Olympics boost for local hockey club

Camberley and Farnborough HC, which recently celebrated 60 years of hockey in Surrey, is hoping to turn Team GB’s hockey success at Rio 2016 into a boost in numbers and successes at home. The club, which in the last few years has seen successes in the England Hockey National Vase as well as promotions each season for its men’s and ladies’ teams, including three promotions last season, will be hosting its annual club open day in association with England Hockey’s ‘HockeyFest’.

Club Chairman, Colin Forsyth, said ‘membership soared as a result of London 2012, bringing in many new members into our youth set up and we are now starting to see the positive impact on our adult teams as young players improve and progress into playing at the top levels of the club’.

The club has previously welcomed Olympic heroine Alex Danson and Great Britain Goalkeeping Coach/Assistant Team Manager John Hurst to run coaching clinics. Junior Section Chairman Martin Aldrich said ‘it’s been great to have visits and coaching from stars of the game, especially since Alex [Danson] attended Farnborough Hill School, where some of our own youngsters go’.

Camberley and Farnborough have enjoyed successes of their own since 2012, with promotions every year and the Men’s 1st XI defeating local rivals Basingstoke to win the England Hockey National Vase. With both the men’s and ladies’ sections enjoying coaching from former national league players, hopes are high that the success will continue.

Ladies Club Captain Keri Wilson added ‘last season saw both our Ladies’ 1st and 2nd XI promoted, as well as our Men’s 3rd XI, and we have seen during the Games an increase in the number of enquiries from people wanting to get involved in hockey. We always welcome new people along, even if they’ve never held a stick before’.

Camberley & Farnborough HC ‘Hockeyfest’ will take place on 4 September 2016 at Kings International College, Watchetts Drive, Camberley. Juniors 5 yrs + 10 till 12, Adults 1pm. All ages & abilities welcome, no previous experience required.