Clubman of the Year 2017
March 31, 2017 - 21:52
This year’s Clubman of the Year nominees have been chosen by members of the Hockey Club Committee, and in a change to previous year’s format (which will continue going forward) members of the Hockey Club Committee will choose the overall winner of Clubman of the Year. The announcement will be made at this year’s Club Dinner and Dance on 29 April 2017.
Amy has undertaken the role of Social Secretary for a number of years now. She has provided our membership with a range of opportunities from Race to Bollywood to Quiz; contributing to a club social calendar with monthly opportunities to spend time as a Hockey Family and to fundraise for the benefit of our club. With the pitch replacement fund now in place and growing steadily, the events developed and co-ordinated by Amy are a key part of our fundraising strategy.
Dennis has a rare quality within him, and at the beginning of the season threw his volunteer hat in the ring. With Holcombe HC providing playing opportunities to his son and grandson, Dennis had the time and opportunity to give something back. There is barely a wall upstairs and downstairs in the clubhouse that has not had a fresh lick of paint over the past couple of months. This is down to Dennis and his commitment over several days each week to the paintbrush and tools. The answer is no, he is not available to paint your house!
Gary is a jack of all trades and we shall leave it up to you to guess if he is a master in one or none! He can be found on a hockey pitch leading the 3XI and developing the juniors within his team; attempting to play his own game; heading a ball or a stick; umpiring for both the men’s and ladies’ section; and coaching the juniors on a Sunday morning. On other occasions, he can be found in the bar chatting to any member of the club in his friendly brummie accent.
PAUL & LOUISE
Paul & Louise are the familiar faces behind the kitchen hatch on a Sunday morning. Every week they volunteer their time to prepare and serve food and drink to our Junior parents, coaches and players. They are the reason that most of our coaches and parents appear awake every Sunday - bacon rolls and coffee! All of the funds raised by the kitchen on a Sunday morning is ploughed back in to the junior section, so not only do they work the kitchen they fundraise at the same time.
Richard Russell is our King of Fixtures. He spends the summer period conversing with Kent Hockey Association and other Hockey Clubs to ensure that our fifteen senior teams have a full calendar of fixtures for the winter season. It is an unenviable task of mapping over 300 individual fixtures ready for the start of the season, collating and inputting results and goalscorers each week; regular weekly communication with other fixture secretaries; and when the cold weather hits the rearrangement of as many fixtures as necessary.
Our club is run by volunteers, who spend many hours each week ensuring that Club Members - senior and junior - get the chance to train and play competitively. There are many volunteers not named above and on behalf of the Committee, I thank you if you are one of those. If you are not, please do a) thank those who give up their time for the benefit of our club and b) consider if you have the time and inclination to volunteer with us, even if you do not know how you can help just yet.
Many thanks Jon Rye (Co-Chairman and Director of Hockey)