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Weekly Update - get involved in making this season a success on and off the pitch !

By Shelagh Entwisle

Lots going on this week as we get fully up and running for the 2018-19 season !

All about the hockey.......

The Academy kicked off its season last Sunday with great numbers down for registration - if your child is in year 11 or below we need parents to come down on a Sunday or Tuesday to complete Registration, Consent Forms and pay hockey fees - for more information Academy Registration Details

We've had excellent numbers down for all sessions on at Tuesday Training with the switch over on timings going pretty well. Coaches will continue to tweak training groups over the coming weeks, and season. Good to see so many old and young players , across all group[s responding so well to the coaches drills and sessions. Still unsure about training times ? Click here for more details THC Training Times

League hockey is back this week for the Ladies 3s, 4s and 5's as they start their league campaigns in the Cheshire Women's Hockey League. Big thanks to Helen Cue, Club Captain for steering through the registration of players and navigating the complexity of the changes to the CWHL Rules. Another milestone this week as ladies selection was completed using the availability and selection tools on our website platform Pitchero - well done to Penny, Nat, Fiona, Ruth, Woody and Mark who grappled with the technology and to so many players for loading up their availability and Pitchero profiles. Ladies 2's have no game this week and the Ladies 1's head to Neston for a friendly on Sunday at 1.30pm.

The Gents continue with friendlies with NWHL and North Hockey League not starting until 22nd September - the Men's 1's head to Leeds on 8th September and the 3's and 4's host Chester. The men will be getting to grips more with Pitchero over the next coupdl of weeks.

Saturday Academy fixtures kick off this week and we'd like to introduce our new Badgers team this weekend - to be known as Blue Badgers. Both Badgers teams will play home games this weekend and the Beavers will kick of their season next weekend. As we combine data for those academy players who have registered we will work through and firm up how the Beavers, Blue Badgers and Badgers will best operate the squads and develop the players.

All about the coaching .....

On Sunday 9th September, at 10am , we have our first Academy Coaches Update of the season led by Albert for all involved coaching on a Sunday and or coaching Academy teams. Former, current and interested / potential coaches are all welcome to come along and hear more about the approach for the season and how we are continually striving to mentor and develop our coaches as well as our players.

Big thanks to Leonnie Molloy who has revamped our Academy Coaching Curriculum over the summer and developed new resources to support our volunteer coaches. Leonnie has done some cracking work with Caroline Small, Hockey Development Chair , to get the materials in place to kick start the Academy coaching. Albert will continue in his role to support and mentor the coaches with support from Caroline Small.

We're looking for players, or anyone interested in joining the Academy coaching team, on an occasional, or more regular basis - or to one of our 18+ Academy teams to speak to Albert, Nisha, Smalley, Cuey, Kieran, Rob Judd or Shelagh, or come along to our Coffee and Pasteries drop in on Sunday 16th September to find out more about supporting the academy.

Women's 1's - we have announced the appointment of Nigel Stanhope to the role of Women's Performance Coach this week. Nigel has got straight to work with the girls in preparation for their first league game on 29th September. We wish Nigel every success in this role , Nigel brings a wealth of experience as a player and coaching and moves from his roles as Men's 2/3's coach. Shelagh Entwisle will take on the role as Women's 1 Manager working with Nigel and Co-captains Kelly Burdett and Vicky Lomas. The Women travel to Lee Valley next weekend for the Plum Tournament as part of their pre-season warm up games,

Men's coaches - Mark Worsely will be covering the Men's Club, 2/3's coaching sessions on a Tuesday and supporting the Men's 2's on a Saturday in the interim, when available. We're working with others to work out the best approach and will be advertising shortly for a further coach to bring the team back up to full strength with five coaches. We thank Worz for his support and flexibility as we recruit.

All about the other hockey bits ......

Kit Order deadline is Monday 10th September - see full details Kit Order Information

Membership Subscriptions are due on 1st October - if you've not signed up for the online payment by installments you need to start planning when you are going to pay. On-line options are still available but the on-line installments has passed but you can still pay full subs or two installments for student and unemployed.
Sign up to pay on line (except for players 16 years and young (year11))
Pay over the bar, cash or bank card. You can split your payment over the bar with one half paid by 25th September and the second installment by 26th October 2018

Please be aware - No Pay No Play will kick in from the start of October

Lend a hand to keep hockey rolling at THC !

Help us keep hockey at TSC going from strength to strength ! As well as looking for folks to join the coaching team we're urgently looking for a few smaller jobs to be take on by members not already doing a role to get both new ideas on board and help share out the responsibility of making hockey happen at THC.

We're looking for folks to take on some of the #GreatMatchDay activities that need picking up

- Match Day Sponsorship - for home games - filling the slots

- Match Day Comms - producing the match day sponsor posters, social media, whats on results

- Changing Room allocation and posters

- Creating some templates / graphics to spruce up communicating fixture / results on social media and the website

- help refresh website content for team pages and main site and ideas to improve the content

- help sell pitch side advertising banners or generate leads from contacts, colleagues, employers

Interested ? or have any other ideas ? Contact Shelagh Entwisle, Cuey, Kieran or any of the committee (Jackie Lord, Caroline Small, Nisha Sathi, Malcolm Tucker or Rob Judd) asap

Keeping in touch, availability and selection

We're making good progress with the next phase of rolling Pitchero out - with the ladies leading the way this week. Pitchero quick check list

- if you're not on Pitchero sign up now got to and click on join

- if you are on Pitchero already signed up please check your profiles and fill in data fields not completed or amend so up to date

- log in and go to settings and ensure you have opted in to email and weekly round ups so we can keep on contact with you (you have full control over your privacy settings)

- check your schedule - and complete your avaiability

- respond to any selection notifications promptly

- down load the App to allow you to use Pitchero on the go !

....and finally its all about the socials .... footing it from the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe to Timperley is the Faulty Towers Dining Experience is back 12th and 13th October - unique interactive night out Take a look at the Faulty Towers Dining Experience

Back for a second show at Timperley, we had a good hockey turnout at the first event so ask Cuey, Dave McGuire, Caroline and Rachel Small, Macl Tucker, Jackie Lord and Fozzy for their take on it all !

Members can pick up the last few tickets at the reduced member rate of £38 this weekend.
Faulty Towers Dining Experience 12 - 13 October 2018

Thanks to everyone who came down to the BBQ - our first informal social of the season - last Saturday. We had over 60 people down and it was great to catch up with folks from across the section and see our growing number of hockey families out in force.

We have Saturday 22nd September pencilled in the Club Diary as our next kick the season off - its 200 Club Draw night too and we're looking for a male and female team to take on the challenge of getting something organised for the evening.

Have a good weekend's hockey and here's to some early CWHL points in the bag !

Updated 01:26 - 8 Sep 2018 by Shelagh Entwisle

Where next?

Clocks ticking - membership fees must be paid by 30th September Times running out - NO PAY NO PLAY kicks in from selection for games on Saturday 6th October - see how to pay !
#HomeGrown Summer Success Congratulations to Oliver Evans selected for England U16 Boys and Alex Mulligan selected for School Games


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