Magpies Club Strategy Meeting 28th January

Magpies Rejuvenated – A new Club Strategy shaped by its Members and Supporters

As many of you will be aware the Club has recently been assessing its existing facilities.  It has been identified that to stand still improved changing facilities are clearly required and both artificial turf pitches will require resurfacing within the next 8 years (the water based pitch within 3 years). However, should we be more ambitious?  With the recent freehold purchase of the land to the rear of the clubhouse should we be considering building a full size indoor hockey pitch at the club alongside improved hospitality facilities within the clubhouse?

To make any such decision a clear strategic direction is required for the club – a strategy for the next 10 years that galvanises its members. To achieve this the Club wants to engage with as many people associated with Magpies as possible – players, members, parents and supporters – to gather your views and create this 10 year plan.

To start this process, the club is holding a strategy workshop on the morning of Sunday 28 January at the clubhouse.  All players (14 years and over), members, supporters and parents are warmly invited to attend.

The Youth Committee will be organising a separate workshop for youth members under 14 years old later in the season.

The day will start with tea/coffee and breakfast rolls, available from 8.15 am. The workshop will commence at 9.00am and will conclude at midday. I do hope that you will be able to make the time to attend as it is vital that the views of as many as possible connected with the club are heard – young, old, fresh face or long standing Magpie.

  • The questions that you will be asked to consider on the day are:
    What are Magpies’ strengths and talents?
  • What are the clubs’ weaknesses?
  • What could the club do better and what improvements would you like to see?
  • What sort of organisation does Magpies want to be and what does it want to be known for?
  • What developments do you feel are necessary at the club and what are the limitations to development?

How can you help Magpies develop and what skills and experience can you offer?

All views are eagerly sought. There is no wrong answer! Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute through group discussion with the entire event externally and professionally facilitated. An agenda for the morning can be viewed here.

In order to plan the morning effectively, please can you confirm that you will be attending by email to Bob Skinner at by midday on Thursday 18 January at the latest. If you are unable to attend your views are still very welcome.  Please feel free to give some thought to the questions above and email Bob with your comments by the 28 January at the same email address.

Harleston Magpies has a long and proud history of developing its hockey facilities and hockey opportunities for all ages and abilities. This has been achieved through the voluntary efforts of club members and supporters over many, many years. It is now the right time to refocus our efforts and plan together the future continued success of Magpies through a new Club Strategy.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Club on Sunday 28 January at what I hope will be the start of another exciting period of development for Magpies.


Richard Stacey