England Hockey Offers Free Affiliation to New Clubs and New Teams

The London 2012 Olympic games gives hockey clubs in England an unparalleled opportunity to open their doors to thousands of members of the public who will be caught up in Olympic fever over the coming months.

It is anticipated that over 25,000 people who have never played hockey before will pick up a stick, and may people who haven't played in some years may find the flame relit.

The Hockey Nation Programme has spent the last 6 months helping clubs to prepare for the influx of new players, volunteers and officials with particular focus on opening pitches, clubhouses and changing rooms between the 27th July and 2nd September.

England Hockey wanted to ensure that clubs could use new players to field new teams and are therefore please to announce all new teams, and new clubs for the 2012/2013 season will recieve free affiliation. Alongside this, we are also pleased to confirm that after working closely with the Regional and County Hockey Associations, your club will be able to enter any new teams much later than in previous seasons.
Please refer to your CHA and RHA contacts or websites for confirmation of exact dates of entry, as they may vary from area to area.

National Manager Clubs and Facilities said

"The summer offers clubs such a fantastic opportunity to find new players of all ages, and fill their ranks. We know how important it is to ensure appropriate competition is offered to many players, and as such Stephen Barlow consulted with each association to request that late entries into leagues would be accepted.
We know that the decision on the number of teams to field can be a challenge for clubs over the summer and we wanted to make sure the timelines for the summer were appropriate. To work hand in hand with this, we also wanted to offer free affiliation to all new teams and clubs, to again make the decision to field a new team, or start a new club as easy as possible"

Club affiliation opens in August, more information can be found here. Please ensure any changes to club committee members are updated on fixtures live so we can contact the right people regarding 2012/2013 affiliation during July and August.

Alongside affiliation, entry to England Hockey competitions is also now open.

In an incredibly exciting year of sport hockey will very much be in the spotlight this summer as the Olympic Games come to London.  And, with the anticipated increased interest in hockey there has never been a better time to enter our competitions. 

Whether you are looking for development, competitive or social hockey, or a way back into hockey, we have the competition for you!

On top of the competitions already being run by England Hockey, we are also introducing new competitions to encourage participation. The new competitions include an U14 7-a-side development league and Men’s and Women’s Masters Trophy & Shield competitions with relaxed rules to encourage participation.

To download a copy of the entry form, find out more about the competitions we run, and to find out about any changes and additions, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/ehbcomps2012

he deadline for entering is Friday 24 August.