Are you available this weekend to volunteer as an umpire for the Rover Festival?

Please consider volunteering and helping out by giving something back to your club. 

  • There will be 600 kids loving their hockey and you can help make this happen
  • All played in great spirit
  • Free Burger and coffee
  • John Dykes seen to smile on both days last year, this could be repeated
  • Loads of great people making this happen and you can be part of this



Cokethorpe School



Saturday 8th from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9th April from 9.30am to 4.30pm

We need umpires for the following slots:

Saturday 8th April
9.10-11.00 Under 8.
11.30-13.45 Under 10.
14.15-17.30 Under 12 Boys.
Sunday 9th April
9.30-12.30 Under 12 Girls
13.00-17.20 Under 14 Girls and U14 Boys



Umpire lots of short games, for the youngest it is ensuring safety and fun, for the under 14s it is exhibition standard hockey



You.  4 games going on most of the time so plenty of opportunity!


Next step?

Email Mark Thompson at with your availability if you’d like to help.


Thank you!


Rover Junior Tournament – 8th/9th April at Cokethorpe School


As many of you will probably be aware, we have been running the annual Rover Tournament for many years, offering junior players throughout the country the chance to compete and gain valuable hockey experience in a friendly environment. For many young players it is the highlight of the hockey calendar and is always and excellent occasion. It also means great publicity for the club, attracts new young players and is a major fundraiser for the whole club. It takes place this year over the weekend of 8th/9th April at Cokethorpe School.  This is the 25th edition of the festival!

However the success of the tournament wouldn’t be possible without the work of volunteers and this year we are calling out to you to offer your help in organising the event. It is stressed that for most roles no hockey experience is necessary  so please help if you can – even one hour makes a difference.


Saturday 8th April (All times are to be confirmed)

9.15-11.40 Under 8.

12.15-2.35 Under 10. 

3.00-5.35 Under 12 Boys. 

Sunday 9th April (All times are to be confirmed)

9.15-12.30 Under 12 Girls

1.00-4.30 Under 14 Girls and U14 Boys (Played concurrently)


These are the jobs that we need help with:


Umpire Co-ordinator

An umpire coordinator who can sort out and organise umpires over the weekend is needed. You do not need umpiring experience for this it is purely an organisational role. It could be one person per each day.



All the games are 7-a-side on half pitches with one umpire per pitch.  For any new umpires it’s great experience and it can be used for training.  We need as many as possible on both days – again just a couple of hours per person would be great.


Cake Stall helpers

At the tournament we have professional caterers but every year we have a cake and coffee stall with cakes donated by parents and friends.  We need lots of people over the weekend for one or two hours to help run the stall.  Of course if you can bake something and bring it along so much the better.  Easy job!  This rota is being organised by Charlotte Roberts ( so please contact her if you can help.



A team of helpers on both days to take down scores, update the points table and sound the timing hooter is needed across the weekend. 



If anyone fancies taking on some merchandising duties – T-Shirts, socks etc. then please come forward.  We need generic items that would interest players and parents from all clubs.


Car Parking

We need a few people on Saturday 8th from 7.45 to 12.30 to help steer cars in the right direction.  You get to wear a fab Hi-Vis jacket and get respect from the incoming vehicles.


First Aiders

If you have a current first aid certificate and think you can dispense a little TLC to the odd minor injury please get in touch – again a two hour rota is what we are aiming for.


If you think you can help with any of these roles, or have any queries, please contact Nick Malden  or 07889 693030

Oxford Hockey Club Wacky Sox for Juniors/Seniors – On Sale Now!


Looking for that perfect Christmas present or fancy treating yourself to a new pair of hockey socks?


Oxford Hockey Club are selling OHC branded Wacky Sox for £12 a pair. These socks are an ideal Christmas present or as a pair of training socks for both Juniors and Seniors.

They come in 2 sizes – Medium UK Size 2-6 and Large UK Size 7-11

Please contact Lorna McCulloch if you are interested or email

Lorna is also planning to attend the OHC Junior Festival on Sunday 20th November where they will be available to purchase.

Oxford Juniors travel to Dutch twin town for Leiden Hockey Festival

Oxford’s newest and largest hockey club take their first steps abroad when the juniors take part in the Leiden hockey festival over the August bank holiday weekend.

The club has 24 players travelling to Leiden to play in the festival on Saturday 27th August. They will be fielding an U14 mixed team and an U16 mixed team.  The event is hosted by Leiden Hockey Club Roomburg to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary. It is also the 65th anniversary of the Oxford-Leiden twin town link. Leiden’s Polish twin town – Torun – is also sending a team.

The Dutch are being extremely hospitable, providing host accommodation, welcome drinks on Friday, lunch and a barbeque tea on Saturday plus a disco/party, and coffee before the teams return to Oxford on Sunday. The club has received grants from both Oxford and Leiden twinning committees, which has allowed them to keep costs for transport low.

The tour takes place before the official launch of Oxford Hockey Club on the weekend of 3rd/4th September at Oxford Brookes and Headington School.  The new club has over 500 members and will field 11 men’s, 7 ladies’ and 2 mixed adult teams as well as 12 junior teams playing at all levels.  The new club was officially formed in July from a merger between City of Oxford and Rover Oxford hockey clubs.

More information

Juniors: John Dykes 07786 548188

Seniors: Claire Hooper 07855 546879