Coach update

Just thought I would keep you updated on our coach situation:

Still looking for another coach to join our great club – please let us know if you know anyone who might be interested

Suzanne is taking a step back from coaching at the moment and she has sent us the following message:

“As some of you may have noticed I have not been around at hockey as much lately. This is because it has grown increasing more difficult to juggle hockey coaching, and all the associated administration, along with running my own business. Whilst I cannot commit in the same way as I have done in the past, I would still like to be involved, if possible. I’m not sure how this will look yet but over the next wee while the committee and I will be exploring options. Watch this space!”

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Coaching team

Suzanne is back from her sabbatical on the 29th May and will be coaching with Amy, Meg and Morven until the end of this term.  A big thank you to Amy, Meg and Morven who have stepped up and helped enormously whilst we have been short.

Summer Camp 2019

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for – this year’s Summer Camp poster and registration form 👏

This is the fourth year of our Summer Camp and our coaches will be working hard to make it the best one yet!

Remember, the camp is open to members and non members, and sticks can be provided, so everyone can get involved regardless of whether they have played hockey before or not. All we ask is that participants have their own gumshield which can be bought for a few pounds at most sports shops.

If you have any questions, please get in touch here or on hjhcholidaycamp@gmail.com

#SummerFun #GetInvolved #HockeyRevolution

Summer Camp Poster

Summer Camp 2019 Registration

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year. Training resumes on Wednesday 9th January at the usual timeslots –

U8 4pm-4.45pm

U10 4pm-5pm

U12 5pm-6pm

U14 6pm-7pm

U16, Development Squad and Back to Hockey 7pm-8pm (we will extend to 8.30pm when the weather gets kinder to us).

U14 East League begins Sunday 13th January and U12 East League on Sunday 20th January. Both are at Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh between 9am and 12pm. We are waiting on exact match times from the league organisers and will pass this on as soon as we have it. As always sign up through TeamApp.

 

Development Squad have their first fixture of 2019 on Saturday 19th January, away to Ross High (time tbc). Any player aged 14 and over is welcome to play in this squad – the more the merrier! Sign up through Suzanne.

 

The “January Jolly” for our U14, U16 and U18s takes place on Friday 18th January at Fountainpark in Edinburgh. We will be bowling and then heading to Mr Barsai’s for all you can eat buffet style feast. Exact times will be confirmed soon but we are looking at approximately 2.30pm/3pm meet at the bowling alley. Sign up through TeamApp.

 

Final thing is a request that all parents sign up to our TeamApp, even if your child only trains on Wednesdays and doesn’t do leagues or festivals etc. It is an important tool for us to communicate whether or not training is on as it is the one that gets the message out widely and instantly. The website and email posts go out at 3pm every day so if we cancel after that time, you won’t get the email until the following day at 3pm which is useless! We will aim to make a decision earlier than 3pm (usually 2pm deadline) so parents can make arrangements for school pick ups. However, there are times when we may need to cancel the later sessions whilst we are in the midst of coaching the earlier ones and TeamApp is our only way of communicating this news quickly. Please ensure you sign up to help us help you. I promise you won’t be bombarded with notifications!

 

See you soon!

Tis the season!

Now that we’ve hit December and the word “Christmas” can be mentioned, I thought it was time to let you know of our upcoming festive frolics.

 

First up is our Onesie/Christmas jumper Training Night on Wednesday 12th December. Players come along at their usual training time dressed in something festive, a onesie, their pjs, or just normal clothes if dressing up ain’t their style. We will play an interclub tournament with bonus points for the best named and best dressed teams.

 

Our Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday 19th December at Haddington Rugby Club. Our hockeytots will kick things off at 1.30pm then from 4pm until 5pm it will be the turn of our U8s and U10s (P1-P5). After a quick turnaround, we will be ready to entertain the U12s (P6-7) from 5.15pm until 6.15pm. Dress code is smart, festive or sparkly and we will have games, a chill zone, music, prizes and of pizza! We need an idea of numbers so I’ll be creating an event on TeamApp for you all to respond to. Please respond so that we can order the right amount of pizza. If anyone’s child has any food allergies, please let us know.

 

Later in the evening of the 19th, it will be the turn of the junior committee, back to hockey ladies and the development team, to have their Christmas celebration. We will be eating at Mazzoli’s at 7pm and having a secret santa. If you haven’t already let Meg know you’re coming then get on the case now!

 

Our final festive frolic will actually be in the new year with the U14 and U16s. They are too busy with their social lives in December so we have traditionally gone with a January date instead. This time it will be Friday 18th January at Fountainbridge for some bowling and food. Looking at around 2.30pm/3pm for 2 games of bowling (approx £10) then either Nandos or Mr Basrai (around the world buffet). Again, I’ll do a TeamApp event so please respond.

 

Last note on Christmas – if any players are asking Santa for any hockey kit and he isn’t too sure what would be best, us coaches are happy to give him some advice 🙂

 

 

Gumshields

At our U14 session tonight, none of our S2 Knox girls had gumshields in. I’ve spoken to them repeatedly about the dangers of playing without a gumshield, including telling some horrible tales of what can go wrong. Apparently the thought of having scars, permanently losing teeth, having gaps, getting a plate fitted or tooth screwed into their jawbone, and all the pain that comes with those things, isn’t enough to make them wear a gumshield. At their age I should not need to prompt them to wear their gumshield because I don’t need to prompt younger children. The U16 and U18 girls can be equally as guilty of “forgetting” to wear their gumshield. Ironic really that the girls of these age groups are so concerned with their appearance, yet are happy to run the risk of ruining their beautiful smiles. I will continue to keep at them but please can you parents try to talk sense into them too. Thanks!

Surprises…

Myself, Amy and Meg were at the East Lothian Celebrating Sport Awards Evening tonight because I had been nominated as Community Coach of the Year. I didn’t win but turns out the night was to hold a surprise though. As we sat at our table, Susie and Tracey from Sport Development, asked where our band of people were.

Me – “Eh, why should anyone else be here??”
Susie – “You’re up for Club of the Year”
Me – “Whaaaaaat?!?! Are you sure?!”
Susie *points to programme with our name there in black and white*
Me – “ach it’ll be fine, we’ll never win…”

*10 minutes later*

Host – “And the winner is…Haddington Hockey Club”

Me – “oh $#*!”

This one is for all you players, parents, coaches, volunteers and supporters who have been part of any part of Haddington Hockey over the years. Clubs are built on people and we are lucky to have some pretty awesome people in ours ❤

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