Top Clubs Nominated to Eurohockey Club of The Year

Alderley Edge, Beeston, Old Silhillians, Surbiton and Wakefield have been entered to compete against the best clubs in Europe early in 2012 in an attempt to retrieve the coveted "Eurohockey Club of the Year" award.
2008 saw City of York HC awarded a Merit for developing hockey in York with very limited facilities, and now these clubs hope to recapture the interest of the EHF.

Club hockey in England is continuing to develop and many clubs are working incredibly hard to offer hockey to their local communities and beyond. Here is a glimpse of what makes these five clubs special.

Alderley Edge

  • England Hockey Club of the Year, sponsored by Harvester, awarded Club of the Year at The London Cup, July 2011
  • Secured a huge amount of funding through some great creative thinking to build a pitch for themselves and their community

Beeston

  • The growth of hockey at this club has been amazing, due to:
  • Invested time and resource into junior programmes to make them one of the most sucessful on field clubs in the country across age groups
  • Working hard to secure funding to upgrade their facilities

Old Silhillians

  • A real community club, offering their members and beyond a warm, welcoming and friendly environment to play and socialise.
  • A large amount of development including recognising the needs of members, planning facility upgrades and builds to install a creche to enable more women to play
  • Running the Back to Hockey programme to encourage females to get back into the sport

Surbiton

  • An inspirational club, the first in England to have over 1,000 playing members
  • They work to two key principles, Every Player Matters, and Offer Value for Money

Wakefield

  • Recognising, and working on recruiting more volunteers into their club in order to support their growth
  • Securing funding to install additional facilities to continue to grow hockey in Wakefield
Alex Teasdale, National Manager Clubs and Facilities said

"We are immensly proud to be able to make such high quality endorsements to the EHF. We have been woring hard with all five clubs over recent years, and they themselves have been working hard for many more years to get to this point.
I was reading the applications before submission, and I can't explain how proud I am that we have such wonderful people making our sport happen.
English Hockey clubs can be fantastic to be part of,  and I am very pleased to be able to nominate these clubs to compete in Europe"

England Hockey would like to wish all five clubs the very best of luck for the awards in 2012.

To view the criteria, click here