Harleston Magpies Hockey Club Youth Section has had an exceptional year. Every age group from U10s to U18s, boys and girls, have something to be proud of. Many squads have achieved the highest level possible with national final appearances including the U12 girls, U14 boys and girls and semi-final finishes for both the boys and girls U18s.
On Friday 19 May at Magpies clubhouse, it was all about celebrating this success and recognising the hard work of every player, all team officials, the army of volunteer coaches and assistants and of course the fleet of mum and dad taxi’s!
Over 120 children played games throughout the early evening and then crowded into the clubhouse to see the lucky recipients of the highly prized annual awards, presented by stars of Magpies 1st teams and former junior members, Rose Winter and Jack Hobbs.
The Magpies junior section was also delighted to welcome Andrew Longe, Honorary Life member of Harleston Magpies to present the Longe Trophy for outstanding Youth Coaching services. Since 1994 Andrew has wanted to shine a light on unsung heros in the youth section, those coaches who tirelessly strive to deliver high calibre coaching, giving up evening after evening year after year and this year the entire room agreed that Chris Flatt was a more than worthy winner of the award for his work with Magpies junior goal keepers (pictured Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe).
Club Youth Chairman David Johnson was thrilled at the turnout for the evening, saying: ‘Our awards evening is always a terrific night made even better this year with a glorious summers evening. It was really good to see youngsters from across the age groups mixed up and playing some hockey whilst parents mingled and supported from the side lines before everyone came into the clubhouse for the awards presentation. Well done to all the winners on the night but equally important well done to all who have been part of Magpies youth system. It really has been an exceptional season which everyone can take some credit for.”
[For a full list of prize winner see below]
David Johnson continued: ‘This year’s event was even more special because before the evenings’ entertainment, Magpies hosted a quick sticks hockey coaching and mini tournament afternoon for three local primary schools. This introduced hockey and Magpies to over 70 year three and four pupils from Pulham, Dickleburgh and Newton Flotman primary schools. We hope many will come back and take part in the clubs summer hockey taster sessions in June’.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our thanks go out to Lauren Goodswen the Sports Coordinator for the Harleston and Diss Primary school pyramid to enable this to happen.
If you fancy getting your kids involved in hockey, check out the summer taster courses running in June and July at Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on their website at www.magpies-hockey.co.uk
Pictured: Chris Flatt and Andrew Longe – Chris Flatt was winner for outstanding coaching youth services. Also pictured William Menzies, player of the season U10 and Jack Hobbs, and Georgie Cantrell, payer of the season U15s with Rose Winter
– picture credit Bex Pottruff
For more information please contact Bex Pottruff, Press and Publicity Officer for Harleston Magpies Hockey Club on email@example.com or 07500 945247
Awards Winners – Boys
U9 Player of the Season – Elliot Barkway
U9 Most Improved – Kavi Chopra
U10 Player of the Season – William Menzies
U10 Most Improved – Connor Hudson
U11 Player of the Season – Benjamin Brand
U11 Most Improved – Henry Baskerville
U12 Player of the Season – Jacob Ash
U12 Most Improved – Freddie Cox-Hartigan
U13 Player of the Season – Jacob Fairweather
U13 Most Improved – Jake Hayward
U14 Player of the Season – Edward Brice
U14 Most Improved – Joe Wicks
Development Team Player of the Season – Freddie Herschel-Shorland
Development Team Most Improved – Sam Emms
U15 Player of the Season – Oli Hall
U15 Most Improved – Graham Mobbs
Award Winners Girls
U9 Player of the Season – MIA SPAULL
U9 Most Improved – CHARLOTTE BUCK
U10 – Player of the season – EVIE WHEELER
U10 – MOST IMPROVED – MIA NORTH
U11 – Player of the Season – BETH GARDENS / AMIE HUNT
U11 – MOST IMPROVED – ISABELLE POTTER
U12 – Player of the Season – ANNA COGDELL / GEORGIA FLATT
U12 – MOST IMPROVED – EMMA FORD
U13 – Player of the Season – SOPHIE PETTITT
U13 – MOST IMPROVED – EMMA WILLIAMSON
U14 – Player of the Season – GEORGIE GARDENS
U14 – MOST IMPROVED – HONEY LAMDIN
DEVELOPMENT Team – Player of the Season – EVIE BRICE
Development Team – MOST IMPROVED – GRACE CLARKE
U15 – Player of the Season – GEORGIE CANTRELL
U15 – MOST IMPROVED – MOLLY WARNES