Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club opened its doors today as part in the Harvester National Club weekend and were joined by Steph Elliot, England player.

IMGP7097_resize_smallMore than 90 young players, aged from four upwards, turned up for the morning session, which saw Elliot lead the youngsters in a warm-up, followed by a skills class and finished with a friendly game. With a BBQ and refreshments also laid on, and all the players leaving with a goodie bag, the session was a massive success for the club.

Colts Chairman Martin Aldrich said: “This represents our best Club Day to date by far. To have over 90 Colts taking part, and with so many new faces visiting, is fantastic.

“And with Steph getting involved the way she did capped a brilliant day. We had great support from all the coaches and helpers throughout the morning and today I think really showed what a friendly and progressive club Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club is!”

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Speaking after the event Elliot described how she had started her hockey career at her local club: “I initially started playing at the age of eight at a little local club at home. My mum got me involved and from there I went on to play at University and was put forward for England selection by my coach. It’s all happened very quickly and I feel very lucky to be part of the England set-up having got involved so late. It’s fantastic.”

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And Elliot also enjoyed her time with CFHC: “I have really really enjoyed today and been really impressed with the standard of the kids – they are more skilful than me! It’s nice to see so many people turn up and days like this are massively important for the club.

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“Speaking to some of the coaches they are so excited for the season ahead and to see so many young players and new people come along and get involved, it stands the club in really good stead for the future. To have foundations that are really, really strong that you can build on as a club means it is very promising for the future.

“I never realised what a thriving club Camberley and Farnborough was, and I’ll definitely be coming back.”