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Carved in stone

a tribute to the fallen soldiers of WW1

International honours for our hockey players

Meet our volunteers behind the online Advice Surgery

Be inspired

by our members’ successes and charitable efforts


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Welcome to the 58th issue of Leisure Scene. Spring is in the air and hopefully in the step of our members, as getting outdoors and back into life gets easier as we edge towards summer. In this edition, we’ll take a look at the new advice surgery launched for all your nutritional questions and share tips on navigating the meat-free lifestyle choices that are growing in popularity. We celebrate the achievements of our hockey competitors across the nation and recognise the efforts of the everyday heroes among us with the newly assembled volunteer review panel. As ever, we acknowledge the charitable efforts of our fundraisers and share in the successes of the members who have qualified for our sponsorship scheme. We look back on the national event highlights from 2017, meet the newest members of the events team and talk to a stone mason whose work featured in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. Happy Reading

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CONTENTS 04 CSSC News 08 Poppy Memorial 10 Member Benefits 12 Recognising the Heroes Among Us 14 Advice Surgery 16 More Than Five A Day 18 Meet The Events Team 20 New Taster Days for 2018 22 Highlight Reel 2017 24 Civil Service Men's Hockey 26 Member Success Stories 28 Member Charitable Efforts 30 Online Shop 3


UPDATE YOUR INTERESTS Don’t play hockey anymore because of the knee? Taken up an interest in breadmaking? Or perhaps you’ve become a running machine? Let your membership with CSSC reflect the person you are today. By updating your interests and changes in your life, you’ll receive the offers and opportunities that matter to you most. Login to My CSSC and make your updates in the My Details tab. If you haven’t registered yet, visit cssc.co.uk/emailcapture or contact the web team at webteam@cssc.co.uk

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Annual General Meeting Tuesday 12 June 2018

CSSC’s 2018 AGM will be taking place on Tuesday 12 June at 2pm at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole (Monarch Suite) Address: The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP The AGM is open to all subscribing CSSC members, who may attend at their own cost. Please bring your CSSC membership card with you.


The East Kilbride Community Trust (EKCT) welcomed the Minister for Sport and Health, Aileen Campbell to their project at Calderglen Country Park to see first-hand the work that they do. Linda Fabiani, Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) and Michelle Russell from CSSC were also there and were shown round the site by the Trust’s chairman and CSSC member, Robert Gillies to see what has been achieved with raised beds and two poly tunnels. Even in the snow following the recent Arctic blast, there was an acknowledgement of how much good work had been done. Linda Fabiana said “it’s fantastic to see how much this group has grown over the years. It’s always a pleasure visiting them and seeing the achievements and awards they have received is commendable.” A cheque for £1,000 from CSSC Sports & Leisure was presented to Robert Gillies. “This will go a long way to helping us to achieve more at the Glen,” he revealed. “We will be supplying seeds to civil servants who are interested in growing their own vegetables." Robert wishes to thank CSSC for the generous donation which will help the Trust keep on growing.

Thanks to East Kilbride News who originally featured this article.


Trust chairman Robert Gillies with, from left, Michelle Russell, Aileen Campbell MSP and Linda Fabiani MSP

If you are looking to start your own vegetable garden you can order a range of free, top quality organic seeds.


Poppy Memorial



proudly showing her poppy memorial


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For the Fallen Soldiers of WW1

After 52 years of teaching swimming, and nine years as an instructor for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), CSSC member Caroline Dear changed direction. She gained a Conservation Degree in Buildings and became a fully qualified Stone Mason in 2001. After studying many major buildings in London (Westminster Abbey, Albert Memorial, Natural History Museum), a year with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) as a stonemason lead Caroline to study famous cemeteries. “Viewing hundreds of gravestones from fallen troops, especially when seeing the ages on each one” deeply moved Caroline during her time spent studying at the war graves. Since starting her own stone carving business, Stonecraft in Southampton, Caroline has been exhibiting as a trade-stand at the Chelsea Flower Show since 2004, was presented to HM the Queen and HRH Prince Charles, as part of a Prince's Foundation Craft Scholarship and has been featured in various trade publications, and local websites and newspapers. In 2014, the main theme for Caroline’s stand at the Chelsea Flower Show was a Poppy Memorial for the Romsey Branch of the Royal British Legion. Due to her involvement with the MoD and CWGC, this piece was carved as a personal tribute to the fallen, and was donated to Romsey and unveiled November 2016. In March 2017 Caroline invited two Chelsea Pensioners to view the Poppy Memorial, where a special wreath was laid. “Over the years I have met many Chelsea Pensioners, some while I was living in Chelsea, others at the flower show” says Caroline, “and it’s because of this that my latest donation will be to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, of another Poppy Memorial.” Where the original 2014 poppy memorial commemorated the centenary of the start of WW1, the new memorial will commemorate the end of WW1. The piece, Caroline says “will be similar in design but with more poppies and will include more detail as I have longer to carve them.” A place has already been allocated outside the new Infirmary, and work is in progress with this installation in mind. Caroline will be exhibiting the piece at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018, and she is hoping that In-Pensioners will be encouraged to get involved in the surrounding planting scheme both at the show, and its final spot.


Member Benefits Let us help you make the most of 2018 by highlighting some of the offers that are favourites amongst our members.


The most iconic of all English fortresses, Dover Castle has commanded the gateway to the nation for nine centuries. Whether you climb the great tower and immerse yourself in the vibrant medieval interiors or delve inside Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the secret wartime tunnels, the rich and colourful history of Dover Castle, from the Romans to the Cold War, provides the family with an action-packed day out.

Who knew that taking shaggy, long-necked creatures for a walk could be so much fun? It turns out our members do because alpaca taster days are amongst the most popular selection from the entire range. Great for most ages, taking these furry friends out for a walk amongst the bounties of nature proves to be a most enjoyable, calming and above all hilarious way to spend an hour or two. With locations all over the UK, find an event near you and sign up today for your chance to amble with an alpaca at up to half the price.


Prize Draw Parkrun events are free, weekly, timed 5km runs taking place every Saturday morning for people of all running abilities, held in parks and open spaces all over the UK. Over 1 million people are registered in the UK alone and approximately 75,000 participants take part each week. For every parkrun you take part in between (and including) 3 February and 27 October 2018, email linda.irwin@cssc.co.uk and register 'CSSC Sports & Leisure' as your park running club at www.parkrun.org.uk . Print off the barcode and bring it along to be automatically entered into monthly prize draws. The more times you participate the better your chances of picking up a prize.




Tailor Offers to your Taste

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Treat the Family with tastecard A tastecard gives all CSSC members 50% off the total food bill or 2-for-1 across starters, mains and desserts at thousands of restaurants throughout the UK. Restaurants include family favourites like PizzaExpress, Zizzi, Chimichanga and Prezzo to the elegant establishments of Marco Pierre White and Mark Baumann. Find a restaurant and check the offer, call to book your table and show your digital membership to get the discount.


As cinema ticket prices continue to escalate, film-lovers will relish the terrific range of cinema discounts available to CSSC members. From just £5.95 (adults) and £4.75 (children) at the biggest chains like Odeon, Cineworld, Showcase, Picturehouse and Vue to the smaller independent theatres including Scott and Merlin.

& Thrill Rides at Situated in Surrey, Thorpe Park is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. Packed with terrifying trains and colossal coasters, from 40ft super slides and 5G spins to 100ft drops, twists, turns and loops. Thorpe Park is the island of exhilaration. Thanks to our partnership with Merlin Entertainments, CSSC members can enjoy savings up to 70% off the full day price at selected Merlin theme parks and attractions.



Recognising the Heroes Among Us

“We have heroes all around us” was the sentiment from volunteers on the Certificate of Recognition Review Panel. The review panel is a group of experienced CSSC volunteers who assemble to highlight and praise the efforts of volunteers who have gone the extra mile by being a strong advocate, organising a great activity, recruiting members or improving our services. The review panel know how important it is, and how special it feels to be recognised and rewarded for a particularly significant contribution. They feel it’s essential to praise those who put themselves out for the organisation and excel at promoting CSSC over a sustained period of time. The Certificate of Recognition is one of the many ways CSSC values its volunteers. The new panel will help decide when nominations meet the criteria, or if they’re worthy of another type of recognition within the organisation. Nominations generate wonderful stories of volunteering, which the panel will delight in sharing with members. Volunteer Carson says, “we don’t volunteer so we can

receive an award, but sometimes it is nice just to be thanked” and Rosanne is looking forward to her role on the panel because “to be in a position to acknowledge their efforts and reward volunteers is an absolute honour.” “There are countless individuals out there who deserve to be recognised for their hours of hard work” says Carol, “to be recognised puts the cherry on the cake for a role most of us thoroughly enjoy.” Jason A’Court from London was recently recognised for his volunteering efforts, “I feel privileged to be part of such a professional organisation. The support I have received from both the London Team and wider CSSC head office has led to implementing improvements and being involved in delivering change first hand, it has been so rewarding. I was surprised to receive the Certificate of Recognition at the volunteer celebration event. Having my efforts recognised was a reflection on how well CSSC appreciates contributions throughout the organisation. Thank you!”

Next time you see a volunteer going the extra mile, let us know so we can show them how much we all appreciate their time and effort on behalf of the CSSC community. Nomination forms can be found on the website, cssc.co.uk/CoR If you’d like to talk to someone about a nomination please contact Volunteer Support Advisor Michelle Chelu at michelle.chelu@cssc.co.uk



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I've been volunteering for CSSC for over 30 years as Tenpin Bowling Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland and took over the role of National Organiser in 1998. As well as tenpin bowling, I have also been involved in organising and competing in many different events. Volunteering for CSSC has given me the opportunity to meet lots of great people, forge many friendships, and be part of a team who supports the different events to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. I love volunteering at the CSSC Games; for me it’s the jewel in the crown!

I’ve been a CSSC volunteer for about 20 years and still going strong. I became a member due to my love of sports which led to me becoming an office champion so I could tell my colleagues about the benefits that membership offers. I manage the CSSC Beamers Netball Club in London and the CSSC Netball League. I absolutely love being a volunteer because it has given me the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people across the Civil Service, many whom have become close friends. Being nominated as a finalist for Volunteer of the Year 2015 was an awesome feeling – it was an absolute pleasure to be nominated for doing something that I love.

I’ve been a member of CSSC for around 17 years and Secretary for the Anglia Area Association for 12. I’m a peopleperson, so my role as Secretary and Event Organiser in our area association suits me down to the ground. I love meeting new people and arranging trips for our members to enjoy. I give 100% effort to my role; it takes time and brings its own challenges but we carry on because we want to offer the best service possible to our members.


Advice Surgery

Advice Surgery Whether you would like advice on the correct footwear for running or get tips on maintaining your bike, CSSC’s online volunteer advisors use their years of experience to offer free, practical help and advice. With a focus on running, walking, swimming, cycling, and now nutrition and personal training, members can benefit from the shared wisdom of our volunteer advisors by accessing the online Advice Surgery at any time.



Which trainers should I purchase? How should I warm up before going for a run? Get in touch with CSSC’s volunteer running advisors today.

With so many to choose from, how do I choose the best bike for me? Where can I learn how to maintain my bike? Email CSSC’s volunteer cycling advisors for advice on your most burning questions.

Walking What should I pack for a long walk? Where can I get information about routes in my area? CSSC’s volunteer walking advisors can point you in the right direction.

Swimming How do I improve my breast stroke? Where can I get help with breathing techniques? CSSC’s volunteer swimming advisors use their years of experience to answer your questions.


Nutrition & Personal Training I’m struggling to lose weight, what am I doing wrong? What are the best foods to eat for energy before a workout? CSSC now offers free advice for members who want to ask questions related to nutrition and personal training.


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Meet The New Nutrition And Personal Training Volunteer Advisors

Natasha is a busy mum of two young children and believes it's important to follow a balanced diet with regular exercise to ensure a healthy body that’s strong enough to face life's challenges. “I have followed every diet in the past, but it wasn’t until I realised that it’s not about diets, it’s about making permanent, positive changes - that I found the right balance. Healthy eating is not about depriving yourself, it’s about moderation.”

Richard has been a professional trainer and swimming coach for 9 years and runs his own gym in Cardiff. As a professional Personal Trainer, Richard provides training and nutritional advice to his clients. An eager triathlete, Richard will be completing the Ironman challenge this year and did the official warm ups for the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon and 10km for 25,000 runners. “I had the honour of meeting Pele in June and I’m fortunate to keep taking part in charity events with sports people such as Joe Calzaghe and Jamie Baulch.”

Dan is a health & fitness enthusiast and enjoys helping others to achieve their goals. Dan has a background in Personal Training and specialises in adapting physical activity for clients with a variety of health conditions including high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. “With the financial backing of CSSC, I competed for Great Britain in the European Triathlon Championships and now I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with other members.”

GOT A QUESTION? Take a look at CSSC's online Advice Surgery and ask your questions today!



More Than Five a Day



starting the year, National Vegetarian Week in May and Meat-Free Mondays going all year round, plantbased eating seems to be gathering momentum. As High Street chains like Pizza Express and Wagamama provide vegan choices and Starbucks offers a variety of milk alternatives, there’s no denying that veggies are becoming a bigger part of the British menu these days. Perhaps you know someone who has recently changed their diet, or maybe a friend or family member has committed to plant-based eating, most of us have heard the term ‘vegan’. A vegan is someone who does not use or eat any animal products including meat, cheese, eggs, honey, gelatine-based foods, some wines and various processed foods. In 2018, over 120,000 people took part in Veganuary, which is a month-long pledge to try veganism. Almost three times as many people took part this year compared to 2017 and the trend seems to be growing. According to The Independent, there are over half a million vegans in the UK today. Vegan food consultant Nicola Neal believes that “the benefits of following a plant-based diet are many; not only does it work for animals, but it’s also good for environmental sustainability and individual health.” She admits though, that “it’s a huge lifestyle change. Some people may go straight to vegan and some may transition from vegetarian as I did, but whichever way the changes happen, getting support from friends and family is very important.” So, what are some of the things you should know? Animal products can be found in the most unusual places including Worcestershire sauce (anchovies), guacamole dip



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(can contain cream) and some wines are filtered using an agent that can contain bone marrow. Vitamin B12 is only found naturally in foods from animal sources so plant-based eaters typically require vitamin B supplements or take care to include fortified foods like Marmite, breakfast cereals and soya. While omnivores get most of their protein from meat, protein can also be found in pulses like lentils and kidney beans and calcium is rich in sesame products, dried fruits, nuts and pulses. According to the British Medical Association vegans have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. They also generally have a lower BMI even when their calorie intake is the same as meat-eaters. While there is a society for both vegans and vegetarians, there’s also plenty of online resources and even smart phone apps to help guide beginners and friends/family through the minefield of what is and isn’t vegan, and which restaurants cater to plant-based diets. If you, a friend or family member decides to eat less meat or purely plant-based food for health, environmental or political reasons, the fact remains that vegetables are playing a bigger role in our lives. So, whether it’s potatoes or parsnips, okra or aubergine - it’s a step in the right direction.

To find vegan recipes there are many websites and online resources including Veganuary’s recipe directory: https://veganuary.com/recipes/ You can find lots of plant-based recipes on BBC Good Food www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/ collection/vegan and even Jamie Oliver has a special area dedicated to vegan recipes on his website www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/ category/special-diets/vegan/ The NHS has a Q&A for those curious about the benefits and consequences of vegetarian and vegan diets at www.nhs. uk/Livewell/Vegetarianhealth/Pages/ Vegetarianhealthqanda.aspx


Meet the Events Team CSSC's event team are responsible for organising all the incredible sporting and social events held throughout the year. While most of our readers have probably met or spoken with the core events team over the years, there’s a couple of new faces to get to know.

Rachel Pearce is one of the newest members to join the events team. Rachel has always been interested in sports, whether participating herself or supporting others and was drawn to CSSC, as it seemed like a perfect combination of sports and leisure and events. Rachel’s previous experience with corporate events taught her the importance of communication. Rachel enjoys seeing the various stages of events, from the first email received to the big event itself and feels that “being part of the build-up and seeing the event taking place and being a success” is what drives her. Her attention to detail and creativity within the events team will bring in new ideas to help CSSC's events team reach our goals. “I love seeing other people’s cultures and way of life, and hope to travel more. My partner and I have brought our first place together, which is very exciting. Our adventure has begun and I’m looking forward to what our future holds. “ rachel.pearce@cssc.co.uk • 01494 888 417

Chris Johnson is another new member of the events team. Chris was drawn to the organisation because of the rich history of CSSC, “there are not many sports organisations who have been going for almost 100 years, and what CSSC have planned over the next few years is something I would be honoured to be part of.” Chris studied event and festival management at university, gaining a BA honours. Chris hopes to contribute by making the team more efficient and help his colleagues grow within the organisation and in turn help CSSC succeed. Chris is a passionate music fan, who regularly attends gigs and festivals, “I write a music blog about the latest music news, reviewing the latest releases and anything that is music related.” An avid sports fan, Chris loves playing field hockey for Wycombe Hockey Club and being a proud supporter of Arsenal Football Club. chris.johnson@cssc.co.uk • 01494 888 407



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Matthew Taylor has been working with CSSC's events team for 11 years and has been team leader since 2011. Matt enjoys the interaction with the people he works with and the variety of the role. Matt’s view for streamlining processes and offering new developmental opportunities within the team’s roles helped him to gain his leadership role. He loves to “embrace new ideas and enhance our already excellent offering” and feels that his strengths are creativity and commitment which make him a good leader. matthew.taylor@cssc.co.uk • 01494 888 439

Jennifer Yarrow has been in the events team for four years and enjoys the team atmosphere and morale at CSSC. She loves to hear about how members have enjoyed the events that she has arranged. Taster days started with 61 events, in mostly southern regions back in 2012. But since her time at CSSC, Jenny has grown taster days to a staggering 801 events! “Most of the original events are still thriving today like the sailing days in Hamble, flying and curling in Kent, and white water rafting in Hertfordshire. I introduced the flexible tasters in 2017 which has gone from strength to strength with over 470 different locations/activities available for members to book.” jennifer.yarrow@cssc.co.uk • 01494 888 434

Hilary Gray has been with CSSC for the longest, (over 15 years) and loves the rapport that she has built up with volunteers and Sports & Recreational Body committees. She enjoys attending the national events for the sports that she looks after and meeting all the members who are proud to have qualified. Hilary has seen many changes in the organisation from the website and the membership database to the sporting habits of our members. “New sports have joined the portfolio like e-gaming, karting, skiing and scuba diving to name just a few, and the Taster programme has revitalised the offerings.” hilary.gray@cssc.co.uk • 01494 888 438

For an up-to-date events listing: cssc.co.uk/events


New Taster Days for 2018 Taster days are a popular CSSC member benefit. With over 470 different flexible events and 172 scheduled events, members love the variety, fun and excitement of taster days. While you can still find all your favourite events and opportunities ranging from alpaca trekking and bread making to snowboarding and stained glass workshops, in 2018 you’ll also have the chance try these exhilarating new experiences.

Like golf, but with a football, footgolf is fun for families, friends and corporate days out. The UK FootGolf Association is the governing body covering England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. With over 100 locations across the UK you won't have a problem finding a venue to suit you. Charge for CSSC members and juniors: ÂŁ5 per person for 18 holes. Please enquire with CSSC's events team if cost price is the same or less.

Established in 2002, Thirty Fifty brings a team of wine experts who run tastings across England, Wales and Scotland to demystify wine by delivering fun and nononsense wine tastings. Evening, and full-day wine, champagne and sparkling wine tastings are available starting from ÂŁ20 per person for CSSC members.


For a full list, and to book:



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Jump, slip and slide to the winner’s podium- or be totally wiped out! Beat the rest in a crazy combo of inflatable games, including the amazing big red balls and inflatable assault course. Available at four locations so far: Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and Sheffield. Minimum group size of 8. The ultimate event for any occasion, It's a Knockout is all about losing inhibitions and embracing new challenges. It's a Knockout took TV by storm during the 70s and 80s and now you can experience the fun for real with games and even costumes from the TV series. With the Kings from the Royal It's a Knockout and the classic Penguin Pursuit, current UK locations include: Manchester, Nottingham, London, Bristol, Bournemouth, Essex, Edinburgh and Brighton. Minimum group size of 8 so grab some friends and embrace this unforgettable experience.

TeamSport is number 1 in the UK for indoor karting with 24 awesome go-karting tracks across England and Wales. There are 5 go-kart tracks in London alone, as well as tracks as far south as Southampton and as far north as Leeds. Various race types and some fantastic offers are now available.


Highlight Reel 2017 Each year CSSC hosts a range of national events across the country attracting all standards of players and providing competition for everyone. Here are some highlights from just a few of the major events of 2017.

Played in the spirit intended. Everyone mixed, mingled and there was lots of banter, a good day for cricket. Peter Crossley Curtis Bennett Secretary Curtis Bennett 11-a-side Cricket Competition

The Curtis Bennett 11-a-side cricket is a 40 over knock-out competition, where the highest scoring side wins and moves on. Covering England, Wales and Scotland, the competition takes in departments, regions, areas, large or small offices, miscellaneous and even individually run sides. As the Curtis Bennett celebrates its 96th year, nearing its very own century, a new format is to be introduced for 2018 where the competition will be played on a regional and league basis.

We look forward to it every year, the standards of play are always getting higher. We've managed to play as a squad, rather than a group of individuals and always play hard, have fun and take advantage of a couple of really enjoyable days.

Hancock & Evans 11-a-side Men’s Hockey Competition

The Hancock & Evans Men’s 11-a-side hockey originated in 1962-63. In the early days, the Hancock & Evans was run as a traditional cup competition taking place over the Adam Wells second half of the season. Nowadays, all the matches are DSRA Team Captain played over two days at the wonderful facility of Beeston Hockey Club. The MOD hockey squads are always keen to enter the Hancock & Evans cup which is a testament to the quality of the event, from the organisation to the actual competition.



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It’s always a great, friendly crowd of people who enjoy the competition without losing sight of the fact that we want to win. We have been lucky enough to win the overall points trophy for the last 4 years. Nick Valentine HASSRA Team Captain

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Open Championships

CSSC stages a national swimming, diving and lifesaving championship each May at the world class Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. Built for the World Student Games in 1992, this pool is considered the Mecca of British swimming amongst elite and age group swimmers and coaches alike. Swimmers are required to compete in the CSSC National Swimming, Diving and Life Saving Championships and HASSRA traditionally fields a national squad of up to 50 members ranging in age from around 21 to 71+. They are of all standards from the 'Steady Eddys' who reliably pull in a few points each to the stars who always come in the first three of any race they enter.

An excellent competition yet again. Stuart Desport RCSL Team Manager

Lewis Cup 11-a-side Football Competition The Lewis Cup first kicked off in 1922-23 with Southampton PO FC and Customs and Excise FC being the joint winners at the match played at the home of Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane. The competition continues to be well supported with 12 teams entering the 2018 competition, with RCSL the team to beat having won the trophy for the last 4 years.


Civil Service Men's Hockey International honours were strongly in evidence amongst the Civil Service Men’s Hockey Representative side this season. A record eight members of the squad from all four Home Nations have represented their country at different levels over the years. Sometimes playing against each other at home and international tournaments, the players have gained a combined total of over 220 international appearances between them. At their recent matches against the Armed Forces and the British Police all eight men are pictured sporting their national colours.

RICHARD JONES (Animal & Plant Health Agency) plays for Winchester HC. He captained the England Over 40s side at the European Championships at Krefeld, Germany in 2011 and has played International Masters Hockey all over the world, including Hong Kong and Singapore, gaining 65 caps. Richard Jones


ROB TURNER (HM Inspectorate of Probation) from Brooklands MU HC has played in goal for England Masters in the Indoor World Cup and is currently a member of the England under 18 Coaching team.

ERNIE VICKERY current CSHA President and Manager of the Representative squad, is a true England veteran, still playing regularly for his local club (Old Kingstonians HC) and representing England Masters at Over 55 and Over 60 level.

KIT WYETH from Grange HC in Edinburgh, works for the Scottish Government and has achieved 42 Scotland Masters caps in total. Kit played in two World Cups, three European Championships and is currently captain of the Scotland Over 45 side.

Rob Turner

Ernie Vickery

Kit Wyeth


International Honours

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CSSC's Elite Competitors Fund helps members who represent their nation in their respective sport with the costs associated with competing at this high level. For more information on subsidy schemes cssc.co.uk/MyActive

JON GORDON from Swansea City HC has 30 caps for the full Wales side. Having been a member of their European Championship side in the Ukraine and the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in New Zealand, Jon has the distinction of also representing Wales in mixed hockey.

PETER BOWLES goalkeeper (HMRC) from Whitchurch HC in Cardiff made his international debut for the Wales Over 35s side in the 2016 Home nations tournament making 3 appearances. He is looking forward to playing in the Over 35s World Cup in Barcelona this Summer.

WILLIE REDPATH former Civil Service Head Coach (Dept of Justice, Northern Ireland) has played 33 times for Ireland Over 40s and 50s at Home Nations tournaments over the last 20 years.

ALASTAIR REILLY works for Northern Ireland Water and has played all over the world at Masters level representing Ireland at Over 40 Over 45 and Over 50 level including World Cups in Australia and Holland, making 61 appearances.

Jon Gordon

Peter Bowles

Willie Redpath

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Member Success Stories


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Achieve your goals with CSSC In each issue we like to share the stories of members who have reached their goals or achieved a dream with the help of CSSC's Sponsorship Scheme. Rachel Collins, Peter Wilson and Dan Harbidge had terrific success in 2017 with their respective achievements.

Para Dressage, Bishop Burton CPEDI 2* Para Dressage 2017

Thanks to the support of CSSC, 46-year-old Community Development Manager from Dover District Council Rachel Collins, fulfilled her childhood dream and represented Great Britain in para dressage.

“I have always loved horses but could not afford my own until I was 30.” Initially a leisure rider, Rachel finally purchased her horse Jolan four years ago and started competing in paradressage. Rachel is a Grade 4 para-rider (with Grade 1 being the most impaired and Grade 5 being the least impaired). Her horse Jolan is a 23 year old Danish dressage horse; a true team, they have worked their way up from the grassroots of 'Riding for the Disabled' competitions, to competing alongside paralympic champions on a national level. Rachel and Jolan have represented England three times in the para team and once in the able-bodied team. “I am extremely grateful to the Kent Sport FANS scheme which allows free access to sporting facilities for national sports people, as through this I have been a regular in my local sports centre gym for the last six months. The additional fitness, strength and conditioning has definitely helped me.” Rachel and Jolan finished 4th overall which exceeded Rachel’s expectations and has given her even more drive and ambition to progress this year.



Member Success Stories

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Mountain Leader Training Course

Peter Wilson (31) from the Ministry of Defence, took part in a six-day mountain leader training course with the help of CSSC. Held at the National Mountain Sports Centre in Plas Y Brenin in Capel Curig North Wales, the course taught essential skills including navigation, pacing, timing, safety, route planning, river crossings and identifying suitable ground in mountainous areas of the UK. “Working as a team but leading individual legs, we navigated ourselves over the rough terrain of the Blenavon area of North Wales, all the while being taught the tactics and techniques needed to keep ourselves and the group safe in the mountains.”

European Triathlon Championships

Dan Harbidge from Warrington was awarded £500 from CSSC's Sponsorship Scheme for costs associated with his ambition to compete in the European Triathlon Championships. Dan competed in the European Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf on 25 June 2017 and was selected for the European Championships following a British qualification race in Nottingham in May 2016. The race in Düsseldorf consisted of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. “Despite suffering a crash during the cycling leg of the event, I managed to finish in 10th place in my age category. I would like to thank CSSC for the overwhelming support that I have received in pursuing my sporting ambitions.” If a disability or financial hardship is preventing you from continuing your sport, we may be able to help.



Member Charitable Efforts Each year we are astounded by the efforts put in by our members to raise funds for charitable causes. In 2017 Graham Horne walked 24 miles overnight, Anthony Rowley took part in 12 gruelling physical feats and Theresa Ellis trekked the Inca trail for charity. We salute the efforts of our members by sharing their stories here, but you can read more about their incredible journeys online. cssc.co.uk/member-focus

Stand 2 Support is a group within the Home Office that supports veterans in the work place who are experiencing difficulties as a result of their service.

Graham Horne Stand 2 Support

On 12 August 2017, CSSC member Graham Horne, Home Office staff and Stand 2 Support (S2S), took part in a gruelling Tactical Advance to Battle (TAB) or forced walk from Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium to Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. Over 24 miles, with some members of the team carrying 35lbs of weight in rucksacks (Bergens) on their back, the group set off from Doncaster at 3:45am and arrived at Hillsborough at 12:30pm. The TAB raised over £4,000 for Ben Parkinson’s charity Pilgrim Bandits. Ben Parkinson welcomed the group at Hillsborough and walked the final few hundred yards with them.

Theresa Ellis Inca Trail Trek

In 2017 Theresa Ellis was part of a team who took part in a 10-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic sights in South America, along the Inca Trail through the Peruvian Andes. Trekking on Incapaved paths and steps, the route goes through the lush Cloud Forest to the demanding Dead Woman's Pass (4,200m).

“The ascent to the Sun Gate was via an almost vertical stone staircase but the views of the stunning ruins below were breath-taking.” Theresa took part in this trek to raise funds for the Stars Appeal, a Salisbury District Hospital charity who work hard to help local people across all wards and departments, with particular focus on cancer, cardiac care and children. She and her team raised £4,120 contributing to the collective total sum of £101,810.57 over the years.



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Member Charitable Efforts

Anthony Rowley Twelve in Twelve Anthony Rowley completed fundraising for the Harry Johnson Trust in 2017 by competing in twelve different sporting challenges. The Shropshire charity provides respite support to children and families that are receiving cancer treatment from the Oncology Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford. Anthony’s default activity is cycling, road or mountain bike, with the occasional run or trek so he was keen to expand his sporting horizons with new challenges, the biggest of which was swimming. The first challenge was a half-marathon (Anthony’s first), followed in February, by a self-organised 100 mile cycle sportive with a second half marathon in March.

“Before I had finished one challenge I was already in training for the next one; in the meantime, I was doing classes to improve my swimming whilst also balancing a busy work and, more importantly, family life with my wife and two young boys.” Another first for Anthony was the Duathlon in April, then in May he completed a 100 mile row using a rowing machine. In June, it was time to breakout the mountain bike for a 45 mile off-road ride over the Shropshire Hills then in July, the swim training came to the fore with a self-organised triathlon - The Wrekinathon which involved swimming

0.98km, a 20 mile bike ride and seven ascents of The Wrekin - a distance of 21 miles with 8,000ft of ascent. An injury curtailed Anthony’s efforts over the summer, but in October he completed three separate challenges; a 10km trail run, an organised cycle sportive in South Shropshire and then a second Duathlon through Cannock Chase. In November, it was the second 10km trail run. Over December were twelve mini-challenges including a Strictly Come Dancing salsa exercise session. Andrew raised an impressive £850 for the Harry Johnson Trust.

Have you been involved in fundraising or a charity event recently? We'd love to hear from you, please send your stories to webteam@cssc.co.uk


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