Harvester Grow Your Own - National Club Weekend 2011

GYO Club Day Eastcote

The first two weekends in September saw hundreds of clubs across the country hosting their 'Harvester Grow Your Own' Club Days. 

Harvester Grow Your Own Focus Club - Surrey Spartans - 10.09.11 

Surrey Spartans Hockey Club held a very successful club day this weekend with loads of youngsters turning up to try hockey for the first time.  A review of the day is below, along with other great stories from club days from around the country.

SurreySpartansHC GYO Club Day

Club Chairman, Lowell Lewis, is very excited about the future of the club, which has only been running for a year.  He added, "we want to thank the England Hockey for choosing us as the spotlight club for the GYO day. The club day has given us a massive boost that we could never have achieved by ourselves. I am really excited about how far we can take the club and with the potential links to local primary schools on the horizon perhaps our vision of having a complete club is closer than we originally thought. Its going to be a challenge but thanks to the weekend i think we are in a much better place to succeed."

England and GB International, Jonty Clarke, made a big impact on the day and spent several hours down at the pitch helping some of the youngsters with their skills and signing autographs.  He even got involved in some of the mini games and tried not to be too competitive when playing with 3-9 year olds who had never played hockey before!

SurreySpartansHC GYO Club Day

Following the success of the day Surrey Spartans are really keen to set up some junior coaching sessions down at Surrey Sports Park.  To contact the club and find out more please visit www.surreyspartans.com

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How can you get involved?

Even though National Club Weekend is now over for a year it doesn't mean you can't still get involved.  Hockey Clubs across the country are always on the look out for new players.  So whether you're thinking of going back to hockey after some time out or you've never played before but fancy having a go, contact your local club and find out how you can get involved www.englandhockey.co.uk/findaclub

If your club hasn't held its 'Harvester Grow Your Own Club Day' yet, don't panic; it doesn't matter what date you decide on.  The EHB's 2011 Club of the Year, Alderley Edge, are holding their day on 23rd October. So no matter when you want to have your club day, just let us know.

For more information about 'Harvester Grow Your Own' Clubs and to find out how you can become one, click here.

More stories from our GYO Clubs...

Eastcote Hockey Club - 03-04.09.11

Eastcote HC had a great weekend and a fantastic turnout from their members.  The whole event was capped off by GB players, Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne, heading down on Sunday to spend time with the Colts section and mixed teams, offering coaching to the players and even getting involved in the mixed game at the end of the day.

GYO Club Day Eastcote HC Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne

GYO Club Day Eastcote HC Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne

Rachel Wicks, from Eastcote HC said, 'Iain and Mark were absolutely fantastic…the kids(and some of the adults!)were in complete awe. When the colts started asking for socks and then even arms to be signed with autographs, we knew it was a complete success!'

Oxford Hockey Club - 03.09.11
Oxford Hockey Club only formed last year when Rover Oxford and City of Oxford Hockey Clubs merged, and we were delighted to be able to send two GB players, Susie Gilbert and Nic White, down to their first Harvester Grow Your Own club day.

GYO Club Day Oxford HC Susie Gilbert and Nic White

Nick Malden from Oxford HC added, 'the day was a great success and despite some bad weather the day was lit up by England stars Suzie Gilbert and Nic White. Suzie and Nic helped the delighted youngsters with some tips and tricks from their own training, autographed sticks and balls and joined in with the fun and games.'

GYO Club Day Oxford HC Susie Gilbert and Nic White

The players presented Nick with a signed shirt from all the England team at last year’s Commonwealth games which will be displayed in the new clubhouse area at Oxford Brookes. Nic White also showed off her bronze medal recently claimed at the European Championships in Germany.

Waltham Forest HC Club Day - 03.09.11
Walthham Forest had a fantastic day with a great turnout from their junior members to come and meet GB and England player Iain Mackay.  Iain spent time with the juniors demonstrating some of his skills and also helping them individually with their hitting and dribbling.

GYO Club Day Waltham Forest Iain Mackay

Philippa Leguen de Lacroix from WFHC said, 'everyone had a great day, it made such a difference having Iain there. I know the older kids really got an enormous amount out of it, as did many of the adults!'

GYO Club Day Waltham Forest Iain Mackay

The England Hockey would like to thank all the Harvester GYO Clubs for their fantastic efforts towards Club Weekend 2011.  Make sure you keep up to date with all of the opportunities we will be bringing you in this Olympic Season by signing up to our monthly newsletter.