Chair Newsletter

Dear All,

Over half way through the season and Magpies are looking fantastic. Here is a recap of some of the things that have been happening on the pitch and behind the scenes.

Maintenance:

The season began with issues related to the borehole, the balcony and outdoor stairs and floodlights. These have been resolved with sterling work by the groundsman and friends.

Indoor space:

Our last major project was 13 years ago and now is the time for a push towards the next step of moving the club forward. 

Looking to the future, we have plans drawn up to help visualise the feasibility of building our own indoor space, for the youth section to practise in during the cold months plus a place for our indoor teams to hone their skills. 

This will involve grant applications and fund raising by the club so if you have the skills and enthusiasm to join our steering group, we would love to hear from you. We are already applying for funds so that we can appoint a Youth Development Officer by the end of this season so watch this space!

EGM:

The EGM had to be delayed as it is important  to get the right advice from solicitors and accountants as we move towards becoming a limited company. We are very close to finalising all the pieces so keep an eye on the website for the new date and remember that to vote you must be an honorary life member, playing (Adult, Concessionary(over 16), Occasional) member or an Associate member who has paid the appropriate subscription.

Season:

On the playing front, our 1st teams are having very successful seasons with some inspiring hockey being played. Our 2nd teams, both who were promoted last season, have found the move up against stronger opposition hard but are battling away. The 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths and 7ths (ladies) are all having fantastic seasons with the Ladies 6th topping their table at the moment. Our young development teams are flying high and the girls are leading for the first time ever. The mixed teams were both unlucky this year but most of our vets teams are still involved in their respective competitions. The youth section are going from strength to strength with our fabulous, hardworking coaches. There is so much potential within the club that the future looks bright.

On one Super Saturday, we had 11 wins, 2 draws and no losses! A first for any club in the country!

Umpires:

None of this would be possible without the tirelessless work of the volunteer umpires and I want to thank everyone who gives up their time so that others can play. Thank you to Peter Butcher and Peter Williams for stepping in at the eleventh hour. We will be looking for other umpires to step up next year so please see Jack Glover or me if you are interested in umpiring higher standard games. 

Jack has done an amazing job of getting more level 1 umpires in the club and also being on hand to answer umpiring questions in the clubhouse after games. Here at Magpies, we strongly promote the development of umpires and this has been recognised by the EH umpire chief, David Elworthy. On Saturday, David spent the day and evening at Magpies to offer advice and answer questions relating to all matters to do with umpiring.

Social calendar:

The social calendar has been busy with the social committee putting on a quiz night, gin night, the “It’s on the ball” talk and exciting other events going on throughout the year. Our social media team are doing a cracking job of keeping us all informed of everything going on.

May Tournaments:

Finally, the May Tournaments will be going ahead but in a different format as our grass pitches have not recovered from last summer. All games will take place on the astros so there will be fewer teams on each day. Saturday will now be an mixed tournament for players aged 16-76. Sunday will be a mixed tournament for 16 yr olds and under and the Monday will be the club day for players aged 16-76. This way we hope to encourage teams to play a young team on Sunday and free up spaces for adults on the other days. Invites will be sent out soon and it will be a case of first come first served. We will be looking for volunteers to help run all three days so if you can commit to a morning or afternoon on any of the days, please see Daphne or me.

Thank you all for making my first term in office so enjoyable and ensuring that Magpies is the best club in the area if not the country!