Chairman’s new Season Message Autumn 2017
This “start of season” message is going out to you a little late this year. My excuse is that for some reason, there seems to have been an endless list of things to sort out which I could never quite get on top of. However, as usual our hard working committee has got most things running smoothly.
Worth a special mention in this regard is our long suffering Club captain, Rob Ledger who has had a frantic few weeks arranging (juggling?) squads in order to field teams for our friendlies; I think he is a bit stressed (he hides it well beneath that calm exterior) so if you get a chance, give him pat on the back, or even a hug. With patchy availability at this time of year it is always tough, so please also continue to help him and the captains by communicating promptly - and by making yourselves available!
I’m pleased to say we’ve already had a good influx of new members this year, especially juniors & ladies and I’d like to extend a very big welcome to all of you. We never, ever take it for granted that you choose to join B&W, given the multitude of excellent clubs in the Bristol area – so “THANK YOU” and we hope you love being with us!
Those of you who attended the AGM and Awards Night at the end of last season will have heard me talk about personal development and the importance I place on it. Hockey these days is a multi-generation game like never before, with some players continuing into their 70s. At the same time, it has become a far more physically demanding game and many of the key skills have changed. The club expects you to take full advantage of the training sessions that it provides to continue your development over your playing career. One of the greatest contributions you can give to your club (and yourself!) is by taking personal responsibility for maximising your level of achievement, whatever your age or experience. I think the key areas are;
• Body condition, fitness and flexibility
• Learning and mastering new skills
The first is obvious, but not easy to achieve as it requires self-discipline and just plain old hard work. The second is so often overlooked by older players but in this category I include the forehand slap, the reverse slap and the reverse hit – everyone should master these! To do these successfully requires a good degree of flexibility (see point 1) and for most, a lot of practice. Our coaching team are always more than happy to assist you mastering these key skills. You simply can’t play modern hockey well without them!
The juniors have got off to a flying start this year with a big boost in numbers at our training session on Monday evenings. The Badgers have been in action already (see Junior Section of the website) with two great matches and our U12 have their first festival next weekend. At the other end of the club, the Masters have their first EH competition game the week after that.
Finally, continuing on the subject of personal development, you should be aware that your club commits to fully fund courses that people wish to attend to help them give back to their club. As an example, over the next few weeks we have no fewer than 9 people doing EH coaching courses! We always, need umpires and coaches so just ask – the answer is (probably) yes!
I hope you all have a very enjoyable and of course, successful season.