Welcome all to the start of the summer season, and the wrap of the end of our first full season at our new clubhouse and pitch at Amersham and Wycombe College (AWC).
There is quite a lot in this update but please do take the time to read it all, as there is some important information for you, including:
· Season Round-up
· Summer Season
· Club Structure
· Club Direction
In this successful season just finishing:
· Our Men's 1s held their place in their division after 2 successive promotions in previous years. The Men’s 2s and 4s also won promotion, with the 3s, 5s and Vintages (O50s) also having great seasons. The Men's O40s reached the national cup final.
· Our Ladies' 1s had a strong season finishing 2nd by 1 point, and our Ladies 2s, 3s and 4s also gained promotion with the 5s, 6s and O35s also having great seasons.
· Our Boys' U16s are in the last 16 of the South Championships, Boys' U14s last 32 of the Nationals, Boys' U12 made it to the South Finals for the 4th year out of the last 5.
· Our Girls U16s are in the last 4 of the South Regionals, Girls' U14s last 32 of the Nationals, Girls' U12 played for the first time in the South Finals
· In our younger age groups, our Girls' U10s are County Champions, Boys' U10s County Runners-Up, U10s and U8s we ran 13 5-a-side teams, and the biggest group of U6s we have ever had who have had a lot of fun
We have sent out details of the summer season, and there is an opportunity to join in for everyone, especially on Fridays from 11th May, which will be a mix of family and social hockey for all ages, with socialising on the terrace and a BBQ weather permitting. Last year we had a few Mediterranean style evenings out on the terrace as the sun went down after mixed socials, including many juniors and playing parents and we hope to do something similar again this year. We also enter teams in various summer leagues and again there are opportunities for players of all ages and abilities, including for juniors (over 13) wanting to try out adult hockey who have not already done so.
We are already into planning for next season and we want to make sure that all members are involved and have some input. We are looking at the structure, roles and actions needed to run the various parts of the club: adult section, junior sections, operations, social, coaching, team managers, umpires, pitch space, equipment, administration, volunteer management and so on.
This first year in our new home we set ourselves the target of settling in and getting everything working.
Most things went pretty well, but also recognize there are some areas that need improvement, and next season want to address these and get all aspects of the whole club working smoothly. Whilst there has been significant involvement across the club to help make this season happen, it is felt that we need to adjust some things to better spread the load and enable us to improve further. It is very hard to make major changes mid-season, and this is why preparations for next season and moving forward start now.
For many years we aspired to have a facility like AWC, and now we have it we need to think about what next: who do we want to be? What culture do we want? What level of hockey do we aspire to? How do we better communicate? Do we want to move away from volunteers and to paid roles, but with associated increases in fees? Do we want to work to enhance our facilities further at AWC? This is a club run by its members, currently predominantly on a volunteer basis, for its members. We need engagement from all to establish views and help define where we go next and how we do it.
AGM – Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm
We recently sent out the survey, which we appreciated peoples time to complete. We will collate the results and summarise key observations at the AGM, which will be on Tuesday 22nd May at AWC. Everyone is invited and encourage as many as possible to attend.
The AGM will cover a summary of the year's hockey, operational and financial performance, election of officers for Boards and committees, and will outline how we plan to meet our commitments to repay to those members the loans that were critical in enabling us to fund this facility.
Following the AGM, we intend to hold a 'Where do we want to go?' meeting in late June, and again hope as many of you as possible can attend and give input.
Finally, thanks to all those members who have offered their time this past year. This club can only be successful if you, our members, make it happen.
ACHC Playing Committee Chairman