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WANTED ! New players for the 2008-2009 Season

It is that time of year again, when holidays and cricket are put to the sword by the weather - just the right time to look at your winter sporting opportunities. Stroud Hockey Club celebrated its 80th Anniversary this year, their Men?s 1st XI finally winning promotion to North Division 2 after an agonising number of years finishing so close. With such a feather in their cap and the strength of their youngsters coming through, Stroud Hockey Club have added another Men?s side for the forthcoming season. They do need more Men to ensure the 1st XI hold their own in the higher division and also to give the new 3rd XI a sound start.

The Ladies? 1st XI have moved sideways into Brunel Division 1, meaning less travelling and more games in the Bristol area. This will be at least as competitive as last season. Matches start on the first Saturday in September and we have a Hockey Horror Show charity event on Sunday 7 September, supported by our helpful Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

Tuesday night training starts on 12 August at Stratford Park Leisure Centre Astroturf pitch and we are seeking new players to fill the Men?s and Ladies? sides. If you are keen to keep yourself fit or are looking for something different from gym work, why not try hockey ? You get a good workout and have a laugh at the same time. Hockey is about enjoyment as well as competitive sport. To this end, we are organising some taster sessions to coincide with our training. Come along just after 7pm and give it a try.


Ladies train from 7pm to 8pm and Men from 7:30 to 9pm. Juniors, aged roughly between 8 and 16, train between 6pm and 7pm. Boys and girls are welcome, both having a good set of fixtures throughout the season, with 1 or 2 adult players included for tactical and practical purposes. Some people just come to training on a Tuesday, so you are not under any pressure to play matches, although you will be encouraged to do so. A ?10 joining fee includes training for the season ? pretty good value, really ! You do pay for each match you play, on top of that.

So, if you fancy playing hockey, we have 3 Men?s sides, 2 Ladies? sides, a Badgers Boys? side, a Vixens Girls? side and a Mixed Sunday side. All teams play to a good standard, are sociable and offer a slightly different angle on team sports. Why not follow in the footsteps of former Olympic goalkeeper, Simon Mason, starting the new season at Stroud Hockey Club ?

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