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Club of the Year

Club of the Year  - Sponsored by Medway Messenger 

Medway Messenger logoAwarded to clubs demonstrating excellence in management, development and competition in the last year.

Questions considered when judging a nomination are:

  • What have been the club's competitive successes?
  • What demonstrable growth in participation has there been?
  • What plan exists for future development of the club?
  • Does the club have a good committee structure?
  • Does the club have a sound constitution and code of conduct?
  • Is the club applying for, or does it already have, national governing body accreditation or Clubmark?
  • Is there a demonstrable commitment to developing coaches?
  • Is the club open to all sections of the community?

 

 

Club of the Year winners Anchorians HCGold - Anchorians Hockey Club

Celebrating its 60th season in 2015 wasn’t enough for the ambitious and community-minded club.  The club raised over £200,000 to replace the ageing Astroturf pitch while also achieving ClubsFirst accreditation. The club has a thriving junior section, which has doubled in size in recent years and now boasts in excess of 100 youngsters.  In partnership with England Hockey, the club launched a hugely successful Back to Hockey campaign, with around 40 new and former players attending free sessions.  A good number have joined, which has bolstered membership so much that the club may need another ladies team next season.

 

Silver - Holcombe Hockey Club

Holcombe is one of the country’s largest hockey clubs.  The Men’s first XI finished top of the league and qualified as one of only two teams to represent England in the EuroHockey League.  The ladies first XI has played in the Investec Premier Division for the past two seasons and is cementing itself as a top four team. Holcombe turned a national Back to Hockey campaign into a year-long activity for adults to return to hockey in a fun and informal way, leading to an increase in players at all levels.

 

Bronze - Medway Tri

Medway Tri now has nearly 300 members including adults and juniors and operates more than 20 fully-coached training sessions per week.  The growth in membership from our local area in just three short years has been quite staggering.  Local athletes train daily and weekly towards specific goals and are putting the area on the map when it comes to the sport of triathlon.  Medway Tri runs its own events, and works with other local clubs where needs be, to give everyone the chance to try the sport.