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News in last 2 years


EH working group on development centres :
England Hockey are looking to recruit 3 people from each Region to be part of a DC/AC working group to compliment the already functioning Performance Working Group. Meetings will be in a central venue(probably Midlands) and 3 times a year. Interested parties should contact Sally Tippen - legend_st@hotmail.co.uk or direct with England Hockey - Sally Mapley - sally.mapley@englandhockey.co.uk 


East Board:
Draft minutes of the Sept 2018 meeting are now uploaded - see meetings page under East Region. 


Sheila Elden and Peggy Nisbet Awards:
Details and application forms for the Peggy Nisbet award scheme to support youths struggling on cost grounds to pursue their hockey development, and the Sheila Elden award scheme to support coaching projects in all aspects of hockey at club, county or regional level, but especially youth develelopments, are now available on a new Awards page $$http://www.east-hockey.com/east/awards.html%%  


Mileage rates:
For the 2018/19 season, ERHA rates are 27p per mile. 


England Masters Trials:
Dates for 2018-19 are now published - see link on Masters page. 


EH Governance Review:
The first newsletter on progress on the EH AGM governance review resolution has been published, outlining an action plan for the short and longer term. See a copy of the pdf file $$http://www.east-hockey.com/eh2018governance/newsletter1.pdf%%. Further information can be found on the EH AGM Resolution web page. $$http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page.asp?section=2464§ionTitle=Governance+Review+2018%% 


Ian Roberts:
Ian's funeral will be at the Chelmsford crematorium starting at 3:30pm on Friday 7th September. All are welcome to attend. The family would like to invite all attendees back to their home after the service for drinks and nibbles. Flowers are welcome and/or a donation to a memorial, which can be done via Chelmsford Star Co-op funeral directors. Please indicate if you are likely to attend via this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/399268350477826/  


Futures Cup:
The East President would like to wish all East junior players performing in the Futures Cup at Oaklands College, St. Albans in the next few days the very best of luck. Our stars of the future will be out to impress to gain an England assessment. 


Warning note:
Spam emails seemingly from East officers are in circulation asking for unspecified payments to be made urgently. East Treasurers, past and present, have received these regularly. Others may do so. Be alert. 


Performance Centre players 2018-19:
Player lists for the Bury and Northwood Centres are now posted on the Performance Centre page raeched by following the Youth link above. 


East Handbook:
The 2018-19 edition is now available as a pdf - follow the link above. For those receiving hard copies, posting is expected in the last week of August.  


New East Executive Officers: contact details:
Secretary: Judith Masters judithannemasters@gmail.com 01379 588435 07919 084109 Greengate House, Wingfield Road, Weybread, Diss IP21 5UL Treasurer: Emily Radcliffe emilyradcliffe0@gmail.com 01638 780831 07712 0800321 45 Sun Street, Isleham, Ely, CB7 5RU 


Message from Sally Tippen, President ERHA - correction:
I would like to wish all East Master players playing for their respective teams in the IMHA World Cup in Terrassa from 27 July - 5 August the very best of luck and hope you bring home some more medals. I trust you will all be inspired by Alex Danson's amazing performance last night at Lee Valley. Results of matches can be seen on masters2018@wcmasters2018.eu and not on TMS as previously indicated. 


2018 AGM new positions:
The recent AGM appointed or confirmed officers to replace those retiring: Secretary: Judith Masters Treasurer: Emily Radcliffe Development Director: Stuart Burnside Performance Director: Chris Townson Masters Director: Kim Hansen Contact details are available on the East Management Committee page. 


Performance Centre Coaching opportunities:
Applications are invited to join the coaching teams at Northwood and Bury St Edmunds Performance Centres (PC) for the start of the new PC cycle commencing in September 2018. A job description can be found $$http://www.east-hockey.com/perfcentre/PC Coach Job Description FINAL.docx%% which also provides the dates of the sessions. It is important that before applying you can confirm commitment to all the sessions advertised for either the boys or the girls. Please send a simple CV to Martin Williams stating which gender you would wish to coach- martinw1955@gmail.com. Closing date is 20th July 2018 


Club infomation update:
Minor glitches on WFS name input and club astro list display have been corrected. 


East Masters playing at the World Cup:
I would like to wish all East Master players playing for their respective teams in the WGMA World Cup the very best of luck and hope you all have an enjoyable experience. I hope to see some of you out there. Results of matches can be seen on TMS - $$https://masters.altiusrt.com%% Sally Tippen, President ERHA 


Privacy Policy:
ERHA has published its policy covering all aspects of East Hockey and the data it may hold, and this can be found by following the link at the top of this page.  


Kettering HC:
Kettering were given the England Hockey Club of the Year Award at the recent EH Awards Dinner. 


A Denial of Service attack on our host ISP, 1&1, is currently making the East website intermittently unavailable. The problem is being worked on.  


Update your Club information:
As usual, all East League clubs are expected to update their information page on this website ready for the new season. This must be done in May or June 2018 to avoid a 50% increase in league fees. If your club info from last season still applies, just access the update form, make no changes, but complete the entry procedure at the bottom of the page. To see a list of clubs that have updated or not, go $$http://www.east-hockey.com/clubs/clubupdates18.asp%%  


Data protection:
The Copyright and Database Right statement linked from the top of this page now includes a statement on Data Protection. 


Changes to National and Regional Leagues:
England Hockey have announced changes to the structure of the national Women’s and Men’s Hockey Leagues from the 2019-20 season, with concomitant changes at the top of Regional Leagues. This is the first step in adapting to the Hockey Pro League and requests from clubs to review the domestic structure. A summary of the changes is $$http://east-hockey.com/leagues2/ehlchanges2018.pdf%% 


Photographs wanted:
With the season drawing to a close, we are looking for action shots suitable for the front cover of the 2018-19 East Handbook. If you want to submit a shot for consideration, please email it as a jpg to the East Webmaster - who is now also the HB Editor (again). Many thanks. 


East Women's O35 Masters:
East has been asked if they can field a team for a Regional tournament on 23/24 June. If you are interested in playing or managing this team please contact Sally Tippen - legend_st@hotmail.co.uk. The closing date for entry of a team is 13 April. 


EH Governance Review:
A full copy of the final report reviewing regional, county, and league gopvernance structures, and more importantly club and player opinions of them, can be downloaded as a pdf file $$http://www.east-hockey.com/east/governancereview.pdf%% 


East Constitution:
New version incorporating changes agreed at the recent SGM to meeting quorums now uploaded.  


East Development Director - Vacancy:
This is a rewarding role involving creative organisation development in the Region with particular emphasis on communication across all levels of strategy and planning, together with leading the integration and coordination of EH/Regional objectives. Further details can be found $$/east/DevDirAd2018.doc%% 


ERHA Hon Secretary - Vacancy:
This would be a rewarding role for someone committed to administration in the Region with particular emphasis on meeting organisation and recording (4 Board meetings annually plus AGM) together with communicating and advising at all levels. Expenses are payable and a per meeting fee could be negotiated. Further details can be found $$/east/SecAd2018.doc%% 


VACANCY – Post of Performance Director – East Region Hockey Association:
Applications are invited for the post of Performance Director – East Region Hockey Association. This is a rewarding role for those that are committed to youth development in the Region with particular emphasis on running and maintaining Performance Centres at Northwood and Bury St Edmunds. The applicant must: · Be an excellent ORGANISER as the post carries the responsibility of successfully delivering Performance Centres at Northwood and Bury St Edmunds. It would be useful but certainly not essential to have a Coaching qualification. · Have an absolute PASSION for talent development within the Youth of the Region. · Be a good COMMUNICATOR with the stakeholders that are principally, England Hockey, the Academy Centres, players and coaches. Applications should be submitted in letter format describing briefly your background incorporating a summary CV to Martin Williams martinw1955@gmail.com by the closing date of 28th February 2018 For additional information please contact Martin Williams on 07793-651260 


VACANCY - East Treasurer:
The Treasurer is retiring at the end of this season and East are looking for a volunteer to take on this role, which would be ideal for a Club Treasurer seeking wider responsibilities and greater influence. There is a steady amount of work throughout the year, and a few hours a week are required to maintain the finances in order. Good organisation and dogged persistence are prerequisites for the job. The Treasurer is also a member of the ERHA Board and attends and contributes to board meetings covering all aspects of hockey in East. If you are interested in finding out more please email the Treasurer on op131@btinternet.com or contact the East President for a preliminary discussion. Alternatively, there is brief summmary of the role $$/east/erha treasurer summary.docx%% 


Janet Goody:
We are saddened to hear the news that Janet Goody (a very long term League Manager for the EWL Women's Premier Division) has passed away. Janet was at the forefront of the combining of the East Men's and East Women's League committee's into a single entity and was admired by both clubs and her fellow committee members for her sincere and common sense approach in dealing with problems. She will be sadly missed. Details of her funeral will follow on the East Leagues web page. 


England O35 Masters:
England Hockey are inviting anyone who will be 35 to 39 on or before the 31 December 2018 to apply for a trial to represent England Women’s/Men's O35s teams. The first trial will be held in the Midlands on December 17th 2017. Further trials are scheduled for 20th/21st January and 31st March/1st April 2018. Players wishing to be considered should send their contact name, address, relevant tel numbers, e mail address, preferred playing position, their Hockey Club and details of any representative honours; via e mail to: Steve Floyd - masters@englandhockey.co.uk. In addition, nominees should provide the contact information (mobile no. and E mail) for one referee, who may be contacted. 


East Mens O60's Masters:
The Over 60's Regional tournament will take place at Cannock HC on 28th/29th April 2018. Trials will take place on Sundays 4th and 25th February 2018, 2-00pm until 4-00pm, at Long Rd Sixth Form College, Cambridge. For details please contact Graeme Welch: gwelch@btinternet.com 01923 232731 (H) 07759417518 (M) 


Club Affiliations - Update:
A massive response from East League clubs in ensuring their England Hockey Affiliation has been paid, well done. Just the stragglers now with 3 days left. Just a reminder, on this subject we are acting as a message provider for England Hockey, if you have any queries you should contact Joe Daniel at England Hockey, his number 01628 895081. The clubs still to pay are: Canterbury, Luton Town, Norwich City, Sevenoaks, Tower Hamlets and Wellingborough. Please remember if you have seen this and your club is listed do not assume other members in your club have seen it. Do speak to senior members to your club to ensure as many people in your club know about this payment being outstanding. It's better that the senior members get lots of reminders then none you lose all of your hard earned League points.  


East webmaster email:
Use op131@btinternet.com not eastwebmaster@btinternet.com please. Most links on the website have been updated accordingly. 


East O35 Women Masters team:
East is trying to raise an O35s team to enter into a Regional tournament. Players born in 1983 or earlier are eligible. If you wish to trial for this team please contact Sally Tippen on legend_st@hotmail.co.uk.  


Graham Ward:
Please note that the memorial service is slightly earlier than previously announced, and is at 1.00pm 


EH affiliation fees:
Clubs are reminded that the deadline for EH affiliation and payment is 30th November The link for the affiliation portal is $$https://hockeynation.club/wp-login.php%%. If you have any problems with affiliating then please contact Joe Daniel at EH on 01628 895081 or Joe.Daniel@englandhockey.co.uk 


Graham Ward: :
We have been notified of the passing of Graham Ward. Graham was an ex-President of the East Counties Hockey Association and helped push the game forwards as a coach both at County and Club level. A true legend at Wisbech Town Hockey Club, where he had been a stalwart for many years as a former Chairman, team captain and coach. Since taking a step back from the game Graham could still be seen regularly on the sidelines at Harecroft Road where he would always have a smile and a friendly word with all of his friends in the hockey family. He will be sadly missed. A memorial service celebrating Graham's life will be held at St Peters Church, Wisbech on Friday, 17th November at 1.00pm.  


EH Governance survey:
EH is seeking responses from across hockey via on-line surveys to better understand current governance structures. We want your views about the way in which hockey is currently run and managed at regional, county and league level and whether this meets the needs of clubs and players. We want to know if you feel that it currently works well or if improvements could be made and, if so, we want your thoughts and ideas on practical solutions. An England Hockey governance review working group has been established to address the AGM resolution. The findings from the survey will be used by this group to help identify opportunities and develop best practice in governance for the benefit of our sport.Yew Consulting, an independent sports consultancy, have been commissioned to develop the survey questions and are collecting and analysing the data on our behalf. All feedback will be handled in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. There are two versions of the survey: For Administrators/Committee Members of Regional, County, League and Umpiring Associations go $$https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AGMResolutionGovBod%% For Club Administrators/Committee Members and club members go $$https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AGMResolutionClubs%% If you ‘wear more than one hat’ please feel free to complete the survey as many times as required. The survey will take between 15-20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey no later than Sunday November 26 2017. 


Access to Bedford HC - final mile of journey through Queens Park.:
Robert Oakley (robertoakley1@hotmail.com, President of Bedford HC) has sent out a notification of a route they have made on Daft Logic Advanced Google Map Distance Calculator. The route name is "Bedford HC route whilst Ford End Rd bridge one way", with the following message … If you normally travel to Bedford Hockey Club travelling over the Ford End Road railway bridge into Queens Park, this bridge will be one way from 16th October to the 30th November.You will only be able to use the bridge when you leave the hockey club. Below is a link to a plan of the following suggested route: If approaching from the south and using Prebend Street continue using the A5141 (Midland Road into Ashburnham Road) - (first exit at the roundabout is to the closed Ford End Road, second exit is Midland Road). At top of Ashburnham Road take first left at round about on to A4280 (Bromham Road) cross bridge over rail track and take first left after only 200 yards into Hurst Grove, follow down to the end of that road and turn right and rejoin Ford End Road. Suggest you allow an extra 10 minutes journey time in the daytime (only 2/3 minutes detour at night). Apologies and thank you. To see this route click on this link: $$https://www.daftlogic.com/projects-advanced-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm?showroute=36088&verify=b363b3c56eabf7216847aa699336127f%%  


Umpires for the National Girls Schools competition:
The East Competitions Committee are seeking Umpires who are available on weekdays for the East Region Rounds of the National Girls Schools Competitions. We are very conscious that the schools who have qualified to the Regional rounds of these National Competitions should have the most experienced officials available.Dates and venues: 10th Oct, 16th Nov. Bedford H.C. 12th Oct, 9th Nov. U.E.A, Norwich. 14th Nov. Rushmere, Ipswich. 7th Nov,22nd Nov, 23rd Nov, 28th Nov. Redbridge Sports Centre. If available to assist with these requests, please contact Daphne Menear. daphnemenear@hotmail.com  


Umpires for National Indoor Junior competitions:
The East Competitions Committee are also seeking Technical Delegates for the East Rounds of the National Junior Clubs and Schools Indoor Competitions to be played in December.Dates and venues: 3rd Dec. Royal Masonic Sch and Aldenham Sch. 10th Dec. Colchester Uni and Aldenham Sch. 16th and 17th Dec. Oakland's College and Aldenham School. If available to assist with these requests, please contact Daphne Menear. daphnemenear@hotmail.com  


East Handbook 201-18:
Downloadable PDF version now available via the link above - updated 23rd Sept. 


England Ladies O55s trials:
Dates are now available for these: 1 October, 12 November, 14 January. Venue: Wrekin College, Telford. Times: 10.30-15.30. Contact: Cath Mainprise-Tait at cath_tait@yahoo.co.uk 07903 384936. 


Details for England O40 Women Masters trials::
Players to be aged 40 by 31.12.2018. Trial dates: 1 October, 29 October, 26 November - venues tbc. Final trials: 14 Jan. Contact: Deb Wilkes: wilkesdeb@gmail.com Full details $$http://east-hockey.com/masters/EnglandWO402017trials.pdf%% 


Details for England O60 Women Masters trials:
Players to be aged 60 by 31.12.2018. Trials dates: 22 October and 3 December - Hampton in Arden. Contact: Sue Williams: suwilliamsgolf64@gmail.com Details $$http://www.east-hockey.com/masters/EnglandWO602017trials.docx%% 


East League Rules and Deadlines:
All pages now updated for the 2017-18 season. 


England O50's Womens Masters trials:
Players must be 50+ or attain the age of 50 in 2018. 1st Trial Sunday 1st October 11am – 3pm Venue tba 2nd Trial Sunday 12th November 11am -3pm Venue tba For further details please email:- Jan Baker (Chair of Selectors) jan.baker9@btinternet.com  


England Masters - trials information:
Details of trials for England Women O45 Masters have been released - follow the link on the Masters page on this website to see these and an application form. Note also that England Hockey are wishing to enter O35s Mens and Womens Masters teams into the World Cup in 2018. There is also a pilot to see if there are enough O65 Women to enter a team. If you are interested in trialling please visit the Masters section of the EH website for more information. Details of other age group trials will be posted as and when they arrive. 


East Indoor 2018:
Indoor entries are now open for the 2017-18 competitions - follow the link on the Indoor page for details and application forms. 


European Masters Championships:
I would like to wish all those East Masters players taking part in The World Grand Masters Hockey Association European Masters Championships in Glasgow from 19-27 August 2017 the very best of luck. Further details of schedule, teams and results can be found at: https://masters.altiusrt.com/ Well done to all those players bringing home a medal from Tilburg. Sally East President 


European Masters Championship:
I would like to wish all those East Masters players taking part in The International Masters Hockey Association European Masters Championships in Tilburg, Netherlands, from 11-19 August 2017 the very best of luck. Further details of schedule and teams can be found $$https://masters.altiusrt.com/%% The event website is $$https://www.ecmasters2017.eu/%% Sally East President 


Performance Centre job applications:
Applications are invited for Performance Centre roles of Lead Coach, Coaches, Goalkeeper coach and Centre Manager. Job descriptions and Application form can be found $$http://www.east-hockey.com/perfcentre/perfcentre.html%%. There is a strict deadline of 10th August for applications which should be sent to Martin Williams, East Region Performance Director at martinw1955@gmail.com, where any questions should also be directed. 


News from EH - Relationship Manager changes.:
Relationship Manager Charlie Farrow has added responsibilty for Kent to his existing patch. Jenny Mitchell will now be the Administrator supporting Charlie. 


Photos wanted !:
We are looking for submissions for the front cover of the East Handbook for the new season. If you have a great action shot please submit it to edward.stubbing@gmail.com before the 1st of July. Please ensure you have the permission of those in the photo before submitting them. 


Outdoor rule changes 2017:
See details of the relatively minor changes via EH website $$http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=38632&itemTitle=FIH+Outdoor+Hockey+Rule+Changes+2017§ion=22%% and follow link to new rulebook. 


Apologies for the error on the AGM page. 


AGM accounts:
Provisional accounts and report now available via the East Region/AGM page. 


From Alford to Witham via all points East ...:
As usual, all East League clubs are expected to update their information page on this website ready for the new season. This must be done in May or June 2017 to avoid a 50% increase in league fees. If your club info from last season still applies, just access the update form, make no changes, but complete the entry procedure at the bottom of the page. To see a list of clubs that have updated or not, go $$http://www.east-hockey.com/clubs/clubupdates17.asp%% Please disappoint the East Treasurer by ensuring your Club complies. 


East AGM - correction:
Please note that the AGM will take place on Thursday July 6th at the Stansted Hilton. Details to follow. 


New O 35 Masters initiative:
As part of the development of Masters' Hockey in England, England Hockey are inviting anyone born between 31st December 1977 and 1st January 1982 to apply for a trial to represent an invitational England Men's O35s team. More details $$http://www.east-hockey.com/masters/NEW MASTERS ENGLAND OVER 35s INITIATIVE[1].doc%% 


East Mens Masters Trials:
The East O50s Trials for the 2017 Regional Tournament will be Sunday 30th April 12-2pm at Oaklands, East Drive, Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St. Albans, AL4 0JA. Could players please bring a numbered white and dark shirt. Any questions, please contact Mike Anderson on 07768362214 or via e-mail on:anderson.ms@hotmail.co.uk . The Over 50s Regional Tournament is being held at Weetwood, Leeds University on the 3rd & 4th June.