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Burton Hockey Club Annual Dinner & Awards Night 2017

Saturday 13th May 2017

Branston Pavilion Golf & Country Club

6.30pm for 7.00pm

Black Tie / Lounge Suits

£28.50 Per Person

Last Orders 12.15am and Carriages 12.45am


Please can you return the form below to Fran Lord with a cheque made payable to Burton Hockey Club by no later than the 15th April 2017 (any later cannot guarantee place) or pay directly into the Clubs Bank account but please ensure you send me the form below also can any under 18 year old please get a parent/Guardian signature who is willing to take responsibility for the player and a contact telephone number for the evening



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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dear Visitor,

After 6 years of coaching the Men’s senior section Kevin Heath has decided to step down, he feels the time is right for a change and for a new coach to take the senior Club forward.  During this time Kev has transformed our approach to training and taken the 1st XI up to the top flight in the Midlands as well as seeing many of our younger players achieve a great deal and the Club would like to thank him for his efforts.  The good news is that Kev is not leaving Burton HC all together and he will continue to focus on youth development through his involvement with the Academy.

This obviously leaves a vacancy on the coaching team and we are pleased to announce that Richard Chambers has been appointed as the new Men’s Senior Coach.  Richard comes with an impressive CV, a National League hockey pedigree as a player with Cannock HC and Leek HC and as a coach.  His coaching posts include Brooklands HC and Sutton Coldfield HC and he has also recently been coaching Wales U18s.  Richard joins the club with a great deal to offer, many new ideas and high expectations.

On the ladies side of the club Jamie Cooper will continue as the Ladies Senior Coach, Richard Chambers will also be supporting at some ladies sessions.

With the Ellis astro now in place the Club is able to offer more opportunities to train and now all in one location!  The provisional schedule is as follows, based on feedback from the recent survey there are no changes to days and times but there are some additional sessions and we will continue to review this through the season.
Fitness training will commence on the 2nd of August on the Ellis 7:00 – 8:30.

(This is earlier than in the past since we can now offer this on our own pitch!).

Full club training will commence WC 29th August as follows :-

Tuesday             18:30 – 20:00      General Men’s Training

Tuesday             20:00 – 21:30      Advanced Men’s Training

Wednesday        18:30 – 20:00      General Ladies Training

Wednesday        20:00 – 21:30      Advanced Ladies Training

Thursday           18:30 – 19:30      U14 boys training (girls TBA)

Thursday           19:30 – 21:00      Men’s Advanced  & Ladies Advanced Training



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The season is well underway and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to our Christmas break, unfortunately some of you starting a bit early due to indoor matches or starting the season in a 10 team League. A reminder to those teams where a higher club team has no game then they MUST submit team sheets if their lower team(s) play.

We have a couple of clubs dropping teams after the start of the season, hopeful the remainder of the season will not see any more casualties.

We hope you have found the recording of Venue/Start Times of benefit this season and haven’t had any problems.

At our latest League Committee Meeting we performed our review of recorded red/yellow cards as at week 7 and letters have been issued to those clubs that have either had a warning or a point deduction. Below is a summary of cards issued to date compared to last year. As you’ll see, after a drop last year, there has been an overall increase in yellow cards.

  Games Reds Yellows
1st 2016-2017 530 7 242
  2015-2016 556 1 184
2nd 2016-2017 464 0 60
  2015-2016 502 4 56
3rd 2016-2017 460 1 31
  2015-2016 476 2 35
Central 2016-2017 754 0 47
2015-2016 756 1 22
Totals 2016-2017 2208 8 380
  2015-2016 2290 8 297



About discipline, I have been asked by our Regional Disciplinary Administrator to pass on the following comments. Please communicate to all club umpires/players.

MRHA Discipline:

Attention is drawn to all umpires and all players that Dissent is not a minor offence.  If a player receives a yellow card for “Dissent” then returns to the match and “dissents” again then this must be a red card and reported as a Red card category A. Players must accept responsibility for verbal actions that should be under their control and should expect to receive at least the minimum mandatory 16-day suspension as the correct penalty.

Clubs are reminded of their obligation to follow the EH code of ethics and behavior about use and abuse of social media. Some clubs have already received penalties this season for violations of the code. To avoid these incidents and any other potential disrepute to hockey clubs are advised to ensure they have internal mechanisms to inform their members of any club specific and the universally applied England Hockey code of Ethics and Behavior.

Can I also remind you about the need to inform umpires directly about venue/start times. Do not expect them to visit the League website for these details.

Umpire Associations:

Attention is drawn to all clubs that Fines have been issued by Umpire Associations to clubs not complying with Rule 16.3. Confirming match details to appointed umpires at least 6 days before the fixture. Associations do not like to issue fines and it would be preferable that clubs comply.

Can I ask that during the season you think about taking a few more photos during the season so we can have a few more in the Handbook next year.

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and some decent weather to keep with us all the way to the end of the season.

Burton Hockey Club celebrated the recent opening of their new pitch with a fun-filled Ellis Fest Hockey event at Shobnall Leisure Complex. Although the weekend weather appeared to include four seasons in a day with hail, wind and rain at times, it was also fortunate to receive lots of sun.

Opening of the Ellis

The event was designed to be two days of celebration of hockey on the club's new pitch, as a fitting tribute to Burton's late president Peter Ellis, after whom the pitch is named. It saw Peter's sister-in-law, Sue Ellis, who officially launched the event and unveiled an honours board with details of the main funders and supporters of the new "Ellis Astro" pitch.

First on the pitch on the Saturday were Burton Ladies fourths, in a league match against runaway leaders Woodlands Ladies. Woodlands have only dropped three points all season and , beat Burton 4-1 earlier in the season.

However, since that match, the progress and confidence in the Burton team has grown and they were up for the challenge. Imogen Hardwick scored first for Burton but then they had to defend the ensuing Woodlands onslaught which eventually resulted in them equalising.


Goalkeeper Tilly Winter saved the day by saving a penalty flick to ensure a well-earned 1-1 draw. Next week is their last game of the season, away at Buxton, and they will want to finish with a win to stay in sixth place in their division.

Next on the pitch was an academy tournament for the club's youngsters, who have had another very successful season. Sixty juniors took part in the mixed ages matches and showed high levels of skill that demonstrated the quality of coaching from the academy.

An awards ceremony took place afterwards, with club president Willie Welch, Sue Ellis and Andrew Griffiths MP, along with other VIPs, presenting all the children with a medal. More details of the academy success will follow soon, as the Burton academy under-12s girls won through the regional finals over the weekend and go on to represent Burton at the national finals in May.

After the medal presentation, it was time for the main ceremony, with club chairman Ian Brown and president Willie Welch introducing Sue Ellis to unveil the honours board. In attendance were a large gathering of players and friends of the club, many having travelled from all over the UK, including most of the original members of the Burton team who won the Midlands Championship in the 1970s.

After the speeches a series of seven-a-side matches took place involving a round robin tournament, with around 80 players from the past and present taking part. Also in attendance were Matt Abel, who played for England under-18s last year, and Danny Hibbert, who now plays National League for Oxton.

Both players came through the Burton academy system. In the evening, the annual club awards dinner was held at Bransto and attended by more than 100 people to celebrate the clubs successes.

Many players and officials were given award for their achievements – including the men's fourth team, who were named team of the year after being promoted as champions of their league this year. Sunday saw the over-35s take centre stage and many players were welcomed back, including vice-president Debbie Woolley, back on the pitch after several years away.

A very enjoyable day was had by all and many friendships with players from the past were renewed.