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Akuma kit





Our club kit web site has now been operating for a year and the new kit is finding its way across more teams. All teams and players are required to convert to the new playing shirts by the end of this coming season.

You can reach the kit shop in two ways:
  • Via the shop option on your personal dashboard in the Club website
  • Externally via this login -  www.akumashops.com/havanthc (Password HAVANTHC)

There are some new items added this year which are pictured below and if anyone has any requirements for anything additional, please let me know.  You will remember that our Club Home socks are bespoke to us and therefore do not appear on the site and can be purchased from the clubhouse, this season we have also launched a new bespoke Away sock, also pictured below.  Cost for both types is £10.00 per pair.





Please remember the club policy is for each member to have their own allocated shirt number individually owned. Numbers can be chosen via each member's Club log in details and no number can be allocated twice. If you have any problems, please let me know. The only divergence allowed away from allocated numbers is for a team to achieve sponsorship (involving Tim Clark our Commercial Director) and only if the shirt set is collected in at the end of each game. This is to avoid (on a strict basis) any team taking to the pitch with duplicate numbers owing to these shirts being released into general circulation. Team Captains are responsible for ensuring no team takes to the pitch with any duplicate numbers.

Thank you and have a good season.

Nigel
nigel.guppy@havanthockeyclub.org.uk



Author - psym
Date - 05/09/19

Doreen Ann Nash




          

  Doreen Ann Nash, 19th August 1940-2nd September 2019.

Just as we are getting ready and a little excited at the birth of a brand-new Hockey season, we should also be mindful that in recent weeks we have lost three very influential ladies from the Havant Hockey Club family, whom we will see no more. Ann Nash passed away this week, following suddenly and sadly Lisa Blake and Fiona Pollard. We owe a debt of gratitude to each.

Doreen Ann, was not keen on her first christian name, so most of us knew her simply as Ann. She died on Monday 2nd September in the Woodland Ridge Nursing Home in the New Forest. Ann was a nurse, a profession which became very useful when her husband Ian, a Goalkeeper for our club for over 50 years, contracted Cancer. It is believed Ann knew at that time she was also suffering from the same diseases but kept this from her husband so that she could care for him full time.

Ann and Ian met in the swinging 1960s and were married on 5th September 1964 in Ann’s home town of Much-Wenlock, Shropshire. They spent most of their married life here with us which led to their long association with Havant Hockey Club.

Ann and Ian had two children Dr Katherine Nash, a Consultant at the Southampton General Hospital and Andrew, who is Director of rare books at the University of London There are two grandchildren Edward and Susanna.

Ann’s funeral will be held at The Oaks Crematorium, on 25th September at 1pm and followed by a gathering in the Havant Hockey Club Pavilion, where Ann and Ian spent many happy years. God Bless you both.

 

Bill Jones.

“Stick with Friends”

 


Author - psym
Date - 05/09/19

The Minis are back!

Pack up your buckets and spade and dust off your hockey sticks, the new minis hockey season is upon us……. yay!



 

I hope you all had a great summer, the coaches and myself are looking forward to a fantastic new season with our Haribo fuelled hockey superstars.

First Session

The first training session will be on 15th September at Havant College.  Training will be from 0930 - 1100, with gates to the carpark open from 9ish.

Don’t forget mouthguard and shin pads! 

New Players

If you are new to the club you are more than welcome to come and join us for some taster sessions to see if your child likes it.

Your child will need shin pads and a mouthguard to take part (all available very reasonably priced from sports direct) and we have hockey sticks you can borrow.

More joining details are on the blog here.

Dates for the Diary

In what can only be described a uncharacteristic feat of organisation i have all the dates for your diaries :

Sunday 15th Sept - season starts 

Sunday 6 th October - Fareham Festival

Sunday 27 th October - Haslemere Festival

Sunday 3rd Nov - Halloween Hockey Fancy Dress

Sunday 17 th November - Portsmouth Festival

Sunday 8th Dec - Havant Festival

Sunday 15th Dec - Xmas party (last session 19)

Sunday 5th Jan - (first session 20)

Sunday 19 th January - Chichester Festival

Sunday 9th February - Petersfield Festival

Sunday 1 st March - Gosport Festival

Sunday 29 th March - Hamble Festival

Sunday 5th April - End of season & Prize Giving

NOTE - there will be an In2Hockey tournament in 20 - date TBC

Coaches and parent helpers

Our awesome coaches Tom, James and Jon will again be coaching the U10s/U8s.  As usual if you’d like to get involved helping out please let me know! No hockey experience required just some trainers and willing!  Also this will be my last season as Minis manager as my son moves up next year, so if you’d like to find out more or want to help on the managing side let me know.  I’ll be looking for a volunteer at the end of the season.

 

Club Website / Account

This season i’m going to be using the club system for organising our squads for festivals, confirming availability and training register.  If you could all ensure you have reated a membership profile it’ll help me make sure we have the right children in the right squads.  Thankyou!

Questions?

Any questions or issues let me know, njletchford@gmail.com / 07932746174

See you on the 15th!

Neil




Author - nlet1
Date - 01/09/19

EH proposal



We have received England Hockey's structure proposals which will be discussed at the 2020 AGM.  To read them please follow this link


If you would like to submit your own feedback please follow the link below:

EH PROPOSAL
Author - psym
Date - 31/08/19

Fiona Pollard




Fiona sadly passed away on 19th June with her family around her.

Fiona Jane Lawrie was born in Huddersfield, and attended King’s College Hospital to study dentistry -  a strange choice, as her sister Morag remembers Fiona having a brace fitted in her mid-teens, which she never wore, becoming expert finding hiding places! 

At King’s Fiona met her future husband, Howard. They married in 1981, settling in Brackley, where they worked as associates before purchasing a run-down practice in Cosham, Portsmouth which they built into a successful business. During this time Fiona also served as a magistrate, which she did for 24 years until 2015 rising to the position of Monday bench Chairman.

In 1991 Fiona and Howard were overjoyed to be joined by Alasdair, and 2 years later Iain was born. With the family now complete, Fiona focused everything around Howard, Alasdair, and Iain… and she was always in her element when entertaining –  woe betide ANYONE who interfered with her kitchen!

The family developed a passion for skiing even though the boys soon left Fiona behind. This came with the usual mishaps of gashed knees and broken shoulders. When she went to see the consultant regarding her shoulder, he told her, “Its healed very well, but I’m afraid you won’t be skiing on that shoulder again.’” As one might expect Fiona’s response was, “That’s not a problem, I’ve got another one!”

In June 2011 Fiona retired and immediately threw herself into her hobbies of quilting, fabric design, flower arranging and cycling with the Rowlands Rollers – even undertaking the Hayling-to-Holland ride, and completing 350 miles in 5 days. Friends remember getting lost in Holland - the men got out the GPS – Fiona pulled out a map and found the hotel within a minute!  Golfing was tried but dismissed, with Fiona’s concern for the safety of others if she continued!

All in all Fiona had a happy fulfilling life, even when her illness got in the way she held her chin up and carried on not letting anyone – including Howard – know her pain. It was only in the last 6 months she suffered. Even this didn’t stop her travelling with the Rollers to Newquay or seeing her beloved puffins in Northumberland.

Donations can still be made, in her memory, to both Rowan's Hospice and the Hampshire Air Ambulance.  If anyone would still like to contribute donations can be sent to Lee Fletcher Funeral Services, 95 High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3AZ


Author - psym
Date - 21/08/19