About The Club
Last (Played) Season Summary
Last season was another successful season achieving back to back promotions resulting in them being back in the premier division. After finishing 3rd and clocking up 13 wins and an impressive 72 goals they go into the coming season in good stead.
Only being the 2nd season with our junior focused team they have shown great improvement on last season with many players having 1st team debuts and holding their own. Their results follow suit winning half the games played finishing an impressive 5th, aiming for promotion next season closing the league gap to the 1s
The ladies First season in Division 3 after last years promotion, another very successful season placing 5th, scoring 48 goals and 10 wins in the process and hoping to finish higher next season.
Our ladies 2s went on a winning streak placing 5th in the table almost breaking even on goals with some juniors coming through its looking promising to continue improving and who knows challenge for promotion?
Overall a very successful season for Grimsby Hockey Club, all teams on winning form and the youth stepping up to boost the clubs energy and goal tally. Lets hope for a safe and successful 2020/21 season.
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