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Congratulations to our November Lottery winners: A. Paterson, D. Radnedge & R. Hagen
29 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to our November 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: Alistair Paterson  
Runner-up: David Radnedge  
Third Place: Roger Hagen  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

U16 Boys qualify for National Indoor Finals
17 Dec 2017
 
Congratulations to the under 16's boys who followed in the footsteps of the under 18 boys travelling down to Aldenham College to play in the East Regional Indoor Finals and qualifying for the National Indoor Finals, finishing as runners-up to Old Loughtonians. 
A 9.30am arrival meant an early departure in very frosty and in some areas misty conditions, however, everyone arrived safely. What should have been a five team tournament was reduced to three as a result of Felixstowe withdrawing on Saturday and OMT on Sunday morning. This left ourselves, Old Loughtonians and Saffron Walden. The draw resulted in us playing the first two games. First up were Old Loughtonians who took an early lead, but we soon drew level. However it was then OL who dominated taking a 6-1 lead into half time. After the break we had our best spell of the game scoring two goals to reduce the arrears, but OL regained the initiative and ran out 10-3 winners. A win against Saffron Walden was a must if we were to stand any chance of qualifying. The first half was an even affair as went 1-0 up, were then 2-1 down but countered to go into the break 3-2 up. After the break we wrestled the initiative moving into a 3 goal lead at 5-2, Walden pulled one back before we scored again to lead 6-3, Walden scoring a late goal to reduce the arrears. A comprehensive 10-1 win by Old Loughtonians over Saffron Walden secured our qualification. 
Squad : Eddie Darley (GK), Tom Bailey (Capt), Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Harry Basset, Ben Chapman, Cameron Cooke, Louis Hart 
Scorers : Cameron Cooke - 6, Raunaq Rai - 2, Harry Basset - 1

Sunday mini hockey cancelled
17 Dec 2017
 
After a thorough pitch inspection by our intrepid mini coordinator, the heavy decision has been taken to call off mini hockey today. This is a huge disappointment because parents had been clamouring to leave their warm houses and redden their faces beside Norfolk's premier hockey facility... Secret Santa has been notified (secretly) .

Heroic U18 Boys Qualify for National Indoor Finals
16 Dec 2017
 
Norwich City U18 Boys defied the odds today at Aldenham College when they came second in the East Indoor Finals and qualified for the National Indoor Finals. Due to holidays and injury, City's squad was down to the bare bones, and so the team of six played 90 minutes of frenetic indoor hockey with no substitutes. After a really narrow (and quite unlucky) 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Old Merchant Taylors, City then drew 2-2 with IES. In the final match, despite their fatigue, City found some reserves of energy and played exceptionally well to run out 4-2 winners against two time National Finalists Old Loughtonians, which was enough to see them through in second place. 
 
Congratulations to the whole team all of whom dug deep and made a huge contribution: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Dan Phillips, Jake Cushion, Harry Paterson and Ben Withers. 
 
Finally, good luck tomorrow to our U16 Boys who also play in their East Indoor Finals at Aldenham College and are hoping to make City double National Finalists this year.

Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017
7 Dec 2017
 
Sadly Mark Sibson (Sibbo) died on 18 November 2017. Mark was aged just 38. Mark was married to Lizzie and had a son named Barnaby. 
 
Mark was a determined, direct and hard-hitting centre-forward with a good turn of pace. He led the Norwich City First Team's front line in the late 2000s. 
 
As a team member, although sometimes grumpy on the pitch, he was always jovial and cheerful in the changing room before games and in the bar after. He would always put himself out to drive, picking team members up from all over Norfolk. He brought the water bottles every week (with at least three different types of squash) as well as a series of early sports drinks which he shared with the rest of the team! He was welcoming and friendly to all the team members, regularly entertaining us with a series of jokes before the start of each match. It is fair to say that he was the heartbeat of the side for a number of years. 
 
Mark was always fun to be around and will be missed. 
 
There will be a Gathering to celebrate his Life at The Marsham Arms, Holt Road, Hevingham, NR10 5NP on 13th January 2018 from 12 noon till 2.30pm.There will be a light buffet lunch, and anyone wishing to attend will be welcome. (Dress code to include shorts and loud T-shirts if you so wish!) 
His family will be holding a collection for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 
If you would like to donate in memory of Mark but are unable to attend, please send any donations to his parents at 26 Thompson Avenue, Holt NR25 6EN.

Is anyone looking for Christmas hockey Socks.?
1 Dec 2017
 
A special offer of £5.50 per pair... 
 
Sizes available: 
9-12 
1-2 
2-4 
6 x 5-7  
3 x 8-11 
 
I have limited availability of some of the sizes of the Christmas socks so first come first served. 
 
If you are looking for any sock stocking fillers please let me know.  All socks can be viewed on the website www.clubsocks.co.uk

Cold weather impacts on your hockey
25 Nov 2017
 
With the weather getting colder please don't forget to keep an eye out on the website and keep in touch with team captains and managers if you are in any doubt as to whether the weather is going to impact on matches and training sessions. 
 
We will aim to ensure that our website and social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook) are kept up to date so do keep an eye out for any notices.

City Boys win the U16 and U18s Indoor County Championships
12 Nov 2017
 
The Norwich City Boys teams had an excellent morning at the County Indoor Tournament at UEA today, winning both the U16 and the U18 County Championships and qualifying for the East Region Finals next month. 
 
In the first match against Dragons, the U18s dominated, but it wasn't until the final play that City got past the excellent Dragons keeper to score the sole goal of the game, courtesy of Rob Duffy. However, against Harleston Magpies, City stepped up several gears, played some scintillating hockey and won convincingly 5-1, with four goals to Dan Phillips and one to Josh Bailey. 
 
The U16s Tournament was a straight shoot-out between Norwich City and Harleston. City's team was too strong and pulled away to win 3-1 with two goals from Cameron Cooke and one from Ben Chapman. City have now been County Champions for the last three years, which is an impressive achievement.  
 
Congratulations to all the boys involved U18 Boys: Billy Buckingham, Josh Bailey, Rob Duffy, James Hewett, Harry Paterson, Dan Phillips and Sam Bingham. U16 Boys: Eddie Darley, Cameron Cooke, Tom Bailey, Raunaq Rai, George Harrad, Ben Chapman, Harry Bassett and Louis Hart.

New Clothing Stock Available
5 Nov 2017
 
Following a number of issues with clothing last season which resulted in both the club and individual members not receiving orders, the club has decided to change supplier and from 2017/2018 we will be using Samurai Sportswear, based in Long Stratton, to provide playing kit for the both the adults and the minis section and tracksuits/hoodies for the adults section. 
 
There will be a number of changes to the process of ordering kit, which have been made to make ordering items easier and to help keep better track of stock, so please read the below information carefully. 
 
- All kit must be purchased on the shop page of the club website prior to any kit being handed out, so if you need socks or shorts/skorts at the weekend please make sure you order these in advance or you may not be able to pick them up when you need them. 
- The club has invested in some new cabinets to store all the stock in and these will not be easily accessible by any one. Ordered items will be picked out by the clothing coordinator once a week to be collected at a following training session or match day. 
- In order to reduce waiting times on personalised items the club has purchased stock of hoodies, tracksuit jacket and tracksuit bottoms in adult sizes. Once ordered these will be returned to Samurai for printing before being available for you to collect from the clubhouse. Please note that items will be collected from stock and taken to Samurai once per week so whilst we aim to get your order back to you as quickly as possible please be aware that you may have to wait a couple of weeks for this to be completed. 
- The shirts we have in stock are currently unnumbered so current members are now able to purchase replacement shirts and retain their club number. New senior club members should be automatically allocated a number when they sign up so please make sure you are entering the correct number. Mini hockey players should speak to their coach/team manager or Sarah Anthony to check which number they have been allocated, senior club members will have their number displayed on the top right of the home page. 
- Please note there is a new size chart on the website however if you would like to try any items on before purchasing them please email clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk to arrange a convenient time for this - either around training changeovers or on match days. 
 
The website has been updated with new images and prices of the new stock so please head over to the shop to place your order. 
 
For those members that ordered items from Aquila last year and have not received them please be advised that the executive committee are looking into recovering funds and not leaving people out of pocket. 
 
If you have any questions please contact the clothing coordinator at clothing@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Gallery pages have been updated with recent ladies action shots
3 Nov 2017
 
Our club photographer Simon Tasker has been catching up on some recent ladies fixtures and has published some excellent action shots from our Ladies 1s and Ladies 4s games within our online gallery. 
 
As always we thank Simon for giving up his time to take such great action shots. If anybody else manages to take any action photos then please email them to us via gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll get them published.

Harry Paterson selected for elite England Hockey programme
2 Nov 2017
 
City player Harry Paterson is one of just 65 boys from across the country to be selected for England Hockey's Advanced Award in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme for 2017-18.  
 
Harry is a lower sixth pupil at Norwich School and has been a member of Norwich City Hockey Club since the beginning of primary school. He now plays in the Norwich City men's first team.  
 
Team captain Nick Jones said: 'After putting in the hours during pre-season training and impressing in pre-season friendlies Harry was selected for the 1st XI squad this season." 
 
According to England Hockey the programme is "a government funded apprenticeship scheme designed to directly measure the athletes' ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of hockey. " 
 
Modules include: strength and conditioning, psychology, nutrition, media and communications skills, career development and lifestyle management.  
 
Nick Jones added: "Of particular note during preseason was Harry's equaliser against local rivals Harleston Magpies in the last five minutes. He has integrated with the team well and has grown in confidence game after game over the first five matches of the season.  
 
"It shows the strength of the club's junior section as he is one of four players under the age of 18 who have all made their league debut for the Men's 1st XI this season. It is always good to hear of the success of our young players in regional and national programs. Well done Harry."

***REMINDER*** QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER
31 Oct 2017
 
Make sure you click attending, prize for the winning team and also the chance to win 2 free tickets to The End of Season Dinner Dance!! For every social you attend, your name will be put into a raffle, the more socials you attend, the more chance you have of winning free tickets!!

Congratulations to SEPTEMBER Lottery winners - P. Ayers, M. Brighton and R. Gay
31 Oct 2017
 
Congratulations to our September 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: Paul Ayers  
Runner-up: Mark Brighton  
Third Place: Robert Gay  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC Round-Up: October 21st
23 Oct 2017
 
Norwich City Ladies 1st team continued their excellent start to their league season by thumping Watton 1s 9-3 at Taverham to maintain their 100% start in Division 1 to top the table after 5 games. They started off well with Felicity Williams opening the scoring after 60 seconds, before setting up her sister Olivia Williams for 2-0. F Williams wasn't quite down there as she added a 3rd before Watton pulled a goal back, this was a small highlight for Watton as Emily Francis and Krystal Bishop gave the score line a rather one sided look to it at the break. After the break Watton scored again but it was again short lived as Krystal Bishop knocked in another couple of goals, Ange Hindle made it 8-2 before Watton scrambled home another, however player of the match Abbie Ingham had the last laugh as she notched in City's ninth and firmly place City top of the pile in Division 1. The Ladies face a massive game next Saturday as they take on 2nd placed Harleston Magpies 2 at Taverham.  
The Mens 1st team had an equally good day as they notched up a routine 3-0 win away to West Herts, bouncing back from last week's disappointing draw at home to local rivals Dereham. City dominated the first half and it was only a matter of time before Luke Corden finished a good move with a death finish at the far post. City began to win a number of short corners and it was only a matter of time before Raunaq Rai converted his 4th goal of the season. City continued to play with Dan Cheesman setting up Luke Corden for his 2nd of the game as City lead 3-0 at half time. In the 2nd half City continued to create many chances leaving Ali Cooke in goal with very little to do all game. Despite City's best efforts they couldn't score a 4th and had to settle for a 3-0 win. City move up to 3rd in the table and are now 1 point of top in a tightly contested Prem B.  
The Ladies 2s had a tough pill to swallow as they lost out 2-1 at home to North Norfolk, City created numerous good chances as the forward line of Hannah Bush, Rosie Humphrey, Hannah Jarvis, Milly Brown and Alice Gill all played really well. It was a bit of shock when North Norfolk took the lead before Alice Gill won a penalty flick and Danni Garwood duly converted it. City continued to play well and where really unlucky not to be leading at half time. City continued their good play into the 2nd half and it was once again against the run of play as North Norfolk scored again. City 2s rallied in the final few minutes but some good saves and some near misses meant it just wasn't City's day. The Mens 2s were also left equally frustrated as they took on a strong and experienced Dereham side, goals from Stuart Wardle and Jeremy Elliot weren't enough for City as they were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw.  
The Ladies 3s picked up one of the results of the day as they beat local rivals Broadland 1s 4-2 at Taverham. In what was a tight first half City were left frustrated with missed changes however were relieved when Emily Spencer converted an excellent PC strike for a 1-0 half time lead. Broadland equalised however after half time from a PC of their own before Sophia Bassett and Emily Greenway managed to knock in goals to regain City's lead. Broadland scrambled home another goal to make it a nervy finish however Sophia Basset was taken down on goal and was awarded a penalty flick, she converted her 14th goal of the season and City's Ladies went on to win 4-2. The Mens 3s had similar success as they won 5-2 away to Norwich Dragons 3s. City created plenty of chances in the first half and scored two well taken goals from Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb, Dragons managed to pull one goal back just before the break from a PC (Despite the umpire forgetting you can only use one side of the stick!) After the break City continued to create numerous chances and were rewarded with three further goals from Toby Leonard, Rees Leonard (PC) and Ben Plumb as they ran home comfortable winners.  
The Ladies 4s and Mens 4s both had tough defeats to swallow as the Ladies lost 3-0 at home to Loddon meanwhile the Mens 4s lost 5-2 at home to Sudbury 2s despite leading 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Jamie Higginbotham. The 5s however both picked up victories, the Ladies 5s had a fantastic result as they picked up their 2nd league win of the season as they beat top of the league Broadland 2s 2-1, thanks to goals from Ellie Hobden and Maria Marsh, meanwhile the Mens 5s now top Division 4NE as they picked up a victory away to local rivals Norwich Dragons 4s, Dragons led at half time 1-0 before Ady Marr converted a PC and Haren Patel converted a PS as the 5s turned it around in the 2nd half and sealed out another hard worked win.  
The Mens 6s picked up a romping 4-0 win at home to local rivals Norwich Dragons 6s, they led 3-0 at half time thanks to two clinical finishes from Charles Anderson and a well-placed strike from Dave Woodward. The 6s tired a little in the 2nd half but still managed to rack up another goal as Charles Anderson completed his hatrick. The Ladies 6s also managed to score 4 goals as they picked up an excellent and exciting 4-4 draw against Broadland 3s. There were goals from Abigail Flatt, Frances Underhill, Julia Marchant and a goal in the last minute of the game to equalise from Emily Williams. The Mens 7s were unlucky to lose their first game of the season as they lost 4-3 away to Pelicans 4s, despite taking the lead from Saverio Iaccarino, they went on to being 4-1 down at half time. City fought back though hard in the 2nd half and brought the score back to 4-3 thanks to goals from Luke Keeley and a 2nd from Saverio Iaccarino but there wasn't quite enough in the tank as City couldn't quite find the equaliser.

Norwich City HC Quiz Night
19 Oct 2017
 
On Saturday 4th November we'll be hosting a Quiz and Chips evening at the clubhouse in Taverham. All members, family, friends and guests are welcome to come along, either come alone and make a team on the night or sort yourself a team (teams are up to 6 people!).  
Prices are £5 adults and £3 juniors, payable on the night.  
Doors open from 6.30pm, the quiz will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Congratulations to the August 2017 Lottery winners - D. Taylor, P. Wright & J. Stanghan
29 Sep 2017
 
Congratulations to our August 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: Dan Taylor  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: Jenni Stanghan  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Norwich City HC 2017/2018 Fantasy League is open and FREE for you to start to create your own team
25 Sep 2017
 
Our very own Norwich City HC fantasy league for the 2017/2018 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.

Membership sign up deadline
19 Sep 2017
 
We are contacting all members as an executive committee to remind you all that everyone must have subscribed to a membership package by the end of this month (30th September 2017). The window will then close and only standard subs (as per previous seasons) will apply.  
 
It is also the deadline to sign up for standard subs, anyone signing up after 30 September 2017 will have to pay an increased subscription fee. Please see the INFORMATION > FEES/SUBS section of the website for exact fee details. 
 
Furthermore we want to note that given the introduction of new packages there will be less cash sums collected each weekend, therefore if you don't have enough cash on a match day to reimburse umpires or travel expenses please contact me (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk ) to organise for reimbursement. Ideally the reimbursement will take place to one member of the team, or be used from previous weeks fees collected where viable.  
 
I think it would be useful if each team could allocate a person to be responsible for money collection, and let me know who the individual responsible is as soon as possible, this will make the process a little easier via one method of contact and reimbursement.

New membership packages are already proving to be very popular amongst members this season
23 Aug 2017
 
With the new 2017 season starting to get under way you may have noticed that following discussions with members at the end last season we've now launched some new packages "in addition" to what we had before in terms of membership options. 
 
Have you ever wanted to pay a fixed fee and not have to pay for training, or bring cash to matches (or for parents not have to send your children to games with their match fees), then the new PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE) package might be the one for you. If you play and train quite regularly throughout the season then you'll probably want to take a look at PLATINUM (ALL INCLUSIVE), many are saying it is much cheaper than the traditional methods from last season. But if you do your own sums from what you paid last season and compare you'll be able to see whether this is also the package for you. 
 
If you train less but play frequently then the DIAMOND package might be a consideration for you, again paying for all your matches in a fixed regular payment approach means you just turn up and play, or for parents you just send the children along and they don't need to stick their match fees in their socks or bottom of their stick bag where it might be lost. 
 
Those that play infrequently or just want to be a member of the club then we have a membership option for you, allowing you to play a limited number of games for a reduced membership rate which might suit those players that want to part of the club but just can't play as often as they would like. 
 
The new packages will suit some of our members but not all, many are just doing the sums and finding it is a very efficient and easy way to pay for their hockey throughout the season, but for many they are also finding it is much cheaper than what they paid across all of last season. 
 
Don't forget that whilst we have some great new membership choice options available to suit such a wide range of members' needs, we still have the traditional options available, so you may elect to stick with exactly what you've already been doing, pay your annual membership and pay each time you play or train, not a problem, but if you visit our membership page (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/membership) you'll find lots more details of what options you have to choose from or simply click to renew in the same way as you did last year. 
 
If you are not sure or need advice in making a decision then please drop us an email via membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and we'll let you know more and help you make a decision on what might work for you. If you know which is best and the website explains enough to make a decision then just sign up for direct debit or pay online via credit/debit card via our fully secure website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk).

Congratulations to July 2017 Lottery winners: A. Colman, A. Paterson and N. Hales
22 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our July 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: Alistair Paterson  
Third Place: Nick Hales  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Club Members participate in European Masters
21 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to club members Sally Rose, Debs Painter and Jon Painter who have just competed in the European Masters Championships held in Tilburg, Netherlands. 
Sally represented England in the Womens O45's who finished as Runners-up to The Netherlands. 
Debs and Jon Painter represented Wales and both had the honour of captaining the Womens O40's and Mens O45's respectively. The Welsh Womens O40's finished 6th and the Welsh Mens O45's finished 7th.

Over 100 members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club joined us for Club Day 2017
20 Aug 2017
 
It was great to see a good number of members, family and friends turning out at Sunny Taverham on Sunday 20th August to participate and watch our annual mixed inter club hockey festival. Our annual club day helps to celebrate and kick start the new season and brings players and non-players from across many of our 20 teams together to meet and greet and play in some fun spirited, yet sometimes competitive, mixed festival style hockey. Again we had 8 teams participating and it was with great delight that club day organiser Pies was at long last able to crown his own team as winners following a number of years of failed attempts and unsuccessful rigging of the team selections. 
 
Well done to Team Brines / Cookes / Stanghan (and Aaron) on your victory winning the event. 
 
Thank you to everybody who helped with organising during the day, from the team on the BBQ to the helpers behind the bar, the umpiring of the games through to of course all the players and supporters whom turned up. 
 
Also, it was great to welcome Exclusive Hockey and their mobile shop to the club, if you want anything else then don't forget to use your club discount code when visiting their website at https://www.exclusivehockey.co.uk. 
 
Finally, good luck to all of our officials, players and teams as we continue our pre-season preparations and move into playing our friendly fixtures and getting ourselves ready for the league campaign ahead.

Congratulations to JUNE 2017 Lottery winners: M. Davey, P. Ayers and D. Dack
9 Aug 2017
 
Congratulations to our JUNE 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: Maurice Davey 
Runner-up: Paul Ayers  
Third Place: Derek Dack  
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy!  
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Women's World Cup 2018 - Public Ballot
8 Aug 2017
 
Pure hockey gold is coming to London in 2018, showcasing the biggest hockey event in the world, the Hockey Women's World Cup! Get behind England's women; be the difference pitchside with Norwich City Hockey Club! Every voice, every cheer, every fan counts as they go for gold and glory! 
 
Your next opportunity to buy tickets is in the Public Ballot, which opens on 19 August. With limited England tickets available, don't miss your opportunity to watch your national team try to create history! 
 
To receive the latest Public Ballot information link below by 15 August. 
 
https://r1.surveysandforms.com/124fue83-bf2hmmc7?club=Norwich City HC&NGNumber=205661  
 
or alternatively go to the England Hockey website and follow the links to register! 
 
To cater for public demand, the Public Ballot will run from the 19 August - 6 September. You'll be able to select multiple tickets for different sessions 
Tickets will be assigned at random to those that have applied and NOT on a first come first serve basis. If you are successful, your payment will automatically be taken.

Getting ready for the 2017/2018 hockey season...
3 Aug 2017
 
The website has now been reset for the 2017/2018 hockey season so everybody should now be able to login for the new season and firstly make sure that their details are all up to date and accurate.  
 
FIXTURES will be finalised through August and these will be published on the website once they are completed. 
 
Captains are also now starting to plan and organise their squads for this season so it would be really appreciated if players could log on and update their AVAILABILITY for at least the first few months (including September and October), it doesn't take long to do and would really help our captains with their pre-season planning duties! 
 
Our MEMBERSHIP payment services are also now open and you'll have hopefully heard about our additional packages for this season, including the excellent value "all you can play hockey" option which can be paid using direct debit and spread over a number of months. 
 
TRAINING is now under way and we are continuing to run GK sessions on Mondays, mens and boys sessions on Tuesdays and ladies and girls sessions on Wednesdays, with Thursdays now being used to run a number of additional sessions. You can find more about what sessions taken place when by looking at our training page. 
 
The website should hopefully provide all information you require but please do get in touch if you have any question (enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk).

NCHC Membership packages have launched... grab them while you can!
23 Jul 2017
 
At the request of many members over previous years we have pleasure to announce the launch of the Club's new membership packages including the option to pay by direct debit. The window for opting into these packages closes on 23 September 2017. 
 
We are encouraging as many members to sign up to direct debit packages this year because it saves both you and the club time, which could be better spent playing hockey or socialising! Furthermore it will prevent the need to bring along cash to matches and be chased for any outstanding debts which, as you know, have given rise to a few selection issues. 
 
The membership packages, and full details, can be found on the website.  
Once logged in please navigate to the Information tab, Fees/Subscriptions page, and scroll down to Packages.  
 
WE NOTE IMPORTANTLY that training and match fees will only be covered by your package that you select, from the day in which your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed (you will get an email notifying you of this). You will pay separately for all sessions that you attend prior this date. 
 
As an overview the packages are as follows: 
 
> PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs, matches & training fees - £270 (adult), £180 (student/concession), £150 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD  
 
[Note: All training fees, as soon as you have signed up, will be included in this package price even if your team holds more than one session per week] 
 
> DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs & matches, NO training fees - £210 (adult), £150 (student/concession), £120 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 6 MONTH DD 
 
> STANDARD MEMBERSHIP - includes annual subs only - £80 (adult), £55 (student/concession), £50 junior. ALL PAYABLE UPFRONT OR VIA 4 MONTH DD 
 
> PAY & PLAY - all matches and training should be paid for based on you attending, the fees include a membership element for each time you attend to ensure you are still a member of the club.  
 
Committee members will be available all day in the Clubhouse on Club Day (20th August) with a laptop set up. This will help us to answer any questions and queries you may have, and/or help to guide you through the selection of your membership online.  
 
If you have any queries whatsoever please contact Guy (membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk) or Maria (accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk). 
 
USEFUL FAQ's (under continual expansion as questions arise from members…) 
 
1. Does the Platinum and Diamond membership include all games or only league games? 
 
The match fees included in these packages do not include training matches nor competition matches played primarily on Sundays, they include only formally organised mens and ladies friendlies and league matches during the current season. 
 
2. If the package I choose does not included matches or training how do I pay for these? 
 
This will be the same as previous seasons, in that you will be expected to bring cash to each match/training session or pay for these directly online. 
 
3. Who is Go Cardless and how are they involved? 
 
NCHC is introducing the use of GoCardless, an online Direct Debit solution that's simple to setup, manage and use. GoCardless has been selected given it charges the club less to process each individual transaction than the previously used paypal. Go Cardless is therefore our direct debit payment provider. All T&C s and the Direct Debit Guarantee is available on their site https://gocardless.com/legal. It will be your responsibility to ensure sufficient funds exist in your account on the date of the scheduled direct debit. 
 
4. What day will my direct debt payment take place? 
 
Your first DD payment will take place on the last day of the month in which you sign up and the mandate is approved & accepted by your bank. You will receive an email notification from 'help@GoCarless.com" once your direct debit has been set up and it will inform you of the monthly payment amount, the date the payment will be taken each month and the end date of the direct debit. It will further confirm the membership option you have selected on the website. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk/spam folder. If you have any queries please contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk or accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
5. How long does it take for the DD payment to be set up? 
 
Please allow approximately 5 working days before your direct debit mandate is authorised, prior to your direct debit being approved and set up, you will need to continue to pay the standard rates for match fees and training until this time. Once all has been set up we can reimburse any overpayments made.  
 
6. What training sessions will be included in the Platinum membership? 
 
All training sessions that you attend as a club member will be included, even if you are a one/twos team player and have two sessions a week these will all be included. 
 
7. When will my training/match fees be covered from? 
 
As soon as your direct debit has been successfully set up/confirmed then all future sessions that you attend (dependant on your package choice) will be covered from that date onwards. For example if you signed up now and the direct debt was confirmed by tomorrow then all sessions would be covered from tomorrow onwards. 
 
8. How will the payment appear on my bank statement? 
 
Payments will appear on your bank statement as "GoCardless, ref: NCHC - " followed by a unique reference number.  
 
9. If I choose to leave the club, take a break from Hockey or if I change my bank account, can I cancel my Direct Debit? 
 
This may be possible, but do not just cancel from your bank, please first contact membership@norwichcityhc.co.uk and accounts@norwichcityhc.co.uk if this is the case. We will be monitoring if direct debits fail so will be in contact if any sort of instance takes place for you without prior notification.

Our website has now been upgraded to a secure website using SSL and HTTPS
5 Jul 2017
 
We are always continuing to ensure that the data we hold and process on behalf of the club and our members is managed in an extremely secure and safe, and to further protect your data we've now added additional website security using SSL and HTTPS. 
 
This means we are encrypting the data you provide to us, which means your experience and your information is handled online in a more secure and safe manner. 
 
You should not notice any difference whilst visiting our site, but if you experience any problems then please get in touch with us via admin@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Congratulations to some of our Norwich City HC members for making the England Hockey Mixed Squads
3 Jul 2017
 
After an extensive selection process during June and July it is great news that a number of our Norwich City HC members have been selected for the England Mixed Squads and will be representing England in the forthcoming tournaments in August. 
 
Well done to Alastair Cooke, Thomas Cooke and Felicity Williams for making the England Mixed Senior Squad and Louis Preston for making the England Senior Lions Mixed Squad. 
 
Good luck in the matches to come.

Congratulations to April and May Club Lottery Winners
29 Jun 2017
 
Congratulations to our APRIL and MAY 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.  
 
APRIL: 
Winner: Guy Thrower  
Runner-up: Richard Aldridge  
Third Place: John Barker 
 
MAY: 
Winner: Derek Dack  
Runner-up: Peter Wright  
Third Place: John Ingham 
 
We have recently revised the prizes on offer so it is now dependent upon the number of entries. That means the more people who join, the bigger the prizes up for grabs. We even do a special live draw at the Annual Dinner Dance with £100 on offer as first prize!  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month or 4 tickets for £5! You can even set up a direct debit via the Lottery page on the Club website - it only takes 2 minutes and is super easy! 
 
Check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ to sign up, or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Pre-Season Dates for Diaries
27 Jun 2017
 
Below are some pre-season dates for your diaries: 
 
2 July 2017 - Open Invitation Hockey Afternoon @ TRF (2pm) 
3 Jul 2017 - Monday Fitness sessions run every Monday throughout July 
1 Aug 2017 - Tuesdays Mens Training sessions every Tuesday commencing in August 
2 Aug 2017 - Wednesdays Ladies Training sessions every Wednesday commencing in August 
20 Aug 2017 - Club Day is open to players of all standards, come along and join in... 
 
If you want to find out any more details then you can get in touch by emailing us at enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk

OPEN INVITATION Hockey Afternoon @ TRF on Sunday 2nd July (2pm)
20 Jun 2017
 
We are running an OPEN INVITATION hockey afternoon for members, guests and new members just wanting to come along and join in, on Sunday 2nd July at TRF.  
Open to men and women, aged 14+, of all standards. 
 
Just turn up for 2pm and we'll organise appropriate teams, please bring a yellow/coloured shirt as well as a white shirt please.  
 
If you can't make this event then we plan to run more of them over the pre-season anyhow, so keep an eye out on social media and our website.

Annual Golf Day 2017 - Friday 14th July @ Barnham Broom
8 Jun 2017
 
Don't forget that this years Annual Golf Day has been booked at Barnham Broom again, on Friday 14th 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. If you haven't already then we still have a few places left, just book online now via our website at http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday

HOCKEY FOR HEROES UPDATE
3 Jun 2017
 
4th June 2017 - Come and join in the Final Big Day for Hockey For Heroes 2017 Challenge to be held at Marlow Hockey Club, to include 5 hockey matches and fun day, 10.30 start 
International players to feature!  
Squad fundraising is so far at £48k and rising 
Please continue to support  
Hockey for Heroes: #OpStretcher  
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson  
MANY THANKS FOR ALL DONATIONS AND SUPPORT

HOCKEY FOR HEROES CHALLENGE STARTS 26TH MAY 2017
25 May 2017
 
Hockey for Heroes: #OpStretcher  
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson  
 
Picture and article from England Hockey Website! Spot Doug T carrying the stretcher on one of the training weekends in the picture 
Hannah Jarvis will be playing in the ladies matches on 4th June 
A relation of the Spencers is part of the cycling Leeds contingent 
 
25.05.2017 
A squad of 44 from Hockey for Heroes will march 200 miles and play 30 matches across 10 days as they aim to raise £50,000 for Help for Heroes.  
 
The group will travel on the 26 May from Cardiff to Marlow Hockey Club in Buckinghamshire as part of #OpStretcher, taking it in turns to carry a stretcher containing former Royal Marine Dominic Robert Lovett. 
 
Dominic's dad is part of the squad of 44 and will be taking part in the march supporting his son who was injured during a military training exercise. 
 
Great Britain Men's Team Manager, Andy Halliday, will be supporting #OpStretcher by dribbling a hockey ball along the entire route behind the stretcher. 
 
The route takes the group to various clubs along the M4 including Gloucester, St Albans, Newbury, Chippenham and Amersham to name a few and the public are encouraged to join them on the march and attend the various games. 
 
England and Great Britain hockey legend Barry Middleton and other international stars will feature at Marlow. 
 
Leeds Beckett Hockey Club are also doing a bike ride from Leeds to Old Loughtonians HC, playing teams along the route and playing the Hockey for Heroes Team on Saturday 3 June. 
 
To view the group's online auction for experiences and sporting memorabilia click here 
 
CONFIRMED DATES & VENUES 
 
26th May - Sofia Gardens and Gwent HC 
11.00 Welsh Select 
19.00 Welsh Masters 
20.30 Gwent HC 
 
27th May - Gloucester City HC, Plock Court pitch 
14.30 Lansdown 
16.00 Cheltenham 
17.30 Gloucester 
 
28th May - Chippenham HC 
14.30 Stroud 
16.00 Wotton-under-edge 
17.30 Chippenham 
 
29th May - Royal Wootton Bassett HC, RWB Academy 
13.30 Military Team 
15.00 Wallingford  
16.30 Royal Wootton Bassett 
 
30th May - Newbury HC 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Newbury 
19.30 Newbury 
 
31st May - Sonning HC 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Sonning 
19.30 Bicester 
 
1st June - Amersham and Chalfont, Amersham and Wycombe College 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 High Wycombe 
19.30 Amersham and Chalfont 
 
2nd June - St Albans HC, Oaklands College 
16.00 Military Team 
18.00 Hertford 
19.30 St Albans 
 
3rd June - Old Loughtonians HC 
12.30 East London 
14.00 Leeds Beckett 
15.30 Old Loughtonians 
 
4th June - Marlow HC 
10.00 Ladies Game 
11.30 Ladies Game 
13.30 Marlow Men 
15.30 Danny Kerry (Ladies GB Coach) Invitational XI 
17.30 Barbarian's

East Masters Mens Cup 2017 - Sunday 3rd September @ TRF
23 May 2017
 
With Norwich City Hockey Club (O40 Masters) being winners of the East Masters Mens Cup 2016 we have offered to host the event on behalf of East Hockey on Sunday 3rd September at our own double pitch facility in Taverham.  
 
The Cup is open to all male players over 40 and we ask clubs to select sides reflecting the full age range of Masters Hockey. The format of the day will be 2 pools playing round- robin in the morning, followed by lunch and then playoffs, semi-finals and final in the early afternoon. The Entry fee of £120.00 per team covers pitch hire and lunch for a squad of maximum 16 players. Clubs are asked to provide umpires for pool matches that they are not involved in, although Norwich City hope to be able to provide additional umpires.  
 
The Cup is an ideal way to catch up with old friends and adversaries, play a bit of hockey and have a few beers.  
 
If you know of a club who would like to join us on 3rd September, please ask them to complete the following registration form with your appropriate contact details.  
 
http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/eastmasters/  
 
If you are however a member at Norwich City HC and aged 40 or over (ladies 35 or over) and keen to get involved in playing masters hockey then please feel free to contact Pies or Jenny Brine via masters@norwichcityhc.co.uk to find out more.

Congratulations to Tom Long for being awarded Rising Star at England Hockey Awards 2017
22 May 2017
 
On Saturday 20th May the England Hockey Awards 2017 were held at the Athena venue in Leicester, with a contingent of supporters travelling up to support Tom Ling in his short listed nomination for the Rising Star award 2017.  
 
The event was hosted by ex-international goalkeeper Simon Mason, packed with more than 500 players, officials and a number of England men and women hockey players, and with the Norwich City Hockey Club table playing hosts to England Hockey CEO Sally Munday and England hockey player Hannah Martin it was clearly going to be a fun packed evening. 
 
Congratulations Tom for winning the award in a short listed category of three Rising Stars and it was great to be able to share and receive the recognition of what he does for the club on such a bigger stage with the wider England Hockey community appreciating what such great work he has been doing at Norwich City Hockey Club. 
 
A massive well done and congratulations to Tom, very much deserving of what you've been doing for the club and please do continue to do the great work for seasons to come :)

England v Netherlands - 11 June - Tickets
20 May 2017
 
2 Adult and 2 Child tickets available for the England v Netherlands womens match at Lee Valley on Sunday 11 June. £29.50 adult £12.50 child. Available due to Ellyn's Duke of Edinburgh camping weekend being changed!! 
 
email me if interested. Ian

Photo Gallery Updated
20 May 2017
 
The photo gallery has been updated with more action shots from the end of last season and also some photos taken at our end of season Dinner Dance at Carrow Road. 
 
If you have photos you would like to share on our photo gallery then please send them as jpg format to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk 
 
This season we must say a big thank you to all those who have provided photos for our gallery, especially Simon Tasker who has been our official pitch side photographer this season and lots of his photos have been published via the gallery, so thank you to Simon and many others within the club that have provided great action shots from many of our games.

U12 boys in England Hockey national final
9 May 2017
 
Norwich City Under 12 boys are through to the national finals of the England Hockey In2Hockey Clubs Competition to be held at Nottingham Hockey Centre this Saturday (13 May). 
The team qualified as runners up having come second to Old Loughtonians at the regional finals. 
City came through a tough qualifying group beating Bury St Edmunds 3-1, Harleston Magpies 3-1 and Cambridge City 3-1 but losing a tight game to eventual winners Old Loughtonians 2-1.  
The boys are in Pool A and will play Beeston, Deeside Ramblers, Surbiton and Clifton Robinsons as they battle for a place in the final which will be played in the late afternoon.  
The u12 squad is William Farrow (GK), Archie Ward, Freddie Smith, Cameron Hansell (Capt), Jack Whitlam, Oliver Millett, Toby Pallister, Farren Miller, Krishna Patel, Harry Ford. Missing from picture but in squad is Sam Hyatt.

Annual General Meeting - 21st May 2017
8 May 2017
 
The club's AGM is to be held on Sunday 21st May 2017. The meeting will be held at the clubhouse and will start at 3pm. Before the AGM there will be a social mixed hockey game at 1.30pm (usual club kit and a white shirt). So come along have a game, join in the meeting and have a beer in your hand - well what else would you do on a Sunday afternoon? 
 
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 (i.e Ladies Fixtures Secretary, Umpire Liaison Officer (and assistant), Welfare Officer (and assistant) and Social Secretary up for grabs this year and it would be good to see some new faces taking on these roles.  
If you are interested in any of these roles, or becoming more involved in some other way, please get in touch.

NCHC Mens Club XI - Harleston Magpies May Day Cup WINNERS
1 May 2017
 
On Bank Holiday Monday, a select XI which ranged in ability travelled down to Harleston to take part in the well know May Day tournament which has run for over 30 years, City have won the cup for the last 3 years and was looking for a fourth successful title under the leadership of Tom Ling.  
 
Things didn't start well for the side as the scraped out a 1-1 draw versus IES in game 1 on grass, Paul Gallop equalising for City following a Stuart Wardle shot which hit the post. Game 2 was also not a success as City lost 4-2 to a clinical Ely City side, Matthew Brine and Stuart Wardle scoring City's consolation goals.  
 
City knew they had to win both there next two games to stand a chance of finishing in the CUP and they did just that, firstly beating Thetford in a very entertaining 3-2 victory with one goal each from Harry Gill, Ash Bird and Nathan Taylor, this was followed up by a 1-0 win over Harleston Magpies a Harry Gill short corner in the final seconds.  
 
It was set then City would take on Ely City in the final of the Cup a fixture which has been repeated in the last 3 tournaments. Ely went into the game with confidence after there 4-2 victory earlier on in the day but were frustrated by City's tight defence of Clabon, Ling, Brown, Spencer, Cooke and Hyatt. It was 0-0 until 5 minutes into the 2nd half when Harry 'card' Gill finishing off brilliant Ariel from Sam Clabon. City worked tirelessly and Dave King made some great saves in goal as City held on for a narrow victory and hold on to the cup for a fourth consecutive year.  
 
Well done to the whole squad off: Tom Ling (capt), Dave King (gk), Alastair Cooke, Harry Brown, Geoff Spencer, Jason Hyatt, Sam Clabon, Paul Gallop, Nathan Taylor, Doug Tomlinson, Stuart Wardle, James Smith, Matthew Brine, Ash Bird, Harry Gill.

NCHC Ladies Club XI - Harleston Magpies May Day tournament Cup finalists
1 May 2017
 
NCHC were represented by 3 teams at the Harleston Magpies tournament today. One men's team and two ladies teams all three teams reaching the Cup final.  
 
The ladies Club XI (which consisted of players from almost every team of the club) reached the Cup Finals having finished top in their round robin pool (D 0-0 Harleston Hockey Hunniz, W 3-0 Thetford, D 0-0 Dragons Whites, W 1-0 Loddon, W 1-0 Lowestoft Railway). The Semi-Final was won on penalty flicks against Beccles. It took the Norwich City Club XI into the finals against Norwich City's "City City Bang Bang" team (NCHC L2). 
 
It was an exciting end to end match, with the Ladies 2's scoring in the final moments of the game, the first goal that the City Club XI had conceded all day! Well played to all the City Ladies who took part, and a well deserved win to our Norwich City Ladies "City City Bang Bang" team. 
 
Norwich City's Club XI squad: Gemma Sargent, Summer Haylock, Holly Robinson, Fiona Spencer, Emily Spencer, Fongy Chung, Caroline Illing, Milly Hyatt, Grace Kidner, Fran Cooke, Maddie Anthony, Hannah Bush, Kirstin Aitken - managed by Jenny Brine

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.

Have you booked your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance 2017 on Saturday 6th May?
4 Apr 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

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)

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

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

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


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