ANOTHER PRIZE FOR HASLEMERE HOCKEY CLUB â€“ AND THE TOWN
PRESTIGIOUS APPOINTMENT TO HOST COACHING DEVELOPMENT
(published in the Haslemere Herald April 30th 2009)
Haslemere Hockey Club (â€œHHCâ€) has been signally honoured by being appointed by Surrey Hockey Association to host the Junior Development Centre for under 13 and under 14 Girlâ€™s and Boyâ€™s hockey. The appointment recognises both the high quality of the Woolmer Hill pitch facilities and the excellent track record in developing their use through its growing junior section under the control of a HHCâ€™s Director for Junior Hockey, Mandy Jackson, and her dedicated team of managers and coaches.
The appointment â€“ in addition to the increased status that it gives to Haslemere hockey â€“ will provide opportunities for Mrs Jacksonâ€™s coaches to improve further by working with Surreyâ€™s Junior Development coaches. It will also make Woolmer Hill a priority site for hockey coach education and development programmes in the future.
Twenty years ago HHC had no juniors (of either gender) and no junior coaches. It now has (at the last count) some 350 girls and boys (aged 5-15) with a team of some 20 coaches and 20 managers. â€œThis appointment of the Club to host a JDC is the icing on the cakeâ€, said HHCâ€™s President, Nick Chilton. â€œIt reflects great credit on both Mandy Jackson and Peter Smith (our Director for Playing Arrangements) who put forward the case for HHCâ€™s selection. It is also yet another feather in the cap of our Town - whose Council is to be congratulated yet again on its consistent support of sport in Waverley, recognised a few days ago at the Sport Haslemere Sports Awards. Because of Haslemereâ€™s position at the juncture of three counties, we hope that the appointment will also enable children from Hampshire and Sussex to enjoy the benefits of the coaching development. After all, the origin of the JDCâ€™s is England Hockeyâ€™s â€œSingle System â€“ One Vision One Systemâ€!