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As a growing and ambitious club, we need to recruit more help from you to not only keep everything going but to ensure we keep making positive strides forward for all of us!
If you have any appetite to get involved in any way please get in touch (Beth Havelock, Jonny Dodds, Richard Smith or your captain). The most critical areas we need support with are listed below, and even if it's not a role listed below, but you want to help out in anyway, please get in touch!
Communications Officers - Social media, website, newsletter/email communications.
Social Secretaries - Get the club social side buzzing with 4 or 5 main socials during the season.
Sponsorship Officers - Help us grow our sponsorship and local business/school community relationships.
Fixtures Secretary - Manage new and cancelled pitch bookings across sites and ensure we pay the right amount.
Equipment Officer - Ensure there is good quality training equipment for all senior sides.
1st X1 Home Match Day Officers - Match day hosts, Logistics co-ordinator and Programme officer
More detailed break downs of the roles can be found below
We are looking for people who are passionate about the club and keen to help communicate to members (past and present) and the wider hockey community. Working alongside other members of the committee, responsibilities for the Communications team include…
Social Media channels - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, which all now have a big following and engagement. Regular posts about the club, fixtures, results, international appearances etc.
Website editorial content - Upcoming events and news announcements, with technical assistance from the website manager. The site is currently built in WordPress and simple to use.
Press - Weekly liaison with the Men's and Ladies' 1s captains, sending a weekly report to the Ham and High.
Email - As part of the overall communication strategy, sending out club emails through Mailchimp, at several times of the year for key announcements.
If you are interested in any or all of the above, or have any ideas to help the communications team, please get in touch.
We're also keen to hear from anyone with creative expertise or interest - design and video editing, looking to get involved and help grow the club's following.
Social Events Team
We are looking for people to take ownership of our social community at HWHC, whether that be the set up and environment in the Warrington, sporadic club social evenings or the more officially organised club social events; New Joiners, City Drinks, Christmas Party, End of Season Dinner.
As one of the largest and most successful hockey clubs in the country and with our central London location we have a fantastic opportunity to partner with local and national businesses through sponsorship. We are looking for individuals who are keen to drive the search for, recruitment of and service of club sponsors. It is an area where we have huge capacity to make strides and one where we are certainly behind some of our competitors! Please let us know if you are keen to help us create a shift in this space, we probably are going to need more than one person!
1. Manage Senior Pitch Bookings
2. Reconcile invoices
3. Adding those fixtures to Fixtures Live
We all know how frustrating it is to have none/or poor-quality equipment for our sessions and matches. We are looking for somebody who would like to take a lead on our approach to and care of our club equipment (balls/cones/bibs/dugouts/goals/other kit).
1st X1 Home Match Support Officers
For each of our home 1st X1 matches (now all Premier League!) we are expected by England Hockey to complete a number of duties as well as there being various elements involved in hosting a home match day. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following
Match day host - To give a warm and fantastic welcome to our visitors and ‘host’ them across the day – primarily the match official’s and umpires. We may be looking at you vets & alumni!
Logistics boss - To be on top of things logistically for the day! Pitch and crowd set up, changing room access etc – ensuring it is a smooth-running day!
Programme officer – For each home game we have to produce and print a programme. We would love it if somebody wanted to take ownership of the full process (you will have help don’t worry) and ensure a programme is created efficiently for each home game.
Following the euphoria of the exceptional end of season results, the Club has learned this weekend the very sad news of the unexpected death of Guy Mayers on 28 April 2019 in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, where his family was with him.
Guy will be membered by Club members for many things, including his immediate past Presidency, as a former Treasurer and Committee member, team captaincy, goalscoring, representation for England LX, fund raising co-ordination for the Carlton Tavern, liaison with the more infirm past players and members, his energy and general wise counsel and, of course, his moving tribute to Peter Boizot in the recent memorial service at Peterborough Cathedral.
Guy was elected a member of Hampstead HC on 13 December 1963 and played initially for the 3rd XI. He was appointed vice-captain of the team at the end of his first season at the AGM held on 3 April 1964.
However, his skills as a chartered accountant quickly became more important to the Club and he joined the Committee and was elected Treasurer in March 1965, a post he held for six years.
At the end of his first year in that capacity the AGM recorded a “particular hearty vote of thanks” to Guy for “his imaginative efforts during this most difficult financial year” after he had kept a deficit to £18, despite an increase of £200 in the rent for the pitches and other capital payments that season.
A larger deficit in the following year caused by ground enrichments charged to the hockey club and costs incurred in perimeter drainage of the notoriously wet playing surfaces at Hornsey led to Guy’s initiative for a football game to be installed in the clubhouse. He later instituted and then oversaw a 200 Draw to raise further funds that was immediately successful.
Guy demanded proper fiscal controls and in November 1967 persuaded the Committee to adopt the requirement that the Club’s officers should obtain prior clearance before expending more than £10.
The AGM held on 5 April 1968 resolved another vote of “hearty thanks” to Guy “for his exceptional efforts” and (jointly with Richard Shaw) “for the remarkable work on the 200 Draw”. This had helped generate an expected surplus of £200.
In early 1971, Guy managed a transfer of the treasurership. Attending his last Committee Meeting in March, he was thanked, on his retirement “for his several years of stalwart service” as treasurer.
Guy continued as a playing member of the club. A decade later, he was playing for the Veterans XI, a team that had largely evolved under the stewardship of Peter Boizot. His involvement included the mid-week league in which the Veterans participated in the early 1990’s under Chris Elliott. He also played for the Spaniards XI at least until 1998 under Peter Symes. The recruitment of players was not easy. Guy encouraged Club members to do so in a typically succinct summary in December 1998:
H&W is an inner city, high turnover and a unique demographically profiled club. While this produces lots of opportunities, it does have its disadvantages and maybe the cost of central/west London property is a reason why the club has fewer older players than other London clubs. H&W only runs one Vets’ side compared with two or three elsewhere and of its 15 teams, all are in league except the Spaniards. If you know of any hockey players of mature years (over 35) and who would be interested in taking up hockey again, who is not getting enough hockey with his present club or who has moved into the area, get in touch!
In October 1987, Guy had called up to play for England LX, having taken a lead from Peter Boizot and participated in a tournament at Canterbury against European opposition, later celebrated at the Great Northern Hotel In Peterborough when the squad was entertained by Peter Boizot. A year later, Guy was part of the England LX that played in the fourth European Veteran’s tournament in Velbert near Dusseldorf in which the English team won all its matches.
Guy continued his club hockey playing for Hampstead & Westminster, increasingly for the Spaniards XI and the Superveterans XI (for whom he first played in 1994). He went on the very first Veterans tour to Berlin in 1988 when, despite losing 0-4 to the two Berlin sides, the team won its first cup by getting third place, thanks to a magnificent goal by Guy in the 3rd/4th play off.
His captain, Chris Elliott, recollects that on the same tour, Guy asked for "a dry wine" but the German waiter interpreted it as "drei vin" (three in number) and he became worse for wear, such that he needed assistance from room mates to get to bed, true to the spirt of hockey touring.
When Peter Boizot confirmed his wish to stand down from close involvement with Hampstead & Westminster in 2001, Guy accepted the invitation to be Club President which he did for ten years. It was an important decade for the Club as it needed to maintain a presence at Paddington Recreation Ground, install a new water based playing surface there, overcome difficulties with the acceptability of the surface on the other pitch and deal with Peter Borzoi’s tenancy of the club house within the Carlton Tavern, given Peter’s desire to bring that commitment to an end. Guy was key to raising sufficient funds to bring about a transfer of the Lease and the future of the pub (at least until its unlawful partial demolition by later owners in April 2015).
Guy was very generous in his pastoral care of the Club’s more elderly and infirm former players and members, making visits, amongst others, to Peter Boizot and to Cornwall to see former Club Secretary, Colin Greenhalgh. He was always eager to recognise the contributions that such people had made.
He spoke at the Club’s 125th anniversary dinner in September 2018, the opening of which Peter Boizot was able to attend. Guy explained to the many current members who did not know the breadth of Peter’s generosity to the Club. This he later repeated to broader effect on the game as a whole when paying fulsome tribute to Peter at the memorial service to his life at Peterborough Cathedral on 4 February 2019.
Vets MVP Jamie Edington
Thirsts MVP Dom Richardson
Spaniards MVP Will Hay
L7s MVP Evie Dunne
Hammers MVP Ryan Matsutani
L6s MVP Benji Avro
M5s MVP Grant Hunter
L5s MVP Gui Marquine
L4s MVP Kristin Bucke
M3s MVP Vijay Pawar
L3s MVP Charlie Devlin
Zaks MVP Jacob Willey
L2s MVP Rene Johnson
M2s MVP Aaron Hudson
L1s MVP Meg Byas
M1s MVP Rupert Shipperley
GK Award - Kreya Harichandra
Oli Thomas Award - Clementine Gray
Men's Golden Stick - Dom Richardson
Ladies' Golden Stick -Ellie Micklewright
Ladies Most Improved Player - Mel Wilkinson
Men's Most Improved Player - Toby Reynolds-Cotterhill
Best Ladies' Captain - Sharon Konfederak
Best Men's Captain - Mike Newman
ABN AMRO Best Ladies' Player - Lucy Hyams
ABN AMRO Best Men's Player - Marc Edwards
Most Social - Ladies' 3s
Barnard Cup Team of the Year - Ladies' 1s
Just like the 17/18 season, our Ladies' 1s took the East Conference title and qualified for the Promotion Play-Offs.
After a tough last minute loss to Premier League outfit Slough in game one, it was back to Lee Valley for games two and three with it all to do.
A huge hampstead crowd turned up and witnessed a thrilling game v North champions Loughborough that went down to the wire. Lucy Hyams saving the day with a 66th minute goal to take a crucial three points, setting up an exciting Sunday morning clash against West champions Stourport.
Heading into the final game Slough, Loughborough and us were all tied on three points and with both games pushing back at the same time, there were a lot of calculators out working out the goal difference and who were in the top two positions. At half time HWHC were leading Stourport 3-1 and Loughborough were 1-0 v Slough... as it stood, we weren't going up!
Hampstead peppered the Stourport goal putting another 4 goals away to win the game 7-1, and with Loughborough beating Slough 3-0, we topped the Play-Offs, with Loughborough also joining us in the Premier League next season.
After a remarkable weekend at Lee Valley, our Men's 1s were crowned champions at the League Finals, beating Surbiton 3-1 in the final. It capped off a fantastic season as for the lads, who finished runners-up behind Surbiton in the Premier League, the highest ever finish in our 125 year history. Taking the England Hockey title, also brings with it European hockey next season in the EHL - we can't wait to see what 19/20 brings!
And if you fancy some more, check out the lads beating Beeston in the semi-final.
At the end of another fantastic season, you may notice that the ‘Tiger Turf’ at Pad Rec is in the process of being replaced. The pitch is owned by Westminster Council and not by Hampstead and Westminster HC. The Football Foundation invested approx. £1m in around 2007 and with that investment came contractual rights and the ‘Tiger Turf’ surface.
Supported by England Hockey and Sport England we have been negotiating with the Council for years trying to get a hockey suitable surface, but unfortunately have been unable to persuade the Football Association to relinquish their contractual rights and/or compromise on the new surface. As such a new ‘Tiger Turf’ will be installed over the coming weeks.
England Hockey has issued revised rules regarding the hockey that can be played on these pitches, including limitations on competitive adult league hockey. This will obviously have an impact on us next season and beyond, however we do have plans in place for the short-term to ensure that we have enough pitch space for us as a club. We have also been looking at longer term solutions that offer improved pitch opportunities to enable HWHC to continue to grow and provide hockey to all ages and abilities. These opportunities will of course be shared with the club when we have more details to provide.
We hope to see many of you at Lee Valley on April 13/14 for the League Finals with the Men's 1s aiming to become Premier League champions, and our Ladies' 1s in the Play-Offs going for promotion to the Premier League.
Additionally we hope to see most of you at the Annual Club Dinner on the 27th of April.