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Olympic gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh and ex-Irish International Sarah Kelleher to coach at HWHC

We are very excited to announce former Great Britain Captain and double Olympic medallist, Kate Richardson-Walsh, and former Irish International and England U18 Coach Sarah Kelleher are joining the club as Ladies’ first XI coaches.

Kate and Sarah will take on the role together, allowing for both their breadth of expertise to put a mark on the team’s development.

Alongside her role as Ladies’ first XI coach, Kate will also get involved with growing HWHC junior section where she will coach and consult on the newly created Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club Academy.  Kate will work closely with HWHC’s Head of Youth & Development, Alex Smart, and HWHC Men’s first XI Head Coach, Kwan Browne, on the development of HWHC junior club members on the England Hockey Player Pathway. 

Richard Smith, Director of Hockey at HWHC, said: “We are delighted that Kate and Sarah will be coaching our Ladies’ first XI this season. The team has been going from strength to strength over the last few years - just missing out on promotion to the Premier League last season after clinching the East Conference title without a loss.  Kate and Sarah will no doubt push our squad to the next level with their extensive experience and tactical insights.”

HWHC President, Richard Sykes, added: “It is fantastic to have Kate join our club in this double capacity.  HWHC has seen great growth and professionalisation in recent years, particularly seen our junior section with tremendous expansion.  We are proud of how we have developed a very successful and competitive junior club, with youngsters from the age of five to eighteen training at HWHC’s home ground at Westminster’s Paddington Recreation Ground in Central London. 

Both Kate and Sarah’s vision for hockey in the country completely aligns with our club’s ambition to build talent programmes that encourage the development of junior and senior players while they enjoy everything the sport has to offer. We really look forward to Kate and Sarah putting their mark on our club’s development across all sections.”

Kate Richardson-Walsh, said: “I am excited to be working alongside ex-Irish international and ex-Slough teammate Sarah this season at HWHC. Having stepped away from the game last season I wanted to make sure when I stepped back in, it was a good fit for all parties. HWHC have a good ladies first team squad, a thriving junior section and a club that has exciting aspirations for the future. I hope we can have another successful season, taking strides forward as a collective club in all areas.”

Kate and Sarah will be joining HWHC at an exciting time, not only is the club peaking in growth and performance, the club will also be celebrating their 125th anniversary in the season of 2018 – 2019 with a wide range of activities dedicated to this milestone.

 

*Kate Richardson-Walsh played for Great Britain between 1999 and 2016. She captained Great Britain for over 13 years of her international career, and won many achievements, most notably the Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 following on from Olympic Bronze at London 2012. With over 370 caps, Kate is Great Britain’s most capped hockey player.

*Sarah Kelleher represented Ireland for over 10 years at senior level, winning 126 caps, and captained the side. She has been involved in high performance coaching at international level for eight years and is the current England Under 18s coach. Outside of hockey Sarah works as a Brand Strategy Consultant in business.

 

Mike Delaney

Mike Delaney steps down as Ladies’ 1s Head Coach

After joining us fresh off the boat from New Zealand two years ago, he’s now heading back…

We want to say a massive thank you to Mike Delaney, who coached our Ladies' first XI very successfully for the last two seasons.  Together with Assistant Coach Richard Smith he led the ladies to their highest ever finish, winning the East Conference last season, unbeaten and only narrowly missing out on a spot in the Investec Premier League in the play-offs.

Mike you will be massively missed but we wish you all the success in the future and keep COOL always!

The new coaching team will be revealed tomorrow, so stay tuned…

GDPR – We are making it easier for you to find out how we handle your information

Dear Member,

You may be aware that from 25 May 2018 a new data privacy law is being introduced within the European Union called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As a result, we are publishing a new Privacy Notice to make it easier for you to find out how we use and protect your information at Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club (HWHC).

What is happening?
We are publishing a new Privacy Notice which explains how we use and protect your information.

When is this happening?
25 May 2018.

Do I need to do anything?
We invite you to read our new HWHC Ltd - Privacy Notice

By continuing your membership or using our services on or after 25 May 2018, you accept and agree with our Privacy Notice and consent to our controlling and processing of your personal data, including how we collect, use, share and secure your data in accordance with the Notice.

We will not be changing the ways we use your personal information, but the new Notice will provide you with additional details such as:

  • The types of personal information that HWHC collects about you and how we use it
  • Who we might share your information with
  • Your increased rights in relation to the information we hold about you
  • How we keep your personal information secure

We will keep you up to date
The Privacy Notice makes sure that we continue to comply with privacy law and regulation. There are no changes to our terms and conditions, including what we ask of you. If we make changes to any of these in the future, we will let you know.

Thank you for choosing Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club.

Yours sincerely,

Jonny Witt

Chairman

HWHC Ltd - Data Breach Procedure

HWHC Ltd - DSAR Policy

Summer Hockey

Get your sticks back out - it's Summer Hockey Time!!!

Have a look below for all your summer hockey options.

As always we’re looking for volunteers to help organise these sessions so if you think you can assist, contact Bethe.o.havelock@gmail.com

 

 

Mixed Summer Hockey
Informal interclub matches for all!
2.30pm – 4pm @ Paddington Rec on:

Sunday 27th May
Sunday 10th June
Sunday 24th June
Sunday 8th August

Ladies' Summer Hockey
Informal interclub matches on ¾ pitch (Back to Hockey will take place at the same time on ¼ pitch).
Sessions are open to members and non-members.
7.30pm – 9pm @ Paddington Rec on:

Wednesday 16th May
Wednesday 30th May
Wednesday 13th June
Wednesday 27th June
Wednesday 11th July

Cost: £6 per session
To take part: Please sign up by emailing e.o.havelock@gmail.com
You will receive an email ahead of each session to confirm attendance. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

The ladies will also be playing in the Southgate Ladies Summer League.
WHERE: Southgate Hockey Club
WHEN: Midweek evenings at 7pm and 8.30pm, starting Monday 30thApril
COST: £5 match fee

An email will go out to players ahead of each game for you to respond to if you would like to play; you do not need to commit to every match.
To take part: Email e.o.havelock@gmail.com to register interest.

 

Men’s Summer Hockey
Informal interclub matches.
Sessions are open to members and non-members.
7.30pm – 9pm @ Paddington Rec on:

Wednesday 23rd May
Wednesday 6th June
Wednesday 20th June
Wednesday 4th July
Wednesday 18th July

Cost: £6 per session
To take part: Please sign up by emailing contact@hwhockey.club
You will receive an email ahead of each session to confirm attendance. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

Please make sure you download the Slate app to ensure easy payment for Summer hockey sessions.

Men’s 1s make it to the League Finals again

After a dramatic last few weeks of the season, the Men's 1st XI are in the League Finals again, at Lee Valley April 28/29, for a shot at becoming Champions of England, and qualifying for Europe next season.

We play Wimbledon at 10:30am on Saturday, April 28 for a place in the Sunday final against Beeston or Surbiton.

Saturday 28 April - Lee Valley

1030 – MHL Semi 1 – Wimbledon (1st) v Hampstead & Westminster (4th)

Sunday 29 April - Lee Valley

1330 – MHL final

Tickets available here, grab your team mates and head down to Lee Valley and support the lads.

£25 for a weekend ticket

£17.50 for one day

Ladies’ 1s are in the Premier League Play-Off!

You may have heard...  The Ladies' 1st XI won the East Conference and now head to the play-offs taking on Beeston (winners of the North Conference), Stourport (West), and Slough (9th in the Premier League). After all teams have played, the top two will play Premier League hockey next season. The fixtures are across three days in two weekends, and the girls need all the Hampstead & Westminster support possible.

Sunday 22 April - Nottingham Hockey Centre
14:30 – Hampstead & Westminster (East) v Slough (Premier)

Saturday 28 April - University of Birmingham
14:15 – Beeston (North) v Hampstead & Westminster (East)

Sunday 29 April - University of Birmingham
13:15 – Hampstead & Westminster (East) v Stourport (West)

Next season is our 125th Anniversary, and having both 1st XI teams in the Premier Leagues would be the perfect celebration of the club.

More info here on England Hockey

And tickets are available here

£15 for all three days, £8 for each day and £12 for both games in Birmingham on 28/29

We'll be looking into group travel over the coming weeks for the Nottingham and Birmingham trips. Keep an eye on our social media.

HWHC Annual Dinner!

Saturday 7th April 2018

Location: Thomas Lord Suite, Lord's Cricket Ground, NW8 8QN (enter through the Grace Dates entrance on St. John's Wood Road).
Time: 7pm 'til late
Date: Saturday 7th April
Dress: Black Tie
Format: Three course dinner followed by dancing and revelry
Tickets: £80 pp

RSVP: Your captain will have nominated a coordinator, if not themselves, who will take responsibility for coordinating your team's RSVPs. Please a) let them know ASAP if you're keen b) Pay your ticket on Slate.

After rumours of people having too much fun in the sinks last year, our lovely social gurus had to ask oh so nicely for permission to be granted for us to return. On the absolute promise that sinkgate would not be repeated, the Marylebone Cricket Club have kindly let us return to Lord's this year. Let's please honour this promise!

Lord's is nice and central - walking distance from St John's Wood, Marylebone, Baker Street and of course, the home of HWHC, Maida Vale.

Dinner will be hosted in the Thomas Lord Suite, a large self-contained venue overlooking the Gardens, in the shadow of the Pavilion. The suite comes with it's own secure cloakroom, fully stocked bar and dance floor.

For those of you who wish to pre-drink on-site you can do so at the Lord's Tavern, one of several local pubs but this one has the advantage of sitting directly below the Thomas Lord Suite.

Ticket prices include a three course dinner, ½ bottle of wine, as well as the usual prize giving and speeches.

We look forward to celebrating another great season with you!!

HWHC City Lunch

HWHC City Lunch
Friday 2nd March - Join us!

Please join us for HWHC’s City Lunch on Friday 2nd March - our biggest fundraiser of the season.
We are tasked with raising £150k by Summer 2019 for renewal of the water based astro turf and this event will set us well on our way.

What are we asking of you?
Gather your teammates (past and present), friends, family or colleagues for an afternoon out of the office.
Please share this with contacts who you think might be keen to come along.

This is a great opportunity to socialise with HWHC alumni and celebrate the club, so whether you can make it yourself or not, please help spread the word!

Friday 2nd March
12pm - 5pm
Brasserie Blanc, Southbank SE1 8YP
Tickets: £90
Tickets include: cocktail reception, 3 course meal, auction and guest speaker; double Olympian Dan Fox

For tickets, please email Bjorn.