Junior and Youth Hockey at Liverpool Sefton Hockey Club

Junior and Youth Hockey is important to Liverpool Sefton Hockey Club. Coaching is open to all youngsters in primary or secondary education.   Susie McFarlane (swazie681@hotmail.com)  is Junior and Youth Co-ordinator. Our Senior Coach is the former England International captain and GB Olympic Coach Peter Nicholson.   Coaching sessions are open to all students from all schools and are held on Tuesdays after school and Sunday mornings to which everyone is invited.   Archbishop Blanch Tuesday 2.45-3.45 Sunday 10.00-11.00   Liverpool College Tuesday 4.30-5.30 Sunday 11.30-12.30   We have Satellite Club partnerships with Liverpool College and Archbishop Blanch. The official opening of the partnership with Archbishop Blanch and their new astro pitch is at 3pm on Tuesday 15th September....

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Liverpool Sefton Hockey Club Welcomes New Coach

Liverpool Sefton Hockey Club is delighted to officially announce Peter Nicholson (ex-GB and England Manager) as the Senior Club Coach for the forthcoming 2015-16 season. He will have a range of responsibilities. His main role is to coach the Women’s Senior Squads and manage 1st team matches. In addition he will help with Youth Development at our new Satellite School partners Liverpool College and Archbishop Blanch. He will also advise the men’s Senior Teams and all the club coaches and will run a monthly series of classroom based seminars which will be open to all Liverpool Sefton members and other Merseyside Clubs. He also intends to start a series of Peter Nicholson Hockey Holiday Schools. Liverpool Sefton with its five women’s and four men’s teams is the most successful hockey club in the city of Liverpool. The Women’s 1st team plays in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North, narrowly avoiding relegation last season. The Men’s 1sts and Women’s 2nds play in the North League Division 2 North West. Peter Nicholson captained England from 1985-87 as well as attaining 54 caps as part of the England Indoor team. He has coached and managed both men’s and women’s hockey teams (Seniors and U21s) at international level, attending the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and Manchester as well as several World Cup and European Championships in a coaching capacity. He was then asked to become Team Manager of England and Great Britain men which most notably included the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the Beijing Olympics and the 2009 European Championships in Holland where England became European Champions. Between 2007 and 2013 he was England Hockey Board Performance Manager responsible for the programme management of all the National Age Squads (U16, U18 U21) including the recruitment of coaches and managers, the design and evaluation of the programmes and the development of staff. He was also responsible for the National Performance Centre (NPC) programme for identified potentially elite athletes in the age range 18-23, based at partner universities, delivering technical skills and all areas of sports science and lifestyle. Club Chair Bill Chambers stated ‘the club is excited that Peter applied to be our coach. Not only will it benefit the Women’s 1st squad but it will impact on all senior and youth, male and female teams and will hopefully raise aspiration, enhance performance and attract a large number of ambitious hockey players to the club.’ Women’s 1st Squad Captain Vicky Bell stated ‘this is a dream come true. We are thrilled to have one of the top hockey personalities in England coaching us at Liverpool Sefton Hockey Club. Before accepting our offer...

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PRE-SEASON CLUB HOCKEY (Men and Women)

Pre-season club hockey begins on Thursday 30th July and continues throughout August. Sessions will be held at the University of Liverpool’s Wyncote Sports Ground on Mather Avenue (next to Tesco) L18 6HF from 7-9pm. All existing and NEW players – both male and female – are welcome to attend. There will be a pitch hire fee of £3 per session. Any enquiries to swazie681@hotmail.com

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Congratulations to Jenny SuperRat!

Massive congratulations to Jenny Ratcliffe on being awarded the England Hockey ‘Young Umpire of the Season’ for 2014-15. Jenny not only umpires National League hockey but has also been appointed to umpire at events in Europe.  Jenny, however, is still happy to umpire for any of our club teams whenever she can. Well done Jenny – and thank you.

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Hockey Section AGM Reports

Women’s First Team After immediate promotion back to the National League, we knew it was going to be a tough season staying there. We’ve had a mixed bag of results, with our best performances being away from home, most notably a 1-0 win at Durham and a 3-2 win over Sutton Coldfield, who had just dropped out of the National Premier League. We have proved to be a tough team to break down, and don’t concede many goals, however scoring them at the other end has proved to be a problem. We finished the season in the playoff position, and after taking a trip down to watch both our rivals play, I had every confidence we could beat both sides. But with a very late twist in the league, Kendal were deducted 5 points for playing an ineligible player, and our superior goal difference pushed us up to safety. It hasn’t been an easy season by any means, but I’m being completely honest in saying I truly believe it’s nothing short of what we deserve. The team’s commitment to training has once again been excellent, and we have shown we can be more than competitive against the top teams in our league.  One of the most positive things to come out of this season is the performance of some of our younger players, who have never experienced playing at this level but have stepped up to the plate and really improved this season. As always, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our manager, Gill Cussons, and coach, Natalie Hannah, but I would also like to say a big thank you to Jill Mclindon and Alex Price for stepping in and helping out as our manager at various times this season. Vicky Bell   Men’s First Team Apologies once again that I am unable to be in attendance and deliver this speech in person. There is, however, great comfort in knowing that whoever is stood before you playing my body double is to be considered culpable for any indiscretions or offence caused by this report.   In summary our season concluded in a cloud of disappointment, finishing 7th behind West Derby, despite the fact we were tied on points and we hold a greater goal difference. The league could obviously benefit from a Brian Stewart bookkeeping tutorial.   Despite losing the first two league fixtures, we soon found our Sefton groove, winning 8 out of 10 league games, propelling us to 3rd and within touching distance of the hallowed play off position. At this point attendance at training and match availability was teetering...

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Men’s 1s Back to Winning Ways against Winnington!

A hard fought win for the boys in heat that put Aaron Robinson at risk of melting. Naturally we went one nil down through a messy short corner. We were then down to 10 men as Chris Thomas received a yellow for taking down a ball above his head. (Insert your own jokes here). We were jolted into life and a slick 5 man move ended with Gerard Killough slotting home at the back post. A similar move a few minutes later switched the ball to Peter Maybury at the top of the D and he found the net. The 2nd half followed a similar pattern with Sefton building in confidence but this was undone by yellow cards to goalie Simon and Aaron for mouth and high stick respectively. Peter Kenyon donned the helmet and kept a 9 man clean sheet.  Not a bad effort from statistically the worst player in the club. Once that storm was weathered Sefton pushed again and scored 2 more goals through Ped and James Ferguson – who finished off a 9 pass move despite wearing borrowed kit and shoes. A positive performance resulting in a 4-1 win. Finishing the season on a high. One game to go…. PS  Despite speculation, there is no formal link between the fact that the men’s 1s conceded 7, 7 and 9 in the last 3 games when Will Chambers played but won today without him Peter Maybury 7...

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