GB stars to open Alderley Edge hockey centre

Great Britain hockey goalkeeper Kirsty Mackay and her England and GB teammate Katie Long will be among the star attractions at Alderley Edge Hockey Club as it hosts its Harvester Grow Your Own Club Day on Sunday 23 October. The pair will help open the club’s new £550,000 hockey centre.

Alderley Edge was recently voted Club of the Season at England Hockey’s Annual Awards and the event is being directly supported by the sport’s national governing body and Harvester, the national salad and grill chain, which supports hockey’s Grow Your Own programme.

Mackay and Leicester, who both play in the Investec Women’s Premier Division for Bowdon Hightown and Leicester respectively, will take a break from Great Britain training to help launch the new Edge Hockey Centre at the club’s Ryleys Playing Fields ground on Wilmslow Road.  They will be on hand to deliver advice and coaching to youngsters before officially opening the pitch. 

Kirsty Mackay said:
“Being part of occasions like the Alderley Edge Grow Your Own Club Day really inspire me.  It’s always great to see kids enjoying themselves.  They represent the future of our sport and it’s fantastic that they will have a new pitch to hone their skills on.  I’m sure we’ll be signing a few hockey sticks on Sunday.”

Nick Rudgard, President of Alderley Edge Hockey Club said:
"It has been a long but ultimately very rewarding journey to build our new pitch at The Edge Hockey Centre.  The club is very grateful to all those who have contributed to its planning, funding and construction, and we hope that it will prove to be a significant asset to the local community. England Hockey has helped us to lay on a huge amount of hockey related activity on the day and we hope that people will come down to the club and join in."

Alex Meyer, Senior Marketing Manager at Harvester at Harvester, the supporting partner of the Harvester Grow Your Own Programme, said:
“The Harvester Grow Your Own programme is all about supporting hockey clubs at a local level, giving them the tools to make them the best they can be.  The volunteers at Alderley Edge have done a great job in getting the club to where it is.  We’re looking forward to growing the relationship between the club, the Grow Your Own programme and Harvester.”

Alex Teasdale, National Manager for Clubs & Facilities at England Hockey, said:
“It’s fantastic to be able to support a club like Alderley Edge, which has done incredibly well over the past few years.  Far from being the end of a long process, the opening of the new pitch signifies the start of the next chapter in the club’s story.  As our national Club of the Season Alderley Edge is a leading example to hundreds of other hockey clubs up and down the country.”

The Club Day will feature activities at Alderley Edge’s Moss Lane clubhouse and the Edge Hockey Centre pitch.  As well as dedicated coaching clinics for children, two dedicated Back to Hockey sessions will be held at 12:30 and 14:15 for women looking for a gentle introduction or re-introduction to hockey.  There will also be an opportunity to try Rush Hockey, hockey’s new fast paced 4 or 5-a-side format. 

The Alderley Edge Grow Your Own Club Day is open to everyone.  For more information and directions visit www.aecc.org.uk.

Club Day Timetable

Events at the Edge
10.00: Junior Coaching Session 
12.00: Pitch Opening Ceremony  
12.15: England Hockey Men’s Trophy 2nd round - Alderley Edge 1 XI vs Stockport Bramhall 1 XI

Events at Moss Lane clubhouse
11.30: Quicksticks – a dedicated introduction to hockey for 7-11yr olds
11.30-15.00: THE CAGE – Have a go in THE CAGE, a purpose built hockey shooting gallery
12.00: Rush Hockey – Think you know hockey? Think again. Try Hockey’s new 5-a-side format
12.30: Back to Hockey – A fun and social introduction (or reintroduction) to hockey for women
12:30: Quicksticks – a dedicated introduction to hockey for 7-11yr olds
12.30: BBQ lunch available
13.00: Screening of Manchester United v Manchester City match
13.30: Quicksticks – a dedicated introduction to hockey for 7-11yr olds
13.45: Rush Hockey – Think you know hockey? Think again. Try Hockey’s new 5-a-side format
14.15: Back to Hockey – A fun and social introduction (or reintroduction) to hockey for women
14.30: Quicksticks – a dedicated introduction to hockey for 7-11yr olds

*** For directions to Alderley Edge HC click here ***