It would be great to see as many of you there as possible to cheer our boys on!
Also the L1s are playing at 2pm on Sunday 12th November in Wimbledon at King's College Sports Ground. If any of you south of the river folks fancy watching a great match!
And lastly (but by no means least) our Zak Hond boys will be playing in East Grinstead on Sunday at 12pm in the England Hockey Championships. If any of you fancy getting out of London - do come along and cheer them on!
November is rubbish. It's dark when you leave for work and it's dark when you're coming home. It rains but doesn't snow. Halloween has been and gone and it's too early to put up the Christmas tree. Rubbish!!
Luckily HWHC are here to bring a little midweek happiness to help you get over the worst of the winter blues. On Thursday Nov 9th we're having a good old fashioned shindig because there is literally nothing better to do. Turn up to enjoy a few drinks, some food, and most importantly friends old and new. So lay the seeds of Friday's sick day by telling your boss you're feeling a little queasy around lunchtime and pretend your headache is developing through the afternoon.
We'll see you at Paddington Pergola from 7pm!!
Kwan Browne will start his second campaign in charge of HWHC Men's 1st team tomorrow, welcoming Brooklands to Paddington Recreation Ground for a 1.30pm pushback. Kwan and the side hope to build on and improve on last year's highest ever finish in the premier league of 4th. In addition to the previous announcement of GB International Harry Martin, we are pleased to welcome to the squad Jonny Gooch of Wales, Will Byas from Beeston, Jamie Legg from Richmond, Josh Kelly from Birmingham Uni and Kyle White from Banbury. We welcome any support that can come out tomorrow for the Men and are eagerly awaiting the start of the season.
*This season HWHC is pleased to have partnered with Hawkinsport and Specialist Sports Shoes to be playing in Adidas kit and Hawkinsport shirts.
Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club Ladies 1s (HWHC) is excited and ready to start their 2017/18 campaign in the Investec National League Conference East.
After two successful seasons in the National League Conference East, HWHC L1s is pleased to have added further depth to its squad. HWHC is delighted to welcome to the club Team GB London Olympian Emily Maguire, who joins from Holcombe; Lauren Turner, who settles back into the UK after six years playing in the top leagues in The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and Spain; and current Scottish and Rio GB Cycle international Sarah Robertson, moving down from Edinburgh Uni.
Further additions to the 20 squad are Meg Byas coming over from Beeston, Melanie Wilkinson, returning from injury and previously at the University of Birmingham, and Anna Middendorf who joins from the University of Connecticut in the US.
Mike Delaney, starting his second year as HWHC L1 Head Coach, said: “The strengthening of the squad is in line with the club’s aim to continue to professionalise and become a real performance team and club. The new players add real value across the different lines and it has been great to see our standard in games and training being lifted. I look forward to kicking-off our 2017 – 2018 campaign against Southgate this Saturday and the season in general, where we will enjoy the challenge the league presents and push to compete for the top spot.”
For the second year, Mike will be ably supported by club Director of Hockey Richard Smith. We also wish to thank Jo Edmonson for her fantastic efforts in the role of Manager for the past two seasons and now welcome Cressida Grant, long term HWHC L1s player, to the role.
Annebeth Wijtenburg, HWHC Ladies 1s Captain, added ahead of tomorrow: “I am very excited for the start of this season. We had a very successful pre-season, working with all the existing girls and integrating the new players, who have brought further depth and strength across the team. At HWHC we not only focus on strengthening the team with talented individuals but look to add real team players on and off the pitch. All the new girls are great fits for the team and the club, which means we haven’t just lifted our standards but we will continue to have fun and play as a tight nit and strong unit.”
We really need both male and female keepers across the club this season so if you know of anyone who would be interested please send them our way! Please get in touch with Beth if you know of anyone.
SEASON KICK OFF PARTY - 23RD SEPT
NEW JOINERS DRINKS - 30TH SEPT
A night in honour of our new joiners this season. A compulsory night for newbies and oldies alike we reckon! Teas and drinks at The Warrington after games where we will then start the fun with beer pong and other games. After party tbc.
PUB GOLF - 14TH OCT
Of course it wouldn't be a HWHC season without some pub golf. Details to come soon but get this date in the diary!
MATCH FEES - SLATE APP
A new way to pay your match fees!
This season, we will be using the Slate app (https://slateapp.co.uk/) which offers the Club the ability to create a direct debit payment request if you don’t pay by cash. You then authorise this request using the free app and your match fees are taken from your account automatically.
In the coming weeks you will receive an email invite from Slate, inviting you to download and register with Slate. It takes two minutes to do so and would appreciate you getting this done by the first game if possible. If you have any problems with getting set up on Slate, please email help@Slateapp.co.uk for assistance.
SLATE APP FAQS
Can I not just pay cash?
Whether you choose to use the app is entirely up to you, if you prefer to pay cash you can still do so. But we’re hoping most of you will recognise the convenience of paying via the Slate app and not having to drive past the cash point on the way to the game.
Is it secure / does the club get my bank details?
Slate partners with Gocardless, which is a known electronic payment provider similar to Paypal. The systems are secure and encrypted to international standards. All payment is dealt with by Gocardless, the Club and Slate do not access your bank account.
Can the club take money without my permission?
No, the system works by sending you a request to authorise the payment, which you do via the free app on your phone. If the request isn’t authorised then no payment is made.
Is this going to cost me anything?
No, there is a transaction fee, but the club will be absorbing this and not passing it on to members.
It all sounds very complicated and I’m really not very good with technology!
The system is actually pretty simple, however we appreciate not everyone is as comfortable with technology as others. If you are struggling to get set up just email email@example.com and they will help you.
Will match sheets go away entirely?
No, we still need to know who is playing games and scoring goals so we can celebrate at the end of the season. Just the match fee collection part is changing which should match sheets a lot easier.
We are sorry to report that Robin Francis has passed away. Robin was a long-standing and popular member of HWHC, most particularly as a player in the Tivoli Road days.
Robin's funeral will be at Golders Green Crematorium, 60 Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NH, at 2pm on Thursday 17th August.
Afterwards, there will be a wake at Brondesbury Cricket, Tennis and Squash Club, which is at 5A Harman Drive, London NW2 2EB.
If you plan to attend, please email Richard Chapman so that numbers can be passed on to Robin's sister, April and brother, Neil.
We are delighted to announce that Hampstead & Westminster has now partnered with Hawkinsport & Adidas for all of our club playing and casual kit. The dedicated HWHC kit page is just being finalised and can be found here. We have finalised our new arrangement in the last few weeks and as such all orders placed in the next couple of weeks will be delivered by the end of September. Following this set up period, the lovely new kit will be available on a 1 week delivery notice.”
For help with sizing, see our Kit Size Guide.