On The Eve of 2011


Whilst the International side of the game has seen great success in 2010, it's the grassroots, the clubs who are the heart of the game enjoying hockey week in week out.

A look back a 2010 shows the huge efforts made by hockey clubs in England, who offer the opportunity for all people of all ages to take part in a dynamic and successful sport.

Click on the month to see a calendar of club based stories from 2010.

January 2010 saw the finalists for the National Indoor Championships announced, with East Grinstead Men and Leicester Women take the National Titles.

February 2010 saw England Hockey launch Club Engagement. A programme designed to help England Hockey get nearer to the clubs, to find out what clubs want, and how clubs want the sport to develop. The findings from these visits so far are really helping to form planning for next season, and many visits continue to take place and will do so through to 2013.

March 2010 Sport Relief arrived with a bang. Hockey Clubs up and down the country got involved and some amazing fundraising helped to contribute to worldwide projects. You and your club were part of something truly brilliant and we hope you are busy planning for an explosive Sport Relief 2012! To see hpw your events helped, you can see the BBC review of Sport Relief here including the legendary Coach of the Year, Smithy.

April 2010 and the nominations for The Awards Dinner were in. The huge amount of nominations from club world really showed the dedication and hard work of grassroots clubs and volunteers to keeping hockey in England successful.

May 2010 City of York Girls, and Canterbury boys were crowned deserving U12 YAZOO Mini's winners in Beeston.

June 2010 saw hockey lose a good friend. David Vinson of Southgate Hockey Club sadly passed away. David will be long remembered by many in the world of hockey.

July 2010 arrived along with news of the National Young Umpires Promising List. Many of these young people are recruited and grown within clubs, leading to exciting opportunities for many for the future.

August 2010 meant hundreds of clubs getting ready for the new season. Grow Your Own was launched, with Leighton Buzzard HC selected to be thrown into the spotlight for the coming season.

September 2010 saw the first Grow Your Own club day, with over 200 clubs taking part in a National Balloon launch, and welcoming newcomers to their clubs.

October 2010 and the season is under way. The work of clubs never stops and England Hockey wanted to celebrate grassroots hockey.

November 2010 England Hockey launches Proud to Coach to clubs. Visiting clubs throughout 2010 saw a real demand for affordable age appropriate coaching resources. The first outcome of the Club Engagement visits and feedback was successfully launched.

and finally...

December 2010 saw people go Indoor Hockey mad, as the qualifiers for the new super sixes National Indoor Hockey Championships got underway, with a place in the finals at Wembley Arena at stake. With thousands of tickets sold already, the 30th January is sure to be one not to miss, so book your tickets now!

2010 also saw the introduction of a number of new ways of communicating between England Hockey and the clubs.

Twitter went tweeting mad, and has over 1700 followers 

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Facebook arrived.................

And a web based BETA app for the iPhone appeared!

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