AGM News 2016

Posted by Nobody on 12 June 2016

Sheffield Hockey AGM – 2016

1. Apologies for absence

Jan Rees

Andy Pettigrew

Sue Beeley

Owen Carr

Ricky Danson

Paul Danson

Erica Harrison

Colin Pearce

 

2. Approval of the minutes of the previous AGM of 18th May 2015

Approved en masse

 

3. Chairman’s Report

Chairman’s report was presented by Ann Marshall

2015-16 may not be a significant season in your memory years from now. No premiership hockey, no internationals to follow playing around the world, few promotion fights but in many ways it has been an important season. No major projects or crises for the club management to deal with but a number of changes.  A new treasurer in Michele and new club captains in Andy and Erica have all been invaluable. We've got a new website which has helped with both internal communication and been a much improved window on the club, encouraging membership enquiries throughout the season. We hope to open up the members section for next season.

The Men's 1s had their first season without recognised internationals from any of the home countries at any senior or even junior level. With Vicky unable to commit to her past coaching time, it's been a transition season with manager Beavo and captain Smit, doing much to keep the cohesiveness. Not surprisingly results have been inconsistent with some excellent and some disappointing results but ultimately a finish in 5th was a good outcome.

Bat won't be leaving the club, she will be around in a coaching development role, but we are perusing a new coach for the new season. We can’t let the evening pass without thanking her for years of devotion to the club both as player and coach. Vicky is a one club player starting as a junior, keeping goal while the club was in the North Conference and then starting a coaching career that has rising to some real heights with the club, as a CCCs and with Wales. Her highlights are undoubtedly leading the guys into the Premiership season. The promotion competition was fantastic and a season entertaining the best clubs in the country was an experience we will never forget. It brought a series of challenges on and off the pitch bad was all too short but to Bat, a women, leading a men's team in the top national league was a fantastic achievement. So to the end of one role and to the start of a new one!! Many thanks

 

Women's 1st also started the season with a new coach and new players. The play was good to watch and results show the potential for challenging for promotion to Conference are more realistic than for many seasons.

It's difficult to sum up the M2s season. Huge potential that couldn't gel into consistent results and through the need for an unfortunate playoff, ultimately relegation. But this team is too good (heard that before) but should be looking to bounce back next season.

Women's 2s benefitted from the return to the club of a number of experienced players and although results might be inconsistent, here's a team looking upwards

The picture continues through the club, M3s having a great mix of experience and youth, M4s maintaining their reputation for the partiers of the club with captain Richards at the helm while improving their pitch performance as well. M5s will have to reconcile themselves to life in Division 3 again but given a similar lineup next season, there's plenty to look forward to. M6s just missed promotion after a playoff but overall a great season to look back on. M7s is a largely U18 side and after promotion last season, initially found life tough but steadily rose to the challenged and maintained their D5 south status. One great loss next season however will be Alan Dewhurst moving to Southern climes. The club thanks Alan for all his leadership and organisational skills for junior sides as well as the M7s. M8s with Jan being both the team leader and the rock of the defence, have had a good season fielding the veterans of the clubs with promising youth. The M9s continues to provide the introduction of youngsters into Saturday hockey and led by Ian Russell and a large number of other senior players to support them and give them both the good and not so good examples of hockey etiquette, it's been another successful and hugely important year for the boys involved.

W3s and W4s have both emerged over the season into successful teams with fantastic energy and enjoyment. Both teams have a mix of youth and experience that have gelled into teams that have now got the taste for winning.

And the rest - the men's indoor retained their place in Super 6s Division 1 - just - by one goal, with Old Loughts being relegated. A fantastic result after losing many of the players who had won promotion in 2015.

Sheffield continues to see many of our vet players playing in the Masters, this season with Ricky Danson, Colin Pearce and Rich playing in the Antipodes

If you come to the club on a Sunday morning you will see the strength of the club with our juniors. With over 200 playing regularly, around 15 junior league teams from U10 - U16, U10 and U12 boys and girls making the North rounds of the National competition and the U12 boys just missing qualifying for the Nationals, there is both talent and strength in numbers in the junior section, supported by HDO Phil, the guidance of Malcolm and an army of volunteers, both coaches and parent managers. If you've not seen it, 9 - 1.00 ever Sunday is worth seeing, been helping with.

Ann to step down as chair and be replaced by Mark Beavis

Exec and attendees thanked Ann for her contribution.

4. Presentation of 2014/15 finalised accounts 2015/2016 draft accounts

5. Acceptance of 2014-2015 accounts

Approved en mass.

6. Subscriptions for 2015-2016 season

Category

Cost

Senior

£210

Student

£120

U14/16

£85

U10/12

£75

U9

£60

Match fees remain at £9 and £7 for seniors and students respectively.

Michele also presented the budget for 2016/2017.

7. Election of Officers for 2016-2017 season

Saul Halladay provided club members with a list of elected officers. The officers of the club remain the same for the 2016-17 season as they were for the 2015-16 season with the exception that Mark Beavis takes over from Ann Marshall as Chariman and Colin Pearce takes over from Adursh Ruparelia as Umpires Secretary.

8. AOB

Junior Development

Ian Russell raised that we have thriving junior section that is ever increasing in size.  How can we keep momentum going?  How can juniors progressed into the senior side of club.  Lots of juniors going into JRPC and then into HiPac.  However a number of juniors are missing out on senior coaching.

Ann advised that it is the intention to have coach development session with Demi Dowling (Senior Talent Development Officer for EH).  This session will be open to all coaches and therefore it is imperative that it is widely publicised.  There will also be elite coaching available to those juniors who have been selected for JRPC.

Malcolm suggested that we need to make a decision as to whether we can offer additional sessions (which will be at a cost) for juniors to use.  Could be a gamble as we will have to commit to sessions.

A questionnaire is currently being drawn up with Mark (along with Ian) in order to assess the appetite of juniors.  This will then be used in order to determine what additional session are needed.

Sponsorship

Ian Russell has agreed to work as sponsorship coordinator.  Ian to discuss with Andy Richards how to take this forward.

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