer is running his first and last marathon in Brighton on 9th April. His training programme is going well and he is now halfway on his quest to raise £1000. He would be very grateful for your support https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Geoff-Spencer2016

Photo Gallery Updated
12 Mar 2017
 
We've continued to update our photo gallery over recent months, more and more photos being captured by supporters and parents, including Simon Tasker who has agreed to attend a number of our matches at TRF to take side line action shots. The photos submitted by many of you are excellent, the quality of them proving so good that we've found more and more of them appearing alongside our weekly press reports. 
 
If you have any photos you would like to include in the gallery then please send them to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

U12 and U10 Boys Qualify for Regionals
5 Mar 2017
 
Not to be outdone by the girls this morning, Norwich City HC U10 and U12 boys squads also battled the elements at Pelicans and have qualified for the Regional Championships. Congratulations and well done to all the players and coaches.

U12 Girls County Champions 2016/17 Season
5 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City HC U12 Girls squad have qualified for the Regionals as County Champions. The U10 Girls have also qualified as Runners Up. Congratulations to both squads, weather conditions were appalling but they battled through.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for January - R. Wardale, S. Humphrey and M. Brighton.
28 Feb 2017
 
Congratulations to our JANUARY 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Ramon Wardale 
Runner-up: Stephen Humphrey 
Third Place: Mark Brighton  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

3k, 5k, 10k - how far do you run in a match?
23 Feb 2017
 
Do you track your fitness during training and matches? Lots of players do, including NCHC's own men's captain Matthew Brine, aka 'Pies'?  
 
The picture of red, blue and yellow lines shows exactly what Pies was up to in his match where he played on the forward line. It even tracked his route to the pitch - the solitary line on the right in blue!  
 
The data behind this picture, tracked with a Microsoft band, reveals Pies ran 6.5k in the recent Men's o40 master's quarter finals away at Newark. The team won on penalty flicks and now face Stockton away in the semi-finals. Red = fast running, orange = medium running and blue = slow.  
 
Do you track your matches and can you beat 6.5k? Get in touch and let us know how far you run or have any other interesting tracking data. Your recommendations for the best fitness trackers for hockey would also be great - either by email liz@lizhollis.co.uk or via the club facebook page.

Wanted: your nomination for 'club person of the year' award
21 Feb 2017
 
Do you have any suggestions about who should be named as this year's NCHC 'club person of the year'?  
The trophy is designed to honour somebody who has gone above and beyond their club role or playing duties. It could be the umpire who turns out every single Saturday but their loyalty and commitment have never been formally recognised. It might be the official or captain who puts in long hours and effort to make sure the club or team runs smoothly. It could be the coach who goes the extra mile to help players perform better. Whatever it is, if you have noticed what they have done and feel everybody else should too - then please let us know.  
There is a male and a female award and they will be handed out at this year's club dinner dance in May. Let us know their name and a brief summary of why you think they deserve to win. Nominations by 12 March please to club chair Karen Dagless via secretary Harriet secretary@norwichcityhc.co.uk or 07817 826321

City Success in EH Junior Cup Competitions
19 Feb 2017
 
Norwich City's success continues in the Junior Cup Competitions with the U16 Boys joining the U16 Girls and U14 Boys in reaching the Regional Finals. The U16 Boys travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk today knowing they were already almost through. However, with an excellent display of attacking hockey, the boys put this beyond doubt, winning 10-1 and gaining automatic qualification to the Regional Finals.  
 
The U16 Girls had already qualified for the Regional Finals with a game to spare, and topped this off today with a convincing 4-1 win over Norwich Dragons. Finally, after some good results, the u14 Boys were guaranteed qualification when Bury St Edmond's conceded their final game which would have taken place today.  
 
With only the U14 girls narrowly missing out, City has qualified in three of the four competitions, which equals our best season so far. Added to this, with the u18 Boys now in the Quarter Finals of the U18 Plate competition, this is already a very good year for City Juniors at all age levels. 
 
The U16 Boys and Girls and U14 Boys now go into Regional Finals in March, where they will each play against three other teams in a round robin, with the overall winners going through to the National Finals in April. We wish them all well.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 13/02/17
9 Feb 2017
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 13th February, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 13th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Annual Dinner Dance 2017 at Norwich City Football Club on Saturday 6th May 2017
9 Feb 2017
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance has now been booked and will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is now available via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
If you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Club and juniors teams going strong in England Hockey National Competitions
7 Feb 2017
 
Many of our club and junior teams are continuing their successful road to Lee Valley to reach the semis and finals of their various England Hockey National Competitions. 
 
Our mens 1s had a successful win at the weekend beating Barton on penalty strokes to progress to the Quarter Finals of the EH Mens Trophy. 
 
EH Mens Trophy (Quarter Finals) - Mens 1s vs Oxford (Home, 26/2) 
 
Our mens and ladies masters teams continue their campaigns as well, both playing this weekend with the men away at Newark in the Quarter Finals and the ladies at home to Redbridge and Ilford in their Last 16 fixture. 
 
EH Mens O40s Shield (Quarter Finals) - Mens Masters vs Newark (Away, 12/2) 
EH Womens O45s Plate (Last 16) - Womens Masters vs Redbridge & Ilford (Home, 12/2) 
 
The mixed team have a repeat fixture to this time last season when they went on to beat Dereham at home, hopefully they can repeat that performance and beat them again this season to progress further in the top flight of the Mixed Trophy competition. 
 
EH Mixed Trophy (Round 2) - Mixed vs Dereham (Away, 19/2) 
 
The junior sides continue to show the fantastic success of our youth section and the future of our club. Our U18 boys beat Lindum at the weekend and have now drawn an away trip to National League club Bowdon (near Manchester) in the Quarter Finals, whilst the U16s and U14s girls and boys play their final matches to hopefully secure their places in the Regional Finals of their respective competitions. 
 
EH U18 Boys Plate (Quarter Finals) - U18 Boys vs Bowdon (Away, 19/2 or 26/2) 
EH U16 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Boys vs Ipswich (Away, 19/2) 
EH U14 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Boys vs Bury St Edmunds (Away, 19/2) 
EH U16 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Home, 19/2) 
EH U14 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Away, 19/2) 
 
Good luck to all of our teams during the busy month of February and hopefully they can continue their journeys to get to the finals weekends at Lee Valley. If we can get a home crowd to cheer them on I am sure the players would be delighted for the support. 
 
Our website fixtures page will continue to show all the games taking place throughout February.

U16 Girls Qualify for Regional Finals
6 Feb 2017
 
With one qualifying game remaining the U16 girls are already assured of competing in the regional finals. Their 4-1 win at Sudbury on Sunday coupled with Magpies defeat of Dragons means that whatever the results in the final round of matches qualification has already been achieved. It would be in their favour to win the group and currently they sit top with a two goal difference advantage over Magpies  
- the final game against Dragons at Taverham on the 19th will all be about goals scored!!

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for December 2016 - R. Hagen, N. Hales and B. Marr
24 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our DECEMBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: ROGER HAGEN 
Runner-up: NICK HALES  
Third Place: BRIAN MARR 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Supersixes - Everything Bar the Result for City
23 Jan 2017
 
City's U16 Boys competed well on the second day of the National Finals, but ultimately couldn't get the win they were looking for. First up was Premier Division Surbiton in what was always going to be a difficult task against a squad packed with junior national players. City held Surbiton for the first few minutes, with Harry Paterson hitting the post. However, despite City dominating possession, Surbiton then started to score regularly, leaving City in the curious position of playing really well but losing 7-0. Man of the match was Dan Phillips. 
 
City's final game was against Doncaster HC. City upped their performance again, keeping possession and finding good positions. However, Doncaster converted a short corner against the run of play, leaving City to come from behind. City equalised twice, first through a lovely Cameron Cooke solo goal and then through a well taken George Harrad deflection. Despite City hitting the post twice, having two cleared off the line and a couple of open goals missed, it was Doncaster who scored the winner in an exciting game. 
 
It is rare to play so well for four games and not get the results. However, the City boys will take away a lot from the experience of playing in the Finals against the top clubs in the country in front of a large gallery. The squad worked really well together, dug deep and improved in every game they played. They were a pleasure to coach and a credit to the Club. Roll on next year!

A Tough First Day for City in the National Indoor Finals
22 Jan 2017
 
Norwich City U16 Boys had a tough first day at the National Finals in Wolverhampton, where they played well but with little reward. The first game was against an upbeat Repton team who had won their first game 6-0 and were in the swing of the tournament. City started slowly and were 4-0 down at the break but, after a tough half time team talk, came out much more strongly in the second half. Despite several good chances, City could not claw back the deficit, finishing 6-2 down. Goalscorers were Harry Bassett and Dan Phillips, with the Man of the Match being keeper Ben Millett. 
 
Our second game against Cheltenham was a tough end-to-end affair which could have been won by either team. However, with a couple of short corner decisions going their way, Cheltenham came out with a 5-3 victory. Our goalscorers were Sam Bingham, Cameron Cooke and Harry Paterson with the man of the match being Tom Bailey 
 
Despite the results, the boys remain positive and confident going into the second day, with matches against Surbiton and Doncaster to come.

City U16 Boys Compete This Weekend In Indoor National Finals
20 Jan 2017
 
This weekend our U16 Boys travel to Wolverhampton for the National Finals of the England Hockey Supersixes competition - or indoor hockey as it is more commonly known. Having won the Norfolk County Championship and then qualified unbeaten through the regional round, City will compete this weekend as one of the Top 10 Clubs in the country. 
 
The competition is split into two groups of five, with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi-finals on Sunday. City is in a group with Repton, Cheltenham, Surbiton and Doncaster. 
 
It is a massive achievement getting to the National Finals and we wish the squad well for what should be an exciting weekend. 
 
Squad: Ben Millett, Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson, Ben Withers, Cameron Cooke, George Harrad, Harry Basset and Tom Bailey

Access to the Norwich City HC website is now even easier with apps for Apple and Android
20 Jan 2017
 
The guys at Empresa Limited have been working to help us create a mobile "App" to provide easy access to our Norwich City HC website from your Apple or Android phones (Windows Phone will be coming shortly!). 
 
Just visit the appropriate store for your phone (Apple Store, Google Play, etc) and search for "Norwich City Hockey Club" and download and install our FREE App.

Clothing Update
19 Jan 2017
 
We have recently had an update from Aquila regarding the latest clothing order to be submitted to the production team. Unfortunately there was a software issue which caused the wrong logo to be added to the production sheets sent to the factory for the order closed in October, and this was only spotted when the items were being packed to ship back to england. I'm afraid this means that the items will have to be produced again so we are likely to have to wait another 8 weeks for these items to arrive. I can only apologise on behalf of Aquila for the amount of time that you have had to wait but i'm sure you will appreciate this was out of our control.  
 
If you ordered any items for junior members direct from aquila there may be an opportunity for you to amend the size of your order if required, but you should be contacted by Aquila in the near future regarding this.

UMPIRING SUCCESS
18 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to Ellie Hoben, Ellyn Roberts, Fred Anthony, Doug Tomlinson and Edie Mason who recently all completed their level 1 umpiring course. Its great to see 5 new young umpires in the club, well done all!

NHUA - Umpiring Workshop
18 Jan 2017
 
A message from Alan Jones, NHUA President 
 
"We are running another of our Workshops at TRF (Beech Road, Taverham, NR8 6HP) starting at 7:30pm finishing around 9:00pm ish. We have booked the bar so you will be able to refresh yourselves. 
 
Wrap up warm as the bulk of the session will be demonstrated outside on the pitch. 
 
We have asked Phil Skinner to cover the lifted and carried ball; the ball deliberately hit over the back line and obstruction. And I hope we will have some time inside to take you up the "ladder of control". 
 
All are welcome, no matter what standard or umpiring experience you have. 
 
We also invite the Club ULOs to advertise this session to all players and umpires in their clubs. Everyone involved in Hockey should be interested and aware of how and what the current interpretations of the rules are."

U10 and U12 Boys and Girls Mini Coaching Cancelled Sun 15th Jan
15 Jan 2017
 
All U10 and U12 boys and girls outdoor coaching cancelled at TRF (Club) due to weather conditions on Sunday 15th Jan. 
 
U8 coaching going ahead indoors at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall Sports Hall from 9-10.30am

Frozen pitches at Taverham sadly result in very little league hockey this weekend
14 Jan 2017
 
Unfortunately the weather had the better of the pitches at Taverham and across the region this weekend, with very little hockey being played this Saturday due to frozen pitches. 
 
Please keep an eye out on the website for notification as the league games are rearranged, for some this is likely to be either 18th February or possibly 1st April. The fixtures will be updated once pitches have been booked and times have been agreed between both teams.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for November - D. Dack, D. Taylor and P. Wright
8 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our NOVEMBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: DEREK DACK 
Runner-up: DAN TAYLOR 
Third Place: PETER WRIGHT  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Bank Holiday Monday Mixed Hockey - Monday 2nd January, 13:00 @ TRF
27 Dec 2016
 
Just a reminder to those who have yet to register via either the website or Facebook to play in the fun Mixed Hockey that is taking place on Monday 2nd January, starting shortly after 13:00 at TRF. 
 
If you have yet to register then please do so via the website or via our Facebook page. 
 
Please note that this is open to our ADULT members and guests only unfortunately, if you are one of development players and shortly moving and eligible to play in our adult teams then please get in touch to make sure it is suitable for you. 
 
Please bring a WHITE and YELLOW shirt to play in.

Norwich City is now on Instagram!
23 Dec 2016
 
You can now find Norwich City HC on Instagram as we try and select the best photos to show to you. You can download Instagram on most devices and is free to use! 
 
Follow us @norwichcity_hc  
 
If you have any photos that you would like on there please send them to lingy@norwichcityhc.co.uk

U16 Boys Reach National Indoor Finals Again
20 Dec 2016
 
Norwich City U16 Boys have reached the National Finals for the second year running after an excellent performance at the Regional Finals at the University of Essex on Sunday. 
 
Having won the County Indoor Tournament in November, City were up against three other County Champions for a place in the National Finals. City started off well in the first match against Old Loughtonians with goals from Cameron Cooke and Sam Bingham securing a 2-2 draw. City then beat Hertford 5-3, with three goals to Cooke and two to Ben Withers. In a tense final game, City held their nerve for a 3-2 win, and that vital National Finals place ,with George Harrad scoring the crucial winner. 
 
Congratulations are due to the team of Ben Millett, Dan Phillips, Tom Bailey, George Harrad, Sam Bingham, Harry Bassett, Ben Withers and Cameron Cooke. Thanks are also due to George Anthony who coached the team, Mark Bailey for helping with administration and all the parents who got the boys to Colchester for 9am on a Sunday Morning. 
 
The National Finals will be held in January in Wolverhampton - you are all welcome to support!

U16 Girls finish third in Regional Indoor finals
18 Dec 2016
 
Having qualified for the Regional finals as Norfolk champions the early Saturday morning trip down a foggy A140/A14 to Colchester was made with uncertainty as to what the level of opposition was going to be having never competed in this competition before. The girls first game was against Saffron Walden which they dominated playing composed hockey for a 1-0 win. Next up were Old Loughtonians who have been successful in this competition over the years. This was a much more even game with end to end hockey. We took the lead and with 3 minutes of play left we were still leading - unfortunately Old Loughts scored an equaliser and with a minute left scored again to win the game 2-1. The girls knew that to have any chance of qualifying for the National Finals they would need to win the next game against Sudbury - this they did with a great display of attacking hockey to come out winners 4-1. This result meant that if we won our last game we would be on the way to Wolverhampton for the national finals - Canterbury stood in the way and they had been the outstanding team in the tournament wing all their three games - the game proved to be one to far for the girls with Canterbury winning in the end 6-0 which was not a true reflection on the game in which for long periods the girls competed on equal terms with a very talented and organised opposition. 
 
Third place was the final outcome which the girls can be proud of - they showed great individual indoor hockey skills and as a team they gave everything that was asked of them. 
 
Squad: Sophie Turner, Becky Gaffney, Ellie Pitcher, Ellyn Roberts, Emily Rash, Abbie Ingham, Sophia Bassett.

Photo Gallery Updated
17 Dec 2016
 
Our photo gallery has been updated with some action shots from Taverham following the conclusion of the last league hockey of 2016. If you have any photos or take any then please email them for inclusion on our website by sending them in jpeg format to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Sunday CUP Action!
8 Dec 2016
 
Norwich City Hockey Club enters various different cup competitions during the season with nearly all of these games taking place on Sundays, City enter a range of different cups from Youth competitions right across to the Masters, so far City have had a mix set of results.  
 
The Under 14 Girls progression to the regional finals still hangs in the balance as they currently sit 3rd in their group having played a game less than 2nd placed Cambridge City. Having drawn two games v Pelicans and Magpies, + the win v Bury St Edmunds meant the girls couldn't manage to sit in the two qualifying positions. There next game against Cambridge City at Taverham will determine whether or not they can qualify. The Under 14 Boys are fairing slightly better having won both games so far in their group, beating IES (conceded win) and Sudbury 3-0 goals from Alex Tomkinson, Monty Platt and Louis Hart. Under 14s now have games against Magpies and Sudbury a win or draw from one of these games will see them progress to the regional finals.  
 
The Under 16 Girls currently sit 4th in their group having only played 1 game, having played only drawn against league leaders Magpies thanks to a PC from Maddie Anthony. The Girls have a trip to bottom of the group Pelicans on Sunday before another away trip to Sudbury before finishing off with a home game against Norwich Dragons to decide whether or not they progress through to the regional finals. The Under 16 Boys currently sit top of their group having beaten both Pelicans 13-1 and Bishops Stortford 8-1 in their group but having most recently losing to Braintree 6-3 has meant that they can drop to 2nd placed below there opponents, if they win their game in hand. If the Boys beat IES in their final game they will qualify for the regional finals. 
 
The Under 18 girls had to two tough games this year as they only managed to field a bare 11 in both games. Their first game they lost 6-2 in a lively encounter at Taverham, both goals from City coming from Flo Duffield, however Walden fielded an eligible player meaning that the game was conceded to City therefore City progressed to the Cup where they faced local rivals Magpies at Taverham who were far to strong for City with Magpies romping to a 15-0 win to knock City out of the competition. The Under 18 Boys however are still in their competition having got through to the plate last 16, the Under 18s lost 3-1 to Peterborough originally in the cup before romping home a 7-0 win away at Bury in the 2nd round of the plate competition, the boys are now away to Lindum (Lincoln) in the next round hoping to make the quarter finals of the competition.  
 
The Mens 1st XI have had a great cup run this season starting of in the England Hockey Cup by beating Spalding 4-0 goals from Dave Skinner, Tom Hindle and two from Chris Wardale, they then came up against national league side Fareham and put on a great account of themselves eventually losing 4-2 both goals from Wardale. Having been knocked out the CUP the 1s next cup game was against Bishops Stortford in the Mens Trophy competition and tournament the 1s having enjoyed in previous years. The 1s entertained the crowd as they won 5-4 goals from Wardale, Gill, Cooke and two from Skinner. They now have a home game against Barton Mens 1s in a bid to reach the quarter finals.  
 
The Ladies Over 45s had a short cup run as they went out in the 1st round as they lost 4-0 away to Cambridge City in a tough encounter. The Mens Over 40s started off with a defeat on penalty flicks against Witham in the CUP competition before entering the shield and winning their 2nd round match 10-1 away to Braintree, the Over 40s now await there draw in the next round.  
 
The MIXED xi haven't played yet and start in January with a game against Broxbourne. Good Luck to all our teams hopefully some trophies by the end of the season!

Availability and Membership
7 Dec 2016
 
Please can players start to fill in availability for after Christmas to try and help captains plan their squads.  
 
Also a reminder that Membership deadline has now passed and if you haven't paid as yet you maybe become unavailable to play for the club.

Club Photo's?
7 Dec 2016
 
Do you know someone who maybe interested in taking action photos on a Saturday for City or maybe you might fancy taking some yourself? 
 
The club are on the look out for a club photography who can take some action photos of the games at Taverham and publicise them on the club's website gallery. 
 
Please get in tough with us at lingy@norwichcityhc.co.uk

EH Performance Centre Squads Announced
6 Dec 2016
 
England Hockey is currently implementing its new Player Pathway, which replaces the Single System. As part of the Pathway, EH has introduced 'Performance Centres' which are based across the country providing frequent, high quality training with the best coaches. The Performance Centres will be used to select players for the EH Futures Cup each year. 
 
Congratulations are due to the following City players who have been selected to attend the Bury Performance Centre: Tom Bailey, Harry Basset, Eddie Darley, Louis Hart, Ben Millett, Alice Moore, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips, Rachel Phillips, Sophie Turner and Ben Withers. 
 
Selected players will attend evening training sessions at Culford School and take part in weekend training and competitions, meeting approximately twice a month.

Norwich City HC Umpiring Course!
28 Nov 2016
 
To All Aspiring Umpires 
 
Attached, and below, are details of a Level 1 Umpire Course to be held at Taverham, which have recently come out.  Why not take this opportunity to get your qualification, the club may seek to return the £50 entry fee if you decide to umpire when possible for NCHC.  
  
Its open to those aged 14 (with parental consent) through to adult. 
Many of the juniors at Norwich City Hockey Club have done a certain amount of umpiring on the EH Leadership Award Course and in the Minis at tournaments and are more than capable of moving on to the next step.  This is a useful qualification to enable you to help umpiring at school and yet another item to add to a sporting CV. 
  
Numbers will be limited so book places early.  Follow this link and scroll down the page for booking details: 
http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=296&sectionTitle=Find+a+Course 
  
You may need to create an account/membership with England Hockey before registering for the course (unless you have done so already), which is free, very simple and straightforward.  You also need to complete the rules test online as well but this is all explained.  
  
Book online now »  View map » Level 1 Umpire Course - Deadline 21/12/16  
Venue: Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6HP 
Start date: 08.01.2017 | Duration: Sunday 8th January & Thursday 12th January, 1pm-5pm (8th Jan) & 6:30pm-9:30pm (12th Jan) | Contact: Umpiring Dept  
 
LINK via website...

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for October - M. Blyth, A. Wardale and D. Dack
27 Nov 2016
 
Congratulations to our OCTOBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Michael Blyth 
Runner-up: Ali Wardale  
Third Place: Derek Dack 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Photo Gallery Updated
18 Nov 2016
 
More photos have been added from the following few weeks of hockey, including action from the last two weeks of league games at home plus the junior and adult EH cup competitions. 
 
If you have photos then please send them to us via gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we will add them to the website gallery.

City U16 Boys and U16 Girls Both Crowned County Indoor Hockey Champions
14 Nov 2016
 
Yesterday was a really successful day in the Indoor County Junior Championships at UEA with both our U16 Girls and Boys teams being crowned County Champions and qualifying for the Regional Finals in December. 
 
The U16 Boys defended their County title with good victories over Dragons and Magpies. Against Dragons, City started slowly, spurning a few chances before conceding to give Dragons the lead. However, City fought back to come from behind to win 3-2, with two well-taken goals to Harry Bassett and one to Harry Paterson. City were then too strong for a young Magpies side to win comfortably 5-1, playing some dynamic and fast-moving hockey. The goals came courtesy of Dan Phillips, George Harrad, Cameron Cooke and two to Ben Withers, but this was a real squad performance. Overall, it was a good day for the Boys, who are confident they can shift up another gear or two at the Regional Finals on 18 December, with the aim of reaching the National Finals for the second year running.  
 
After an hour of motivational talk from coach Ian Roberts, our U16 Girls started the game against Magpies knowing it was winner takes all, with the victorious team being County Champions. Two early goals from Rachael and Abbie settled the nerves and we created a number of further chances without being able to add to our score. Sophie was her usual dynamic self in goal, making a couple of saves from Magpies short corners, before a quick break allowed Magpies to get a goal back. The half time talk was to be more patient and keep the ball instead of forcing the play and to use the sides of the pitch to change the angles. The instructions were carried out and City looked much more composed in the second half creating a number of good opportunities, one of which Anna confidently converted. Defensively City contained Magpies and thoroughly deserved the win to progress to the Regional finals. 
 
Well done to both squads:  
Boys: Ben Millett, Tom Bailey, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson, George Harrad, Harry Bassett, Ben Withers 
Girls: Sophie Turner, Ellie Pitcher, Becky Gaffney, Ellyn Roberts, Emily Rash, Abbie Ingham, Rachael Phillips, Anna Brook 

Packed pitches at Taverham on Sunday 6th November for numerous Junior National Competitions
2 Nov 2016
 
On Sunday 6th November we will be hosting numerous ties of the Junior National Cup Competitions following the recent draws made by England Hockey: 
 
Saffron Walden U18G (TRF @ 12:15, Sand) 
Bishops Stortford U16B (TRF @ 13:00, H2O) 
Harleston Magpies U16G (TRF @ 13:45, Sand) 
City of Peterborough U18B (TRF @ 14:30, H2O) 
 
Pelicans U14G (Lynn Sport, Kings Lynn) 
U14B (No Game) 
 
It is sure to be a great atmosphere with so many competitions taking place across the various age groups, let's get a really good home crowd along to support our teams, be great to see many of our senior players there to cheer on some of their current and future team mates. 
 
#supersunday #norwichcityHC

New Entries for the FREE Norwich City HC Fantasy League closes at the end of October
27 Oct 2016
 
You have until the end of October to enter into the FREE fantasy league for Norwich City Hockey Club. The lottery is opened to all members of the club, you just need to log on to the website and click on FANTASY LEAGUE and begin to create your own team, based upon selecting a maximum of one player from each of the mens and ladies teams across the club. Once you have created your team each month you will be entitled to make one player change as you begin to compare the points for each of your players to other players you don't have in your team.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for September - Ali Wardale, Robert Mitchell and Anil Sharma
24 Oct 2016
 
Congratulations to our SEPTEMBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Ali Wardale 
Runner-up: Robert Mitchell 
Third Place: Anil Sharma 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Photo gallery updated from hockey action over the weekend
17 Oct 2016
 
More photos have been uploaded to the gallery on the website for some of the games that took place over the weekend at Taverham. 
 
If you take any photos then please share them by sending them as jpegs via email to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 24/10/16
16 Oct 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 24th October, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 24th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
07/11 21/11 05/12 19/12  
02/01 16/01 30/01 13/02 27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
11 Oct 2016
 
Norwich City HC hosted a very successful and well supported mini tournament on that warm and sunny Sunday 2nd October and won a haul of, mainly, silver medals amongst the 107 players who took to the astroturf pitches at Taverham. Huge thanks to all the club umpires, adult team players, young leaders and umpires who helped out on the day. Also all the parents who kindly baked massive quantities of cakes, those who worked on the BBQ, in the kitchen and behind the bar to enable us to run it so smoothly. Coaches and managers did a fantastic job and the players were well-behaved and a credit to the club. 
 
On Sunday 9th October, re-run at Dragons HC. The weather was not quite so kind but the gold was round the necks of the players rather than in the sky this time. Our U12 boys and girls fought hard to both be placed first in the Gold Tournaments and very creditable results from all the other teams in the various tournaments. Full results as follows: 
 
U12 Girls Gold: 1st City Lions: 5th City Tigers  
U12 Girls Silver: 2nd City Panthers; 4th City Leopards 
 
U10 Girls Gold: 2nd City Yellow 
U10 Girls Silver: 1st City Green; 4th City Orange 
 
U12 Boys Gold: 1st City Romans 
U12 Boys Silver: 2nd City Vikings; 3rd City Saxons 
 
U10 Boys Gold: 2nd City Knights  
U10 Boys Silver: 2nd City Wizards

Ringland Road Shut!
3 Oct 2016
 
Dear All Club Members,  
 
The Ringland Road from the Swan Pub in Ringland to Taverham is closed from Monday 3rd October to Friday 8th October, club members will have to use an alternative route when travelling to Taverham.

Mini's Tournament @ NCHC on Sunday
30 Sep 2016
 
The annual NCHC mini's tournament is once again happening this Sunday at Taverham for most of the day. Sarah Anthony has once again agreed to organise and would appreciate any help for any amount of time during the day.  
 
If anyone could lend a hand to our very successful mini's tournament which draws in hundreds of players during the day, please contact Sarah via sarahanthony@clara.co.uk

EH National Competitions are being drawn and fixtures are underway for our senior and junior sides
27 Sep 2016
 
England Hockey have started to make the draws for the numerous senior and junior competitions for this season, allowing many of our club members to get involved in competitions at a county, regional and even national level, whether its the U14/U16/U18 junior teams, O40s and O45s masters teams, mixed teams or the 1st team mens and ladies teams, opportunities to play clubs from far and wide as the competition progresses. 
 
The following draws have been done so far, more will be published as they are made. 
 
Mens 1s 
25/09 vs Spalding (H - 13:00 @ TRF) - 4-0 WIN!!! (ROUND 2 - 30/10) 
30/10 vs Fareham Hockey Club (H - 13:00 @ TRF) 
 
Mens Masters (O40s) 
23/10 vs Witham (H -13:00 @ TRF) 
 
Ladies Masters (O45s) 
20/11 vs Awaiting Draw (TBC) 
 
U14 Boys 
16/10 vs Ipswich and East Suffolk (H - 13:00 @ TRF) 
20/11 vs Sudbury (A) 
05/02 vs Harleston Magpies (H - 13:45 @ TRF) 
19/02 vs Bury St Edmunds (A) 
 
U14 Girls 
16/10 vs Harleston Magpies (H - 13:45 @ TRF) 
06/11 vs Pelicans (A) 
20/11 vs Bury St Edmunds (A) 
05/02 vs Cambridge City (H - 13:00 @ TRF) 
19/02 vs Norwich Dragons (A) 
 
U16 Boys 
16/10 vs Pelicans (A) 
06/11 vs Bishops Stortford (H - 13:00 @ TRF) 
20/11 vs Braintree (A) 
05/02 vs Harleston Magpies (H - 14:30 @ TRF) 
19/02 vs Ipswich (A) 
 
U16 Girls 
06/11 vs Harleston Magpies (H - 13:45 @ TRF) 
20/11 vs Bury St Edmunds (A) 
27/11 vs Pelicans (A) 
05/02 vs Sudbury (A) 
19/02 vs Norwich Dragons (H - 13:00 @ TRF) 
 
U18 Boys 
16/10 - BYE 
06/11 - Awaiting Draw (TBC) 
 
U18 Girls 
16/10 - BYE 
06/11 - Awaiting Draw (TBC) 
 
Keep an eye out on the website as more and more fixtures are added, any support that can be provided by coming along and supporting and watching from the side line at Taverham is always very much appreciated. Always a great opportunity to see other teams and players of all age groups across the club, historically for some competitions we've been very successful and gone through to National finals, especially for our junior and mixed teams over previous years. 
 
Good luck to all of those club members who will be participating and representing the club across so many of these England Hockey competitions.

NCHC Training resumes back at TRF following a repair to the floodlights on both H2O and sand pitches
25 Sep 2016
 
At long last the fault with the lighting on our pitches at Taverham has now been resolved and training will resume as normal from this week onwards. 
 
Mondays - GK coaching - next session 10/10 (26/09 cancelled) 
Tuesdays - Mens coaching - 18:30 MD, 20:00 M1-M7 
Wednesdays - Ladies coaching - 18:30 LD/L6-7, 20:00 L1-L5 
 
If you need any more details then please visit the training page on our website, or email coaching@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
We would like to thank the UEA Sportspark for all their support and provision of their facilities whilst we were unable to use our own pitches at Taverham.

Norwich City HC 2016/2017 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
20 Sep 2016
 
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2016/2017 season has opened and you can now create your very own mixed team from players throughout the club. 
 
Visit the fantasy page on the website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and begin to pick a player from each team across the club, one player maximum from each team (excluding the GK) and start to see how your team compares with others as the season progresses. 
 
Points are awarded to each player based upon games they play in, appearances, the results of those games, the goals they are scoring (more so for defenders and midfielders than forwards), their attendance at training, plus whether they are involved in coaching and umpiring. 
 
It is FREE to take part, pick your team now and make tweaks during September and October, and after that you will be permitted to make one player change per month. Just login to the NCHC and go to http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy/ and start to have some fun exploring the 100s of players we have playing in our 16 teams across the club.

CANCELLED: Goal Keeper Training 26/09/2016
20 Sep 2016
 
Dear All, 
 
There will be no goal keeper training on the 26th September due to the coach being unavailable. 
 
Sorry for any inconvenience. 
 
Thanks, Joby

NCHC Training is at the UEA Sportspark next week due to faulty lighting at TRF (20-21 September)
16 Sep 2016
 
Please note that there has still been no resolution to the lighting problem at TRF, so we have booked the pitches at the UEA Sportspark for our coaching sessions on Tuesday 20th and a Wednesday 21st September. 
 
Please keep an eye out for any changes to these plans by monitoring our website news page and our social media sources. 
 
Please ensure that you allow time to get parked and through the entrance at the UEA Sportspark (entry has been pre paid for by the club so mention you are with Norwich City HC). 
 
If you have any questions then please speak to your coach, captain or manager.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for August - R. Innes, R. Sparrow and C. Wright.
13 Sep 2016
 
Congratulations to our AUGUST 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Richard Innes 
Runner-up: Richard Sparrow 
Third Place: C Wright  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Big Thank Yous!!!
11 Sep 2016
 
Norwich City HC played host to two recent pre-season tournaments at Taverham on Sunday 4th of September and Sunday 11th September, which many of you will of played or at least of been asked! We hosted around 350 players over both Sunday's, across 44 teams.  
 
Firstly a big thank you to City captains, Tom Hindle, Chris Perry, Jason Hyatt, Geoff Spencer, Colin Brown, Ellie Brine, Hannah Jarvis, Jen Stangham, Cheryl Brown, Ian Roberts, Fiona Spencer, Julia Marchant and Karen Paterson you all did a great job organising each team so you could all play! 
 
Massive thanks to Joby who did the bar both Sundays all day as well as running the music, cleaning and locking up the clubhouse! 
 
Massive thanks to Sarah Anthony who ran the BBQ both Sundays without any issues as well as all the other bits and bobs! 
 
Jenny Brine, Nigel Ling, Tim Duffy, Doug Tomlinson, Steve Playford all played their roles to help us out as well as all our club umpires who helped out as well. (Sue T, Paul G, Simon P, Ryan A, A.Illing, C.Illing, J.Hyatt, J.Grange + Any others!!!) 
 
Overall we won 1 trophy congrats to Mens 5s but Ladies 2s, Ladies 5s, Mens 2s and Mens 7s weren't far away, maybe next year?  
 
After naming all them what did I even do? :) Signing off for a year, 
Sir Thomas Ling

NCHC Training moving to UEA Sportspark next week due to faulty lighting at TRF (13-14 September)
10 Sep 2016
 
Due to a lighting fault at TRF we have decided to move our training for Tuesday 13/9 and Wednesday 14/9 to the UEA Sportspark. 
 
The times and days are not changing, just the venue, but you may need to allow a little more time to get parked and walk to the pitches. The entrance fee has been paid for by the club so you don't need to pay this if you tell the entrance staff that you are with Norwich City HC. 
 
We apologies for the disruption but hopefully the electrical engineers will be on sight ASAP to begin to resolve the fault. 
 
The GK training on Monday 12/9 will remain at TRF, lighting is still good enough to work in smaller areas of the pitch. 
 
Please help spread the word so that nobody turns up at TRF where it will be closed. 
 
Any questions please speak to one the coaching team or your team captain.

Listen to Norwich City Hockey Club's Sarah Anthony on Norwich Sport - 8th September 2016
9 Sep 2016
 
If you didn't get a chance to listen to our very own Sarah Anthony, instrumental to the historical and ongoing success we are experiencing in our youth and minis section at Norwich City Hockey Club, with Norwich Sport's radio broadcast journalist Stuart Hodge all about the growth of hockey in and around Norwich and Norfolk then you can listen to it now on YouTube.

Floodlight Electrical Fault on Pitches at Taverham - Impacts on Training?
8 Sep 2016
 
Unfortunately we are experiencing some floodlighting electrical faults on both pitches at Taverham at present. The fault has been reported and apparently the company is awaiting parts and for an engineer to be assigned to investigate and resolve the problem. This means at the moment the pitches cannot be fully utilized for midweek evening training sessions so is had an adverse effect on what coaches can do and the amount of pitch space available, not forgetting safety and welfare considerations. 
 
We have booked pitches at the UEA Sportspark for the next few weeks allowing us to continue our training sessions there if the fault is not resolved over the next few days. 
 
We will notify members as and when we know more and have made a decision on the training for next week, so please continue to regularly monitor our club news via the website, Facebook (facebook.com/NorwichCityHC) or Twitter (@NorwichCityHC), and also keep an eye out for emails and messages from your coaches, managers and captains.

Norwich City HC win Men's East O40s Club Cup at Newly Opened Facilities at Pelicans HC, Lynn Sport
7 Sep 2016
 
On Sunday 4th September Pelicans Hockey Club hosted the Men's East O40s Club Cup at Lynn Sport on their impressive brand new dual based astro turf pitches, with 10 teams from Pelicans, Cambridge City, Bedford, Luton, Dereham, Wisbech, Hertford, Northampton, Witham and for the first time in the competitions history Norwich City. A 14 man squad from Norwich City took part, consisting of two extra players from the O35s category following a new rule change this year to allow teams to make up numbers from younger members within their club. 
 
Norwich City started brightly in Pool A with a 2-0 win over Pelicans, followed by a tough 0-0 draw against a strong Cambridge City side, a disappointing 0-0 result against Bedford (whom fielded an U16 goalkeeper who was found to be on fine form!), but thankfully a final 1-0 victory over top of the group team Luton to secure a Norwich City place in the semi-finals. The semi-finals was against Northampton, last years winners, and following an even match the outcome was decided by a penalty stroke competition, Norwich City scoring all of theirs and Northampton sadly missing one. The final was an all Norfolk affair, Norwich City versus local rivals Dereham, a chance for City to put right the disappointment of seeing a depleted Norwich City team narrowly losing to them in the EH national O40s Masters Plate last season. The game was an even encounter with both teams creating opportunities, but it was to be City who came out the stronger of the sides, eventual victors with a 1-0 score-line at the final whistle and CHAMPIONS of the competition. 
 
Norwich City Squad: 
 
Paul Roy, Ian Andrews, Jamie Higginbotham, Pete Morgan, Matthew Brine (C), Jon Kidner, Jason Hyatt 
Geoff Spencer, Joe Cowan, Haren Patel, Guy Thrower (GK), Al Paterson, Jon Painter, Nick Hooper 
 
R1 - Norwich City 2 / Pelicans 0 
R2 - Norwich City 0 / Cambridge City 0 
R3 - Norwich City 0 / Bedford 0 
R4 - Norwich City 1 / Luton 0 
SF - Norwich City 0 / Northampton 0 (Norwich City win 5 / 4 on penalty strokes) 
FL - Norwich City 1 / Dereham 0

BBQ help needed!
6 Sep 2016
 
Norwich City HC is desperately looking for someone to run the BBQ this coming Sunday at Taverham. 
 
Starting around 11:30 finishing around 3ish all food is provided just looking for a cook. 
 
Please contact if you can help at all. thomasling14@gmail.com

Coaches, team captains, team managers, parent helpers, young leaders and umpires (WELFARE)
5 Sep 2016
 
As we commence this new season of hockey, we want to ensure the welfare of our 'hockey family' is at the forefront of everyone's minds. 
 
DBS 
So we can actively safeguard our young players, it essential that anyone OVER 16 years old, who has contact with under 18's in the club once a week or more, has an IN DATE DBS certificate (DBS' must be issued by the club and dated within 3 years of their issue date). 
 
**If you need a new DBS certificate please EMAIL welfare@norwichcityhc.co.uk with your full name and email address, so we can begin the application process** 
 
SAFEGUARDING 
Please ensure you are keeping up to date with your safeguarding training; 
for more information please read the 'Safeguarding and DBS club fact sheet', this can be found:  
- On the website, under 'Welfare' 
- In the 'NCHC Welfare Information Folder' (behind the bar in the clubhouse) 
- On the club notice board 
 
'YELLOW CARDS' 
Over the coming weeks, we will be handing out 'Yellow 'Cards' to all club members under the age of 18, these contain essential information about who young people can talk to when they have concerns. 'Yellow cards' are to be kept in players stick bags and one is available for everyone to use on the club notice board.  
 
Lastly, please remember to fill out First Aid incident report forms (online), Safeguarding Referral forms (NCHC Welfare Folder behind bar), or contact me with any queries.  
 
Thank you!

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 12/9/16
4 Sep 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 12th September, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 12th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
26/09 10/10 24/10 07/11 21/11 05/12 19/12  
02/01 16/01 30/01 13/02 27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for JULY - Paul Gallop, Robert Mitchell and Mark Brighton
3 Sep 2016
 
Congratulations to our JULY 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch. 
 
Winner: Paul Gallop 
Runner-up: Robert Mitchell 
Third Place: Mark Brighton 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

No NCHC Mini Coaching on Sun 4th September
1 Sep 2016
 
Due to adult tournaments, holidays, Sundown Festival, County and Regional Coaching, there will be NO Mini hockey coaching this Sunday. Please email me for further details if you have queries or wish to bring a new recruit along to U8, U10 or U12 boys and girls coaching this season.

Availability
30 Aug 2016
 
The season is now in full swing and the new captains have been elected please, please help them by completing your availability on the website for at least the first few weeks of the new season.

2 Days Left of Reduced Membership
30 Aug 2016
 
You now only have two days left to pay your membership at a reduced price before the normal price returns at the start of September.  
 
Don't miss out by paying membership online or by talking to Grocer

Umpires Pre-Season Friendlies
29 Aug 2016
 
As the season starts to get going once again, umpires are once again in need to cover the range of games we play on Saturdays.  
 
To help both Will and Lingy arrange the umpires for the next couple of weeks, if you see any games where there are TBC (found on the fixtures area on website) please let us know if you can umpire them.  
 
Any help in any game would be much appreciated over the 1st couple of weeks. Remember no umpires, no game! Please contact: 
 
lingy@norwichcityhc.co.uk (LADIES) 
umpiring@norwichcityhc.co.uk (MENS) 
 
Thank You!

ITV Anglia reporting on how Norwich City Hockey Club is supporting #IAMTEAMGB at UEA SportsPark
27 Aug 2016
 
ITV Anglia were at the UEA SportsPark on Friday 26/8 showcasing the many sporting events taking place as part of #IAMTEAMGB on Saturday 27/8. A number of members from a cross section of the club were there to showcase how Norwich City Hockey Club will be supporting this event, giving a rare opportunity for a few of them to be caught on camera for a few seconds of fame. 
 
The whole event runs from 10am till 1pm at the UEA SportsPark and if you want to come along to support the event on behalf of the club or just take part and play some fun hockey then please turn up. You can contact Ali via ali@norwichcityhc.co.uk if you want to know more, or alternatively JUST TURN UP! 
 
If you are not already a member then beyond the #IAMTEAMGB event we are always running mens, ladies and junior sessions for all ages and abilities, whilst we also have specialist sessions for those wanting to start the sport for the first time or get back into it (BACK2HOCKEY), these run every week throughout the season.  
 
You can find out more about what we do every week you you to get involved in by visiting our sessions or training pages on our website via http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/content/sessions/ 
 
Want to know more then drop us an email via getintouch@norwichcityhc.co.uk

TV Stars still needed
25 Aug 2016
 
We still require a few more players to be TV stars on Friday. We are looking for players from across all elements of the club, young and old, top to bottom, male and female, to show that Hockey really is a sport for all. You will need to be at UEA at 4pm, for a 4.30pm run through and Live airing at 6pm and 6.30pm. Please email aliwardale@aol.com if you can attend. 
 
Players and helpers still needed for Saturday too from a cross section of the club between 10am -1pm or part of that time.

Fancy being on TV????
23 Aug 2016
 
An I AM TEAMGB event, billed as the nations biggest ever sports day, is being held on Saturday 27 August at the UEA Sportspark to encourage people into sports and to tie in with the completion of the Olympics. This National event is being backed by the National Lottery and ITV and you may already have seen bits and pieces on TV. 
 
On Friday evening Anglia TV want to publicise the event Live on their Friday evening show. One of the sports they wish to highlight is hockey and we have been invited to showcase our sport. Hence I am looking for a few players to go a long to represent us. Players will need to arrive at about 4.00 for a run through at 4.30 followed by 2 Live Broadcasts at about 6 and 6.30pm. Anglia TV are particularly keen to include some players that have come through Back To Hockey. 
 
Please wear City kit and bring a white shirt (City if possible) and any England/GB Hockey tops.  
 
If you would like your 15 minutes of fame please let me know asap. You will need to be there the whole time. 
 
We will also be showcasing the sport at the event on Saturday 27 August 10am - 1pm so I am looking for volunteers to play in matches and to help with people that would like to have a go. 
 
Again please let me know if you would like to participate and for what period you can attend.

Availability and Membership
23 Aug 2016
 
As the new season draws ever closer please can players start to fill in their availability for the new season to start to help captains build their squads. This can be done from the homepage on the NCHC website having logged in. 
 
Please also remember that membership is currently at a reduced price until the end of August so don't miss out, if you have an outstanding debt this needs to be paid first. Any issues about debts within the club please look at your membership activity or speak to Pies, any issues about membership speak to Grocer (Guy Thrower)

Hockey needs your support
21 Aug 2016
 
Following the fantastic performance of GB Womens Hockey team beating the Netherlands on Friday watched by 9 million people there is an upsurge in interest in hockey that the game needs to take advantage of. If you hear of family or friends showing an interest then please encourage them to come along. We have coaching sessions that cater for all ages and abilities. If you are not certain of the appropriate session for them then please contact a committee member or email enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk. 
 
Following the conclusion of the Olympics there is a National event taking place on Saturday 27 August titled "National Sports Day" or "I am Team GB" with Olympic events being showcased. One such event is taking place at the Sportspark and we have been given the opportunity to participate between 10am - 1pm. We are looking for individuals from all teams across the club to come along and be involved in some matches and to be on hand to help individuals that may like to have a go. If you are interested in coming along tor some or all of the time to play/help please let Ali know aliwardale@aol.com.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 29/8/16
20 Aug 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 29th August,, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 29th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
12/09 26/09 10/10 24/10 07/11 21/11 05/12 19/12  
02/01 16/01 30/01 13/02 27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

NCHC website has had a make-over and has now been launched and is ready for the new season ahead
19 Aug 2016
 
I am sure you've noticed already but our new website was launched pre-season and is now ready for the exciting new season ahead. It has undergone a new make-over, working with the design and development team at Empresa Limited, ensuring it works across more devices and means mobile access is now even better when keeping up to date whilst on the move. 
 
We've retained all the fantastic features that were there before, so you will still be able to use your existing membership login (click "forgotten password" if you can't remember it), you can keep your availability up to date to help your team managers and captains immensely with their selection duties, regular publishing of everything going on from upcoming fixtures to recent results and loads of reports from our adults and junior sections, as well as behind the scenes the entire running of all of the club's administration and financial activities. 
 
We did find the website redevelopment project a large exercise so admittedly we may have some ongoing issues and glitches that you may spot, so if you have any issues or anything is not quite right then please take a screen shot and email it over to admin@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we will take a look. If you have any general feedback then again send this over to us to and maybe we can consider this for any future developments.

Club Day Sunday!!!
19 Aug 2016
 
This coming Sunday is our annual club day. PLEASE register via the club website if you haven't as yet.  
 
Full Details at: www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/events

Pre-Season
14 Aug 2016
 
As the new season begins to take place training has now started with the following times for each team: 
Mens 1 / 2 - 20:00 - 22:00 (Tuesdays) 
Mens 3 / 4 - 20:00 - 21:30 (Tuesdays) 
Mens 5 / 6 / 7 / Devs - 20:00 - 21:30 (Tuesdays) - Full Devs training starting in September 
 
Ladies 1 / 2 - 20:00 - 22:00 (Wednesdays)  
Ladies 3 / 4 - 20:00 - 22:00 (Wednesdays) 
Ladies 5 / 6 / 7 / Devs - 18:30 - 20:00 (Wednesdays)- Full Devs training starting in September 
 
It is important to start training once again to help captains select their squads for the new season, as well as fitness training :) 
 
Membership for the new season can now be paid and it is at a REDUCED rate until the end of August, don't miss out.  
 
PLEASE can players start to fill in their availability for the start of the season again to help captains plan the new season ahead.  
 
Lets make this season and even better one than last year.

Free coaching session
11 Aug 2016
 
On Sunday 14 August the second day of a Coaching course is taking place at Taverham at which the attendees undertake an assessment and a number of players are required to be coached. This will help some club members that we have on the course. 
 
We are now looking for around 12 adult players to be coached for an afternoon session that runs from 14.00-16.30.  
 
This is open to members and non-members. 
 
Any interested players should contact Ali Wardale aliwardale@aol.com or 07798 862956

Norfolk Umpiring Course
10 Aug 2016
 
Ever fancied giving umpiring ago or fancy helping the club out. There is an upcoming umpiring course being held at Cromer Tennis Centre.  
 
It is scheduled for Saturday 27th August running from 9 to 4:30. Places are on a 1st come 1st served basis and the deadline is Wednesday 17th August.  
 
Register here: http://englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=296&sectionTitle=Find+a+Course

Training Continues
9 Aug 2016
 
Both Mens and Ladies training continues tonight and tomorrow. Mens sessions both start at 8pm and on Wednesday the Ladies 5,6,7 starting at 6:30 and the rest starting at 8pm.  
 
Would be good to see as many club members there are possible.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 15/8/16
8 Aug 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 15th August,, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 15th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
29/08 12/09 26/09 10/10 24/10 07/11 21/11 05/12 19/12  
02/01 16/01 30/01 13/02 27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Membership Discounted Rate
8 Aug 2016
 
As usual the Membership is currently at its discounted rate and it will continue until the end of August. To pay membership log onto the website and click on your personal area and it should appear.  
 
If you could also fill in any availability that would also be much appreciated by the captains.

Club Day 2016 Registration
4 Aug 2016
 
Our Club Day is open to all members, families, friends and those just wanting to come along and enjoy the day. 
 
It is being run on Sunday 21st August at Taverham starting from 10am, and will as always be a mixed ability hockey festival, inviting all players of all abilities from our vets through to our developments (O13s) and from beginners right through to our first team players.  
 
It will be a 10am meet and please bring a coloured and white shirt to wear during the day.  
 
PLEASE can you register now via the website, the website is used to sort teams and to know numbers so please register through the website takes little time to do.

26 Norwich City Young Players Selected for JRPCs
4 Aug 2016
 
We are pleased to announce that the following 26 Norwich City young players have been selected for the Junior Regional Performance Centres (JRPC), following successful performances representing Norfolk at the Junior Academy Centres (JAC). To achieve selection, all the players have had to demonstrate strong technical skills as well as dedication, determination and fitness.  
 
U18 Girls: Summer Haylock, Sabina Illing 
U18 Boys: George Brine, Sam Paterson, Sam Tomlinson 
U17 Girls: Rebecca Gaffney, Ellie Pitcher, Emily Rash 
U17 Boys: Josh Bailey, James Hewett, Ben Withers 
U16 Girls: Anna Brook, Tilly Mann 
U16 Boys: Tom Bailey, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips, Doug Tomlinson 
U15 Girls: Ella Gill, Alice Moore, Rachael Phillips, Sophie Turner 
U15 Boys: Harry Bassett, Eddie Darley, Ben Millett 
 
Selection means that, whilst the rest of us are having a summer off, these players will be attending six intensive full day training sessions with the best young players from our East Region (ie Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire).  
 
Congratulations to all the above.

Norwich City HC Fantasy Premier League
2 Aug 2016
 
Not HOCKEY! Yes Football, if your interested in joining the Norwich City HC fantasy league please go to https://fantasy.premierleague.com/ 
 
Create your team and then join a league using this code: 949768-251599

Training Starts this week...
1 Aug 2016
 
Just a reminder that training starts this week and with another tough season ahead it would be great to see as many NCHC members their.  
 
Mens tomorrow with Ladies on Wednesday, full details: www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/training

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 01/08/16
27 Jul 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
we are running our first keeper training session of the season on Monday 1st August. 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting. 
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Training Returns...
27 Jul 2016
 
We hope you all enjoyed your summer break or no break in some cases! But its time to start thinking about the new season, NCHC training will start the week beginning Monday 1st August. With the days and times for each team below: 
 
Tuesdays 8 - 9.30 Mens 3/4 and 5/6/7 
Tuesday 8 - 10 Mens 1/2 
 
Wednesdays 6.30 - 8 Ladies 5/6/7 
Wednesdays 8 - 9.30 Ladies 3/4 
Wednesdays 8 - 10 Ladies 1/2 
 
There are no Development coaching sessions during August, but Development squad players can attend the adult 5/6/7 sessions if they wish. We hope to see you there in prep for new season.

NCHC Fixtures Realeased
20 Jul 2016
 
The East League and Norfolk Premier have released the new fixtures for the new season, the times and venues will be confirmed and put on the website in due course, but to let you know where everyone is on the opening day here are the fixtures for Saturday 17th September: 
 
Mens 1s - Waltham Forest 1 (H) 
Mens 2s - Bishop Stortford 1 (A) 
Mens 3s - Cambridge University 3 (H) 
Mens 4s - Bury St Edmunds 1 (H) 
Mens 5s - Ipswich Cranes 1 (A) 
Mens 6s - Pelicans 4 (A) 
Mens 7s - North Norfolk 3 (H) 
 
Ladies 1s - Cambridge UNI 1 (A) 
Ladies 2s - Norwich City 3 (H) 
Ladies 3s - Norwich City 2 (A) 
Ladies 4s - Harleston Magpies 4 (?) 
Ladies 5s - Norwich City 6 (H) 
Ladies 6s - Norwich City 5 (A) 
Ladies 7s - FRIENDLY TBC 
 
The countdown has begun until the new season is upon us, training starts in August see you all there! :)

REMINDER - TONIGHT
20 Jul 2016
 
On Wednesday, 20th July 2016, at Taverham, there will be two free sessions of training on how to use a Defib and CPR training. Session 1 starting 7pm, session 2 starting 7.45pm. Since last season the facility at Taverham has had a Defibrilator, which is currently located behind the bar. This training is an opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the defib, practise CPR and ask any questions.  
This training is open to all users (clubs and individuals) of the facilities at Taverham.

Fitness Training tonight
11 Jul 2016
 
Fitness training is on tonight 7:30 till 9 at Taverham. No Signing up just turn up.  
Full details: www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/training

DEFIB/CPR TRAINING
11 Jul 2016
 
On Wednesday, 20th July 2016, at Taverham, there will be two free sessions of training on how to use a Defib and CPR training. Session 1 starting 7pm, session 2 starting 7.45pm. Since last season the facility at Taverham has had a Defibrilator, which is currently located behind the bar. This training is an opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the defib, practise CPR and ask any questions. 
This training is open to all users (clubs and individuals) of the facilities at Taverham.

Norwich City masters players get Regional and National call ups
4 Jul 2016
 
Well done to all of the following Norwich City HC players who played for either country or region and there respective ages.  
 
Sally Rose - England Over 45's 
Karen Dagless - East Over 50's 
Debbie Painter - Wales Over 45's 
Pete Morgan, Bob Hammond - East Over 40's  
Jim Pallister, Matthew Brine - East Over 45's  
Jon Painter - Wales Over 45's 
Ali Wardale - East Over 55's 
 
Congratulations to all!

Fitness Training starts Monday 4 July
2 Jul 2016
 
Fitness Training sessions start on Monday 4 July, 7.30pm - 9pm at Taverham and every following Monday in July. Sticks and playing kit will be required for part of the session. Usual £3 training fee.  
Sessions are open to all members over 13 years of age.

Annual Golf Day 2016 final registration reminder for Friday 15th July at Barnham Broom
1 Jul 2016
 
We still have room for a few more golfers to attend our Annual Golf day on Friday 15th July at Barnham Broom. So, if you are keen and have not yet registered then you can do so by visiting http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday or emailing golfday@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Final day to order kit
15 Jun 2016
 
One final reminder that if you would like to order any kit from Aquila in time for the new season today is your last chance to do so! Any orders not completed today will have to wait until he next order window in September, so if you fancy yourself a brand new hoody or want to keep yourself warm with nice club logo'd gilet then get yourself over to www.aquilasportswear.com and go to the Norwich City Hockey Club team shop. 
 
If you have any queries about the order process drop me an email to clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Great Ormond Street Charity Match
10 Jun 2016
 
Thank you so much to everyone who played and supported at the Great Ormond Street Charity game on the 19th May.  
The turn out was great from players from all teams. The game was well contested with all players embracing the occasion, taking the game seriously, with the bonus incentive of holding bragging rights within the club. 
This was continued in the club house after the game, with all the players staying behind enjoying a drink from the bar and the food generously brought by players. 
We raised £350 with donations and the raffle which is an amazing amount!  
This money will make a great contribution to the charity. So thank you again to everyone who came along to play and all the helpers.

Aquila kit order window extended!
9 Jun 2016
 
if anyone was planning to order kit for the new season but didn't quite get round to it before the original deadline, or if you didn't know there was an order window open at all, you have all been given a second chance to order!! The deadline has been extended until Wednesday 15th June (6 days away) to make any final orders of you want kit to turn up in time for the new season. This is your chance to get a new hoody, tracksuit top and bottoms, gilet, sweatshirt, sweatpants, training top or compression top. Go to the clothing section on our website and follow the link to Aquila to place your order.  
 
Please note that this will be your last chance to order kit and have it arrive for next season, any orders after Wednesday will not be processed until the next order window in September/October!!

Membership and Match Fees remain unchanged for 2016-2017 season - Early Bird discount in July/August
8 Jun 2016
 
As proposed and agreed at the club's AGM in May the pricing for this coming season will remain unchanged with regards to membership fees and match fees. 
 
We will also be running an Early Bird discounted membership rate through July and August for those wanting to pay early and get money off their membership for this coming season. 
 
Our website will reset itself in July ready for the forthcoming season, at which point a news article will be published for members keen and eager to pay early to start paying from July, with the discounted Early Bird rate continuing through to the end of August. 
 
If you have any questions then you can speak to Guy, our membership secretary, via membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Back To Hockey/Taster sessions
8 Jun 2016
 
There are two Back To Hockey/Taster sessions taking place on Wednesday 8 & 15 June 7pm - 8.30pm at Taverham High School. Beginners and those returning to the sport very welcome.  
Open to those age 14 - 60. 
If you know someone that would like to have a go this is the session for them. Encourage them to come along and have a go. Better still come along with them. 
Email enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk to register interest.

WANTED! Website Working Group
3 Jun 2016
 
Ever looked at our website and thought I don't like that or I could do better! 
 
Well now is your chance!  
 
During the next couple of months the club will be re-designing and developing a fresher looking website. We are looking to pull together a small working group, which will be able to come up with dynamic ideas to ensure that our website reflects the club we have become.  
 
We want the website to be more user friendly for all our members, current and new, and that its more visually appealing and easier to navigate. 
 
This is a great opportunity to help shape and contribute to the club's website. 
 
If you are interested in shaping the club's website, which we hope to have in place before the beginning of next season, please let me know by 12th June 2016.

WANTED - Can YOU spare some time?
3 Jun 2016
 
Can anyone spare some time for the Club particularly during July/August to help arrange fixtures and pitch bookings for the ladies section of the Club? We urgently need a Ladies Fixture Secretary.  
 
A brief description of the role would include:- 
 
• Booking pitches  
• Scheduling friendlies  
• Co-ordinating and communicating all fixtures to ladies teams 
• Arranging and confirming fixtures with the relevant leagues 
• Providing visiting teams with start times 
• Re-arranging any cancelled matchesi.e. due to bad weather 
• Answering any queries throughout the season 
 
Our outgoing Ladies Fixture Secretary is more than happy to help with this transition. The busiest time will be in July/August and thereafter, I am led to believe, would be pretty quiet.  
 
If you can spare some time or help in anyway this would be greatly appreciated. We will be in danger of not being able to full fill our ladies league commitments if we cannot find anyone, in a club of our size, to help. 
 
If you have any queries or want a quick chat about this position please contact Rosie Humphrey in the first instance or alternatively myself.

Time running out to purchase kit for the new season
24 May 2016
 
There are just under two weeks left to order your personalised off field kit from Aquila sportswear and the current order window will close on 5th June. If you are considering ordering any kit please make sure you have confirmed and paid for your order on or before 5th June as any that is not completed by then will not be included in his batch. Please note that the next order window will be in September/October so if you order anything from Aquila between Windows it won't be sent to production until the next order window and you will have to wait considerably longer. 
 
If you have any questions please contact clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

U14 Girls finish 7th at Nationals
17 May 2016
 
The girls put on a great performance on Sunday. They were in a group with the girls from three national league clubs. Surbiton lost 4-2, Beeston Lost 3-0 and Stourport lost 1-0. In the 7/8 classification game they played ISCA and won 3-0 to finish 7th - a great achievement. 
 
Full report to follow

Winners Medals for Norwich City Mens and Ladies at Harleston Magpies May Day Festival
16 May 2016
 
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend it was a chance for many Norwich City members to play mixed and club XI hockey as they embarked on either (or both) the Saturday and Monday festivals. 
 
On the Saturday the Norwich City, Norfolk Pies and Lingy's Legends mixed teams (all fielded by primarily Norwich City members) were unfortunate to exit the event in the quarter and semi finals stages, but with many members from across the club the event was thoroughly enjoyable but no prizes this year. 
 
The Monday was the Club XI event for the men and ladies, Norwich City entering three teams but sadly no Norfolk Pies mens team was sent this year to defend their crown.  
 
With one of our ladies teams made up of ladies 3s and 4s going out in the quarter finals of the plate, after a less than ideal challenge to contend with the grass pitches to a home Magpies team but give them an excellent and close game, it was down to our other ladies team, made up of primarily ladies 2s, to go on and win the cup after a challenging set of back to back fixtures for the quarters, semis and finals - Ellie Brine being rewarded for player of the final by the Magpies organisers. 
 
Our mens team was very much a club XI, players represented across 5 of our city teams, not to mention a few of the regular faces from the Norfolk Pies who won it last year, but in the end comfortably shrugging off all competition to blitz through as winners of the cup - George Brine making it a family duo with his player of the final reward too (no mention of the other Brine's performances in the event sadly!). 
 
A fun packed weekend and always great to see so many Norwich City club members mixing it up and play amongst players they don't often get to meet and play with during the regular season. 
 
Well done to those who participated, those who came away with medals (both team and individuals) and thank you to Harleston Magpies for organising yet another successful annual event. 
 
Check out the photos in our gallery...

AGM & Mixed Hockey
13 May 2016
 
The 2016 AGM will be held on Sunday 22nd May. There will be a mixed friendly hockey game at 2pm, with the meeting starting at 3.30pm.  
 
Please try to be there if you can - it would be great to see lots of people there, as this is your chance to have your say in the running of the club!  
 
There are a number of vacancies for executive and officials. A list of vacancies and a short explanation of the role will be circulated to members in due course. If you are interested in any of these roles, or becoming more involved in some other way, please get in touch.  
 
AGM Agenda:  
 
1. Apologies  
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising.  
3. Chairman's Report  
4. Ladies' Club Captain's Report  
5. Men's Club Captains Report  
6. Youth Report  
7. Minis Report  
8. Treasurer's Report  
9. Election of Officers  
10. Proposed change to rules  
11. AOB

Dinner Dance 2 Days to go!
13 May 2016
 
You have only 2 days to go to register for this years annual dinner dance at Dunston Hall. 
 
You can find all the details online. Don't miss out on what is set to be a great evening.

U14 Girls - National Finals
12 May 2016
 
The Girls travel to the Olympic Park and the Lea Valley Stadium this Sunday for the National finals. They are in a group with Surbiton, Beeston and Stourport. With their new track tops and fluorescent pink training shirts they will certainly be seen!!

Fantasy League
9 May 2016
 
Congratulations to David White who won the NCHC fantasy league. Having accumulated 2440 points he manged to hold off 2nd place and last years champion Tom Ling by 39 points to be crowed champion 
 
The best player award went to none other than Holly Robinson who scored an amazing 355 points. In 2nd place it was Matthew Brine with 300 points.  
 
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who played,

DINNER & DANCE - DEADLINE
9 May 2016
 
Time is ticking away and soon it will be our Dinner & Dance. 
 
The deadline date for reserving your tickets and your menu choices is Sunday 15 May 2016. 
 
Lets celebate in style the successes we have had on and off the field!

Vaughn Dearling
8 May 2016
 
We have received the following sad news from Harleston Magpies HC. Many members will have known Vaughn through his umpiring commitments, however, in his playing days Vaughn was a member of Norfolk Wanderers. Norwich City would also like to extend our condolences to Vaughn's family.  
 
The club is very sorry to announce the death of Vaughn in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital following his recent stroke. He passed away peacefully this morning. 
 
 
 
We extend our condolences to his wife Kay, daughter Natalie and son Owen and all other members of Vaughn's family on their great loss. 
 
 
 
Vaughn was a very popular member of the club and in the wider hockey community and will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. 
 
 
 
Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted on the club's website when known. 
 
 
 
Murray Graham 
 
Chairman, Harleston Magpies HC 
8/5/16

NCHC Clothing Now Available
5 May 2016
 
You can now purchase NCHC clothing from the 1st of May till mid-June. You can buy all the usual kit, but if you are looking for a new playing shirt please contact Chris Wardale for a allocated number.  
 
Any further queries please direct them to Chris.

ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
5 May 2016
 
Please let us know ASAP if you would like to come along to the awards dinner, full details below: 
 
We are delighted to be able to announce that Norwich City Hockey Club has been shortlisted in this year's England Hockey Awards. As a club we have been shortlisted for the England Hockey Club of the Year award. Matthew Brine has been shortlisted in the Club Coach category and Sarah Anthony has been shortlisted in the Unsung Hero category. Well done to Pies and Sarah on their individual shortlistings, and well done to everyone who contributes to club life, and so has been part of our Club shortlisting!  
 
The overall winners of the awards will be announced on Saturday 21st May at an awards dinner at Madejski Stadium in Reading. Those who have been shortlisted, and key representatives of the club, will attend, but we would also like anyone who would like to be part of the evening to be able to be there too. If you would be interested in a ticket please contact Kirstin (secretary@norwichcityhc.co.uk) for more details.

ANNUAL MIXED HOCKEY FESTIVAL - SATURDAY 28 MAY 2016
5 May 2016
 
A message from tournament organiser Nick Colman;  
 
"Following on from the success (and I use that word very loosely) of our veterans touring/festival team, Norwich City have decided to host their own Mixed Festival this summer on May 28th, to celebrate 25 years since their foundation. Attached is a link to our club page outlining details of the day and the on line registration form. 
 
I must however draw your attention to one error and that is the entry fee should read £10 and not £15 per player. This is to allow for the catering of everyone and our attempt to still raise money for the Clubs allocated charity, "Street Child". 
 
Being a gentleman of advancing years and having chased around a pitch after a lot of you all season in both the League and then the Summer League can I just mention now that we have deliberatly included a veterans category on the day, so please pass this information on to anyone that might be interested at your club. 
 
Likewise, if you have players that are interested, but can't quite make up a squad, don't worry, I am more than happy to arrange Barbarian style teams for you. Or if you want to play and don't have a team contact Nick and he will put you in the right direction.  
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, 
 
Your Sincerely, Nick Colman"  
 
www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/festival

AGM 2016 - Sunday 22nd May 3.30pm
1 May 2016
 
The 2016 AGM will be held on Sunday 22nd May. There will be a mixed friendly hockey game at 2pm, with the meeting starting at 3.30pm.  
 
Please try to be there if you can - it would be great to see lots of people there, as this is your chance to have your say in the running of the club! 
 
There are a number of vacancies for executive and officials. A list of vacancies and a short explanation of the role will be circulated to members in due course. If you are interested in any of these roles, or becoming more involved in some other way, please get in touch. 
 
AGM Agenda: 
 
1. Apologies 
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising.  
3. Chairman's Report  
4. Ladies' Club Captain's Report 
5. Men's Club Captains Report 
6. Youth Report  
7. Minis Report 
8. Treasurer's Report 
9. Election of Officers 
10. Proposed change to rules  
11. AOB

HOCKEY FOR HEROES MATCH RAISES £500
29 Apr 2016
 
Many thanks to all who contributed towards making the Hockey for Heroes charity match a huge success. We will be presenting a cheque for £500 to the charity on Sunday. 
Cake makers, coffee maker, umpires, photographer, Taverham Facilities, donators and Players - take a well deserved pat on the back! 
Many Thanks From The Tomlinsons

Hockey for Heros
27 Apr 2016
 
Tomorrow night at Taverham there is charity hockey game between two sides made up of players from NCHC. The money raised from the night is all going to charity (Hockey for Heroes) and the Tomlinsons would love to see you there.  
 
The gates open at 6:15 with the game starting at 7:15. Please donate if you can! - Bar and Light refreshments are available all evening.  
 
Come on NCHC lets show what we can do!

Back To Hockey
25 Apr 2016
 
Fancy giving hockey ago? Or even picking up a stick again?  
 
Norwich City Hockey Club is hosting a series of back to hockey sessions running on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 8.30pm from Wednesday 11 May to Wednesday; 15 June. 
 
Open to beginners and those that haven't played for a while, however long that may be. Light hearted and basic sessions where age and physical fitness are not barriers. 
 
Sessions aimed at those 16+, but can take complete beginners that are slightly younger. No upper age limit! Take that first step and come along to a session. Sticks can be provided. 
 
Contact Ali Wardale for more details and any interest.

Dinner Dance Deadline!
25 Apr 2016
 
The deadline to register for the annual Dinner Dance is Sunday 15th May. 
 
All the details can be found on the website - With the event open to all club members and family members.  
 
You can register now and pay later but make sure you reserve your place prior to Sunday 15th May.

England Hockey Awards - Shortlistings!
22 Apr 2016
 
We are delighted to be able to announce that Norwich City Hockey Club has been shortlisted in this year's England Hockey Awards. As a club we have been shortlisted for the England Hockey Club of the Year award. Matthew Brine has been shortlisted in the Club Coach category and Sarah Anthony has been shortlisted in the Unsung Hero category. Well done to Pies and Sarah on their individual shortlistings, and well done to everyone who contributes to club life, and so has been part of our Club shortlisting!  
 
The overall winners of the awards will be announced on Saturday 21st May at an awards dinner at Madejski Stadium in Reading. Those who have been shortlisted, and key representatives of the club, will attend, but we would also like anyone who would like to be part of the evening to be able to be there too. If you would be interested in a ticket please contact Kirstin (secretary@norwichcityhc.co.uk) for more details.

England Hockey Player survey
21 Apr 2016
 
England Hockey are currently running a survey to seek opinions from players on the sport and where improvements could be made. Have your say. 
 
Link to survey can be found below

Annual Golf Day 2016 is on Friday 15th July at Barnham Broom
19 Apr 2016
 
This years Annual Golf Day has been booked at Barnham Broom again, on Friday 15th July. The event is open to all members, family and friends and it takes the format of two rounds of golf (one being a pairs/team competition and the other an individual competition), there is bacon roll/coffee/tea on arrival, lunch and an evening meal. The price is £60 per player and numbers are strictly limited unfortunately due to restrictions on tee times. Book online now via our website at http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday

Under 10 Girls are Runners-Up at In2Hockey Regional Finals
17 Apr 2016
 
The under 10 girls participated in the East Region In2Hockey Finals yesterday and after winning 4 of their 5 matches without conceding a goal qualified for the final where they narrowly lost 1-2.  
 
Today they played in the Alex Hill Tournament at Dereham which they won. 
 
Well done girls.

U14 Girls reach National Finals
17 Apr 2016
 
The long trip to South West London was well worth the early start with three wins from the three games giving them a place in the National finals.

U14 Girls Regional Finals
14 Apr 2016
 
This Sunday the u14 Girls travel to Spencer Hockey Club in South West London (yes we are in the East region!!) to play in the Regional finals with a place at the National finals at stake - can they emulate the girls from last season? It is an unknown group with Spenser, Tunbridge Wells and Phoenix Blue Hornets as the three other teams. Whatever the results the girls have been a credit to the club and will give their all on Sunday.

Level 1 Umpiring Course - 15 May 2016
9 Apr 2016
 
A Level 1 Umpiring Course is being held at Pelicans Hockey Club on Sunday 15 May, 9am - 4.30pm. Participants must be aged 14+. 
 
Closing date to book on the course is 4 May 2015 
 
Cost is £50. 
 
To book on the course visit the England Hockey website at the link below.

Introduction to Coaching Course - 24 April 2016
9 Apr 2016
 
An Introduction to Coaching Course is being run on Sunday 24 April at Langley School Loddon, 10am - 4pm. 
 
The course is for potential coaches with limited experience of hockey coaching. It is suitable for parent helpers, school teachers, young leaders (aged 16+) and coaches with backgrounds in other sports.  
 
Cost is £80. 
 
Closing date to book on the course is 14 April. To book yourself on the course visit the link to the England Hockey website below.

Help desperately required
7 Apr 2016
 
We are in desperate need of volunteers to assist with catering and running of the bar for the U14 Boys Regional Finals that your club is hosting on Sunday, 10 April, from 9.30am - 4pm. 
 
If you can spare some time to assist please contact Ali 07798 862956 or aliwardale@aol.com

EVENT CANCELLED - Fish and Chip Night
7 Apr 2016
 
Due to low interest our evening fish and chip supper has been cancelled however we hope to see you during the day at Mixed 7s event.

Not too late...
7 Apr 2016
 
Its not too late to register for the Mixed 7s event on Saturday 10:30 onwards tomorrow at Taverham. Let us know you are coming either through the website or through the facebook event via the facebook group. 
 
Full Details at www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/event

East Young Umpire Selection
29 Mar 2016
 
Congratulations to Joe Holden and Tom Ling who have been selected to be part of the East Region Young Umpires Panel that will umpire the East In2Hockey Finals being held at Magpies over the weekend on 16/17 April. 
 
Good luck boys.

Masters World Cup - Debs Painter
29 Mar 2016
 
Congratulations to Ladies 1's Captain Debs Painter who has been selected for the Wales Masters Over 40's squad to participate in the Masters World Cup currently being held in Canberra, Australia. Wales will be up against Australia, England, USA, New Zealand and Wattles. 
The tournament starts 29 March 2016. 
 
You can follow the results on the link below or on twitter by following @WalesLadiesHock

Book your tickets online for our Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 28th May at Dunston Hall
27 Mar 2016
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance in on Saturday 28th May 2016 in the Sunningdale Suite at Dunston Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich. 
 
Ticket Prices - £39 per adult - £34 U18/Unemployed  
 
(This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 6.30pm-7.15pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
You need to book your tickets and make your menu choices online and then you can pay online via Paypal (via the website also) or cash/cheque directly to Longy.

Hockey for Heroes Inter Club Charity Match
23 Mar 2016
 
Book the Date - Thursday, 28th April 2016, at Taverham, 6.15pm 
Further details to be announced - please contact Tomlinsons for further info. 
Hockey for Heroes raise funds for Help for Heroes through playing hockey. 
All proceeds for this event will go towards this charity.

Easter Egg Raffle
23 Mar 2016
 
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Easter Egg Raffle, which raised £101.20 - 50% will be dontated to SPORTS RELIEF and 50% will go towards Club Funds. Egg very generously donated by Serena was won by someone who has passed it on to a further worthy cause!

Fantasy League Closes on 4th April - Last chance to make any final changes...
22 Mar 2016
 
With the last of the club games taking place on Saturday 2nd April (...good luck to the Ladies 5s in their "Winner Takes All" final fixture against Beccles for the last league promotion spot) the Fantasy League will be closing on Sunday 4th April. This means you can squeeze in one final change to your team in April to put that pressure on the current top of the league team selected by David White.

TRAINING THIS WEEK
22 Mar 2016
 
This week we are planning to run sessions if there is sufficient interest.  
 
Tuesday - 8:00-9:30 game for all keen from the men's teams, game for lower and top teams if numbers permit. 
 
Wednesday - 6:30-8:00 is undecided with numbers being asked by captains of Ladies Devs, 6s and 7s.  
 
Wednesday - 8:00-9:30 is a game for those keen across ladies 2/3/4/5 - Captains are collecting interest through captains.

What an exciting finale to the 2015/2016 season for Norwich City Hockey Club
21 Mar 2016
 
Wow, what a finale to the season it proved to be on Saturday 19th March, also now referred by some as an NCHC "Super Saturday". With 8 teams at Taverham, supported by an ever present crowd throughout the day, many teams staying and getting early to cheer each other on, family and friends around to provide their support, not to forget the long standing club members of old who still turn up many Saturdays to keep an eye on how the club hockey is going. 
 
M1 - sadly fell short of promotion at the end of a very respectable season, just 4 points off second spot in the end, bring on next season! 
EAST PREMIER B - 4/12 
 
L1 - won their last game and in a very tight last weekend of hockey their promotion challengers results were not as good as their own and the ladies were PROMOTED 
EAST DIVISION 1 - 2/12 (PROMOTED) 
 
M2 - already promoted but with an easy home win and then finding out that the top team slipped up saw them crowned CHAMPIONS 
EAST DIVISION 2N - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
 
L2 - convincing final game of the season secured a promising third place finish, looking promising for next season 
NORFOLK PREMIER - 3/12 
 
M3 - a winner takes all competition saw a tough encounter against Magpies also chasing promotion, an exciting game saw the 3s crowned CHAMPIONS 
EAST DIVISION 3NE - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
 
L3 - comfortable middle of the table conclusion with lots of positive performances against top of the table sides, one more game to go but this won't impact on league outcomes 
NORFOLK PREMIER - 7/12 
 
M4 - a battling season for a team struggling to field a settled side, retaining a thoroughly deserved league position with a fresh start to look forward to next season 
EAST DIVISION 3NE - 9/12 
 
L4 - back to back seasons for promotions, now stopping briefly in division 1, having already been promoted with another convincing home win, exciting season ahead after being crowned league CHAMPIONS 
NORFOLK DIVISION 1 - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
 
M5 - a team consisting of experience and youth finishing top half in the league, providing an excellent structure to support our ever improving youngsters 
EAST DIVISION 4NE - 5/12 
 
L5 - a game still to play against fellow league promotion chasers Beccles on 2/4 - winner takes all for the ladies 5s as a very exciting finale to the season 
NORFOLK DIVISION 2 - 2/11 
* WINNER TAKES ALL : 10:30 - SATURDAY 2ND APRIL AWAY AT LODDON, HOLBART SCHOOL VS BECCLES * 
 
M6 - having been in a mid-table battle with their fellow City 7s for this half of the season the 6s were pipped on goal difference - a very good mid table finish concluding a successful season for the 6s 
EAST DIVISION 6NE - 6/12 
 
L6 - a fantastic improvement on previous seasons, earning more than double the league points from before and establishing a very comfortable mid table finish in the league 
NORFOLK DIVISION 2 - 6/11 
 
M7 - finishing comfortably in the top half in the league, reflecting only on the two games that had to be conceded and seeing them deducted 12 points, then finishing just 7 points from a promotion spot 
EAST DIVISION 6NE - 5/12  
 
L7 - newly founded ladies 7s had an amazing season and giving great opportunities for our upcoming juniors to get experience of adult league hockey, a great top half league finish in their first season 
NORFOLK DIVISION 3 - 5/10 
 
MD - a season of mixed results for our promising youngsters, not helped by an element of consistency with team availability, some notable great opportunities for some of our minis (U12s) to begin to taste the competitive world of development hockey, promising signs for next season 
NORFOLK BOYS DEVELOPMENT - 4/5 
 
LD - with a season of haphazard availability and sadly seeing a many games postponed or conceded in a league where many clubs were struggling to field sides every week, more games still yet to be played so the girls are currently sitting in the top half of the league 
NORFOLK GIRLS DEVELOPMENT - 4/8 
 
M1 - EAST PREMIER B - 4/12 
L1 - EAST DIVISION 1 - 2/12 (PROMOTED) 
M2 - EAST DIVISION 2N - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
L2 - NORFOLK PREMIER - 3/12 
M3 - EAST DIVISION 3NE - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
L3 - NORFOLK PREMIER - 7/12 
M4 - EAST DIVISION 3NE - 9/12 
L4 - NORFOLK DIVISION 1 - 1/12 (CHAMPIONS) 
M5 - EAST DIVISION 4NE - 5/12 
L5 - NORFOLK DIVISION 2 - 2/11 (***) 
M6 - EAST DIVISION 6NE - 6/12 
L6 - NORFOLK DIVISION 2 - 6/11 
M7 - EAST DIVISION 6NE - 5/12  
L7 - NORFOLK DIVISION 3 - 5/10 
MD - NORFOLK BOYS DEVELOPMENT - 4/5 
LD - NORFOLK GIRLS DEVELOPMENT - 4/8 
 
*** LADIES 4S VS BECCLES - WINNER TAKES ALL *** 
*** SATURDAY 2ND APRIL @ 10:30, AWAY AT LODDON, HOLBART HIGH SCHOOL *** 
*** ANY SUPPORT FROM A TRAVELLING CROWD WOULD BE REALLY APPRECIATED ***

End of Season Mixed 7s and Evening Celebrations
20 Mar 2016
 
On Saturday 9th April we'll be running a Mixed 7s fun festival during the day at Taverham followed by an evening of food and drink in the club house. 
 
The event is open to everybody and all you need to do is to register your interest via the website or on the group page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorwichCityHC). 
 
We'll organise teams on the day, you just need to let us know you are coming and we'll do the rest.

Ladies Masters lose out on a trip to the finals
17 Mar 2016
 
Dreams of reaching the final of the Masters Women's 35 were dashed when City travelled early morning cross-country to Bretforton, near Evesham. There, City came up against a strong home side, complete with a full bench and an army of supporters. The final score 1-4, Caroline Illing providing the goal for Norwich City, in a one-on-one with the keeper. Caroline kept her cool slotting it home past the keeper at the left post. A splash of bubbly went down well, feeling proud that we had reached the final 4 teams in the country! Here's to next season.

England Selection
15 Mar 2016
 
Congratulations to Ladies 2's player Sally Rose who has been called up to be part of the England Ladies Over 45's training squad.. We look forward to seeing her in an England shirt later in the year.

Varsity Hockey for a fourth Club Member
15 Mar 2016
 
It has emerged that we had a fourth club member playing in a Cambridge Oxford Varsity Hockey match. Oscar Marshall turned out for the victorious Oxford Mens team. Also Congratulations to our Norwich School boys who beat Eastbourne College 4-2 in a warm-up match prior to the Varsity matches.

Exciting final weekend of hockey with so much still up for grabs...
14 Mar 2016
 
What an exciting end to the season it is proving to be and with 8 games at Taverham this weekend the atmosphere at home should see a great conclusion to the season for so many of our teams still battling out for those final important league positions: 
 
M1 - 3 teams 1 point apart battling for final promotion spot into Prem A 
> away at Felixstowe 
 
L1 - amongst 4 teams still battling for those much sought after two promotion slots 
> away at Lindum  
 
M2 - secured promotion "ages ago" in a fantastic season for the 2s 
> home to Camb City (14:30) 
 
L2 - a great finish to the season with a win to secure a deserving third place 
> away at Pelicans 
 
M3 - top of the league, a win to be league champions, a point for promotion, three top teams battling it out 
> home against third placed Magpies (16:00) 
 
L3 - great results against top league sides has seen them finish a respectable mid table 
> away at promotion fighting Magpies 
 
M4 - vital point last weekend secures them Div 3NE hockey again next season 
> away at North Norfolk 
 
L4 - promoted already with one game to go and seeing 3 city teams in Norfolk Prem next season 
> home to Watton (13:45) 
 
M5 - sitting comfortable with a win this weekend to secure a respectable mid table spot 
> home against Magpies (11:30) 
 
L5 - sitting second and battling out for that final promotion spot 
> home to Watton (16:45) 
 
M6 - both 6s and 7s sitting in the top half, who will finish above the other after this weekend 
> away at UEA 
 
L6 - a final win and all the hard work will give them an excellent mid table finish 
> home to Dragons (10:45) 
 
M7 - great top half position but without the two conceeded games they could now have been promoted 
> home to Ipswich Cranes (12:15) 
 
L7 - a win could see them finish third in what has been a great first league season for the 7s 
> home to Lowestoft (15:15) 
 
MD - one final win and a hopefully rewarding mid table finish for our boys 
> away to Magpies 
 
LD - all very close with so many games left so it is still up to play for the top two spots 
> away at Watton 
 
10:45 - L6 
11:30 - M5 
12:15 - M7 
13:00 
13:45 - L4 
14:30 - M2 
15:15 - L7 
16:00 - M3 
16:45 - L5 
 
Then hang around in the bar for a beer and watch England hopefully get that final win in what is shaping up to be some fantastic Six Nations rugby :) 
 
Good luck this weekend everybody... 
 
Pies

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 14/3/16
7 Mar 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 14th March, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
This is the last one of the season, thank you to everyone who has helped this season. 
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Varsity Hockey for three former members
7 Mar 2016
 
Yesterday saw the Annual Varsity Hockey matches between Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Three former club members were participating for Cambridge, Sophie Mullan and Freddie Briscoe for the Women who were beaten 2-1 and Joe Rich for the Men who won 2-1. Congratulations to all three.

PROUD OUTING ON OLYPMIC PITCH FOR THE LADIES MASTERS
7 Mar 2016
 
Congratulations to the Ladies Masters Over 35's squad who after beating Wapping Ladies 1-0 away at Lee Valley are now through to the national semi-finals which is being hosted by Bretforton in Worchestershire Sunday 13th March. A win could see the team back at Lee Valley in April for the finals! Good luck ladies.

Quiz Night
2 Mar 2016
 
Please don't forget it NCHC Quiz Night this coming Saturday in the clubhouse at Taverham. 
 
If you haven't told your captain you are coming please register through the club website. 
 
Your support at these events is crucial and we hope to see you there.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 29/2/16
22 Feb 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 29th February, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 29th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
29/02 14/03 28/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

FACEBOOK ISSUE
22 Feb 2016
 
We must apologise for the inconvenience currently being caused by our on going Facebook issue. For some reason not know to us, news is not displaying on the group.  
 
We (cough Pies cough) are working our best to fix the problem.

RIP Gareth Wilson
22 Feb 2016
 
NCHC was saddened to hear the death of Gareth Wilson. Gareth was father to Tom Wilson who also tragically killed in a hockey training accident, whislt playing for Old Loughts.  
 
Gareth passed away at the age of just 63, our thoughts are with Lisa & Pippa after these tragic few months. RIP both Gareth & Tom

SUNDAY ACTION!
22 Feb 2016
 
Free this Sunday? Then why not come along to Taverham and watch a hat-fall of Hockey. 
 
The Mens 1st team are in cup action as they face Bourne Deeping in the Quarter Finals of the Mens Vase, they play at 14:30 on the H20 pitch. Just before the 1s, the Under 14 girls face Harleston Magpies with a win for City meaning they can qualify for the regional finals, starting at 13:00. 
 
If that wasn't enough, Norwich have yet again been asked to host a regional finals event, as this year we are holding the Under 16 Girls East Regional Finals. City's Under 16s girls who finished 2nd in their group will welcome, Stourport, Buckingham and Saffron Walden to Taverham. The round robin tournament will run 10:30 to 17:00 on the sand pitch with matches going on throughout the day, with the winners qualifying for the national finals. 
 
Good Luck to all City teams with their games, lets see some trophy's at the dinner dance!

Under 16 Girls Through to Regional Finals
18 Feb 2016
 
Congratulations to the Under 16 Girls who after beating Norwich Dragons 7-4 are now through to the regional finals, which will be hosted by Norwich City.  
 
The girls will welcome Stourport, Buckingham and Saffron Walden to Taverham in a round-robin tournament with the winners travelling to the national finals.  
 
We wish good luck to the girls and hope they repeat last years successful year which saw the Under 14 girls reach the national finals.

SOCIALS
18 Feb 2016
 
Please can you let us know either through email to publicity@norwichcityhc.co.uk or by accepting your facebook event invitation.  
 
It really helps us plan events effectively when you let us know if you can come!

Safeguarding Awareness Training
18 Feb 2016
 
Norwich City Club's new Welfare Officer Gemma Sargent, along with Annika MacDonald, our holding a Safe guarding awareness training session at Taverham on Thursday 25th February, starting at 7 at Taverham High School (TRF).  
 
As safeguarding and protecting young people (under 18 years) at our club is the responsibility of the welfare officer, it is also yours as a club member. As an adult in a position of trust and power over young people it is everyone's role to protect from harm. However, it is also our responsibility to safeguard everyone within our hockey club, adults alike, as part of 'The Hockey Family'.  
 
By agreeing to your DBS check you are already partaking in the safeguarding and protecting of young people, however do you know how to identify when a young person is at risk and how to report concerns? 
 
On Thursday 25th February 2016, we are holding our very own safeguarding awareness training session at TRF, 19:00-20:30, to answer the above and any other questions you may have around safeguarding, and inform you of relevant policies and procedures (poster attached). England Hockey state that we are required to 'provide you with appropriate education and training to all those people who work with young people in hockey'. 
 
The session is mandatory for club captains, coaches, executives and officials to attend, it is expected that at least the captain or vice from each team will attend. We have tried to make it as practical as possible with video examples, to make what you learn transferrable and worthwhile. Feedback will be welcomed and nibbles on hand.

Make a Note in your diary!
12 Feb 2016
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance has been now been booked and will be held on Saturday 28th May 2016.  
 
The Venue is Sunningdale Suite, Dunston Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich. 
 
Ticket Prices - £39 per adult - £34 U18/Unemployed  
(This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!) 
 
Arrival - 6.30pm-7.15pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm 
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PAYPAL or by cheque or by cash to either longy (Karren Dagless or your captain). 
 
Ordering tickets and your menu choices will be on our website shortly.

CUP Round-UP
10 Feb 2016
 
Congratulations to Mens 1st team squad who after beating Spalding (2-1) in the Mens trophy now face a home tie against Bourne Deeping on Sunday February 28th in the quarter finals. The mixed team are also still in the competition as they face East London on February 21st in the England Mixed Cup. The Ladies over 35's are also through to the quarter finals of the cup after they beat Pelicans, they now face an away trip to Wapping on February 28th. The Under 14 Boys are through to the regional finals after they beat Norwich Dragons 5-0 on Sunday, the Under 16 / 14 girls both have chances off joining them at the same stage. We wish all these teams good luck in their respective competitions.

Facebook Issue
10 Feb 2016
 
Please note that currently we are going through a facebook issue so please check the website and twitter for news, results and match reports. Until this matter is resolved, sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Upcoming Socials
10 Feb 2016
 
Listed below are the current planned Social Events;  
 
March 5th - Quiz Night 
March 26th - NCHC End of Season Party (PLEASE NOTE DATE HAS CHANGED) 
April 9th - Mixed 7s Day 
May 28th - Dinner Dance. 
 
Facebook Events and the Website will be updated on Saturday, please let us know whether you can attend or not and we can plan accordingly.

Dinner Dance
10 Feb 2016
 
The date for the Dinner Dance has been named and it is Saturday 28th May. This year it will be held at Dunston Hall. Times and Menus will be confirmed in due course and you will be available to sign up via the website.

Fantasy League Transfer
10 Feb 2016
 
If you are a member of the fantasy league please remember you now have on free transfer, make sure you make it count, you only get one!

Match Day Summary
10 Feb 2016
 
The Ladies 1st team had a difficult day as they lost 3-1 at home to league leaders Saffron Walden. A goal and player of the match performance from Hannah Phillips wasn't enough as the Ladies slipped to defeat, despite the loss the Ladies remain 2nd but now rely on others to slip up with their games in hand. The 1st team face Wisbeach away on Saturday. The Ladies 2nd team kept up their hopes on promotion with a 3-0 away win at Evergreens. After missing numerous chances and short corners the Ladies had to wait for a well-placed strike from Felicity Williams to take the lead. After the break Jess Wilson scored twice, firstly rounding off a great team goal and then finishing a well-placed cross by Hannah Jarvis. Another good win for the 2s as they head into the break. Ladies 3rd XI suffered a disappointing 1-0 away loss at Carrow, City created numerous chances in the 1st half but failed to convert before Carrow scored a freaky goal when it deflected off Alex Woods foot. In the 2nd half City's strikers had chances but it wasn't there day and Carrow managed to hold on for a 1-0 win. The 3s have a rearranged game next week at Pelicans 2, another tough test. The 4s had one of the results off the weekend as they best top of the league Reepham 2-0 at Taverham. From the start City started really well, Grace Kidner set up Holly Robinson for 1-0 before Hannah Bush made it 2-0 before half time. Reepham came out fighting in the 2nd half but were denied by a POTM performance from Summer Haylock in goal. City now leap-frog Reepham into 2nd with new leaders Diss next up for City, after a two week break. The Ladies 5s had another great win as they best Evergreens 2s 7-0, two from Rachael Phillips as well as goals from Sharon Phillips, Molly Crabtree, Bev Cushion, Heather Tasker and Emily Spencer. The win moves the 5th team back up to 2nd in Division 2 with Norwich Dragons 6s up next for City. The Ladies 6s faced a strong Herlings team but managed to continue their good form with a 4-2 win. Goals from Josine Van Den Berg, Julia Marchant and two from Frances Cooke gave the Ladies 6s their third consecutive win in Division 2. The 7s had a difficult day as they lost 2-0 at home to a strong Breckland team, they remain mid-table in Division 3.  
 
The Mens 1st team were held to a 1-1 draw at Taverham, after Waltham Forest came from behind to take home a point. Jeremy gave the 1st team a great start after scoring within a minute of the start from a well worked short corner. City created many chances but were thwarted but an excellent performance from the Forest keeper. Waltham managed to equalise before half time. Both teams had chances in the 2nd half but neither scored as it remained level, the 1s face league leaders Letchworth on Saturday. The 2nd XI had a difficult day as they lost 5-1 away to league leaders Shefford and Sandy, having hit the post in the minute through Harry Gill the 2s then fell 3 goals down before half time. A goal from Tom Hindle gave city some hope but Shefford and Sandy managed to score two more from short corners as they sealed comfortable victory. With that S & S have almost sealed the league but 2nd place is still very much on for the 2nd XI, with Sudbury at home another massive game. The 3rd XI picked up another win and remain top of Division 3. After starting poorly they found themselves a goal down however goals from Colman, Gallop and M.Brine gave City a 3-1 lead at half time. A further two goals from Matthew Brine gave himself a hatrick and sealed another 3 points, Sudbury scored a late consolation goal as it finished 5-2. The 4th team picked up a point as they faced Norwich Dragons 3s at home. Having been 2-0 down the 4th team levelled with efforts from Chris Baker and Nathan Taylor, Dragons regained the lead at 3-2 before Chris Baker levelled in the 2nd half at 3-3, City had plenty of chances to take the lead but failed to convert as it finished all square. The 5th team were unlucky to go down 4-3 at Ipswich Cranes. Al Paterson scored an early short corner before Shaun Ferris made it 2-0 with a good finish. Cranes pulled one back before the break. After the break the big moment game when keeper Aisthorpe was yellowed and flick given both harshly, the flick was scored and a further two goals were scored whilst Nick Hooper donned the pads. At 4-2, Aisthorpe returned and Ash Bird scored late on to make it 4-3, as City pushed they created chances but couldn't score as it finished 4-3. The 6th XI lost 5-3, Woodie scored an early goal which opened the flood gates too an exciting game, two goals from Marchant and two from Dragons meant it was 3-2 to City at the break, Dragons scored twice after the break and City were denied a certain stroke when Deakin was brought down as the 6s lost 5-3. The 7s had a tough result as they lost 2-1 away to rivals Harleston Magpies, Geoff Spencer scoring City's goal, as the 7s remain mid-table in Division 6 North East.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 15/2/16
8 Feb 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 15th February, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 15th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
15/02 29/02 14/03 28/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

NCHC News Update
3 Feb 2016
 
RESULTS ROUND-UP 
 
After another Saturday has gone past, this week was a mixed day for the club with 5 defeats across the Mens and Ladies teams. The Mens 1st team had a difficult away trip to 3rd place Spalding when a goal from Dave Skinner and a man of the match performance from keeper Rees Leonard wasn't enough to save the 1s from a 2-1 defeat. However the defeat still keeps the 1s 2nd in Prem B 2 points ahead of Spalding. The 2s season however kept on going as they recorded a comfortable 4-1 home win over local rivals Norwich Dragons. Still buzzing from the previous week's 8-0 win over Dereham, the 2s continued their good form scoring twice in the 1st half from Gill and Land, Cheesman added two more in the 2nd half before Dragons scored a consolation goal. The result keeps the 2s second, as they go into next week's game against league leaders Shefford and Sandy. The 3rd XI also kept up their good season as they remain top of Division 3 with a 3-1 home win over Lowestoft Railway. City started the game well and scored through a Chris Perry short corner, Railway however thought back and equalised before the break. Two goals from Matthew Brine in the 2nd half however settled the game for City, as they remain top. The 4s had a difficult afternoon as they lost 6-3 away to Norwich Dragons 2s goals from Lewis Goodall, Dan Phillips and Chris Baker, they still however remain a safe distance away from the relegation zone in Division 3. The 5th team had tough day as they faced top of the league IES 3s. The 1st half was one to forget as they were 4-0 down, an injury to goal keeper Aisthorpe and a 5th goal at the start of the 2nd half didn't improve things however goals from Ady Marr, Ali Clabburn and the returning Charlie Horn gave the home side hope of an unlikely comeback however IES were a strong outfit and sealed out the win with two late goals. The 6s also had a difficult day against a strong Ipswich 4s side, a goal from Mark Bailey was the only positive the 6s could take from their away day in Suffolk, as they remain mid-table. The 7s returned to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 win over Norfolk Nomads, Andrew Baitey was one of the star performers with one goal either side of half time, Julian Blake had earlier opened the scoring before Nomads levelled at 1-1. Baitey then scored for a lead at half time. In the 2nd half the game was open but another good finish by Baitey and a 4th from Tom Symington gave the 7s a comfortable victory. 
 
The Ladies 1st team had to come from 2-0 to battle back to a 3-3 draw, after going 2-0 down in the 1st half the Ladies had to fight back to take anything back to Norfolk. Two well taken goals from Rachael Reynolds made it all square before Cambridge regained the lead, before Suzy Mitchell converted a penalty corner goal as it finished 3-3. The 2nd XI had a great win as they beat local rivals Norwich Dragons 3s 1-0, going into the weekend lying in 5th (Dragons 2nd) the 2s knew it was a big game and responded with a clinical finish from Leigh Ann-Worrall in the 2nd half. The game was fairly opened with City having the better of chances and Serena Scott making some decent saves in the City goal. Overall a positive result for the 2s with the chance of promotion still in their sights. The Ladies 3s had a good win away at Evergreens. Two goals in the 1st half from Emily Anthony and Caroline Illing gave the 3s a two goal lead in what was an even 1st half. In the second half the 3s were much better and created several openings and it was disappointing they didn't win by a clearer margin. Ladies 4 XI had a difficult home game against a strong Norwich Dragons team, Maddie Anthony equalised from the penalty spot after Dragons had taken the lead early on, both teams created chances but it finished all square. Both teams still have promotion chances with the 4th team taking on Reepham in a massive game next weekend. The Ladies 5s continued their great season with a 3-1 away win at Harleston Magpies, Magpies scored first but goals from Rachael Phillips and two from Molly Crabtree meant that the score finished 3-1 to the away side. The 5s remain 2nd with Beccles being their closest rivals (games in hand). The 6s continued their good form with an away win over Evergreens, two goals from Frances Cooke and another from Julia Marchant meant the 6s left Holt with another 3 points. The 7s lost 1-0 away to Loddon, in what was an unfortunate defeat.  
 
TRAINING 
 
It is important for all players to make sure they can still attend training when possible. With many teams still chasing promotion and places higher up available it is important that players attend training to keep up fitness and skills.  
 
AVAILABILITY 
 
Please make sure now that you have logged onto the website and complete your availability for at least February and if possible March. Our captains do excellent jobs each week raising up sides and it makes there jobs so much easier when availability is done on the website. 
 
GK TRAINING 
 
If anyone is ever available to help out with goal keeper training sessions then please can they make themselves known to Joby. Goal keepers are very important within the club (its always nice to keep the ball out!) so they need all the practise they can get. If you can offer ant spare time to fire some balls at our keepers on a Monday night between 6:30-8:00 or 8:00-9:30 then please let us know. Any help is much appreciated.  
 
BALLS  
 
As with every season the ball counter is going down each week, please can we have a look in bags and homes to see if any club balls have gone missing. We need balls for training and matches on a Saturday and without them it certain drills can become difficult and warm's up near impossible. Please have a look every ball matters! 
 
SPORT RELIEF HOCKEY FESTIVAL 
 
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 16:00  
Venue: Sportspark, UEA, Norwich  
Hockey clubs from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambs are invited to enter a mixed hockey festival to raise money for Sport Relief on Sunday March 20 at Sportspark in Norwich. The festival will include a mixed adult tournament and mixed junior tournament (under 16), As the emphasis is on a fun event all teams are required to wear fancy dress with tops of the same colour(s). There will be a prize for the best dressed team. There will be trophies for the winning team. Umpires will be provided. The cost of entry is £100 per team (Just £10 per player if you bring a squad of 10) and the money will go to Sport Relief. Please follow this link to enter: http://www.activenorfolk.org/events/2016/03/sport-relief-hockey-festival 
 
NOTICE BOARD 
 
We need to fill up our notice board and we need your help! Do you have any old teams photos or news articles NCHC related which we can put on our board. Anything you have which would look good on the board please email or bring it to Lingy (thomasling14@gmail.com) 
Gabriel Inch's Run for Charity 
Here is a message from Gabes, we do hope you can support him and donate: 
"I'm running the London Marathon for ActionAid - a charity currently working to shelter and look after refugees from Syria who are fleeing civil war and ISIS.  
In the past they have campaigned for the rights and wellbeing of women in children in the developing world, and need our support in everything they do. So if you could spare any money to sponsor me as I pound through hundreds of miles of training before the big day in April, I would be extremely grateful" 
https://www.justgiving.com/gabriel-inch/ - Please give what you can. Good Luck Gabes! 
 
MATCH REPORTS 
 
Please can captains make sure they place someone in charge to do a Match Report yet again the season had been poor for getting reports in. Either POTM of TYFC is an easy way to place the role onto someone. If match reports don't get we can't publicise your team very well and nor can the local papers! 
 
If you have any other news articles which you would like to see on the website, please email thomasling14@gmail.com and we will look to get it out on next week's edition.

Umpires and Volunteers still needed for Sunday's Mini-Hockey Tornament
29 Jan 2016
 
On Sunday, 31 Jan, the club hosts a mini-hockey tournament where approximately 40 teams will be competing. 
 
We could still use a few more volunteers to help with the kitchen, cake stall and bar.  
 
The tournament runs from 9.15am - 5.00pm. If you can spare some time even if it's only an hour please contact Sarah Anthony 0796 8243970 or Ali. 
 
Lingy is also after one or two more umpires/young umpires for the afternoon.

Sport Relief Hockey Festival
28 Jan 2016
 
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 16:00 
 
Venue: Sportspark, UEA, Norwich 
 
Hockey clubs from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambs are invited to enter a mixed hockey festival to raise money for Sport Relief on Sunday March 20 at Sportspark in Norwich. 
 
The festival will include a mixed adult tournament and mixed junior tournament (under 16) 
 
As the emphasis is on a fun event all teams are required to wear fancy dress with tops of the same colour(s). There will be a prize for the best dressed team 
 
There will be trophies for the winning team. 
 
Umpires will be provided 
 
The cost of entry is £100 per team (Just £10 per player if you bring a squad of 10) and the money will go to Sport Relief 
 
Please follow this link to enter: http://www.activenorfolk.org/events/2016/03/sport-relief-hockey-festival

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 1/2/16
24 Jan 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 18th January, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 1st but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
01/02 15/02 29/02 14/03 28/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Norwich City U16 Boys just Miss Out on a Semi Final Spot at the Nationals
24 Jan 2016
 
 
After a good first day at the Indoor National Finals, City's second started with a tough fixture against top Club Surbiton. Surbiton had decimated every other club in the Group and it looked to be going that way as they pulled away to a 3-0 lead at half-time. However, the tide turned for City when Dan Phillips intercepted a square pass and slipped the ball under the goalkeeper. Surbiton restored their 3 goal lead before City surged back with two goals: firstly Josh Bailey scored a penalty stroke after good work from James Hewett and Ben Withers, and then Jake Cushion scored in the corner to take it to 4-3. Surbiton looked shell-shocked as City attacked relentlessly, but sadly could not get the equaliser before the final hooter sounded. What a game! 
 
In a tight group, City knew that a win in the last game against Thirsk would see them through to a semi-final spot. City dominated the first half but just could not get the final touch on goal. Then, against the run of play, Thirsk broke away and scored. The game continued in the same vein but nothing seemed to run for City who ended on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline, with the sole Norwich goal coming from Rob Duffy at a short corner. 
 
Despite being disappointed about what might have been, the City Boys played tremendous hockey all weekend, were a credit to the Club and won a lot of admirers for their brand of hockey. Highlights were beating Cannock and taking Surbiton (who went on to be crowned champions) to the wire.  
 
Congratulations to all the squad: Ben Millett (gk), Josh Bailey (captain), Jake Cushion, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Declan Ordish, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Ben Withers

City's U16 Boys Well Placed in the Indoor National Finals
23 Jan 2016
 
Norwich City U16 Boys played some excellent hockey today at the National Indoor Finals at Wolverhampton and are nicely poised in second place in their group with everything still to play for tomorrow. 
 
City's first game against premier club Cannock started badly, conceding a goal in the first minute. After that it was all City, with a well-worked routine seeing Rob Duffy deflecting in a Josh Bailey short corner for the equaliser, followed by two excellent solo goals from James Hewett and Duffy. With Ben Millett in goal making some excellent saves, Jake Cushion scored City's 4th before Cannock got a late consolation goal to make the final score 4-2 to City. 
 
City's second game against Ashmoor was a very tight affair. Ashmoor went ahead after a City clearance off the backline was adjudged worthy of a penalty flick. City fought back with Duffy flicking the ball home for the equaliser at a scrappy short-corner. The game hinged on a couple of decisions, with City ending up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline in a game where they had most of the possession. 
 
Nevertheless, City finish the day second in the group of five clubs and a good performance tomorrow could see City progress to the semi-finals as one of the top two teams.

Ladies 7s and Mens
22 Jan 2016
 
Please anyone in the club who can play on Saturday for the Ladies 7s or any Mens side make them selves known. It is crucial we try are best to get sides out on a Saturday so that we don't louse any points!

Ladies 1, 2, 3 4 cancelled this evening
20 Jan 2016
 
The Ladies 1, 2, 3, 4 coaching sessions are cancelled as the pitches are freezing

Mens Training
20 Jan 2016
 
We here at NCHC know that it is difficult sometimes to work with half a pitch at a training but it is important that we try and not smack balls over the fence on either side of the pitch. 
 
Last night we lost over 10 balls from people either shooting or blasting the ball over the fences hardly any of the balls we fire over are returned and it costs the club a lot of money and it keeps adding up! 
 
Please in future can we think twice before taking a shot or making a clearance and try to save the number of balls we louse. Thank You!

Mens training is ON this evening
19 Jan 2016
 
Men's training is currently going ahead this evening. Pitches have thawed and temperature not due to drop until later.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training
18 Jan 2016
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels. 
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you. 
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs 
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs 
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting! 
 
The next training session is the 18th January, If you can help please contact us using the details below. 
 
If you are unable to help with the 18th but can help with another session below is a list of dates. 
18/01 01/02 15/02 29/02 14/03 28/03 
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via 
email: jobii2710@gmail.com 
or 
Phone: 07584124158

Norwich City's Notice Board
4 Jan 2016
 
Norwich City's Notice Board has been looking pretty bare and boring all season having been emptied and cleared at the start. NCHC would like to know if anyone who has an interest in the club from parents to spectators, what to put on the board! 
 
If you have any ideas or anything like team photos or news articles from the paper which you would like to see on the board then please let us know by emailing: publicity@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Training
3 Jan 2016
 
We hope that you all have had a great festive period and enjoyed a nice break from the back to back Saturdays off league hockey. 
 
Training attendance this year has been excellent with great numbers turning out each week despite some terrible weather conditions in some weeks. Training starts up again next week (January 4th) with the training schedule the same; 
 
Mondays:  
Goal keeping training fortnightly starting January 4th; 
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
Tuesdays: 
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens Devs 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th  
8.00pm - 10.00pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
Wednesdays: 
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Back To Hockey (Mens and Ladies)  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Beginners (Mens and Ladies of all standards)  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 5th, 6th, 7th, Ladies Devs 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 3rd, 4th  
 
With chances to push for higher teams and with 10 teams competing in promotion chasing seasons, it is really important that we continue to attend training. We hope to see you there.

Bank Holiday Hockey
25 Dec 2015
 
NCHC hopes that everyone had a great Christmas and they all got what they wanted on the special day. We hope that you all didn't have to much to drink and eat over the special period but there is a chance to run off any Christmas confections as the club meets up on Bank Holiday Monday for some fun mixed hockey. 
 
Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun, meeting at 12:30 in the clubhouse to start at 12:45 and then finishing at 2:15 with the clubhouse and bar being open after that, we encourage members to bring along any nibbles, cakes or mince pies they may have left over to share around the clubhouse after. 
 
It is important to let us know your interest by email the team via the website or by accepting the Facebook invitation sent to you via the group.  
 
Lets hope this event is well attended and enjoyed by all!

Tables Update and MERRY CHRISTMAS
20 Dec 2015
 
We are over half way during the current season so lets have a look where our current teams our in their league tables; 
 
Mens 1s (Premier B) - 2nd  
Mens 2s (Division 2N) - 2nd 
Mens 3s (Division 3NE) - 2nd 
Mens 4s (Division 3NE) - 10th 
Mens 5s (Division 4NE) - 6th 
Mens 6s (Division 6NE) - 5th 
Mens 7s (Division 7NE) - 4th 
 
Ladies 1s (Division 1N) - 1st 
Ladies 2s (Prem Division) - 4th 
Ladies 3s (Prem Division) - 7th 
Ladies 4s (Division 1) - 2nd 
Ladies 5s (Division 2) - 1st 
Ladies 6s (Division 2) - 7th 
Ladies 7s (Division 3) - 4th 
 
Overall City have 6 teams currently in promotion spots with a further 4 teams chasing promotion, what a great start to the season for all, lets hope it all continues in the New Year.  
 
Norwich City Hockey Club wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you all in 2016!.

Ladies Training
17 Dec 2015
 
After the final session we've had this week, the Ladies training for this year has come to an end and will start again on Wednesday January 6th. 
 
We hope you all have a good Christmas break.

Mens season so far...
14 Dec 2015
 
With just over half the season all over; now its time to have a look at how are teams are doing and how high or low they are in their respective tables, starting with the Men before looking at the Ladies.  
 
The Men's 1st team have had a great season so far and sit 2nd in Prem B and have a four point gap to 3rd place Saffron Walden. The season started well with convincing wins over Magpies, Wisbeach and Long Sutton, however a 4-3 loss away to Saffron Walden tested the 1st team's commitment, however a fantastic 8-2 win (C.Wardale 2, G.Inch 2, S.Tomlinson, G.Marchant, D.Skinner, N.Jones) the following week over 2nd placed (at the time) Spalding, followed up with a comfortable 4-0 away win at Waltham Forest settled any nerves. Up next was the big one as City entertained league leaders Letchworth at Taverham, despite taking a 2-0 lead (J.Elliot, S.Paterson) City had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Wins over Peterborough, IES, Felixstowe and Magpies made for Happy Christmas in 2nd place for City's 1s, captained by Chris Wardale.  
 
The 2nd team have made an equally good start to the season led by skipper Tom Hindle, despite a shaky start to the season with only 4 points from 3 games, City turned it around and then picked up 24 from their next 9. City beat local rivals Dereham and Norwich Dragons both comfortable 5-0, as well as recording a 3-1 win over league leaders Shefford and Sandy thanks to a Tom Cox hatrick. Despite a 5-1 loss away to Sudbury, the 2s kept up their standards and recorded comfortable victories over Bury St Edmunds 8-2, St Ives 4-1 (S.Wardle 4) and most recently Cambridge Nomads 6-1 (T.Hindle 4). The 2s lie 2nd in Division 2 North and have a four point gap to take into the 2nd half of the season.  
 
Just like the Men's 1s and Men's 2s the 3rd XI are also having a fantastic season in Division 3 North East they currently are 2nd in the league led by Paul Gallop. Despite only drawing there 1st game against North Norfolk, City went onto to win their next 5 games beating N City 4, Pelicans, Norwich Dragons, Lowestoft and Sudbury, a disappointing loss to Felixstowe ended the run before they beat Newmarket 3-2 at Taverham (C.Perry, M.Brine, P.Gallop). A draw with Dragons before they faced three big games, IES (3rd), Magpies (1st) and North Norfolk (4th). City started with good 2-1 victory at home to IES (C.Perry 2) before suffering a 4-3 away loss to Magpies (M.Brine, C.Perry, A.Shearer) however the 3s ended the year with a fantastic 5-0 away victory to N.Norfolk (M.Brine, M.Fretwell, C.Perry, B.Cushion, M.Circuit). The 3s have a great chance off achieveing promotion, in what is a closely fought league.  
 
Norwich City's 4th XI have had an up and down season recording some brilliant and disappointing results. They started the season with a string of 4 defeats before picking up their first point with a draw to Norwich Dragons 2, however this was followed by two further defeats to Dragons 3s and IES 2s before the 4s recorded an excellent 1-0 away win at Lowestoft Railway with Jon Kidner scoring. They lost the following week to league leaders Magpies (6-4) before they beat North Norfolk 1-0 (T.Armstrong) and beat Felixstowe 3-1 (J.Kidner 2, T.Armstrong). The 4s are currently winning the battle to stay up and lie 10th in Division 3.  
 
The 5XI lead by John Ingham lie in the top half off a strong Division 4 table. Starting the season with a defeat to leaguer leaders Bury and a defeat away to North Norfolk, the 5s then beat Newmarket 2 and Ipswich 3. The suffered a big loss in Suffolk before going on a 5 match unbeaten run beating UEA, Pelicans and Dragons in that period, the 4s finished with defeats to Magpies and Bury again before Christmas but the 4s have plenty to celebrate sitting comfortable in the top of half of the table.  
 
The 6XI have had a very mixed start to the season, led yet again by Peter Wright and Dave Woodward. The 6s started slowly with defeats to Bury, N City 7 and IES but a 5-3 victory over Pelicans (D.White 3, S.Deakin and D.Woodward). Despite a very unlucky 1-0 defeat to Ipswich, the 6s beat N Dragons 5-1, Norfolk Nomads 4-1 and Magpies 2-0. A draw against UEA was another highlight before a fantastic 1-0 victory over league leaders Bury St Edmunds with David White scoring. The 6s lie 5th in the table and have one game in hand to gain even more points.  
 
The 7s have also had a proactive start to the season in a wide open Division 6 North East. The 7s led by Ali Wardale started the season by beating N.City 6, Norwich Dragons 5, Norfolk Nomads 1 and recorded a good home draw against Harleston Magpies (3-3). They then lost to 1st and 2nd in the league respectively before recording three wins in a row with a 4-0 win away to Ipswich 4s (T.Symington 4), a 4-2 win over Norfolk Nomads (L.Goodall, G.Spencer, B.Chapman, L.Allsop) and then a 6-1 win over Ipswich Cranes (L.Allsop 2, G.Spencer, D.Broadway, A.Baitey, T.Symington) Despite losing to UEA 6-1 in their final game before chirstmas the 7s still finished the season in a fantastic position of 4th.  
 
Well Done to all!

Mens Training
13 Dec 2015
 
After last weeks fun summer 7s, the Mens training for the year has come to an end and will start again January 5th. We hope you all have a good Christmas break.

Norwich City U16 Boys Qualify for National Indoor Hockey Finals
12 Dec 2015
 
Norwich City U16 Boys have qualified for the National Indoor Hockey Finals following a fantastic unbeaten performance in the Regional Tournament in Colchester today. City beat Both Saffron Walden and Sudbury before drawing the final game against Old Loughtonians to qualify comfortably. 
 
Having recently won the Norfolk Championship, City's U16s arrived at the Essex University Sports Hall full of confidence. City's first game was against Cambridgeshire champions Saffron Walden. Despite City's dominance, the game was neck and neck until the last few minutes when City edged ahead to win 5-3, goals courtesy of a Rob Duffy hat-trick and one apiece for Dan Phillips and Josh Bailey. 
 
City's next opposition were Suffolk Champions Sudbury. In a closely fought game, City drew ahead 5-3, before Sudbury grabbed a consolation goal at the death. Harry Paterson, Jake Cushion, Duffy, Phillips and Bailey all grabbing a goal apiece, the pick being a superb solo effort from Phillips. 
 
Finally City met Essex Champions Old Loughts, with both teams having already qualified for the Nationals with two wins out of two. Nevertheless it was a highly competitive and end-to-end game, with City keeper Ben Millett making some excellent saves. Old Loughts went 1-0 up just before half time, but City fought back, with Bailey scoring the equaliser. City finished the stronger with both James Hewitt and Ben Withers coming close, before the match ended at 1-1. Despite not being quite as clinical as we would have wanted, the City Boys had a great day with two convincing wins and a draw. 
 
Norwich City will now represent the East Region at the National Indoor Hockey Finals in Wolverhamption on 23 and 24 January. Congratulations to all involved.

U16 Norwich School Indoor Success
8 Dec 2015
 
Norwich school U16 Boys Indoor are through to the two-day National Finals at Whitgift, Croydon on 15 & 16 Jan 2016 with two pools of five. 
 
The squad of ten included six City boys (James Hewett, Josh Bailey, Jake Cushion, Dan Philips, Harry Paterson & Rob Duffy); three from Dragons (Ben Watson, Ben Nkrumah (GK) & Charlie Nunn) and one from Magpies (Cameron Woodcock). 
 
They faced five schools at the Regional round hosted by Bedford School and finished top by winning four of the five in a closely contested round-robin. 
 
This coming Saturday all the City boys are in action at University of Essex, Colchester with just three thirty minute games separating them from a place in the Indoor Club National Finals. 
 
NCHC would like to congratulate the boys on their achievement and wish them the best of luck on Saturday when the represent City at the Indoor Club National Finals.

Mens 7 a Side, Social Hockey - Tuesday 8th December
7 Dec 2015
 
With training and most league matches finished for the year. The Mens teams have a chance to unwind and play in some fun social hockey tomorrow night at Taverham. The usual start time of 8pm, we will warm up, get into teams and then play for fun... 
 
Hope to see as many players there as possible!

INSPIRE, ENABLE, SUPPORT
7 Dec 2015
 
INSPIRE, ENABLE, SUPPORT 
 
Sunday, 5th December 2015 - Was this just another 5am Sunday morning start, or just another 8 hour road trip, or just another hockey venue (Headington School, Oxford) to tick off and compare facilities and a full day 9am to 4.30pm pitch side watching the kids play hockey, our sport of choice? It's fair to say that this was not 'just another'. This was Very special, this was Selection Day 2015 for the Hockey For Heroes squad. Hockey for Heroes fund raise in support of Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes raise money to help our injured and fallen heroes, and run a series of recovery centres across the country. Read more about the centres and their activities - www.helpforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help 
 
Hockey for Heroes is a squad of hockey players who undertake extreme physical challenges centred around playing hockey, in order to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity. 
 
Sam and Doug Tomlinson, the only juniors taking part, both participated in this selection process. A serious level of hockey was played both morning and afternoon with a fitness test during the middle part of the day, I think something like a 1 and half mile run, a river crossing and back through the river, race up and down a hill and then the run back. Four adults had dropped out at this stage and one got hypothermia so yes it was tough. Amongst those up for selection yesterday were a 60 year old Dad who's son was in the forces and has been paralysed from the chest down (also there yesterday) following an accident whilst serving as well as national league players.  
 
The message we are asked to carry is to raise the awareness of Hockey for Heroes. Many of you know, they sponsored the England Mens team in the 2015 Euros. Two Ambassadors for Hockey for Heroes are and George Pinner, GB and England GK and Andy Halliday, England and GB Manager, who both attended the selection day.  
 
As always when travelling away from home, it's inevitable you will know someone who knows someone from Norfolk. One of the coaches was our own Hannah Jarvis (Ladies 2's) Dad, Mark Jarvis, coaches at Pelis and one of the medical team Emma Gibb, now in the forces but played for Broadland HC, has a sister Ashlyn Gibb who plays in our U10/12 Girls minis. 
 
We will be doing some fundraising ourselves in the New Year and will ask for your support. Meantime, please can you Network Hockey for Heros - Facebook, Tweet and social media or donate by Texting the word HOCKEY to 70900 or visit www.hockeyforheroes.org.uk

Midweek Coaching sessions for December
6 Dec 2015
 
Tuesday 8 December 
This week there will be no Mens Coaching sessions. There may be a social match - watch this space. 
Colin Brown to decide whether a Boys Development Session takes place. 
 
Wednesday 9 December 
Ladies, Development Girls and Back To Hockey sessions as usual. 
 
Tuesday 15 December 
This week there will be no Mens Coaching sessions. There may be a social match - watch this space. 
Colin Brown to decide whether a Boys Development Session takes place. 
 
Wednesday 16 December 
There will be no Ladies 5,6,7 session, Back to Hockey or Girls Development session 
There will be no Ladies 1 and 2 session 
There will be a session for the Ladies 3's who have match on 19 December 
 
Tuesday 22 December, Wednesday 23 December, Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December  
No Sessions 
 
Week Commencing 4 January 
Sessions run as normal.

City U16 Boys Crowned Norfolk Indoor Hockey Champions
21 Nov 2015
 
 
Norwich City U16 Boys triumphed to become Norfolk County Indoor Hockey Champions in a high quality competition at Norwich School this evening. City started off against Dragons with a fine 5-1 win, with two goals from James Hewitt and one apiece for Ben Withers, Josh Bailey and Rob Duffy.  
 
With Magpies also beating Dragons, the final game was a winner takes all thriller between two strong teams. In an end-to-end game, City went ahead three times only for Magpies to claw themselves back into the match. With Ben Millett making some great saves in City's goal and excellent work from Harry Paterson and Declan Ordish, City finally secured a 6-5 win with a sensational goal from a narrow angle from Duffy. 
 
Congratulations to all involved. The Boys now represent Norfolk in the Regional Indoor Hockey Finals which take place in December.

Use of Taverham Facilities
20 Nov 2015
 
We have received a letter from the Directors of the faciliies at Taverham reminding us of the rules of usage as follows: 
 
1. Teams need to advise the kitchen if their game is delayed, due to late start or delays resulting from injury to players. The kitchen is on a tight time schedule to turn round team refreshments meals every 45 minutes. The kitchen can hold back food if advised there is a delay. 
2. Games need to start promptly on time. With up to 6 games a day on a pitch if there are just 5 minute delays with each game the last game starts 30 minutes after it should do. Barring injury you have a period of 90 minutes to play your 70 minute game plus 5 minute half time leaving 15 minutes for warm up if everyone works at being punctual. Players and umpires to be aware.  
3. The clubroom is often full with players after their game and with 2 pitches on the go the space is cramped. The directors have therefore said that all bags and equipment should be stored in the yellow room or returned to vehicles. This also applies to the corridors as bags in the corridors cause a hazard to an escape route. Please advise your players and visitors to remove all bags to either the yellow room or their cars to maintain all safety exits. Also advise your goalkeepers that they should not kit themselves in the corridors either. 
4. Teams are not allowed to warm up in the school car park as this is deemed to be a Health & Safety issue by the school. Home teams should remind their opposition of this rule. If teams warm up on the grass please ensure players clean their shoes on the brushes provided before entering the pitch.

Ladies fitness Sessions!
15 Nov 2015
 
Don't forget there are Ladies fitness sessions on Mondays up until Christmas, 6:30 at Taverham High School 
 
With only £2.50 for the session!

Ladies fitness Sessions!
9 Nov 2015
 
Some of the Ladies 1st team members are holding indoor Ladies fitness sessions for all Ladies teams in the club. The sessions will start at 6:30 every Monday and will cost 2.50 per session and will take place at Taverham High School. 
 
Please speak to Danni Sizer or Becca Green for more information!

Junior & Senior Representative Hockey
4 Nov 2015
 
During half term three of our junior members were involved in representative hockey. Harry Paterson and Dan Phillips spent 3 days at a Hi Performance Academy Centre (HiPAC) in Leeds followed by Josh Bailey playing for the Saxon Tigers in the Futures Cup at Cannock. Saxon Tigers beat Wessex Leopards 3-2 in their first match, but then lost 1-2 to Pennine Pumas and 3-5 to Mercia Lynx.  
 
On Sunday Norfolk Over 50's played Cambridgeshire Over 50's in the preliminary round of the East Tournament winning 2-1 to qualify for the semi-fianls. City players involved were John Grange (captain), Al Paterson and Jon Kidner who scored one of the goals along with Ali Wardale who managed the team. 
 
Congratulations to all of the above.

Out With The Old!!!
26 Oct 2015
 
Ever wondered what to do with your old hockey clothing and equipment? Well hears the answer! Norwich City are collecting old hockey sticks, shin pads, gloves, shoes, etc together with our much loved old four quarter shirts (unless you want to hold on to them for retro purposes!). 
 
Why? Norwich City would like to participate in England Hockey's first Targeted Assistance Programme (TAP) called TAP West Africa. This project will see England Hockey support Ghana hockey into developing participation and performance programmes for coaches, umpiring and players which would benefit hockey in West Africa. The concept of this project is hoped to be rolled out across West Africa. 
 
If you (adults, youth and minis) have any old equipment or clothing which you would like to donate please bring it to the clubhouse during half term week. 
 
Thanks

Membership Fees Go Up!
26 Oct 2015
 
At the end of October the Membership fees go up again, so make sure if you haven't paid up yet already, to pay before the end of Saturday.

Fantasy League Shuts this Saturday!
26 Oct 2015
 
This coming Saturday is your last chance to register for NCHC fantasy league for the 2015/16 season. It is absolute free to enter and can be accessed via the club website. A prize is given out to the winner at the Dinner Dance at the end of the season! 
 
Holly Robinson isn't a bad starting point!

Basic First Aid Course Thurs 29th October at TRF - FINAL REMINDER
22 Oct 2015
 
Basic 3 Hour First Aid Course - FOUR places left 
 
On: Thursday 29th October from 6.30-9.30pm  
Where: Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Ave, Taverham NR8 6HP  
Run by Active Norfolk. Cost £23.00. Max 12 places.  
 
Course Information  
 
Coaching assistants, team players and club volunteers would find this workshop useful. No prior first aid experience is required. This course covers the very basics of first aid and it will also provide you with knowledge of how to assess an incident, and what to do next. There are demonstrations of resuscitation and other techniques to deal with injuries such as sprains and strains.  
 
Learning Outcomes:  
Assessing an incident  
Demonstration of resuscitation  
Advice and guidance tailored to your needs  
 
To book your place, please contact Sue Tomlinson (Ladies Club Captain) or Maz Doble (First Aid Officer).

Defib at TRF
16 Oct 2015
 
There is now a defibrillator (if I've spelt that right) behind the bar at TRF. Instructions are included, but there will be some training on using it, so please email me if you'd like to be included. Also, please can anyone who's already had defib training just let me know. Thank you

In2Hockey Camp Thurs 29th Oct 2015
14 Oct 2015
 
To be held at Norwich City HC, TRF, Beech Ave, Taverham NR8 6HP on Thurs 29th Oct during half term from 10am-2.30pm. 
Camp being led by Mary Cheesman. 
 
In2Hockey follows on from Quicksticks. It will be played as a 6-a-side game without goalkeepers on half a pitch. Small teams mean that players get more touches on the ball, increased levels of physical activity, more opportunity for skill development and greater feeling of contribution to the team. 
 
The camp will be aimed at those who already play hockey but those new to the game and wishing to try something new will enjoy a day for young people (7-12 year olds) and be trained by young people. 
 
Cost is £10 for the day but bring a packed lunch. For more details and registration form, please email Sarah Anthony.

Quicksticks Hockey Camp Weds 28th Oct 2015
14 Oct 2015
 
To be held at Norwich City HC, TRF, Beech Ave, Taverham NR8 6HP on Weds 28th October from 10am -2.30pm for 7-12 year olds. The camp is being led by Mary Cheesman, Norfolk Single System Administrator and Level 3 coach. She will be supervising Young Leaders taking their England Hockey Leadership Award. 
 
The day will include warm-up, skills and games and aimed at those who already play hockey and also those new to the game who wish to try something new. Quicksticks is a fun, fast, safe and exciting game. 
 
Cost is £10 and bring a packed lunch.  
Contact Sarah Anthony for further details and registration form.

EH 3-day Leadership Award Course Oct 2015 Half Term
14 Oct 2015
 
Date: Tues 27th, Weds 28th & Thurs 29th Oct 
Place: Norwich City HC, TRF, Beech Ave, Taverham, NR8 6HP 
Award Course being led by Level 3 Coach Mary Cheesman 
Aimed at young adults, school years 7-13 who wish to gain confidence and qualifications in Quicksticks and In2Hockey leadership and communication skills. 
Content: classroom and pitch time with the purpose of delivering and umpiring the Quicksticks and In2Hockey games and organising a festival. 
Useful skills taught for leadership and volunteering for Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizenship Service, etc 
For further information and registration forms, please email Sarah

Futures Cup and HiPAC success
8 Oct 2015
 
Following the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) Tier 1 competition the following club members have been selected to either play in the Futures Cup or attend High Performance Assessment Centres (HiPAC) 
 
U15 Boys - HiPAC 
Harry Paterson 
Dan Phillips 
 
U16 Boys - Saxon Tigers 
Josh Bailey 
 
Harry & Dan will attend a 3 day camp in Leeds at the end of this month, whilst Josh will attend a 3day tournament at Cannock HC again at the end of this month. 
 
In addition a number of former members have also been selected to attend 
 
U16 Girls - Saxon Tigers 
Lauren Rowe 
 
U17 Girls - HiPAC 
Abby Gooderham 
Alice Hopgood 
 
U18 Girls - Saxon Tigers 
Maria Andrews 
 
Congratulations to all these players on their achievement.

Basic 3 Hour First Aid Course
8 Oct 2015
 
On: Thursday 29th October from 6.30-9.30pm 
Where: Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Ave, Taverham NR8 6HP 
Run by Active Norfolk. Cost £23.00. Max 12 places. 
 
Course Information 
 
Coaching assistants, team players and club volunteers would find this workshop useful. No prior first aid experience is required. This course covers the very basics of first aid and it will also provide you with knowledge of how to assess an incident, and what to do next. There are demonstrations of resuscitation and other techniques to deal with injuries such as sprains and strains. 
 
Learning Outcomes 
• Assessing an incident 
• Demonstration of resuscitation 
• Advice and guidance tailored to your needs 
 
To book your place, please contact Sarah Anthony.

Norfolk Ladies Win Masters Tournament
27 Sep 2015
 
Norfolk's Over 40s Ladies won their tournament at Peterborough this afternoon. The Ladies beat Cambridgeshire and Essex with 1-0 wins and both goals from Norwich Dragons Marie James. A 0-0 draw in the final game against Suffolk ensured the trophy was safely in Norfolk's hands. Congratulations to the whole squad and especially to those that represent Norfolk from NCHC 
 
Karen Dagless 
Alex Woods 
Caroline Illing 
Jenny Brine 
Maz Doble 
Sally Rose 
Debbie Painter (C)

Fantasy League
27 Sep 2015
 
Its not too late to enter the fantasy league for the new season, don't forget its completely free to enter and there is a prize at the end of the season!! Just head to the NCHC website to join....

Weekend Round Up
23 Sep 2015
 
Ladies Division 1 
Norwich City's Ladies 1st Team started their league season with a fantastic 5-0 win away to last season 3rd place team Bedford 2s. Two goals each from Ellie Brine and Rebecca Green plus a goal from Hannah Phillips gave the Ladies 1st team a great start to the season, the 1s now face Letchworth 1s at home next Saturday as they look to continue their great start to the season.  
 
Empresa Norfolk Leagues 
The Ladies 2nd team suffered their first defeat of the league season as they lost 3-1 away to Harleston Magpies 3, despite only having a bare 11, the 2s put on a good effort with Rachel Gregory scoring, however despite a good effort from POTM Alex Woods, City couldn't pick up any points as they look to next week to return to winning ways. The Ladies 3s picked up a promising first win of the season as they beat Pelicans 2s at home, City started well and found themselves 3-0 up with goals from Caroline Illing, Leonora Wills and Matilda Warde-Aldam. Pelicans pulled one goal back before half time. After the break City continued their good work and made it 4-1 thanks to a goal from Olivia Greenway and that was how it finished, overall a good team performance. The Ladies 4th XI followed up there 9-0 win last week, with a 6-0 win over Magpies 5. Despite starting slowly in the 1st half the in-form Holly Robinson then scored her 11th goal of the season already, 1 soon became 2 for City as Lydia Ellis-Baumber finished well for a 2-0 lead at the interval. After the break some determined attacking play saw another goal for Holly and a perfect hatrick for Rowena Watts as the Ladies ran riot and racked up another thumping win, the 4s face Dereham 4s at home next week another winnable game, as the 4s lie 2nd in the table. Norwich City's Ladies 5s recorded a positive home point against Norwich Dragons 5s, playing well in the 1st City scored just before half time with a good finish from Molly Grabtree, despite a POTM from Maz Doble Dragons eventually levelled in the 2nd half, a Grace Bridger shot hit the post in what was an unlucky moment for City as the game finished level. The Ladies 6th team beat Watton 3rd XI 4-0 at home, goals from Julia Marchant, Sharon Phillips, Maria Marsh and Josine Van Den Berg gave the 6th XI a comfortable home victory, this as the 6s first victory of the season, they face Dragons 5s next Saturday. The 7th XI game was called off.  
 
Mens North East 
Norwich City Mens 1st team had a great start to the league season as they beat local rivals Harleston Magpies 7-1 at Shortford Heath, after a goal less first 10 minutes City were rewarded a penalty flick which was converted by Dave Skinner, 1 soon became 2 as Harry Gill set up Skinner for his second, Tom Cooke then got his first league goal for the 1st team as he scored from a short corner as City lead 3-0 at half time, City scored soon after the break with Gabriel Inch scoring on debut, Cheesman then scored his 1st goal as Norwich lead 5-0, Norwich scored a 6th through Ben Plumb before Harleston pulled one back, at 6-1 captain Chris Wardale scored a simple tap in after good work from Garbriel Marchant to wrap up a comfortable and brilliant opening day win for City. The Mens 2nd XI continued their good start to the season by winning their first league game, as they beat Cambridge Nomads 1-0 at Taverham, early on in the 1st half came the only goal, with Sam Paterson setting up Tom Cox for a simple finish, despite creating many more chances and having much more possession the 2s couldn't add any more goals to the score line as it finished 1-0, the 2s face an away trip next Saturday to UEA 1s, who also picked up an opening day win. Norwich City's Mens 3rd XI started the season with a tough home game against last season's relegated side North Norfolk 1s, despite City creating chances in the 1st half the game remained goal less until 5 minutes into the 2nd half when a couple of deflections inside the City D ended up with a tap in for North Norfolk. City thought back and a good move ended up with a good finish from Ady Marr, City created the better of the chances in an open 2nd half but couldn't find a goal as it finished level. The Mens 4th team had a tough start to the season, travelling to Felixstowe with only a bare 11 which was soon reduced to 10 due to an injury to Kieron Ordish. City worked hard but couldn't cope with Felixstowe attacking threat and conceded five goals, two goals for Jon Kidner was one positive as the 4s face the 3s next week at Taverham. Norwich City 5s had a difficult start to the season as they faced a strong Bury St Edmunds 2s side at Taverham, after going 3-0 down City started to play well and create some chances but failed to score as Bury were deserved winners on the day, the 5s face an away trip to North Norfolk 2s next Saturday. The 6s travelled down to Culford School to face Bury St Edmunds 5s, having only got 10 players with no keeper, the 6s knew it was going to be a tough game but they managed to hold out until 10 minutes to go when Bury scored. Despite the loss the 6s were proud of their efforts and they can return to winning ways when the face Norwich City 7s next week, the 7s game this weekend was called off.

Norfolk Masters East Mens O40s Regional Qualifiers at Taverham on Sunday 27th September (12:00)
21 Sep 2015
 
Norfolk Masters East Mens O40s Regional Qualifiers at Taverham on Sunday 27th September (12:00 start for Norfolk vs Lincolnshire) 
 
On Sunday 27th September our facilities at Taverham are playing hosts for the Norfolk Masters East O40s, a competition that the Norfolk team has won for the past two seasons, winning the East Regional Finals last season and hoping to once again retain their crown for another year. 
 
The Norfolk Masters O40s squad is made up of players from clubs all over the region and whilst some clubs were unable to provide players following a pre-event selection process once again Norwich City Hockey Club will see a good representation of many of their senior players. 
 
Matt Bower (GK) - Pelicans 
Haren Patel - Norwich City 
Nick Colman - Norwich City 
Jon Painter - Norwich City 
Stuart Ollie - Pelicans 
Steffan Griffith - Norwich City + Norwich School 
Stuart Dix - Dereham 
Tristan Baynes - Magpies 
Peter Morgan - Norwich City 
Mark Braybrook - Dereham 
David Young - Pelicans 
Graham Campbell - Dereham 
Matt Brine - Norwich City 
Bob Hammond - Beeston Hall School and Hog 
Jim Barker - North Norfolk 
Jim Pallister (C) - Norwich City 
 
The event is being held at Taverham and starts with Norfolk playing Lincolnshire at midday. The schedule is below and I am sure all of the Norfolk players would be delighted to see club members and guests coming along to give them some support. This is the first time the event has been hosted in Norfolk so all the support we can get would be much appreciated. 
 
Sunday 27th September (TRF, home of Norwich City HC) 
 
12.00 Norfolk v Lincs 
12.35 Cambs v Beds 
1.10 Norfolk v Cambs 
1.45 Lincs v Beds 
2.20 Norfolk v Beds 
2.55 Cambs v Lincs 
 
A number of our ladies are also representing Norfolk Masters Ladies O40s away at Peterborough, where they will also be playing against Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, so a good luck to those playing in that event and hopefully we can see a Norfolk success across the board. 
 
Debbie Painter (C) - Norwich City 
Karren Dagless - Norwich City 
Caroline Illing - Norwich City 
Jenny Brine - Norwich City 
Mhari Doble (GK) - Norwich City 
Alex Woods - Norwich City 
Karen Hobden - Norwich City 
 
Good luck to our Norfolk teams and those representing their county in these East Regional Qualifiers.

Fantasy league for 2015/2016 season has now started
20 Sep 2015
 
The Norwich City Hockey Club fantasy league for the 2015/2016 has now started, so you can now start to create your own mixed team (one player maximum from any of our 11 teams) and begin to compete with the many whom played last season. Go to the fantasy league page to find out more. 
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy

September Kit order Window Open
14 Sep 2015
 
Anyone who was at the club on Saturday might have seen a few members walking round in this seasons new kit offerings - a sweatshirt, sweatpants and (if you caught someone feeling particularly cold) a gilet. So firstly, anyone who ordered kit in may can now pick up their order from the clubhouse, if they haven't already received it. Secondly, if any of these take your fancy, or any of the original items you have from now until October 3rd to place an order on the Aquila website, accessible through the shop page of the club website. Once again, please remember that orders will take 8 weeks from when the order is confirmed with production, not from the date you place your order, so please be patient if you have waited 8 weeks and don't have your order yet. If you have any questions about kit please feel free to ask me.

JRPC Tier 1 Success
13 Sep 2015
 
Congratulations to the following junior Members who following attendance at Junior Regional Performance Centre coaching sessions over the summer have been selected for Tier 1 matches to represent Bury Tigers. 
 
Girls U17 
Summer Haylock 
 
Boys U18 
Ethan Marchant 
 
Boys U17 
Sam Tomlinson 
Sam Paterson 
 
Boys U16 
Josh Bailey 
 
Boys U15 
Dan Phillips 
Tom Bailey 
Cameron Cooke 
Harry Paterson 
Doug Tomlinson

Weekend Preview
10 Sep 2015
 
The Ladies 1st team have another weekend's preparation before their league starts up next weekend with an away trip to Bedford, however this week they face Long Sutton 1s at Taverham, looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season. After relegation last season the Ladies 2s face their first league game back in the Norfolk Premiership division as they host Norwich City ladies 3s, this opening day clash between the Ladies 3s and Ladies 2s is not a game to be missed. The recently promoted Ladies 4th team face a tough opening game in Division 1 as they take on relegated Thetford Town 1 at Taverham, the Ladies 5s start the season at home against the Ladies 6s with both teams looking to start the season well and competition for places, this another game with a lot riding on it. The Ladies 7s league starts next week with a trip to Hornets.  
 
The Men's leagues all start next week, however there are still some good looking friendlies to look out for this weekend at Taverham with the 1st team entertaining Premier A team Dereham at Taverham meanwhile the Men's 3rd team face Lowestoft Railway 1. The 4s and 5s are also at home, meanwhile the 6s play Nomads at UEA. The 7s has been cancelled and they start next weekend. 
 
At Taverham: 
MENS GAME TO WATCH:  
Norwich City Mens 1 v Dereham Mens 1 - 13:00 H20 
LADIES GAME TO WATCH:  
Norwich Ladies 2 v Norwich Ladies 3 - 14:30 H20 
 
FULL FIXTURES HERE:  
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fixtures/

England Hockey Competition Dates Released
10 Sep 2015
 
All of the England Hockey competition dates as published on their Centralised Calendar for 2015/2016 have now been added to the relevant fixtures pages on the NCHC website. As the draws are made and as we finalise which events each of the teams have entered in we will begin to add more details, including opposition, times and venues once they have been drawn and announced.

Download fixtures in ICS format to your mobile device, PC or laptop
6 Sep 2015
 
You can download fixtures from the website to your mobile device, PC or laptop. If you visit the fixtures page for the team you want to export the fixtures from and click on [icalendar export]. This will download a file in ICS format that can then be imported into your own device and you can have your own quick and easy way to keep on eye on your team's whereabouts.

Are you ready for the start of the 2015/2016 season?
31 Aug 2015
 
MEMBERSHIP NOW DUE 
 
Monday 31st August is the final day to pay your DISCOUNTED rate of annual membership fee, from the start of September the rate returns to the standard pricing structure. You can pay online now by visiting the http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk website and logging on. 
 
Don't forget that your membership payment must be done in conjunction with you providing and updating your membership details via the site, again just login and visit the [my details] page on the membership panel. 
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/membership 
 
YOUR AVAILABILITY? 
 
Our team captains and managers are now starting to get their teams organised for the pre-league friendlies, helping them identify their likely squads ready for the start of the East and Norfolk league fixtures. Have you updated the website to ensure you have confirmed your availability for at least September if not beyond? 
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/member 
 
HAVE YOU STARTED TRAINING? 
 
Training is already underway and many of you have already started to turn up to the pre-season sessions that have already taken place. If you have plans to play in the higher teams then this season attendance and performance at training is being considered as a key part of the selection process. 
 
- Mondays, GKs, fortnightly from 31/9 
- Tuesdays, Mens 1s-7s and Devs 
- Wednesdays, Ladies 1s-7s and Devs 
 
You can find out more about training by visiting: 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/training 
 
FANTASY LEAGUE STARTS END SEPTEMBER 
 
Don't forget our ever fun and successful Fantasy League will be starting at the end of September, so once all the squads have begun to settle the website will allow you to stat to create your own custom made mixed team to battle it out with the many other members who play each year. 
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/fantasy 
 
NEWS DESK LOOKING FOR ARTICLES 
 
Don't forget if for you have any news you want to share with the club then you can email us at publicity@norwichcityhc.co.uk or alternatively we have our Facebook and Twitter social media sources too. 
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/news 
 
http://facebook.com/NorwichCityHC 
http://twitter.com/NorwichCityHC

Membership Fees
27 Aug 2015
 
Don't forget to pay your membership by the end of August so that you can pay it at the reduced price. At the start of September the membership fees go back up to normal prices, so don't miss out!

We're in the Norfolk mag!
26 Aug 2015
 
Pick up a copy of the current Norfolk magazine to see some fun photos from our traditional Sports Day event. Thanks again to photographer Jo Malone who caught some great moments on camera, including wheelbarrow and sack racing!

Ladies Availability!
25 Aug 2015
 
With the Ladies league fixtures starting a week earlier than the Men's, there are friendlies this weekend for some of the Ladies teams so please would all Ladies update their availability on the website as soon as possible. 
 
If your usual team isn't playing this week but you would still like to be involved in a game, so long as your availability is updated then captains should be able to contact and provide a game wherever possible.  
 
Thank You

Pitch Repairs on H2O pitch at TRF on Wednesday 26/8-Thursday 27/8 - LADIES COACHING STILL AS PLANNED
22 Aug 2015
 
Edel Grass and Blakedown are working on the pitch on Wednesday 26/8 and Thursday 27/8 to sort out the wringles and to stretch and re-pin a tightened carpet. This will impact on the ladies coaching session BUT the timings for all groups will remain the same but all teams will now be based on the Sand Pitch.

New arrival!
12 Aug 2015
 
Annika Macdonald - squad member of the ladies 3rds is proud to announce the safe delivery this morning of a baby boy "Arthur". Congratulations to both Annika and Sam! Best wishes from us all at Norwich. City Hockey Club.

Club Day
12 Aug 2015
 
Don't forget to register for this years club day which is only 11 days away, please try and register at least a week in advance so that number can be accommodated for. 
 
Lets make this years club day even better than last year's! 
 
Any further details please email Ali or Pies....

Sports Day Success!
7 Aug 2015
 
Saturday 1st August saw the sun shining brightly on Norwich City Hockey Club as their ladies 3rd and 4th XI teams decided to take a trip down memory lane and hosted their first Annual Sports Day. Preparations had been underway for several months, with the volunteers working hard to source equipment and raise corporate sponsorship for each of the races. 
 
With mixed teams of all ages keen to show their sporting prowess, the races kicked off at 1pm with a Hockey Dribbling race. This was followed by several classic sports day events, including "Egg and Spoon" and "Wheelbarrow" and "Sack" races. The teams were closely matched and it was still anyone's game when they took a short break for cups of tea and delicious homemade cakes, which had been donated by a number of the clubs budding "bake-off" fans.  
 
Wellie Throwing was first in the line-up after cake, and with everyone competing hard for glory, the games were bought to a close with the "Tug of War" Finale!  
 
Medals and prizes were awarded to the winning team - "Pro-Athletic", with "Hardly Athletic" and "Yellows" in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  
 
Special Thanks must go to Jo Malone who joined us from the EDP Norfolk Magazine to capture the days antics on camera. Thanks also to all those who helped to make the day a successful one, and to all the generous race sponsors as listed below: 
 
The Hockey Dribble - Sponsored by Leaders Ltd www.leaders.co.uk 
Wheelbarrow Race - Sponsored by Liftshare www.liftshare.com 
Egg and Spoon - Sponsored by Jack in the Box Nursery www.jack-in-the-box-nursery.co.uk 
Skipping Race - Sponsored by Mr Hugh's www.mrhughs.co.uk 
The Sack Race - Sponsored by R.B.R. (Crops) Ltd www.rbrpotatoes.co.uk 
Battle of the Obstacles - Sponsored by W.S. Lusher & Son Ltd www.wslusherandson.co.uk 
3-Legged Race - Sponsored by Wedding Presents Direct www.weddingpresentsdirect.co.uk 
The Bucket Challenge - Sponsored by Empresa Limited www.empresa.co.uk 
Relay Sprint - Sponsored by Sarah Higgs and Ella Sharrock  
 
Needless to say, the day was a great success with over £350 raised! We hope to see you at next year's event.

Fantasy Football League 2015/16
6 Aug 2015
 
Its not too late to register your fantasy football team for the 2015/16 season into the Barclays Premier League fantasy league.  
 
The hockey club is running its on league this season and invites all club members to join in. It is free to enter a team and then all you have to do is make your own and enter into our league. 
 
The league code is 787413-194225 
 
Follow this link to the website http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ and get playing!

Pre-Season Training Starts NOW! - From 4th August the Mens and Ladies sessions will be starting
3 Aug 2015
 
Our pre-season training starts this week (w/c 3rd August), with the ladies sessions on Wednesdays and the mens sessions on Tuesdays. The schedule is as per last season, apart from the boys developments who will be moving to Tuesday nights. 
 
The schedule has been updated and can be found on the "training" page of our website http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/training 
 
If you want to know more then please contact either one of the team captains or a member of the coaching team via coaching@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Presidents Pre-Season Challenge
1 Aug 2015
 
Newly elected President has set himself a pre-season challenge of completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2 August. This 100 mile cycle ride starts in the Olympic Park and finishes in The Mall, following a large part of the Olympic Road Race course including a couple of largish hills. 
 
Ali is aiming to complete the course before he is caught by Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish who are competing in the following race. 
 
Ali is taking the opportunity to raise funds for two sporting charities, Norwich City Community Sports Foundation and Taverham Recreation Facilities.you can sponsor him by visiting his Fund Raising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AliWardale


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