Oxford Hockey Club – New Player Information

Thank you for contacting Oxford Hockey Club. Please find below comprehensive information about the adult section of the club.

Teams

 We are running 7 ladies and 9 men’s sides on winter Saturdays so we cater for all levels of ability and experience and enable smooth progression up sides for those who want to play at a high level. We commence at the end of August with friendlies and the league season runs from mid/late September until the end of March with a short break over the Xmas period. We then play some less intensive weekday summer hockey from May until July.

Training

Ladies’ main season training is on Tuesday evenings at Oxford Brookes Centre for Sport, and men’s main training is on Wednesday evenings at Oxford University’s Iffley Road pitch. Details are on our website:  http://www.oxfordhc.org/training/ and directions are under the ‘Find Us’ tab. You are welcome to come along to the one of these sessions as soon as you like. There are additional sessions for higher teams and we can discuss attendance at these once you come to your first session.

If this might be too advanced, do contact one of us (contact details below) as we will also be running some ‘Back to Hockey’ or other sessions for beginners. Details of ladies BTH here

We also run specialist training for goalkeepers – full details may be found here: http://www.oxfordhc.org/training/goalkeeper-training/

Note: We will require written consent for anyone under 18 from a parent or guardian allowing you to join either senior training or Back to Hockey.

Subscriptions and Match Fees

We are the best value club in the city and our annual subscription for adult full membership is £135 (students/unwaged £72). On top of the annual sub are match fees payable for each game you play: £10 (£6). Training is included in the club membership fee. Training-only is £52 (£31) for the season, for people not able to play matches at the weekend. Do note that people joining the club part way through the season (after 1st November) will be entitled to a pro rata reduction on the annual fee. Goalkeepers who provide their own kit do not pay subs. Our subscription database is managed via “ClubBuzz” for which you’ll get an invitation to join shortly.

Kit

OHC playing kit is a royal blue shirt with white flashes, navy skirt (shorts for men), and royal blue socks with a red/navy/orange top. Training jackets and bottoms are also available. Please see the website for full details. http://www.oxfordhc.org/kit/

You don’t need to buy kit for your first couple of games as normally the captains have spares for new players. For training just wear t-shirt/top etc and shorts/skirt/leggings. Shinpads and gum shields are strongly recommended at all times for training and games.

Mixed

We also play mixed on some Sundays during the winter season. These are friendly fixtures with teams made up of 5 female and 5 male outfield players. It doesn’t matter which Saturday side you normally play for, as the emphasis is on having fun, enjoying the hockey, and socialising afterwards. The games take place in and around Oxford on Sundays during our winter season. Get in touch with our mixed captain if you are interested in playing. Full details may be found here: http://www.oxfordhc.org/mixed/

Insurance

The club does not provide insurance for you to cover the inevitable risks whilst participating in club activities. This is your responsibility to organise if you deem appropriate.

Social Activities

OHC is a sociable club, and there will be a full programme during the winter season which will be detailed on the club website (www.oxfordhc.org/social-2). These include the annual dinner/dance, general knowledge quiz – as well as informal team socials.

Communication

We send occasional news items by email to the whole club via the ClubBuzz website (see above). We also have a Facebook group – search for “Oxford Hockey Club” – and you can follow us on Twitter (@OxfordHC). Also, on our website there’s sign-up box on the right of the home page if you’d like to be alerted when news is posted on the website. This is especially useful if pitches are flooded (or frozen) and games or training are cancelled, possibly at the last minute.

Brookes Car Parking

Oxford Brookes University charges off-peak car park charges for all stays over 2 hours. Club members avoid this charge by buying an annual car par permit for £10. The process is slightly complicated – full details are on our website: http://www.oxfordhc.org/2017/01/03/brookes-car-parking-charges/

Umpires

With so many teams we always need umpires for games. If you have an umpiring qualification we’d love to hear from you and you can get involved at whatever level you like. The lower men’s and ladies’ sides do not require qualified umpires so we hope as many people as possible will step up. England Hockey run regular umpiring 1-day courses so it’s easy to get onto the umpiring ladder, and we are happy to provide support and training, as well as cover the cost of the courses for those who qualify.

Juniors

We have a huge junior section and run mixed U8 and U10 teams, girls and boys U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 sides and two girls’ junior development sides. If you would like to help with the juniors, please get in touch.

Next Steps

If you have further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the contacts below – otherwise just come along to a Tuesday (Ladies) or Wednesday (Men’s) training session at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you very shortly.

Ladies Contacts

Helen Dudgeon – Ladies Chair helen.dudgeon@gmail.com

Emma Forrester – Ladies Vice Chair emma@yseski.co.uk

Katie Smith – Ladies Club Captain – katieandbear@btinternet.com

Charlie Bransby – Ladies Club Captain charlie.rogers1990@gmail.com

Rachel Hossack – Ladies Club Captain rachelhossack@hotmail.com

Men’s Contacts

Matt Neville – Men’s Chair matthew.neville@hotmail.co.uk

Tom Small – Men’s Club Captain tomsmall@live.co.uk

Phil Radcliffe – Men’s Club Captain pradcliffe@btinternet.com

Paul Hewitson – Men’s Club Captain (Goalkeepers) paul.hewitson@dph.ox.ac.uk

Mixed Contact

Whitney Chobbah – gwchobbah@gmail.com

 

Subscriptions payment process 2017/18

We are gradually moving our subscription recording and payment process over to ClubBuzz. Accordingly the process for subscription payment for this season has now changed for those who wish to pay a subscription to the senior section AND are over 18. If you wish to pay a sub to the senior section and are U18 then in addition to the process below a paper form MUST be completed and signed by parent or guardian. Form can be download here 

Those that play for the senior section and also play U16 or younger must pay their subs to the junior section.

Senior Section Subscription Payment Process for over 18s

  • Check the rate due here
  • Note that the club does not provide you with insurance – this is your responsibility.
  • If you wish to pay in installments email Paul Wilson
  • Make payment to the club account using online banking. Oxford Hockey Club, at Barclays, Oxford, Sort code 20-65-18, account number 33409945, quoting your name as reference and adding “sub”.
  • Update your details, especially emergency contact details and any medical details on Club Buzz. (The ClubBuzz site link is https://ohcadultsection.clubbuzz.co.uk for those who may have previously logged in and mislaid their details) You might need to relog in – and click the tab “Edit Member”. If you’ve lost the invite to join email Helen Dudgeon or Paul Wilson
  • That’s it!

SALE! Buy your discounted Oxford Hockey Club kit!

We are holding a sale of discounted Oxford Hockey Club kit on Saturday 16th September at Oxford Brookes. The sale starts at 10am and when it’s gone, its gone!

We have changed our kit suppliers this year and we are selling all our old stock this weekend. There will be club shirts, hoodies, shorts, tracksuit tops and bottom etc. all at a substantial discount . 

There will also be sample sizes of the new kit which can be ordered here. Please note that new kit is only available through the website – there are only sample sizes available at the Elmer Cotton store in Oxford. 

There will also be a cake stall and other fun activities at Brookes so do come along and join in the fun.

Brookes Car Parking Charges

Brookes has implemented a new policy to manage all car parks on its sites. This will impact the use of the astroturf.

Previously, outside of peak hours (16.31 – 06.59, Monday to Friday, including weekends and public and bank holidays) parking was permitted at any Oxford Brookes University car park. Under the new policy this will remain broadly the same; however some charges will be introduced. These are summarised below:

  • Sports members wishing to park will be required to purchase a parking permit (currently £10 annually). Parking will then be free outside of peak hours
  • Occasional sports users (those without sports membership) may park at any site during non-peak hours. The first two hours’ parking is free, with stays of longer than two hours attracting a charge.
  • All Users will need to input their vehicle registration into the parking machines upon arrival (even if parking within the two-hour free window) to avoid a fine.

 

Accordingly it’s worth all club members who park at Brookes becoming sports members (without paying any fee) and then buying an annual parking permit to avoid the off peak charges. (Please note: any Oxford Brookes student or staff who also has a sports membership is not permitted to apply for a Brookes Sport and Leisure permit.) The process to apply is detailed on this document – do note it’s a bit complicated and requires a manual response from Brookes, so do not leave it to the last minute!

You can find out more information about the new policy by visiting here.

All queries should be directed to the Brookes Transport Services Team, transport@brookes.ac.uk and 01865 484647

 

Club AGM – Message from outgoing Chair and minutes

Our club AGM was held last Sunday. You can read the minutes here to see what was discussed. Thank you to those who came along and contributed to our discussion.

 

This was my last AGM as Chair of our club. I now hand over the reins to Rich Oakes who I know will do a great job with the support of all those who volunteer to do such great work to make OHC a success for both its members and the wider community.

 

As a final word from me, its been an honour to be the  Chair of Oxford Hockey Club for its first 5 years and I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who have done so much to make my job so easy as we’ve given great hockey to over 600 adults and junior member. Thank you, I look forward to watching (quietly) from the touchline.

 

Mike Corran

Ladies Back to Hockey starting Tuesday 7th October

Do you know anyone thinking of getting back into hockey? Or trying it for the first time?  Now is the time to remind them that Oxford HC will be running ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions starting next Tuesday 7th October.

‘Back to Hockey’ is a national scheme designed for women with a focus on fun, fitness and friendship. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome, from total beginners to those wanting to shine up their rusty hockey skills. You’ll have the opportunity to get a bit fitter, learn new hockey skills and play team hockey in a fun and sociable environment.

Read more in our dedicated Back to Hockey section for information on taking part.

Men’s 2s promoted!

The Men’s 2s have attained a belated promotion having finished 3rd in Regional Div 2 last year but only missing out on a top 2 finish in the last game of the season when they lost to eventual league winners in the title decider.

However 6 months later, with a team folding in a higher league, the 2s were asked to take a promotion that they richly deserve after a hard campaign last year. This means the 2s are now partaking in a very exciting year where they will be playing in the highest league the side has ever been in.

Look out for an exciting match up when the 2s play the 1s in the last league game of 2014 and the last game of the season.