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Paddington Sports Club – How to make the most of our clubhouse

So the season is back - we're ready, the pitches are ready, and the clubhouse is ready. It's great to be back playing hockey and back in the club house to grab a jug of beer and to dissect our latest (no doubt stunning) performance on the fields of Paddington Recreation Grounds.

Now that Paddington Sports Club is our permanent home, and as membership of HWHC means that we are now social members of PSC, there are a few additional perks that HWHC members get, but also new ways that we must treat the clubhouse in order to make it our own.

Firstly, all HWHC members are welcome at any time to drink and socialise at HWHC, watch any sport that may be taking place (handy for the Rugby world cup), and make the most of the awesome and very reasonably priced Thai food that PSC can offer.

Secondly, as you will have noted from the past Saturday, the way that our hockey kit is stored has changed in order to make the most of the space in the club house. Walk round the outside of the building, round past the bike racks to the first shed on the right hand side. Neatly place your kit in there to allow space for all of HWHC and opposition team's kit, then make your way into the building via the side door opposite the shed. There should be some signs pointing you in the right direction!

Thirdly, match teas must now be collected via tickets, that will be handled by your captain. Teas will not be served without them! Your captain will distribute them to you and your opposition in the clubhouse after the game, take them to the counter to collect your teas. Please help us with enforcing this as this will help to keep unnecessary costs down

Finally, there have been complaints of people leaving the door to the ladies' toilet open, please remember the code and keep the door shut. The code is C0578Z, remember to store it in your phone!

All of this is intended to improve HWHC's experience of PSC and help consolidate an already great relationship - doing this will help us keep PSC as our home for a long time to come!

EDGE Hockey announced as HWHC equipment sponsor!

A message from our Director of Hockey, Richard 'Smudge' Smith.

Hi all! Alongside my new role as Director of Hockey here at HWHC, I have recently become General Manager for EDGE HOCKEY UK - helping out HWHC's very own Tommy Kavanagh who owns the business, brother of Australian International Fergus Kavanagh. EDGE is a hugely successful brand in Australia and it's time to continue to make it big here, starting with HWHC.

EDGE is our club hockey equipment sponsor and as a result able to offer all members seriously reduced rates on all EDGE equipment for the 2015/16 season! Please click the links below to see further details of what is available to HWHC members - this includes an exclusive HWHC price list and details of two specific HWHC bundle offers!

2015 Product Range - Europe HWHC Pricelist | 2015 Product Range - Europe

Let me know what you are after - sending your orders to edgehockeyuk@gmail.com

Any questions too, don't hesitate to contact me!

Unfortunately some weights, lengths and products are not currently in stock but luckily there are plenty of options.

Cheers all and remember -  "Don't get left behind!"

Match Report – Oli Thomas Memorial

On Saturday 20th June, the Hammers gathered to play a match against the family and friends of Oli Thomas, a Hammers’ stalwart since September 2012 who was tragically killed while serving his country in southern Afghanistan in April 2014. After a few brief words and a minute’s silence, the match was played in typical Oli fashion, with flair and style. Indeed there were even a couple of outrageous attempts on goal from impossible angles on the backline which even Oli would have been proud of!

The Hammers - showing classic summer hockey lethargy - were not able to get the win and much credit in this respect must go to a great display from the opposition, helped by Oli’s ex-teammates at Hereford Hockey Club. In truth though the match was never about the final result, and after a few photos we all made our way to PSC for beers and to exchange our favourite stories involving Oli!

Many thanks must go to Will Chan for organising and to all of Oli’s family and friends who made the long journey to London to make the day so special. A great day was had by all and a post-match collection of £485 was kindly donated by Oli’s family to HWHC’s youth section so our sincere thanks here also.

Here’s hoping for a rematch in 2016!

Robert Deeprose
Hammers’ Captain

Club Day 2015 is coming Saturday 5th September!

The new season is nearly upon us, and all of Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club are on tenterhooks for another fun-filled, jaeger-fuelled social calendar...

It starts here - Hampstead and Westminster's 2015 Club Day is upon us on Saturday 5th September - it should be a legendary day of hockey, fun and booze.

The first games start at 11:30am but in order to help the day run smoothly, we need participants to arrive at Paddington Recreation Ground by 11am at the latest - this is to allow registration to take place and make sure that all teams are in place for the 11:30am start.

Club Day truly is a once in a season event and great to dust off cobwebs, socialise ahead of the season and give your liver a jump start ahead of the social calendar - if you want to get involved, make sure to contact Lucy Curtis (lcmcurtis@hotmail.co.uk) by Thursday 3rd September.

You will need to bring at least £15 cash with you to cover costs (which will include lunch at our fabulous clubhouse, the Paddington Sports Club). There will also be a Club Challenge in the middle of the day, not only a chance to kick-off some club fundraising but also to win some prize money!

If you can't make it for the hockey, then please join us for drinks in Paddington Sports Club from 4:30pm onwards.

We are really excited to be starting the first event of the season, and can't wait to see you there!

HWHC Ladies’ Club trials – Sunday 23rd August

Ahead of the much anticipated 2015/16 season, the Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club Ladies are delighted to announce the dates for trials for third XI through to the seventh XI.

All players, of all positions and all levels of experience and ability, are encouraged to come along to the water-based pitches Paddington Recreation Ground for 1pm on Sunday 23rd of August in order to meet the Ladies’ teams’ captains for a friendly afternoon of hockey, drills and to see the social side of the club. The club is particularly keen to recruit goalkeepers for this coming season, with the club trials being the best opportunity for you to show off your finest saves against your future teammates!

Please make sure to arrive at 1pm in order to allow plenty of time for you to register, and to have a warm up before the session. Doing so will allow us to see you at your best!

This is great opportunity for you to see what the club is all about, meet your new captains and team mates, and start to dust off the cobwebs as the summer season draws to a close. If you aren’t able to make it for whatever reason and are extremely keen to show what you can do, then please let Wendy Campbell (Ladies’ club vice-captain) know to arrange an alternative. You can contact Wendy via email – wendy.campbell@lm-cleaning.co.uk.

To get to Paddington Recreation Ground, take the Bakerloo line to Maida Vale tube station, on arrival walk down Randolph Avenue and take the left turn into Paddington Recreation Ground after about 150m. The pitch is inside the running track. If you prefer to use google maps to find your way, the postcode is W9 1PD.

HWHC Unveil Mo Rahman as Ladies First XI Head Coach

Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club (HWHC) is extremely pleased to announce it has appointed Mo Rahman as Head Coach of HWHC Ladies’ First XI. Mo will be responsible for leading the newly promoted Ladies’ First XI to the top of the Investec Conference East Division in the coming season.

Mo will be supported by and Director of Hockey and HWHC Men’s First XI player, Richard ‘Smudge’ Smith who will be taking up the role of Assistant Coach, and Manager Jo Edmondson.

With the start of the season just around the corner, Mo’s recruitment shows a continuing trend of investment as HWHC seeks to demonstrate the highest levels of hockey. When added to the Men’s First XI in the Now:Pensions Premier League, a fast growing junior section and the dedication of the rest of the club’s teams, HWHC is fast becoming the most active, driven and vibrant club in London!

"I have heard many great things about the membership

of the club and look forward to working alongside them

to help progress the club further."

Mo has echoed this, telling us: "I'm very excited about taking on the role of Head Coach to HWHC Ladies first XI, a great challenge at a well-established club that has had many years of experience at a high level. I have had many proud moments in my coaching career, but attaining this role is the proudest to date and I thoroughly look forward to guiding the Ladies 1st XI through their debut season in the National League East Conference. I have heard many great things about the membership of the club and look forward to working alongside them to help progress the club further. Here's to moving forward with the blue and whites, next stop Premier League.”

Ladies’ first XI captain Annebeth Wijtenburg said: “I am really pleased that we have found our new Head Coach in Mo. I am sure that with his experience and enthusiasm and with the support of Smudge and Jo, the team will perform to its absolute best this season. Exciting times!”

Mo is taking over the role of Stephen Menzies who has decided to step down because of work commitments. Stephen has coached the Ladies first XI for the last three seasons, with the highlight of leading the girls into the National League last season. All of HWHC would like to thank Stephen for all his hard work he has undertaken for the club.

While coaching for HWHC, Mo will continue to play for Guildford Men’s 1s in the England Hockey Conference West League.

Summer Hockey 2014

Games are played Sundays 1.30-3.00 at Paddington Rec water turf on the following remaining dates:

  • 20th July
  • 3rd August
  • 17th August

Please bring a red and blue shirt along and £5 subs. Get in touch with Will Chan for more details and to secure your spot.

Michael Johnson signs as our new M1 Coach

We are very pleased to announce Michael Johnson as the new M1 coach.

Michael brings a fantastic wealth of hockey experience to the club, receiving 168 caps for England and GB - competing at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as well as the Athens Olympics in 2004. During his playing career at Cannock their team won the EH Premier League title 7 times between 1996 and 2006.

has previously coached Olton and West Warwicks (achieving promotion into the National League in his 1st year as coach), player/coached Cannock, and this last season has been assistant coach for Leicester Ladies.

We can't wait for the new season to start with such a great addition to the HWHC family.