About The Club
Last Season Summary
After a great start to the season we went through a bit of a rough patch, availability hit us hard and we started to stuggle over the Christmas period, however a few resilient performances and holding our own against some of our long lasting local rivalries saw us finish with our heads held high and a good result overall matching wins and losses. With a little restructuring for us next season we hope to take us back to top of the able contention and show everyone who Grimsby really is.
Ben 1s Captain
A good mid table finish with good hockey played throughout. fielding a young in experienced team against those who have been playing L incs league for years. As the season progressed the whole team started to believe and confidence spread. lthough results didn't always go our way the hockey we played was brilliant to watch and most importantly improving game by game. With some new faces and more juniors coming through the future for Grimsby hockey club look bright.
Tom 2s Captain
It was a tough season in a new division against some new teams. The games were often close but fell out of our favour. We are happy with a mid table finish and with that we will come back together and put out stronger performances next year. With more junior players coming through and establishing themselves in the 1s we are hopeful of a better season next year.
Lucy 1s Captain
We had our most successful season in many years finishing 2nd overall is something we are very proud of. with some new juniors in the team giving us the extra legs we needed has been key to our improvement this season. lets hope we can keep up the momentum next season
Rachel 2s Captain
A successful season for Grimsby Hockey Club, our junior section is coming on leaps and bounds and the make us ever proud. The U12's showing Yorkshire who is boss when it comes to the tournaments getting promoted in their league and reaching finals in their competitions. It makes the Saturday morning training and on Sundays travelling for tournaments worth it for our coaches to see them having such fun, showing the great skills they have learnt, the teamwork and respect they have with one another and everyone involved. WE ARE PROUD TO BE GRIMSBY!!
Our junior section was set up in early 2018, in our first year we had around 30 kids which was amazing to see. We now have 3 groups to keep age and ability at an appropriate level. Seeing the junior section grow and seeing the development and abilities of the kids blow our minds over the last 5 years as we now have now more than doubled in size. Some of them who started out 5 years ago are now playing in our Adult teams, with some playing in the first teams for both the men's and women's games. The success of our junior section has been proven in both tournaments where we have teams playing in the top division and holding their own, but also in the selection of our players being selected for England's performance centre as well as regional teams. With our coaches and helpers we hope to continue to develop these amazing kids into our adult teams and hopefully further.
A Cleethorpes hockey enthusiast took the credit for opening up the sport to the nation. Phil Appleyard, who died in 1997 aged 74, helped expose hockey to more than six million television viewers. Appleyard, who was known for referring to himself as a ‘Grimsby fish merchant’, even though his work dealt with governments and international agencies, chaired the organisation of the closing stages of the hockey World Cup in Willesden, London, in October 1986.
The former Grimsby Hockey Club goalkeeper and captain was also president of the Hockey Association at that time. And when the World Cup event he helped to organise attracted more spectators than ever before, the BBC opted at short notice to substitute coverage of the hockey for its planned schedule.
Appleyard went on to work for the Hockey Association to promote the sport nationally. His vision was the creation of a national hub, which was realised with the opening of The Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes in 1995. This led to the development of the Hockey System we see nationally today in England.
Working with the local community is a key in building relationships and maintaining support, informing an over-riding vision:
“To promote and excel sport in NE Lincolnshire”
Further to this outline our approach would be focused on five main platforms:
RAISE AWARENESS AND PROFILE;
DEVELOP HOCKEY IN THE COMMUNITY;
ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE AND LOCAL TALENT IN SPORT;
PROMOTE NE LINCOLNSHIRE;
MAKE HOCKEY IN NE LINCOLNSHIRE A SHINING STAR IN THE COMMUNITY.
The club has been built on reputation and network, achieved through the hard work of a few long standing individuals and the many players and volunteers involved with the club, in promoting and developing competitive sport in North East Lincolnshire. They have continuously contributed to the success and longevity of the hockey club. It is from these successes which this plan is encouraged to build upon.
Developing hockey in our area is important. It gives those, of all ages, an opportunity to develop a social and active lifestyle to:
Have the ability to find new talent
for our sport and local community
Look for support
of development opportunities, through sponsorship and volunteers
from those who lend equipment or resource opportunities
Resources and people
to enable development of community skills and expertise