European Club of the Year

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It has been a pretty good week for Old Silhillians Hockey Club. Named as Notts Sport Club of the Year at the England Hockey Awards they also scooped the prize for Europe’s Club of the Year, awarded by the European Hockey Federation (EHF).

Three clubs were nominated by England Hockey, with Old Sils picking up an historic title, becoming the first English club to win such an award. Up against the giants of Dutch Hockey, Bloemendaal HC and German outfit Harvestehuder HC for Large Club of the Year, the EHF were impressed by the club's growth in membership: a growth that has seen the numbers in the club's junior section increase significantly, as well as in the adult sections. With clear links to the community, the club regularly deals with local schools and businesses as well as enjoying involvement with community activities. Club chairman Stephen Tabb said: "To be recognised as a club for all by two different governing bodies is staggering; a huge thank you must go to all of our members for continuing to make the Sils a great club to be part of."

Oxfordshire club Bicester HC were nominated for the Medium Club of the Year award, having seen a huge growth in their junior section and an eight per cent increase in both the women’s and men’s sections. For the Small Club of the Year award, it was Felixstowe HC who were put forward by England Hockey. Having also won Suffolk Sport Club of the year, the club are no strangers to recognition.

Congratulations to all three for their nominations and of course to Old Sils for their win.