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SURBITON HOCKEY CLUB MAGAZINE - MAY 2019 WELCOME Welcome to the May 2019 edition of the Surbiton Hockey Club Magazine. As always, it's been a jam-packed end to the season and there's lots of onfield action to catch up on in this issue.


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In keeping with our drive to make the SHC magazine more reflective of our whole club, you'll also find special features on the amazing story behind SHC Community Projects and our thriving Back 2 Hockey programme, not to mention more 'Meet the Teams' pages, reviews of our First Teams' domestic success and European adventures, and a bumper section devoted to content for Colts players and their parents.

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As the 2018/19 season draws to a close, the club's off-field team continues to work extraordinarily hard behind the scenes to make SHC an even better and more inclusive place for players, coaches, volunteers, social members and supporters. To have your say as the club develops its five year strategic plan, please complete this survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QNZ2L97 Your opinion really does matter so make sure you take five minutes to share your views by 17th May!


As always, thanks must go to everyone who has contributed reports, information and articles to this issue. All photography without specific image credits has been kindly provided by SHC players, teams and volunteers. Have a great summer break and well done to everyone on another busy, enjoyable and successful season at the club. Beckie Middleton SHC Magazine Editor

Ideas? Opinions? News? We'd love to hear from you!


DON'T MISS... Colts & Parents

Our Club

p37: SHC Roadshow

p11-15: Special Feature: SHC Community Projects

p39-41: Under 14 in the Netherlands: Easter Tour Diary

p17: 2018/19 Season: Club Round Up

p43: 2018/19 Season: Colts Round Up

p18-25: M1s & L1s Round Up: Premier League, Playoff

p45-49: Special Feature: Sport and a Career p55: Health & Wellness: Using Social Media Effectively p57: Focus on: Train My Athlete - new app

p59: Meet the Coaches: Tarek and Fran p61: Colts Corner: Under 10 Goalkeeper Charley

interviews Sabbie Heesh

Finals & Europe p29: Meet the Team: Ladies 3s p31: Meet the Team: Sparticans p33-35: Special Feature: Back 2 Hockey at Surbiton HC p63, p67: Horse Race Night and Club Events p65: Pro League Social

All information in this magazine is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Image credits are provided where possible.

SURBITON HC - A Club For All Whatever your age or ability, there's a team for you at Surbiton HC!

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With thanks to Rob Farrington The incredible SHC Community Projects story started in 2012. The project was originally called 'Suburban Hockey', but while the name may have changed, the objective remains the same: increase participation in hockey. SHC Community Projects is a registered charity that aims to deliver a programme of hockey coaching to local schools. Many of these schools have very little access to organised school sport and often have a higher percentage of children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The initiative provides free or subsidised hockey coaching sessions for school children aged 6-13 as part of curricular PE provision or in after-school clubs. Every session is delivered by qualified and experienced coaches, including current and former international players. SHC Community Projects hockey sessions are built around fun and enjoyment. The aims are to inspire kids to play sport throughout childhood and into later life, to build fitness and to teach them foundation hockey skills. The coaches often use the 'Quicksticks' syllabus designed by England Hockey, but are encouraged to add their own individual twists and creative games to the sessions. It's all about putting the 'play' back into the playground.

The project focuses primarily on those who do not have the opportunities which are provided in other schools and to help individuals not to feel left behind or excluded by others. We are fully aware that hockey can be largely dominated by private schools and so it is particularly rewarding that since the introduction of this programme in the Elmbridge and Kingston areas, some of the highest performing children at Surbiton HC attend local state schools.

Some impressive statistics give a real sense of how farreaching and impactful this initiative has been since it was first established just over six years ago. Between 2012-2017, Suburban Hockey and SHC Community Projects brought around 5000 hours of coaching to 11,471 children in the Kingston/Elmbridge area. The launch of a new initiative in Lewisham/Southwark means the programme has grown at an phenomenal rate in the last 18 months, with around 5000 school children receiving SHC Community Projects coaching between 2017-2018.

In addition to this, around 1000 children had free access to watch elite women's hockey at the 'Schools Day' held as part of the EuroHockey Club Championships hosted at Surbiton in May 2018. A Quicksticks tournament involving The rebranding from 'Suburban Hockey' took place to more around 200 kids from nine different schools also took place closely align the charity with Surbiton Hockey Club. The alongside the EHCC. project is a vital part of our wider club and it is hoped that the change of name will utimately help attract a higher level Significant progress was made during 2018 in terms of of sponsorship from local businesses. This may help organising more opportunities for children to play in fixtures, businesses meet their Community Social Responsibility tournaments and festivals at both primary and secondary targets, but more importantly it gives organisations a chance level. We know that providing opportunities for children to to be involved in a brilliant initiative making a genuine access gameplay can be particularly limited in state schools, difference to youngsters in local boroughs. so this remains a key target area moving forward.

“We are providing an experience that can enrich a child’s life, giving them not only a skill in a sport but a boost for their confidence too. We want them to aspire to be great players. It was thrilling watching our Olympic players competing a couple of years ago and it has inspired a generation to try hockey. Perhaps the local schools contain some of our future Olympic stars too!" Will Fulker - Director of Coaching

SHC Community Projects use a multi-step model to help create increased hockey participation and foster a lifelong love of the game. 1. Hockey coaching within primary schools Getting primary school kids hooked, loving the game and providing opportunities when they are young will increase the likelihood of these children continuing to play hockey throughout their lives. Increasing their ability level will improve the chances of these children continuing when coming into contact with other young players who may have had more opportunities and coaching through the private school system.

secondary school level. There are already some tournaments in place organised formally by local boroughs (for example, Youth Games tournaments), but we believe that a single annual event is not enough. We would like to create more regular fixtures and festivals for children to play at to give them something to look forward to regularly, develop teamwork, a will to improve and memorable competitive experiences.

4. Collaborate with other projects and areas In recent years other projects have been started by different organisations who provide coaching to primary schools - for example, Merton Borough (with Wimbledon HC) and the Reigate area (with EvoHockey PSP). We are looking at 2. Hockey coaching within secondary schools opportunities to join forces to create a strong hockey area We need to provide an opportunity for children to and to help provide regular competition for state schools continue playing hockey once they reach secondary school, who aren't currently serviced by England Hockey to reduce the potential for high drop out rates. Additionally, particularly primary schools. It is important we collaborate this is often a time when many children try new sports with like-minded organisations with similar goals. which gives us further opportunities to increase hockey Key themes to maintain throughout the model include: participation. - Encouraging children to join local hockey clubs. - Running weekly community coaching sessions at the hockey 3. Creating regular fixtures and festivals clubs during the week, after school. Ultimately most people play sports to actually play games. - Providing “Shining Star Scholarships” to children from Children don’t just want to “train” the whole time - they want to play. Many players' best memories are formed from community schools to attend a club. - The model is designed to be a long term strategy, built over playing in games and tournaments. While private schools a number of years. tend to have a regular fixture list, this is significantly lacking (if in existence at all) in the state sector at both primary and

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Within state schools there are often fewer hockey specialists and staff members who feel comfortable coaching hockey. England Hockey provides coach education sessions and workshops, but it can be difficult for teachers to get out of school to attend these. We have therefore been going into schools to deliver a programme to help educate the teachers on how to coach hockey, without taking them off timetable. Using England Hockey resources we can help deliver coaching for the teachers in real-time with practical and individualised needs for their school. This is particularly important within the new Lewisham project as many schools and teachers in this area have not been exposed to hockey previously.

Honor Oak Panthers HC We are proud to have helped to create a new junior hockey section for a club in Lewisham. Over 100 local kids who have received coaching through their schools are now attending hockey camps and weekly sessions. It's fantastic to see how this project is growing and we are looking forward to continuing to offer support and guidance as more children make the step from school to club hockey.



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Interview with Lady Debbie Buffini, SHC Community Projects Supporter and Patron The Buffini Chao Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by supporting educational opportunities through sport, theatre, music and other ‘life changing” programmes. Sir Damon and Lady Debbie Buffini started the Foundation in 2006 and it has supported SHC Community Projects since 2012. Sir Damon’s own journey from council estate to receiving a knighthood is a great inspiration for all kids who are supported by projects like ours. We were delighted to have the chance to speak to Lady Buffini about the Buffini Chao Foundation’s partnership with SHC Community. Can you tell us a little more about the Buffini Chao Foundation?

pitch. Damon and I met with Gill, Keith, Tony and Will from SHC to talk about their ideas to open up hockey in the local community and help young people from local state schools who wouldn’t usually have the chance to play. They were all very passionate about this new project and we were easily persuaded. We have watched the programme expand over the years and we are delighted to be long time supporters.

As well as SHC Community Projects, the Foundation supports several other charities working with disadvantaged young people. These charities provide inspirational and motivational programmes – it may be by way of academic support through mentoring or revolve around sports, theatre, music, the arts or the outdoors. What attracted you to support the SHC Community Programme? We are usually introduced to our charity partners by personal contacts. It is important to us to create partnerships It’s very exciting to see how many young people the initiative with organisations who are working at the grass roots level reaches. The model started by SHC Community Projects has and we can see for ourselves the changes they are making to potential to make an even bigger impact as it continues to young people's lives. grow. The fact that the programme starts out in the primary schools, goes into state secondary schools and links up with How important do you think sport is in children's lives? the local hockey club means there is an ‘end game’ to the project. It brings young players through to club level from a Like most parents at Surbiton HC, we believe sport is hugely more diverse range of backgrounds. important. Young people can learn so many life skills – teamwork, discipline, focus, making new friends – and being Do you have any ideas or tips for parents and other out in the fresh air is vital for physical and mental well-being. stakeholders who may be interested to find out more And not to forget sport can be exciting and fun. about SHC Community? How did you first get involved with Surbiton HC? Our first connection with SHC was formed ten years ago when our daughter Rhea joined the Colts programme at age nine with some friends from school. They had a lot of fun – enjoying the training during the week and the matches at the weekend, making friends with girls from other schools. A couple of years later, I read an article in the Colts newsletter about the SHC Community Programme, at the same time as the club was seeking to raise money for a new

I believe it’s a great project to be part of and to include your own children in. I think it’s important for our children to see that their club is reaching out into the community. It’s also a privilege to get to know those involved in running SHC Community Projects – their commitment, passion and energy is inspiring. The more support SHC Community Projects can get from club members, the stronger it will be. Surbiton Hockey Club should be extremely proud that it is at the forefront of this movement to create a more diverse hockey community.

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2018/19 SEASON: Club Round Up Ladies 1s Premier League - 2nd place League Finals - Champions EHCC - 6th place

Men's 1s Premier League – Champions League Finals - Runners Up EHL - KO16 (lost to Waterloo Ducks on shoot out)

Ladies 2s South Division 1 - Champions (promoted Men's 2s to National League for 2019/20 season) London League Premier Division - 3rd place National Tier 2 Cup finalists (final to be Ladies 3s played May 5th 2019) South Division 2 - 4th place (promoted into South Division 1 for 2019/20 season) Ladies 4s Surrey Premier Division - 2nd place Ladies 5s Surrey Division 1 - 7th place Ladies 6s Surrey Division 4 - 5th place Ladies 7s Surrey Division 6 - 3rd place Surrey Plate Winners (Division 6 and below) Ladies 8s Surrey Division 8 - 3rd place Ladies 9s Surrey Division 8 - 7th place Sirens 12 friendly matches played

L2s - Promoted to National League for 2019/20 season

Jokers London Hockey League Vets Division 1 4th place Magnets London Hockey League Supervets Division 1 - 8th place Vintage London Hockey League Grand Masters Division A - 11th place

Men's 3s A message from Carolyn Llewelyn, Club Captain Hampshire Surrey Division 2 – Champions (promoted into Hampshire Surrey "A huge thank you to all those involved in making Division 1 for 2019/20 season) this another enjoyable season at SHC. As well as Men's 4s London League Division 4 - 2nd place (promoted into London Hockey League Division 3 for 2019/20 season) Men's 5 Hampshire Surrey Division 3 – 5th place Men's 6s Surrey Open League Division 1 - 2nd place

the amazing coaches, volunteers, captains and umpires that make things happen on the pitch, a big thank you must go to our ‘off field team’ who do an amazing job behind the scenes, looking after fixtures, ground keeping, membership, player selection, social events, social media and everything else that makes our club tick! Our hockey teas are the envy of the hockey family - Ollie and Hugh should be congratulated on the quality and quantity of food provided each Saturday. Meanwhile, Ann goes above and beyond in her management of the clubhouse and bar and it’s difficult to thank her enough in only a few words.

A special thank you must also go to Nina Sutton and Karen Reeves who have organised home umpires every week for those teams without Sparticans officials allocated by their leagues, but have also Surrey Open League Division 2 - 4th place (with the help of Ian Wyatt) arranged two England Hockey umpire courses at the club, allowing nine SHC members to newly qualify as Cobras Level 1 umpires.

Surrey Open League Division 5 Champions

L7s - Surrey Plate (Div 6 and below) WInners 2019

Have a great summer and see you all next season!"

M2s - National Tier 2 Cup Finalists 2019



Report by Colin Pike

Surbiton’s hopes of completing a hat-trick of Men’s Hockey League Championships wins were dashed by Hampstead & Westminster at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Connor Williamson evades a Sevenoaks defender

Hampstead beat Surbiton 3-1, Matt Guise Brown scoring twice from penalty corners before Tom Sorsby pulled a goal back from open play. Surbiton’s tactic to replace Harry Gibson with a kicking back backfired when Sam French drilled the ball into the empty net to secure Hampstead’s first ever MHL league title. Tim Reder

Sam Spencer peels away in Playoff FInal

A week later, Surbiton again had to come from behind after Tijn van Groesen gave East Grinstead an early lead at Sugden Road. Hayden Beltz and Drayton Chana came to Surbiton’s rescue to record a 2-1 win.

Andy Crayford

Drayton Chana was on target again at home to Holcombe, scoring twice supported by David Goodfield and Beltz as Surbiton won 4-1, Conor Caplan scoring Holcombe’s consolation goal.

Surbiton were on fire over the next two weeks, starting James Royce and Luke Taylor had helped Surbiton to a 2-1 with a 5-1 win at Reading. Alan Forsyth broke the deadlock win over East Grinstead in the semi-final, former Surbiton only for Lee Morton to instantly reply for the hosts. Ben player, Liam Ansell pulling a goal back in the second half. Boon, James Royce and Beltz all helped Surbiton to pull away with Forsyth scoring a second goal. Surbiton were especially disappointed as they finished top of the Premier Division table for the first time in their Lewis Prosser in action at Sugden Road history, six points ahead of Hampstead, having led the table since 27 October when they had won 5-3 at Beeston. Surbiton started 2019 at the University of Exeter where after George Carson gave Exeter a shock lead, Surbiton cruised to a 4-1 win. An equaliser from Scott Evans, a brace from Arjan Drayton Chana and a goal from Tom Sorsby kept Surbiton at the top. SHC's Australian import Hayden Beltz TR

When Brooklands Manchester University came to town, Surbiton won 7-1, Forsyth collecting another brace with Goodfield, Sorsby, William Marshall, Zach Wallace and Boon all joining in on the act. Sam Perrin scored for Brooklands in the penultimate minute to rob Surbiton of a clean sheet. TR

Surbiton all but sealed first place in the Premier Division with a vital 2-0 win at Hampstead & Westminster, Forsyth

and Wallace scoring in the last thirteen minutes in a hard fought London derby only spoilt by the number of cards handed out. Ben Boon looks for a pass

The regular season ended at King’s College School where Surbiton completed nine away wins out of nine, courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Wimbledon. Again, Surbiton left it late with Sorsby breaking through in the 63rd minute and Dave Beckett literally having the last word, scoring in the final minute. Surbiton will face a local derby against Old Georgians next season and will return to Exeter after the University of Exeter retained their top flight status.


Sevenoaks came to Sugden Road with their automatic relegation confirmed and gave little resistance against Surbiton’s goal hungry forwards, succumbing 8-1. Forsyth notched a hat-trick with Marshall scoring twice and Drayton Chana, Sorsby and Sam Spencer also on target. Andrew Ross’s consolation goal came with Surbiton goalkeeper Taylor Seager-Green withdrawn as an experiment during a penalty corner.

Surbiton's super striker Alan Forsyth was voted the Men's MHL Premier League Player of the Year 2018/19 for an incredible fourth year running. He was also top scorer for the fourth consecutive season. Brendan Creed and Sam Spencer joined Alan in the Premier League 'Team of the Year' as voted by players. Well done to Alan, Brendan and Sam!


Willie Marshall Retires from International Hockey Men’s 1s player Willie Marshall has announced his retirement from the Scottish Blue Sticks. He debuted in 2006 and went on to play 177 games and score 19 goals. A three-time Commonwealth Games athlete, he was also part of Scotland’s EuroHockey Championship II winning side in 2017 (scoring in the final), which saw the team promoted to finally return to the EuroHockey Championships top tier. His final game in a Scotland shirt was a 4-0 victory over Belarus in the recent Hockey Series in Lousada. Marshall: “The three Commonwealth Games I played were all incredible for different reasons. Delhi for the sheer passion for hockey; Glasgow for the home crowd – I’ve never experienced anything like that, I remember being mobbed in George Square just for being a Scottish athlete; and Gold Coast was great for the show they put on and how passionate they are about sport. I’ll never forget my first goal for Scotland – we were 6-0 up in Egypt and I scored a short corner and ran off celebrating by myself! I thought all the boys were following me but when I turned round they were all waiting for me on the half way line! The hardest thing about the decision to retire is not being involved in European A Division after all the effort to get there and all those years trying to get out of B Division. But Lousada was a good way to end things – it’s nice to finish on a high, and it sets the boys up for the next round.” Scotland men’s Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “I’ve known Willie for a long time and he’s Mark Pugh been an excellent servant to Scotland. He’s shown tremendous dedication to the team and programme down the years, and deserves all the accolades he gets on his retirement. In particular I have to highlight his determination to return from his broken leg in 2015. He was a big loss for us but to come back from that and play such a big role over the last few years, playing at the highest level, really pays tribute to him. It shows a lot about his character. A great Scottish player and I’d like to wish him all the best for the future.” Congratulations to Willie on a fantastic international career from all at Surbiton HC!


MENS 1s: EHL 2019 Review Report by Colin Pike Surbiton Men were left frustrated at the Euro Hockey League KO16 stage after they lost to eventual winners, Belgian club, Waterloo Ducks in a controversial shootout in Eindhoven. Surbiton had drawn 1-1 after 60 minutes, David Goodfield putting Surbiton ahead in the 23rd minute only for Renaud Pangrazio to level for Waterloo three minutes later, to force a shootout. The controversy arose as Surbiton’s Zach Wallace was trying to level the shootout at 1-1 after Gauthier Boccard had scored from Waterloo’s first effort; Arjan Drayton Chana had failed to score for Surbiton and Simon Gougnard had failed to double Waterloo’s advantage. Wallace scored, but the attempt was retaken due to a hooter malfunction which had caused the hooter to sound before the eight second time limit. Having given Waterloo goalkeeper, Vincent Vanasch an indication of how he intended to score, Wallace was unable to score at the second attempt. Pieter van Straaten duly put Waterloo 2-0 ahead with Alan Forsyth the first player to successfully convert for Surbiton. JohnJohn Dohmen extended Waterloo’s lead to 3-1 and although David Goodfield brought Surbiton back to 3-2, Romain Penelle gave Waterloo an unassailable 4-2 lead to put the Belgian club in KO8.

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David Goodfield scored in both EHL games

Waterloo also beat KHC Dragons at the KO8 stage and Mannheimer in the semi-finals, both on shootouts, but convincingly beat Rot-Weiss Köln 4-0 in the final. Surbiton faced Irish club, Three Rock Rovers in a ranking match. Three Rock Rovers gave KHC Dragons, including former Surbiton player, Luke Noblett a run for their money in KO16 before going down 4-2, and took the lead against Surbiton through Mitch Darling in the sixth minute of their ranking match. Luke Taylor wrested back control with penalty corner conversions in the 26th and 30th minutes to put Surbiton 2-1 ahead at half time, and further goals from Goodfield five minutes after half time and Forsyth six minutes from the end, secured a 4-1 win for Surbiton. The latest European rankings (released after the 2019 EHL tournament) confirm that English clubs will retain two places in next season's Men's EHL competition. Surbiton M1s and Hampstead & Westminster M1s will both kick off their European campaigns at the KO16 stage in October at a location yet to be confirmed. Frank Uijlenbroek / EHF

Luke Taylor scored a penalty corner brace against Three Rock Rovers


LADIES 1s MAKE IT SIX IN A ROW Report by Colin Pike Surbiton Ladies won the Investec Women’s Hockey League Championships title for the sixth season in a row with a narrow 1-0 win over Holcombe in the final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Giselle Ansley’s 24th penalty stroke proved to be the difference between the sides and earned Surbiton a place in the inaugural Women’s Euro Hockey League in 2020. Holcombe lost to Surbiton in the final for the third year running in spite of finishing top of the IWHL Premier Division table. Surbiton beat East Grinstead 4-1 in the semi-final, Erica Sanders and Izzy Petter both scoring twice with Sophie Bray replying for East Grinstead early in the second half. Erica Sanders in Playoff FInal action

Izzy Petter takes on Slough's defence

Tim Reder

resulted in victory, Ansley scoring twice, and Chilton and Twigg helping Surbiton to a 4-1 win, Claire Thomas scoring Clifton’s consolation goal. In their penultimate league match of the season, Surbiton were frustrated as Slough held them to a goalless draw, virtually ending their hopes of finishing top. Surbiton finished the regular season by romping to a 4-0 win at Bowdon Hightown, Petter quickly opening the scoring, followed by a Woolven brace and Twigg scoring a last minute penalty stroke. Woolven and Twigg finished as joint top scorers for Surbiton with seven goals apiece.

Andy Crayford

Surbiton’s defence of their England Hockey Tier One Championships title ended at Sugden Road when Surbiton went into 2019 in top spot, but dropped to Buckingham won 1-0, Madeleine Newlyn scoring with ten second after a 2-1 defeat at Buckingham, Natasha James minutes remaining against a team of youngsters who and Phoebe Richards responding after Jenna Woolven gave battled hard and were unlucky not to get anything out of Surbiton the lead. the match. A 3-1 home win over East Grinstead was fine preparation for the next week’s top of the table clash with Holcombe. Sophie Bray gave East Grinstead the lead but it was Surbiton’s turn to mount a comeback, Georgie Twigg scoring from the penalty spot before Olivia Chilton and Woolven sealed the win. Surbiton returned to the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 home win over Holcombe. Youngster, Autumn Brown and Woolven avenged an earlier 1-0 defeat at Holcombe Park.

Next season, Surbiton will play Hampstead & Westminster and Loughborough Students in the Premier Division after both teams were promoted via the Promotion Tournament. Slough, ninth placed finishers in the Premier Division, were relegated after finishing in third place, just missing out on goal difference after the top three teams all finished on six points. Susie Catlin combines with Sarah Evans

A week later, Surbiton fell back to second after a disappointing 1-0 loss at the University of Birmingham, Jo Turnbull scoring the only goal for the students in their attempt to avoid the Promotion/Relegation Tournament. Second place was where Surbiton stayed even though Canterbury, destined to suffer automatic relegation, were beaten 2-0 at Sugden Road thanks to Alice Sharp and Twigg. A trip to Bristol to play Clifton Robinsons also



Surbiton Ladies 1s players Giselle Ansley and Georgie Twigg were voted into the IWHL Premier League Team of the Year 2018/19 by their fellow players. Congratulations to Giselle and Georgie!

Hey Mickey! New Zealand international Michaela Curtis has played for the Ladies 1s during the second half of the 2018/19 season. We asked her some quickfire questions... Tea or coffee? I don't like hot drinks!

What's the most memorable place you've ever played hockey? The Hague, where I was lucky enough to play in the 2014 World Cup. The crowds were amazing

Cardio or weights? Cardio. Weights is so boring

What's the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you? Hard work will always beat talent

Sweet or savoury? Sweet 100%

Which SHC junior teams have you coached while at the club? I've worked with Girls teams from U10-U16, they've all been great fun

Sand or snow? Sand! I love the beach Call or text? Text, I hate phone calls


Cats or dogs? Cats, as long as they're cuddly! But dogs are cool too Morning person or night owl? I hate being up early, but I'm definitely not a night owl either. Afternoon?! Comedy or horror? Comedy Big night out or quiet night in? I love a night in, but I do like the occasional big night out with the hockey girls!

What do you miss most about home? Friends, family and my pets (I love animals). And the beach in summer What's your favourite place you've visited in London? Harry Potter Studio Tour - I loved it! What's the best thing about playing for Surbiton? I've really enjoyed it. The team is great, the coaching is great and it's a whole different experience compared to playing back home. I have enjoyed every moment (except drawing 0-0 with Slough at home!).


LADIES 1s - EHCC 2019 Review Report by Colin Pike With only two of their Great Britain internationals available, goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh and Erica Sanders, Surbiton finished sixth at the last ever EuroHockey Club Cup in Amsterdam over the Easter weekend. Surbiton battled against German club, Der Club an der Alster in the quarter-finals on Good Friday, but went down to a 4-0 defeat. Lynne Fröschle put Alster ahead in the 24th minute from a penalty corner before the Surbiton defence were caught cold at the start of the second half, Anne Schröder doubling the lead. Felicia Wiedermann added a third in the 49th minute with Hannah Gablać completing a comprehensive victory with three minutes to play.

In the first of two classification matches to decide fifth to eighth places, Surbiton thrashed GHC Ritm Grodno of Belarus on the Saturday, 7-0 with various records being Koen Suyk / EHF broken in the process. Susie Catlin scored Surbiton’s quickest ever European goal, Goal celebrations during the 7-0 win over Ritm Grodno converting a penalty corner after just 30 seconds. Jenna Woolven scored Surbiton’s second goal in the sixth minute with Georgie Twigg finishing off a penalty corner in the ninth minute as Surbiton’s forwards were on fire. Izzy Petter scored a fine individual goal in the 18th minute to give Surbiton a 4-0 half time lead. Erica Sanders scored in the 34th and last minutes, missing out on a hat-trick after striking the crossbar in the first half. In between Sanders’ goals, Robyn Collins’ penalty corner drag-flick with eight minutes to play, helped Surbiton to their biggest ever margin of victory, having beaten University College Dublin 4-0 to finish seventh at Sugden Road in 2018. On Easter Monday, Surbiton lost 4-1 to UHC Hamburg in the fifth place playoff, but only trailed 2-1 going into the last five minutes. Charlotte Stapenhorst, scorer of five goals in a 6-0 quarter-final win in 2016 in Bilthoven, opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Nicola Pluta scored Hamburg’s second goal in the 22nd minute before Michaela Curtis pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining, scoring her first goal for Surbiton. Stapenhorst struck again in the 55th minute and Eileen Mävers scored in the final minute to make the margin of defeat look wider than Surbiton deserved over a weekend of hockey played in hot temperatures. EHCC hosts AH&BC Amsterdam beat Real Sociedad 7-0 in the final. The Ladies 1s with the SHC Under 14 Girls Eagles team

Surbiton will look forward to the first ever Women’s EHL in 2020.

Some of our Flyerz hockey players proudly wearing their new shirts. Thank you to our super sponsors DeCyber and to partner school St John's Leatherhead for their support

Thank you to our amazing Flyerz volunteers who are so generous with their time and energy to support this fantastic programme

MEET THE TEAM: Surbiton Ladies 3s


With thanks to Sian Craze and Sophie Benton COACH: Rory Hogan CAPTAIN: Sian Craze TEAM MATES MOST LIKELY TO... Score a worldie: Ella Jolly... as long as the opposition keep their heads out of the way! Make a match saving tackle: Bethan Jenkins. She does this at least three times a game, but it's particularly impressive when she kicks it off the backline and somehow still manages to win a hit out. Finish a game with grazed knees: Sian Craze... does a reverse even count if you don't finish on your knees?! Get a yellow card: Abi Krone - not always her fault. Liv Moore has also managed to get "incredibly tense" at times this season, especially when it's "unseasonably warm"... the umpires don't seem to appreciate she's "just joking". Get DoD: Annie Tutty. Maybe a couple less drinks on a Friday night would be a good idea? Be super enthusiastic: Carole Date Chong - she's just so keen!

Turn up at the wrong pitch on gameday: Sarah Starkey managed to drive a car with four team mates (including our GK) to Woking instead of Guildford. Fall asleep: Izzy Godfrey. On steps, on tables... it doesn't matter. She can sleep anywhere. Get hit on the hand: Jess Green. Particularly impressive as she has TINY hands. Go "angry Irish": When Cathryn Osbourne goes into full Hulk mode, the only way to calm her down is to ask 'what would Jamie do?' Be on her phone: Zoe Brunskill - representing the youth. Go to Europe: Sophie Benton... well, this was the case until she decided to play netball. Be away skiing: Sophie Foster... This isn't just any skiing. It's GB skiing! She's just multi-talented.

Best result or team performance this season and why: The last few weeks of the season when we decided we can actually play amazing hockey. Who knew winning could be so much fun? Stand out performers this season: Bethan Jenkins and Annie Tutty have been great additions to the team this season. Biggest disappointment of the 2018/19 season: The thirty thousand 2-2 draws we have had. Or maybe Sophie Benton telling the whole team they are a bunch of has-beens. Who is the L3s' biggest supporter? Sophie's Mum (she's got it going on!) and Zoe's Dad are our die-hard fans.

"Hey hey! We are looking for some first team players to join us next season... We offer Friday night boozing and the promise of becoming a has-been. Don’t forget about the excellent stash, including the unbelievable jumpers you may have seen. Smart coats can be paired with hockey kit in this team with only minimal judgement. Send us your CV... trials will take place at one of the preseason gin and prosecco nights."



With thanks to Simon Fitch and the Sparticans Management Team The Sparticans story.... The Sparticans were, for a long time, the most modest, i.e. bottom, men’s team before giving birth in 2017/18 to a development squad, now the Cobras. It all started in 2012/13 when Richard Curtis and Spartican Emeritus Paul ‘Ronnie, Uncle Albert’ Whelan, founded the ‘Spares’ after being ruthlessly dropped from the 8th team. After one season in the Thames Valley conference, in 2013 the team voted overwhelmingly to join the Surrey League. Ronnie came up with the Spartican moniker (not to be confused, ever, with Spartans) and as a result we are the only team in the world named after an obscure motorcycle part (Google it!). Sparticans is the reigning SHC Team of the Year after a sensational league championship win in 2018 and our hot teas (showcased on the @SHCSparticans twitter feed) have turned our Jolly Boys’ days out into hours of fun spent in the all-important post-match debrief (current record three hours). The new approach to umpiring, courtesy of former Spartican Ian Wyatt and colleagues, has made our games this season far more enjoyable, and our collection of middle aged maestros, aided and abetted by a smattering of colts currently reside comfortably at mid table in Surrey Division 2, playing competitive hockey for fun every week. CAPTAIN: Richard "the Gaffer" Curtis TEAM MATES MOST LIKELY TO... Score a worldie: We are ‘blessed’ with a huge number of attacking players, any of whom can do the unexpected. Such is our attacking power, our record scorer, Chris Baker, has been reinvented as an attacking full back and club stalwart Simon Fitch, scorer of hundreds of goals earlier in his career, now plays defensive centre midfield. Watch the team, and you’ll see world beating goals and other random moments up front on a weekly basis. Miss an open goal: A number of our players have been known to miss from a yard out. Our gaffer Curtis probably holds the record for misses, but it would be unfair to focus only on him... oh well, we have. Make a match saving tackle: The calm, understated approach of Matt Anderson dovetails perfectly with Jimmer Warren’s extraordinary dedication to man to man marking, allowing Gary Grant (brother of our striker Kevin) and team legend Dharmesh Vaghela, our most improved player, to drive us forward from right and left back. Anchoring the ship is Lee Creaser, new to hockey two years ago and now our regular goalie. Finish a game with grazed knees: Undoubtedly Andrew Bell (with Warren, the best product of the Club’s Back to Hockey pipeline). Belly also proves the team’s open minded approach to player recruitment, being welcomed despite having previously played for Richmond and was missed earlier in the season, after a bizarre jaw and ear injury combination (thank you St George’s hospital). Get a yellow card / talk themselves out of a yellow card: This could be any of our more talkative players, although a series of anger management reviews within the team has diminished the numbers on the naughty fence. Recently, even our generally mild mannered midfield star Steve Iffland received two green cards for dissent in the same game! Top of the list for bizarre cardings (looking the wrong way, not subbing from the right place etc) is Fitchy, whose diplomatic approach to umpires works and fails in equal measure.

Get DoD: We spend far more time after our games considering the prestigious Spartican of the Day award, but returning millennial Lewis Harris’ inability to stand up for more than five minutes a game has won him DoD on numerous occasions. Best performance of the 2018/19 season and why: Probably beating strong side Old Cranleighans twice, but almost all of our games in 2018/19 have been well fought and enjoyable. A Mad March of serial victories and unprecedented socialising has finished the season off nicely. Biggest disappointment of this season: Losing our first encounter with Leatherhead. We thrashed them in the return leg though, that was fun. Most memorable away trip of the season and why: Undoubtedly 'The Day We Caught The Train' to Battersea Park to play Spencer. After a thrilling victory, the hours and pounds spent in the Falcon in Clapham Junction represented the closest we’ve come to a tour, so far. Who is Sparticans’ biggest supporter? Our biggest supporters are undoubtedly our wives, girlfriends and kids who allow us to enjoy our hockey every week. The time we spend on the pitch, in the bar and in our increasingly regular socials must test their patience. Thank you. The best thing about playing in the SHC Sparticans is…. The sheer entertainment of enjoying the company of a selfdeprecating, diverse group of gentlemen each week within the best club in the country.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Surbiton HC Back 2 Hockey


With thanks to Tracey House and Sean Peche Back to Hockey [B2H] is a fantastic initiative aimed at people who haven't played hockey for a number of years, or have never played before but would like to give it a try. It's a fun, relaxed and affordable way to learn about the game, get fit and meet other members. The B2H programme at Surbiton HC has been running for around six years and many have enjoyed playing so much that they want regular matches in addition to the weekly B2H training sessions led by expert coaches. In recent years, a number of new Surbiton teams (Sparticans, Sirens and Cobras) have been launched and these sides are filled with Back to Hockey "graduates". If you have ever watched a match or supported your child from the sidelines and thought, "I wish I'd played hockey when I was younger" or just want to have a go, think no further. Email backtohockey@surbitonhc.com and come along for a trial session. You won't be disappointed! Keep reading for some of the amazing stories behind our B2H players' journeys... “Having not picked up a stick for over 20 years, I debated (for quite a long time!) whether it was a good idea to join... eventually I put my stupidity aside and I embraced the stick yet again. WOW! What a feeling, it all came rushing back, and even though my skills were questionable, no one cared. A great team spirit and a very welcoming crew make my Thursday evenings something quite special.” Kate B

"Everyone was very friendly and it didn’t matter that I didn’t know the rules! After an hour of drills and mini matches I was exhausted but exhilarated and I have now got the bug!" Rachel S

“After more than 30 years of playing at Mid-Sussex Hockey Club and two years of injury, it could have been a bit daunting to turn up at a major club like Surbiton. But I’ve found the B2H sessions “I have three girls aged 6-11 who all love playing hockey at Surbiton. exactly what I hoped for - fun and welcoming. Admittedly, the My husband also plays for the Cobras team, and is delighted to be skills training may have come a bit late in my playing life - phrases back on the pitch again! Often we would chat over dinner, about the involving new tricks and old dogs come to mind - but if the fun had at training or a recent match and I would be left wondering Thursday evening sessions can help me get back to playing what all the excitement was about. So one day I thought to myself, 'if competitive hockey then I will be really delighted." you can't beat them join them!'. I remember my first evening so Colin M clearly. I approached the pitch feeling somewhat out of my comfort zone as I hadn’t picked up a stick since school (over 25 years ago). I “I was so nervous to join a hockey club, especially as I hadn’t played was greeted by Tracey whose smile immediately put me at ease. The for 30 years, but everyone was so friendly. One of my struggles is that whole team were welcoming and gave me the encouragement I I am not as fit as I used to be and need to improve my hockey needed. I really look forward to Thursday evening training. It is technique, but the Sirens are so encouraging and are very supportive. exhilarating to be outside getting fit while having many laughs on and I have met some amazing people and anyone who is thinking of off the pitch. Our coaches Tarek and Fred have been amazing. How joining a hockey team - Surbiton Sirens is the one!” privileged I feel to be coached by such an expert team! It's always Jackie fun and informative, and somehow, despite the varying degrees of expertise, they manage to give us all the confidence we need to try a new skill. So, whether you were once a great player or you’re a novice like me, pick up your stick and give B2H a go! You won’t look back!” Jo S “I played a lot of hockey at school (on grass), but hadn’t played for over 30 years and I really wanted to give it a go, to give my gym work more purpose & to be part of a team again. I didn’t know where to start and wondered if someone over 50 would be welcome! I contacted the very lovely Tracey who made me feel so welcome. Surbiton is a real family club and although I am not a parent of a Surbiton Colt and have no long-standing connection I have found everyone to be very welcoming and encouraging. I love playing for the Sirens and have benefitted hugely from the small group that meets on a Wednesday morning for skills training with Tarek (who has the patience of a saint!). I would encourage anyone who’s even half thinking about playing again to come along and give it a go!” Claire J “I started B2H late in the season after a neighbour suggested I come along. I have two little ones and am a working mum who used to play hockey at school YEARS ago. Not only is it fun to play again and exercise, there’s no pressure to go every week.” Aimee

Michael Quintana

"SHC Sirens began as The Casuals in 2017-2018 and played a few friendlies with local teams over the season. We changed our name in 2018-2019 and have now played 12 games in a more organised league - all friendlies. Without weekly matches we don’t pay full subs but cover costs with slightly higher match fees. Some Sirens go to B2H training but some don’t. We are aged 25-55 and have a mix of newbies and experienced players. We have quite a few Mums who can't commit to playing every weekend but a game every 2-3 weeks with the Sirens means they can now play and be part of the club. The friendships we have made are amazing - we play hard and want to win but we also want to have fun - and we certainly do!"

“For me, B2H was actually a ‘start to hockey’. With three kids all mad keen I felt I should give it a go too. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the coaching and we even had some guest coaching appearances from GB players. B2H gave me a foundation and confidence to get more involved and sign up for the Cobras, but perhaps more importantly gave me a real appreciation for the game and watching my kids play has become even more enjoyable.” David B "In September 2016 SHC and their three Olympic Gold medal winning L1s helped encourage and enthuse both new and returning generations of players. Many of us have now spread our hockey skills around both league and non-league teams in the club including Sirens, Sparticans, Cobras, L9s and beyond. Not content just with improving my hockey skills, I have also gained some amazing friends and experienced two of the worst hangovers of my life as a result, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Jo M

SHC Cobras is a brand new team, comprised of many Back 2 Hockey players. After a brilliant debut season, the Cobras won their league - what a fantastic achievement! “I started B2H in 2016, having never played hockey before, but thinking it was about time I understood more about the game given that I spent most of my weekends at the club supporting my kids! We have a real mixture of players - some that are clearly pretty decent but have not played for a while, through to a good number of newbies like me. The excellent coaches focus on a mix of skills work and competitive drills and games - so you really feel like you are learning something and getting the chance to apply it. From the beginning B2H hit the spot for a busy, permanently exhausted parent looking to fit in some exercise. It’s always a good laugh with a very friendly crew and there’s no pressure to attend every week. I have now also graduated to occasional appearances for the Cobras always an enjoyable runaround with a bit more of a competitive edge, but B2H remains my preferred weekly session. Dan F

”I am not very social but everyone was really friendly and welcoming so not having any hockey skills wasn’t an issue. 2.5 years later I’m still here. I have made new friends and discovered a whole new community." Silke “I started B2H in September 2016 at the age of 45, having never picked up a hockey stick before in my life. I went along with a good mate for moral support, MQ wondering if everyone else would be really good and whether there would be many men there. It was immediately obvious that the whole group is warm and welcoming, with no sense of ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ or any male / female bias. I quickly realised that I had really missed being involved in a team sport. From learning the basics to running around in small matches, to the all-important post match socials, it was an environment of great companionship and fun that I had not had since playing football in my twenties. I was instantly hooked. After giving myself a year and a bit I started playing matches in spring 2018 and now am part of the Surbiton Cobras, a social hockey team that is formed of many B2Hers and other hockey enthusiasts. I am very proud to be part of a great legacy for B2H and a wonderful hockey club.” Dave P “Back 2 Hockey has been great! What has really stood out to me is how much effort an elite club has put into supporting and encouraging a bunch of mums and dads. The level of training and the club’s willingness to be flexible with subs has let us create a pool of players available to support the vets sides and other lower teams with players and umpires to the benefit of the whole club.” Alex “After hanging up my hockey boots in 1988 I found myself running around a hockey pitch with no shin pads and a borrowed hockey stick in 2018... a mere 30 years later and all thanks to Back 2 Hockey! I’m now playing most weekends and really enjoying it." Rich O


“For someone who has never played hockey before, but has always enjoyed a range of sports, Surbiton B2H has given me an opportunity to learn a new sport trained by expert coaches, while improving my “When I moved to the area with my family, I could hear the slap of health and fitness in a very friendly and fun environment. With two hockey balls and the general buzz and merriment of team sport from children currently playing for Surbiton Colts it has also given me a far my garden! It had been a looong time since I played - about 15 better understanding and appreciation of the game and rules of years! - but I looked on the Surbiton HC website to see if there was hockey and it has highlighted to me how skilful the Colts really are. any way I could get involved. ‘Back 2 Hockey’ sounded perfect and Surbiton B2H has also given me the opportunity to meet and that’s exactly what it has been. I was immediately welcomed socialise with a great bunch of likeminded people.” compared ailments with another slightly nervous newbie, shoved in Jon my old gum shield from school, donned my shiny new Amazon Prime shin pads and grabbed my circa 1996 hockey stick. I don’t think I’ve "I went along with my old wooden stick missed a session since - it has been great fun. A real mixture of ages, and the welcome from the amazing ability and fitness levels but a great atmosphere. We all learn, laugh Tracey and Sean, the other and love being there. I’m so pleased I got involved with B2H - playing Back2Hockeyers and the coach was a team sport again has been such fun (albeit a bit painful!). I’ve met great. B2H quickly became a highlight some awesome people and feel really welcomed at a fantastic club.” of the week." MQ Rachel Julian



SHC's international stars visit local schools to inspire youngsters to play hockey

"I had a fantastic afternoon at Downsend School, everyone was extremely welcoming and the children got really stuck in! The Surbiton HC roadshow is a brilliant initiative connecting with local schools and the community, and acts to further the growth of hockey as a sport while keeping youngsters active too. It is great to be involved and I look forward to visiting more schools in the future." - Hannah Martin

"I had a great time with the Year 3s at Latchmere School. We started with a Q&A about life as a professional athlete and then did a coaching session - this was the first time many of the kids had played hockey so we went through the basics as well as showing them a couple of cool tricks to practise. The day ended with some autographs. It was a fun experience and hopefully has inspired some of the students to continue playing hockey." - Zach Wallace

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EASTER TOUR DIARY: SHC Under 14s in the Netherlands


Some of our U14 players share some insights into their Dutch tour experience Tour Diary by Freya, Under 14 'Eagles' (U14 Girls EHCC Runners Up) After a total of nine hours on the coach, over 100 parents and 92 players (4 girls teams and 2 boys teams) arrived at De Ruwenburg Hotel, just South of Amsterdam, tired but full of anticipation. The U14 Eagles girls went on to have an incredible tour with five wins, a draw and three losses. We were warmly welcomed for friendly matches at Orange Rood, Tilburg and Pinoké Hockey Clubs. For two days we competed in the U14 European Hockey Club Cup in Amstelveen against Spanish, German and Dutch opposition. After some challenging games we made it to the final against HC Den Bosch (Holland) who had been our toughest competition yet having been the only team to beat us so far! Despite some determined attacking and resilient defending, it was not our day and HC Den Bosch won gold with a score of 3-0. Although the result in the final wasn't the one the team had hoped for, we played well together and proudly collected our EHCC silver medals. It was a really good learning curve to play against such skilful teams and I think it definitely helped us to develop as players. This was just what we needed in preparation for the National Finals on May 12th.

U14 Girls 'Eagles'

The tour was a brilliant experience giving us life long memories of playing at amazing facilities and stadiums, making friends along the way, and topped off by having a picture with the Surbiton Ladies 1s, who were also playing at the Women's European Hockey Club Cup at the same time. Massive thanks to the tour organisers Tracey, Lucy and Jax, to all the coaches, and other helpers, and of course to our parents, who seemed to have a good time too! :) U14 Girls 'Falcons'

The Under 14 Easter 2019 Tour Group

Tour Diary by Caspar, Under 14 Prem (U14 Boys EHL 5th Place) SHC 1 - 2 Waterloo Ducks This was sadly a game of controversial umpiring decisions that would ultimately determine the outcome of our tournament. In one case, our opponents weren’t 5 metres from our free hit, yet unfortunately they countered and scored. Later, they got a second goal despite the ball never having touched their player in our D. We fought hard and finally Martijn passed to Caspar who reversed the ball into the roof of the Ducks’ net to give us a point. SHC 1 - 7 Mulheim Uhlenhorst This was a hard game, against some skilful giants who had shaved their beards off especially for the match! Both Finn our keeper and the defence played well in the face of this tough opposition, however, we were outplayed by their fast transfers and aerials which put them 5-0 up at half time. Not giving up, we stayed in the game and Sam H volleyed home a goal off a counter attack. While not a great result at the end of the pool games, we played well in what turned out to be the toughest group with both Ducks and Mulheim ending up in the EHL final.

U14 Boys 'Prem'

SHC 4 - 0 Paris Saint-Germain (5/6 Playoff) As we set up on the Mens’ EHL tournament pitch, even the scoreboard was against us as it showed Surbiton 1-0 down before the match had even started! However, this didn’t reflect how things went. Early on, we went ahead when Willem deflected a hard shot into the D, followed 5 minutes later by a goal off our short corner routine. Later in the half, Martijn passed the ball through to Caspar where a hard shot into the corner put us 3-0 up. Leading at half time and eager to get more goals, we attacked their D until a breakthrough pass came to Willem who scored again to get his hat trick. Well done to all in the Prem squad. Some great hockey played and lots of fun had too!

First half of the tour through the eyes of the Kestrels by Sophia

Thank You Message from Tour Organisers Tracey, Lucy, Jackie, Dawn, Will and Frankie

Thursday was ‘a bit’ of an early start, meeting in the dark at Sugden Road at 4:00am. After a long six hour drive we arrived at our luxurious hotel. Our first game was that afternoon against Oranje-Rood, the hosts of the EHL men’s Tournament. We played on one of the worst ‘beaches’ of a pitch any of us had every been on. Yours truly scored in the first two minutes and then ORHC struck back quickly with a break through our defence. Snippets of our game being shown on the big screen at EHL certainly spurred us on to score another two goals in the second half! We earned a 3-1 win, led by our great captain Georgia Van Hoffen, with goals from Sophia Swindell and Raaniya Majid (2). On Friday we got a relative lie in until a glorious 7:30am breakfast... full English, pancakes, all you can eat pastries and more! Our second game against AMHC Amersfootse was once again on a beach. We started strongly and held a 3 goal lead by half time. AMHC scored a goal from, once again, a break through, but a Beyonce-inspired team talk from our captain Taylor Neal must have done the trick as we got another two goals before the end! A 5-1 win with goals from Emilia Pitts, Phoebe Williams, Darcey Kennedy and Raanyia Majid (2). Our second game on Friday against Tilburg was (no surprise) on another beach. This was one of our toughest matches, we were 1-0 up before they scored two quick first half goals. We scored from a short corner shortly before half time but it was disallowed for a reason no-one knows! 90% of the play was in their 25 and with our fantastic Surbiton spirit we kept fighting till the very end and eventually got a short corner. The whole team was battering the D for what felt like ages until Darcey slapped the ball in for the equalising goal, and the team (and parents) went wild! A 2-2 draw led by our FANTASTIC captain Phoebe Williams, goals from Raanyia Majid and Darcey Kennedy. Second half of the tour through the eyes of ‘The Falcons’ by Rosina A more relaxing start to Saturday morning with an 8:15am breakfast (although we still hadn’t got into the routine of being organised so there were about 10 trips up and down the stairs!). Our fourth match against Eindhoven finished 2-2. Overall it was a great game with Issy Bailiff team captain. Some missed opportunities but the sand pitch made play very challenging. After coming from the beach at Eindhoven we felt like we reached the sea with the nice blue water pitch at Uden! This was a very tough game against their 1st team. We went up 1-0 with a goal from Mimi Sole but Uden pulled it back with a powerful short corner and a good second goal and they took a 2-1 win. A couple of highlights of the day: 1. ‘The Croydon Rapper’ aka Amelia Wood busting out ‘Man's not Hot’ on the coach 2. Dave, Rory and Tom getting down to the music with the staff in the Eindhoven HC clubhouse. We returned to build our own burgers at the hotel before by an awards ceremony to give out each teams ‘player’s player’ and the ‘muppets award’. Lots of laughs and celebrations. After another night of hide and seek in the hotel we woke with slight nerves as we were facing the Den Bosch teams knowing the Eagles had lost to them in the EHCC Final the day before. We arrived at their club and were wowed by the facilities. We were all set with our sub coach/physio/mentor/chief supporter David Reynolds (Mollie’s Dad) to face our presumed nemesis only to thrash them 4-0 in a great game captained by Tabs O’Neill. With the two other Surbiton teams comfortably winning their games, it was great to go out on a such a high. And a massive thank you to Dave, Tom, Rory and Kooda for coaching us.

U14 Girls 'Hawks'

U14 Girls 'Kestrels'

U14 Boys 'South'

After 6 months of planning, 92 players, 6 teams, 12 coaches and over 100 parents spent the Easter weekend travelling the length and breadth of Holland to visit 11 clubs (Orange Rood, AMHC Amersfoortse, Tilburg, Eindhoven, Uden, Stichtsche, Bloemendal, Breda, Den Bosch and Pinoke). Each and every club were so hospitable and we are very grateful to them all for hosting us. The Girls U14 Eagles team came back with a silver medal from the junior EuroHockey Club Cup and the boys U14 Prem team came 5th in the junior EuroHockey League competition. We were very lucky to have 12 fantastic coaches on the tour under the leadership of Will Fulker. Ellie de Heer, Fran Rowley, Billy Winter, Rory Hogan, Tom Taylor, Dave Bartram and Kuda Kamwaza coached the Girls teams, while Frankie Bryant, Tom Philip, Scott Jones and Tom Beaumont headed up the Boys teams. A big thanks to all the parent team managers for doing an amazing job of dealing with last-minute changes to the itinerary, meal arrangements and goal keeper changes, checking their charges into the bus and anything else that cropped up! Eagles (Lucy Smith), Hawks (Nick & Charlotte Evans), Falcons (Beverley Jarvis), Kestrels (James Warren); Prem (Dawn Parry) and South (Zoe Tinker). Thanks to tour parent Danny Williams who provided our brilliant social media coverage throughout the trip. We are hugely grateful tol to Liselle Carey, Angie Wiles and Claire Cooper for co-ordinating tour fundraising and a final big thanks to Will Fulker who inspired us all to take 92 players to Holland. The players competed in some great hockey, the sun shone and the parents had a good time! Reflections from 2019 'tour parent' Will Hayes... As we recover from the Easter 2019 Tour we can predict the following is in store for the 2020 tour: 1. There will be a "Dutch off" between Dave B and a willing/unwilling parent! 2. The girls will get to know others from outside their age group and get to know the boys section (but hopefully not too much) 3. Rory will be late for the bus 4. Billy will be towered over by 6ft 2 inch female U14 Dutch players querying his umpiring decisions 5. Mums will be drinking ready made Gin and Tonics on the tour bus at 11am on a Thursday! 6. The players will play some great hockey against some tough opponents at some superb facilities 7. The organisers will have to have put in a monumental effort to match the fantastic work by Lucy, Tracey, Will F, Frankie, Dawn and Jax!



With thanks to the awesome Colts coaches and management teams


Surrey Cup - U10 Girls

Surrey Cup - U10 Boys

Pools: SHC 5-0 Cheam, SHC 6-0 Both Surbiton U10 Spencer, SHC 1-0 Oxted QF: SHC 1-1 Guildford (won on flicks) teams won the SF: SHC 1-1 Wimbledon (won on Surrey Cup and will flicks) compete at the Final: SHC 1-0 Old Cranleighans

U10 Regionals at SHC on Sunday 5th May

Pools: SHC 1-0 Tulse Hill & Dulwich, SHC 1-1 Spencer, SHC 3-0 OG Dragons, SHC 3-0 Woking SF: SHC 2-0 London Wayfarers Final: SHC 1-0 Wimbledon Coach Fred Mannering: "I'm incrediibly proud of the boys' progress from the start of the season to now. They showed real focus and determination to keep their level of hockey so high all day."

Coach Frankie Bryant: "The girls played excellent hockey on an unseasonably hot day. I was really impressed with the composure shown in the knockout games."

UNDER 12 Both U12 teams won the Surrey Cup and the Boys B team also came second! Regionals are in late April.

UNDER 14 The Girls and Boys U14 teams have both qualified for the National Tier 1 Finals on the weekend of 11th-12th May.

Under 14 Netherlands Easter Tour Results U14 Girls ‘Eagles’ 4-4 vs Oranje-Rood 3-2 vs Amersfoort 4-2 vs Tilburg 2-0 vs Junior 1-2 vs Den Bosch 1-0 vs Amsterdam 1-0 vs Alster 0-3 vs Den Bosch 0-2 vs Pinoke (EHCC silver medal)

U14 Girls ‘Hawks’ 8-2 vs Amersfoot 2-3 vs Tilburg 7-0 vs Eindhoven 1-1 vs Den Bosch 5-0 vs Breda 0-7 vs Oranje-Rood U14 Girls ‘Kestrels’ 3-0 vs Oranje-Rood 5-1 vs Amersfoot



U14 Girls ‘Falcons’ 305 vs Oranje-Rood 5-1 vs Amersfoot 2-2 vs Eindhoven 2-2 vs Tilberg 1-2 vs Uden

U14 Boys ‘Prem’ 3-2 vs Oranje-Rood 4-2 vs Amersfoort 2-4 vs Tilburg 2-5 vs SCHC 1-2 vs Waterloo Ducks 1-8 vs Mülheim 4-0 vs St German (EHL 5th place)

U14 Boys ‘South’ 7-0 vs Oranje-Rood 1-3 vs Amersfoort 2-1 vs Tilburg 2-4 vs Bloemendaal 3-1 vs Den Bosch 92 players, 6 teams, one awesome tour! Well done to everyone involved.

Pools: SHC 1-1 Bowdon, SHC 3-0 Old Loughtonians, SHC 4-1 Isca 3rd/4th Playoff: SHC 2-3 Canterbury

England Hockey

Coach Will Fulker: "The standard of hockey played at these finals was high and the boys can be proud of fourth place. We didn't quite score enough goals as a team when it counted, but a great experience for the boys as they continue to develop their hockey."

National Tier 1 - U18 Girls

The U18 Girls have The U18 Girls had a fantastic semi final victory away at Bournemouth, and will play against Cambridge City for qualified for the National Finals on the National Tier 1 title in May. 12th May. Coach Lauren Moors: "Making the final is nothing short of The U18 boys were knocked out in Round 2.

5-0 vs Den Bosch

National Tier 1 Finals - U16 Boys

The U16 Boys came fourth at National Finals. The U16 Girls retained their Home Counties League title

1-1 vs Eindhoven 2-2 vs Tilburg 1-2 vs Uden 6-1 vs Den Bosch

what this super-talented bunch deserve - a fitting end to some of these girls' Colts careers. I'm looking forward to the final already!"

National Tier 1 - U18 Boys Injuries and a lack of preparation time resulted in a challenging 2018/19 campaign for the U18 boys, who were knocked out in Round 2 against Reading, the eventual quarter finalists. The future remains bright for the age group with a number of players graduating to the Mens 1s side with flying colours this season.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Sport and a Career


Focus on: Athlete Career Transition In a time where there are increasing opportunities for talented athletes to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, understanding and preparing for an eventual transition out of full time sport is gradually becoming a bigger topic of conversation. At Surbiton HC, we have a number of past and present full time hockey players, and lots of Colts aspiring to play senior international hockey in the future. We talked to ‘Athlete Career Transition’ [ACT], to understand more about the issues our elite hockey players face. ACT: What We Do Athlete Career Transition (ACT) was created through a combination of the career transition experiences of ACT’s Founders, retired Welsh International Rugby Union brothers, Andy and Steve Moore. Coupled with the fact that professional athletes from all sports are now retiring from their sporting lives with little knowledge or understanding of the skills they have built up over years of elite competition, ACT, in partnership with Sir Steve Redgrave, have developed a comprehensive transition program for athletes at all stages of their career and beyond. We aim to enable athletes to successfully transfer their skills into appropriate business environments for them. Many elite professional athletes, enter this new phase of their life with no qualifications, no experience and no guidance for the future. As a result, ACT completely focus on fully preparing elite athletes for their transition into life after sport delivering huge internal and external value to their business partners. The earlier an athlete prepares for ‘Life after Sport’, the smoother the transition is likely to be. However, ACT passionately believes that it’s never too late for an athlete to work on their transition and have guided athletes in the very early stages of their sports career and those who have been retired from sport for a considerable length of time. ACT are also experts in matching, placing and supporting the transition of elite athletes into the high-performance business environment when they retire from sport. Elite athletes are motivated and driven by purpose, progression and performance. Their success is built on values, mind-set and talents, which all have huge potential to transfer and impact performance in a variety of elite business environments. The athletes that we work with bring differing levels of work experience and education, and although they may lack certain business knowledge and skills, we know they all possess numerous desirable transferable skills to build upon. ‘Top Tips’ for Athletes to Help them Transition out of Professional Sport From ACT Performance Psychologist, Ben Paszkowec 1. Start planning for the transition as soon as possible – consider education and work experience if possible and try to engage in alternative hobbies/interests while you're still training and competing. 2. Develop your network. This is important from a promotional/work opportunity perspective but also from a support aspect. Include family and friends in this process so they know how to help you. 3. Have a vision of what you want to do beyond sport. The specifics don’t have to be there straight away but a goal to aim for is a good foundation. 4. Take responsibility for yourself - you are in control of your mindset, your actions, how proactive you are and how much you make of an opportunity. 5. Self-awareness - understand who you are, what your personal values and beliefs are and what sport means/meant to you... thinking about the things you value in your life outside sport – for example, your family – can help you to create a new purpose away from the field. If you are a professional athlete who would like to learn more about how ACT might be able to help you prepare for your transition out of elite sport, or a business who is interested in finding out how you could make the most of the unique skill set of a professional sportsperson, get in touch! Email: athletes@athletecareertransition.com Web: www.athletecareertransition.com Twitter: @ACTpathway LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/athlete-career-transtition-ltd

SPECIAL FEATURE: Sport and a Career


Balancing Elite Hockey with a Professional Career Surbiton HC is full of talented young players who aspire to academic achievement, sporting excellence and a successful professional career. Many of our first team players and coaches have combined playing hockey at the highest level with extensive study and professional success. We spoke to four of them about how they have managed to achieve so highly both on and off the field.

NICK PARKES Role: Business Development Manager for Electric Mobility in Shell’s New Energies Division – creating products and developing partnerships to sell and install electric vehicle charging stations across the UK Study and specialist professional training: ‘Year in Industry’ at BAE Systems prior to university. First Class Chemistry Degree at Cambridge. Shell Graduate Programme Major hockey honours: Scotland Senior Men & double Commonwealth Games athlete “I didn’t have any specific goals for working life through school and I think following the subjects you find most interesting is the best way to go. In terms of sport, although hockey was always my ‘first sport’ and I did have dreams of playing at international level, I think playing and enjoying other sports for as long as you can remains really important. I don’t remember having any real issues in terms of balancing study and sport when I was at school. Once you get older, the tradeoffs get harder... do I pick my university based on the quality of its hockey team? Do I skip international hockey to do a summer internship? In my mind, hockey, while important, had to be taken into perspective with these decisions. About half way through university I realised I wanted to work in the energy industry. It touches pretty much everything we do and is also integral to the biggest challenge of our generation: climate change. I did worry about getting left behind in my professional career away from the hockey field at times, although I was surprised how supportive my work was. I think that was a key lesson for me: you’d be surprised what is possible once you ask. I’ve been able to get extra time off for international hockey with no impact on my professional progression. Elite sport has helped me to have these conversations – it’s had a real impact on my leadership and people management skills and these can be developed at a younger age by taking responsibility to have conversations and ask questions. If you’re considering the best way to combine hockey and still have a successful career, it can be really important to pick a job or industry which is compatible with playing sport. Lots of my friends went to work in the city, where the long hours mean that high level training would be unmanageable.”

GEORGIE TWIGG Role: Solicitor in the Commercial Sports Team at Bird & Bird LLP Study and specialist professional training: Law Degree from Bristol University followed by a Course in Legal Practice at Kaplan Law School Major hockey honours: England & GB, Olympic gold & bronze, European champion & multiple international medalist “It’s always tricky to decide what career you want to do at a young age. Having done some work experience at a law firm and after speaking to a barrister at a school Careers Day, I decided to study law. I didn’t really let this affect my A Level options and decided to pick subjects that I really enjoyed – I knew that I would do better and would want to work harder for subjects that I enjoyed. I was away at school so things were fairly structured, but I had to manage my time well to fit in club training and Saturday games so I didn’t fall behind with study. I couldn’t afford to leave things to the last minute. Leading a busy lifestyle actually made me more productive as the time I had set aside for studying a particular subject had to be focused and concentrated – I couldn’t afford to waste it. It's vital that you have regular conversations with your teachers and coaches while at school so they are aware of everything that is going on and can help you balance everything without burning out. I think it's really important, particularly while at school, to do things outside of academics and hockey. I found if I planned well and used my time effectively then I could spend more time with my friends. There is always a risk that by doing too much of one thing it becomes a chore and you need balance to keep perspective on everything. Training full time can be daunting as you are aware of friends progressing in their professional careers and it can be hard to do things alongside full time training. I was fortunate that Bird & Bird allowed me to defer my training contract for a number of years until after Rio. It did provide me with some comfort that I knew what I was going to do after hockey but even so it was quite intimidating to go back into the professional world after time away. Many skills you learn from being a professional sportsperson are transferable into the work environment – team work, leadership skills, confidence to talk to others, ability to self-reflect, time management and work ethic to name just a few.”

BRETT GARRARD Role: Director of Hockey (Surbiton HC); Hockey Professional (Reeds School); Consultant Hockey Coach (German Women’s National Team); Property development and management Study and specialist professional training: Business Studies and Sports Science Degree; Level 1-3 Hockey Coaching qualifications Major hockey honours: England & GB captain, double Olympian and over 300 international caps “I decided after watching the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games that playing at the Olympics was my hockey goal and I dedicated my effort and time to it. I attended a strong hockey school and made my university choice based on hockey, but to be honest it took me some time to learn how to effectively manage my time. I didn’t find it easy but ultimately I made certain sacrifices to work towards my goals and fit everything in. I felt strongly that I also needed to work while playing international hockey. Coaching was the best fit for my lifestyle as an elite athlete, but I have always worked and networked to explore other options away from a hockey field. I knew that having a degree would give me alternative paths to follow in case hockey didn’t work out how I hoped. I would definitely advocate young athletes working and exploring life away from sport because injury, illness and selection can affect things in an instant. Having good role models can definitely be a key factor. Someone that has faced similar challenges, made mistakes and learnt from them can give invaluable advice. To be any kind of high achiever, you need to be organised, plan ahead and be prepared to make some sacrifices. Success takes hard work and that’s especially true with the pressures that exist today in schools, clubs and at home. It’s great to have a goal but it’s important to understand that it might take some time to get there! I have always loved being in a team environment and having the ability to work together to achieve a goal. The competitive edge and the resilience to battle through tough times are important traits that can be transferred to any industry. Having said that, some industries obviously require training, exams and experience, so starting late can sometimes be a limiting factor. That’s another reason I think it’s very important to balance things out and ensure you have other options.”

ABI WALKER Role: Ear, Nose and Throat Registrar at St George’s Hospital Study and specialist professional training: Seven years at university (Medical Degree; Physiology and Sports Science Degree; Surgical training; Masters Degree in Allergy; PGCE in Education) Major hockey honours: Scotland & GB; Squad member at London 2012 Olympics, Champions Trophy medalist "I come from a medical family and as far back as I can remember it’s the only career I ever wanted to do. A teacher at a nearby school was part of the GB Women’s team who won a bronze medal at Barcelona 1992 and that was the first thing that put the Olympics on my radar. Even so, it might not sound great but in all honesty hockey has never been ‘plan A’. It was only later when full time funding became a reality that I was able to press pause on my medical career and focus on hockey. I found it reasonably straightforward to balance everything while at school but I was lucky to be surrounded by positive role models who could guide me through subject choices and exams. In retrospect, I think that’s probably because of the amount of constructive support I got from my parents, who were always interested and invested in my academic performance as much as my sport. Towards the end of school, I remember speaking with my parents about how I planned to fit in hockey commitments around my final exams. I’m sure it can feel like important exams should mean no free time for sport or a social life, but I think learning to manage your commitments before leaving school has a huge impact on your ability to do the same at university and in the workplace. My parents were always supportive but allowed me to make my own decisions provided I worked hard and learnt to prioritise the right things at the right times. Resilience is such a big buzzword now but it really is vital if you want to be a doctor and I know that I finished my sporting career as a much more rounded and resilient person than I began it. In some ways I have fallen behind contemporaries that I first studied alongside who are all established consultants now. But I don’t regret it for a moment and I’m 100% certain that I will have a more fulfilling and successful career because of the skills I learnt as an athlete. I had a sudden lightbulb moment when I was on the receiving end of yet another lecture about why I should give up hockey to focus on my medical career. I suddenly realised that when someone tells you that what you want to do, “just can’t be done,” often what they actually mean is, “I don’t know anyone who has ever done it before”. Then I understood that some people can’t help but impose their limits on your dreams. Don’t stand for it. If you want something, believe that you have a way of making it happen then hold onto that vision."


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ASPIRE USA: Showcase Event Report


On Tuesday 9th April, SHC played host to Aspire USA's Showcase Tournament Despite the soggy weather, Aspire USA's inaugural Showcase Tournament at Surbiton HC was a great success. With 56 girls attending (including girls travelling from Germany and Scotland), 4 teams and 14 US colleges scouting, the day was very well attended and there was a great atmosphere. The colleges in attendance were Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Maryland, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Richmond, Indiana University, Temple, Providence, Virginia Commonwealth University, Bryant University.

Aspire USA Founder Holly Cram with US college scouts

One Showcase player said, "I really enjoyed playing matches that were of a high standard and it was great to play with different people. The Q&A gave me a really good insight in to why I might choose to go to America to continue my studies and I learnt a lot about the process of getting into the universities." Holly Cram (founder of Aspire USA) says, " I was thrilled with the calibre of US colleges that attended, it was an incredible opportunity for the girls to play in front of the very best colleges in the US and I was pleased with the level of play. I can't wait for next year!"

SUGAR AND SPICE 15 Bespoke Catering Farina & Kitty met about 25 years ago. It was their passion for good food that helped develop the long standing friendship they enjoy today. In 2012 Kitty entered and won Thai Master Chef of the year representing her restaurant Regional Thai Taste in Cheam, Surrey. This is where Kitty spent 12 years mastering the art of Thai Cuisine under the expert guidance of her two aunts. Subsequently Kitty opened two very successful Thai restaurants in Kent. Three years ago Kitty moved back to Surrey and joined forces with Farina to start Sugar and Spice 15. It has grown from strength to strength. Starting with catering events for Universities such as The London University at Elephant and Castle, office functions, Christmas Parties, Weddings, private dinners and most recently introducing Thai and Indian cooking classes in their kitchen or at homes of their clients. Kittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise comes from working with different Thai chefs but most importantly first hand training from generations of family members with recipes developed along the way by them and in recent years by Kitty herself.

Farina comes from a background of home chefs and she used to love watch meals being created for very large dinner parties hosted by her parents. She learned to recognise spices by smell and was thrilled at the exciting array of colours and variety available. She learnt that an aunt had given cooking classes of her own homemade recipes - Farina and Kitty hope to include these in the recipe book they are writing. After extensive travel to many exotic Asian and Middle Eastern countries Farina takes a keen interest in a variety of cuisines. Over the years Farina has developed her own individual style and created her own recipes which she has prepared for family and friends and for Sugar and Spice 15. "Thank you so much for your wonderful food, it was an enormous success & everybody loved it! I will recommend you to anybody having a function." Lucy, Epsom

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Hockey and University Choices


With thanks to the team at NTU Sport (Nottingham Trent University) Making decisions on further education can be exciting but daunting for youngsters and parents. An increasing number of our Colts consider heading Stateside to continue their studies after finishing school, but there are plenty of fantastic opportunities for talented student-athletes closer to home too. The team at NTU Sport talk to us about what UK Universities can offer and some of the factors you should consider as you resarch and apply for places.

Why study in the UK? What is the course really like? What are my job prospects like when I graduate? Where would I be living? What is their hockey programme like? Does the coach have a history of success? What support is in place to maintain my academic studies and hockey progression, while I pursue both? These are just some of the questions that will run through the minds of both students and parents in the lead up to making University choices. One of the biggest decisions in life is which University you decide to study at. There are a number of factors to take into account for talented young hockey players. Course suitability, course costs, standard of hockey, hockey development opportunities, distance from home, lifestyle, and student support offered are just some of the areas to consider. There is a wave of movement to study in USA but the purpose of this article is to raise awareness of what is offered within the UK, especially if hockey plays a major role in your decision making process. Studying at a UK University and playing hockey at a respected hockey institution / club should be an appealing option for students deciding on their University choice. Some of the benefits of remaining in the UK are: • Sport Scholarships available to offset University fees • Strength and Conditioning support to performance athletes (tailored programmes) • Free physio support for performance athletes • Nutritional and Psychology workshops and support • Performance Lifestyle support all year round to support students with all aspects of their life (academic / sport / mental health) • For those athletes in the GB EDP set up (or with aspirations to do so), staying in the UK allows you to continue to train with the GB EDP squad throughout the year • Safe knowledge of the quality of the coaching provided at the University • Hockey played from September – April (unlike a much shorter hockey programme in the USA) • With degrees in England lasting three years, the options remains for students to go to the USA and undertake postgraduate study and play one year of NCAA hockey when you are 20 / 21 years of age (NCAA rules allow you to play for three years at another institution abroad and play your final year in USA). This can allow you to keep your options open! There is no right or wrong choice for students. It depends what is the right fit for you as an individual. With new opportunities opening up in the USA college system, don't forget that it's still very much worth exploring what British universities have to offer. Keep your options open and research a few different avenues as you take the next exciting step in your hockey and education journeys.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Using Social Media Effectively


By Iona Stephen So you’re a keen hockey player? Do you have goals to reach the M1s or L1s, or even play international hockey? Maybe your goals right now are directed more toward your studies or hitting a higher grade at school? Whatever it is, there are a few non-negotiable ingredients you’ll find common to anyone who is striving to progress and improve: intense focus, hard work, mindfulness and presence in the moment are all up there, with some discipline thrown in there for good measure. So, what has this got to do with social media you ask? Let me expand. There is no denying that the internet is a powerful force that can and should be used to improve our lives. I am a regular user of both the internet and social media (mainly Instagram) myself and it has been a positive tool in my life. However, the promise and perils of social media exist in equal measure and I am a firm believer that without awareness and strategy, your phone will control you rather than the other way around. A quick flick onto your Instagram feed can find you simultaneously cherishing your ability to discover inspiring photos, but at the same time fretting about the app’s ability to invade the evening you had planned for revision, reading or catching up with family and friends in real life. So you might have found some inspiring content, caught up with a few friends and lost a few hours to the digital world... or maybe this particular visit to Instagram has exposed you to some of your friends’ carefully constructed portrayals of their lives and has left you feeling low or inadequate. This emotional rollercoaster is one we have all had a ticket for at some stage, but the good news is that it doesn’t need to be this way. So you don’t want to quit Instagram, twitter, Facebook or Snapchat? Good, I don’t want to entirely abandon social media either! But what can we do to ensure we don’t become a slave to our devices and instead focus on the qualities of intense focus, hard work and mindfulness I mentioned earlier? Here are a few strategies that have helped me pull positive experiences from social media, allowing me to remain focused on my day-to-day objectives without becoming a zombie! 1. Turn off 'All Notifications' in your phone settings. This has been a game changer for me. Don't allow your phone to rudely interrupt you throughout the day. Remain in control of when you access social platforms - check new photos and status updates at the right time - not all the time! 2. Charge your phone overnight and out of your reach. This sounds simple but as well as making you actually get up when your alarm goes off, it also helps you to resist the temptation of 'just one more look' when your body and mind need to be asleep! 3. Unfollow any social media account that makes you feel sad or low. You heard me. UNFOLLOW. You can do it! Instead, make sure your social feeds are full of constructive and affirmative messages - choose to follow people who are positive role models and accounts that inspire and interest you. 4. Use 'aeroplane mode' when you are studying or completing a task. Another game changer for me! My phone has been on 'aeroplane mode' while I've written this article and it's taken me half the time it could have done if I had been getting interrupted by phone calls, notifications or just a bad habit of grabbing my phone and scrolling through Insta! Aeroplane mode is your friend - use it as much as you need to!

Iona Stephen is a professional golfer, athletic role model and presenter currently based in Richmond. She played 4 sports at junior international level (squash, hockey, lacrosse, athletics) before taking to golf while at university. It was thanks to a sport transfer scheme, that Iona got the opportunity to take up golf and knew from the very start she wanted to reach the professional ranks. She played 4 years as an amateur, breaking 3 course records on her way to a +3 handicap. In 2016 Iona turned professional and made her debut on the Ladies European Tour in December 2016. Outside of golf, Iona is an ambassador for the charity BIG CHANGE, supporting young people throughout the UK to thrive in life, not just exams. In 2018, Iona founded the podcast 'Women in the Game', interviewing inspiring women from sport, business and life. Iona is a fountain on knowledge when it comes to all things health and wellbeing, but it always seeking to learn more about optimum health and performance. She speaks on 'Performance Lifestyle' throughout London and the UK and mentors several young athletes with experience and positive encouragement.

FOCUS ON: Train My Athlete


We learn more about the new app set to help Surbiton Colts and manage their training, monitor their health and improve their wellbeing 'The numbers game': How sports data is changing the health and wellbeing of the next generation of athletes "Many athletes believe injuries come down to either pure bad luck or an event outside of their control. While in some cases this may be true, many injuries are in fact predictable and also preventable. The use of data and research has played a fundamental role in our understanding of injury risk and it shows that many injuries aren't just down to luck. Training data has the power to tell us which athletes are likely to perform well and which athletes are at risk of injury." Liam Hayes, CEO of Train My Athlete and Sports Physiotherapist "The relationship between injuries, how much and how hard you train is well established, but the effects of lifestyle factors such as stress, sleep quality and illness on injury risk are also becoming more apparent than ever. But all athletes are different and have different thresholds of under and over training. When you add in sleep, stress, diet and mental health you can see just how challenging it is for trainers and medical professionals to truly identify which athletes need a rest and who might need to get out and do a bit more.” Chris Jones, Co-founder of Train My Athlete and Sports Physiotherapist Train My Athlete: About the app Research and data has made it easier for teams to make decisions, but the reality is that many medical teams and coaches still lack the time and the tools to collect and analyse the reams of data available to understand their athlete’s health and wellbeing. In 2016, Liam and Chris decided to do something about this. They set up Train My Athlete, athlete management software that collects individual training and competition data, as well as allowing athletes to provide vital information about their own wellbeing through a groundbreaking app. The system collects, calculates and inteprets each athlete’s data in real time. If an athlete is over training, not sleeping well or is stressed the system alerts backroom staff. “Now backroom teams can get all the data they need to make informed decisions about their athlete’s training, and they only need ten minutes to log on and check it!” says Liam. Chris highlights that medical and coaching teams often also lack the time to track whether every athlete is doing the right things outside of sport. “Working in professional sport, I used to spend hours creating spreadsheets for all my athletes' training data and writing out exercise plans. Often players would leave these plans behind but with Train My Athlete, all strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists and nutritionists can send everything through the app so every athlete knows exactly what they need to be doing simply with the click of a button.” Football has been the early adopter of the technology with Premier League stars already using the app. However, both Liam and Chris are excited that Train My Athlete is being recognised in other mainstream sports such as athletics. Train My Athlete and Surbiton HC Surbiton HC will be the first hockey club to trial the Train My Athlete technology. Liam comments, "Surbiton is a club dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to support the welfare of their players. They have a proven track record of producing some of the best international athletes but it is the dedication of the club to implement sports science principles from the Colts section right through to senior teams that sets the club apart. We hope to play a small role in making every Surbiton hockey player better, happier and healthier." Surbiton Colts will be able to receive expert diet and training plans, and will be asked to log their fatigue and sleep levels through the app. Each athlete will also be able to upload all of their training sessions away from the hockey pitch, which can be analysed by the coaching and physiotherapy teams. Train My Athlete will be available for Surbiton players from August 2019 in time for the new season. Look out for more details in the Club and Colts newsletters. For more information about how the app works, check out: web: www.trainmyathlete.com | email: info@trainmyathlete.com



Our club is full of fantastic coaches. This issue, we meet Tarek and Fran... Name: Tarek Abdulla Age: 32 From: Morden Coach at SHC since: 2015 Do you play hockey? No, I stopped after uni What coaching roles do you have at the club? Girls Under 12, Ladies 5-9s, Back 2 Hockey and video for the L1s. What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the Colts programme at SHC? It's so inclusive. Everyone is offered a midweek session and a Sunday match, whereas at a lot of clubs only academy players access midweek training. The club also has a great outreach programme, giving access to kids who would not normally have the chance to play. What do you enjoy most about coaching? Seeing players progress over the season, overcoming setbacks as well as celebrating successes. It's great to see the journey over the long-term from a player picking up a stick for the first time to playing National League or international level, or simply hockey becoming a sport they will enjoy for life. What's the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you? You can have a bad day on the ball, but not off the ball. This basically means even if your skills and passes might not be coming off, you can still run hard, make leads, get back and put pressure on. What's your most memorable moment as a Surbiton coach? One of my best moments was not actually as a coach. I was lucky enough to be Pitch Manager during the EHCC last season where I saw firsthand how the club came together to put on an excellent event. Led by a team of volunteers I thought every aspect of the tournament was well done and the club should be incredibly proud of what it achieved. Name: Fran Rowley Age: 28 From: Auckland, NZ Coach at SHC since: 2018 Do you play hockey? I play for SHC Ladies 2s. I was recently asked in a Q&A what made me start hockey and it was basically because I wanted to be like the characters from 'The Mighty Ducks'... hockey was the closest thing to ice hockey available to me in New Zealand! What coaching roles do you have at the club? Girls Under 10 - Under 16 teams, Ladies 9s, SHC Community coaching and I volunteer with the Flyerz. What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the Colts programme at SHC? I think how invested our colts are into watching and playing within our adult league teams. Regardless of age, it feels like everyone is part of one club, and both adults and colts do a great job of supporting one another. It makes for an awesome, unified club culture. What do you enjoy most about coaching? Watching kids gain confidence through sport and develop into all round great people and team mates. What's the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you? Don't be afraid to fail. Make good mistakes and learn from them. What's your most memorable moment as a Surbiton coach? Just recently, many of the kids had a bye weekend so didn't have a fixture. At 5.30pm on the Sunday evening, a stream of girls turned up for a pick up game. Scotty and I joined in and we played under our first dose of spring sun. Everyone was relaxed, the level was challenging and the girls played some of their best hockey. Nights like that remind me of why I play and coach.

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COLTS CORNER: Charley Meets Sabbie


Surbiton HC Under 10 goalkeeper Charley interviews Sabbie Heesh (Surbiton L1s, England/GB) How did you feel when you knew you’d made the England team? I played Under 16, Under 18 and Under 21 but I knew it would be a big step up into the senior team. After I’d done some training with the team at Bisham Abbey I had a call from Danny Kerry to offer me a part time place in the GB programme. I was on my way to club training (at Leicester) and I just remember feeling shocked and super excited. Smifsports

Hi Sabbie! I started goalkeeping at Surbiton a year ago, but I still play outfield at school. What made you start playing in goal and how old were you? I played outfield at school from when I was nine. One day we needed a keeper for a tournament and so they decided my twin sister and I should both have a go in goal at hockey training as we both played football. My twin missed the training because she was ill, so I ended playing in goal for the whole session and they didn’t let me leave! Why do you like being a goalie? I like the pressure. One moment you can be making a big save and be a hero for the team… but if you’re not on your game, one mistake can cost you a goal. I thrive off the pressure and the feeling of living on the edge whenever I’m playing. I love being a goalie. It’s fun... and a bit less running!

It’s pretty cool to play hockey for a living. When I was a junior, it wasn’t possible to be a full time hockey player so I didn’t really have that as a dream when I was young. We went as an Under 21 team to watch the GB girls play at the London 2012 Olympics and I remember hoping that one day I’d also have the opportunity to play against the best players in the world and train every day... there are three goalies on the GB programme but my target now is to help GB qualify and play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Do you have any favourite moments? I won a European gold medal with the senior England team in 2015. It’s great to be a European champion but this was a bit of a weird feeling for me, because I was the second goalkeeper behind Maddie Hinch at the time, so I didn’t actually play.

My stand out memory is actually from playing for England Under 21s at the European Championships in Holland What personality do you think suits a goalkeeper? I think you need to be outgoing, fun and not afraid to get (alongside many of the girls who are now in the senior GB involved. Being a goalie is a unique position within a team squad). We were in the bronze medal playoff against sport – I love playing with my mates but I enjoy having my Germany and after drawing 3-3 we scored in extra time to own specialised role within the team too. Plus training is fun win and it was an awesome feeling. I had a good for us! Outfielders have to do boring stuff in training but we tournament and the way we went about playing that game get to dive around, make saves, kick the ball... Everyone was incredible so it was a great experience. always tells me goalie training looks fun and they’re right! It can be hard in games as a goalie when you don’t have much to do. Do you ever get bored in games? I used to struggle with this a lot and it’s still something I have to deal with now. Playing for Surbiton Ladies 1s is great, but as one of the strongest teams in the league I often don’t get a lot of touches in the game. Concentration and staying switched on can be a challenge for me. I try to talk to my defenders a lot as this helps me stay connected whether or not I’m involved in the game. You have to be ready for that one moment where you’re needed. What advice would you give a young goalkeeper? The most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Even though I obviously think being a keeper is better, it’s great that you’re still playing outfield as it’s good to understand and try out lots of different playing positions when you’re young. Being brave is pretty important too, so to have the courage to go in goal at only nine years old is awesome.


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With thanks to Angie Wiles and the amazing team behind the event On Friday 8th March, the club hosted a Horse Race Night. The event was a huge success, raising a total of £3,470 towards ongoing development of the club’s infrastructure and to support the Under 14 Easter tour. Thank you to everyone who contributed very generous raffle and auction prizes, bought and sold raffle tickets, provided desserts, sponsored horses in the races or simply attended the event itself. More than 60 people enjoyed a fantastic evening at the club. Thanks must also go to Ann Bedford who organised the amazing curry, to Suresh Desai for speaking at the event and to all the Colts who attended and helped run the evening. Huge thanks must go to the following for donating some fantastic auction prizes: Owen family - Methuselah bottle of Rose Hanson Family - Signed Fulham Shirt Wickham Family - Signed England Shirt, stadium tours and signed Manchester City ball Hannah Martin - GB squad signed stick Tacklebag - Rucksack of goodies Hockey Centre - Signed Adidas stick

The Winners' Enclosure Race 1 - The SHC 10,000 Guineas Tattinger Champagne plus Ferrero Rocher chocolates Won by: Sophie’s Stallion - Lucy Smith

Race 4 - The SHC Newbury Novice Sprint Piper Heidsieck Champagne plus box Thornton’s chocs Won by: Rocco - Zoe Tinker

Race 2 - The SHC Ascot Stakes Monsigny Champagne plus Body Shop goodies Won by: Singapore Sling - Kate Leeson

Race 5 - The SHC Grand National Bredon Champagne plus wonderful skin products Won by: Goldfinger - Antje Kiewell

Race 3 - The SHC Cheltenham Gold Cup Antoine de Clevecy Champagne plus soap selection Won by: Go Grandpa - Ros & Rob Harcourt

Race 6 - The SHC Champion Hurdle Freixenet Prosecco plus highland shortbread Won by: Seven - Tamar Cooper

Race 7 - The SHC Derby Methuselah bottle of Chateau Leouble Rose Won by: Far Canal - Charlie Lovett-Turner

The final auction prize generated the most competitive bidding of the entire evening, as a team of ‘Surbiton Hockey Mums’ found themselves in a bidding war with Annie Breslin for a private coaching session with Will Fulker. Annie eventually triumphed, winning a coaching session for her Wimbledon HC Ladies team! Horses in Race 7, ‘The SHC Derby’ were auctioned to the highest bidders, generating another £340 towards the fundraising. The race was won by Charlie Lovett-Turner, who bought the last horse of the night, Far Canal. The Under 13s Racing Club Consortium invested in eight horses but sadly didn’t get a single victory – what are the odds of that?!

PRO LEAGUE SOCIAL Here's what our Surbiton international stars have been saying about their Pro League experiences so far...

INTERNATIONAL MILESTONES: Congratulations to Surbiton's James Gall and Hannah Martin, who both played their 50th combined England/Great Britain caps during the recent Pro League matches. Well done also to Giselle Ansley for leading the GB Women out as captain against USA and for making her 50th GB appearance against Germany.


CLUB EVENTS February - April 2019 Wine Tasting Evening, Old Members' Day, Quiz Night, M1s Darts Night

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Surbiton HC Magazine - May 2019  

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Surbiton HC Magazine - May 2019  

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