Keynsham HC show off their social side and gain new members

Keynsham HC BtH

 

After a successful ‘bring your parents to hockey’ day and with a need to encourage more players to join the club, Keynsham Hockey Club decided to take part in the national Back to Hockey campaign 2015.

 

Wanting to encourage the social side and to show hockey is fun on and off the pitch, the club organised both midweek and Sunday morning sessions. The Sunday sessions were followed by lunches at the local pub for both the Back to Hockey ladies and current members, enabling them to mix. Whilst some of the midweek sessions overlapped with summer league so any players could join in if they wished and those who may have been interested, but nervous were encouraged to stay on to watch and put their minds at rest.

 

Katherine the clubs Chairperson, told us how the club promoted the sessions;

 

‘Social media played a big part in the awareness of the sessions with current members sharing posts advertising the campaign. Posters were displayed in local supermarkets, shops and businesses and we also targeted the parents of the Academy members through email.’

 

With players who hadn’t played since school and some that were trying out a new sport for the very first time, the clubs head coach delivered sessions that developed basic skills followed by lots of small sided games. At the end of the block of sessions the club organised a game that involved the Back to Hockey group and the 3rd XI, which was a great success.

 

When asked what the club gained by running Back to Hockey Katherine explained;

 

‘With 17 ladies coming to Back to Hockey sessions, 10 of them are now full league playing members and 6 are training only members. This group of ladies have brought enthusiasm to our ladies section that, quite honestly, has turned it around. They have attended our social events throughout the year and become key members within the club. Without running Back to Hockey we would have struggled to maintain three teams in the league, plus we now have a fabulous new Goalie for our 3rd team!’

 

The club are planning to join our campaign running from 9th May to 19th June and are also wanting to run sessions for men in the area to give hockey a go. We wish them all the best and if your club would also like to be a part of the 2016 Back to campaign please talk to you Relationship Manager whose details can be found here.