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Virtual AGM this Wednesday

Virtal AGM

The BHC AGM will take place on Wednesday 24th November from 7-8pm.

The meeting is being held by zoom and details have been issued via e mail to all members. If you wish to get involved and have not received the mail, contact boynehockeyclub@gmail.com.

If you have already highlighted you would like to volunteer, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the club and how you can help.

We look forward to welcoming you virtually on the night.

Sincerely,
BHC Committee

BHC AGM on 24th November

The BHC AGM will take place on Wednesday 24th November from 7-8pm.

While we hope to have a location where we can meet, it will be dependent on government guidelines at the time, so we will let you know the venue or virtual venue closer to the time.

If you have already highlighted you would like to volunteer, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the club and how you can help.

We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Sincerely

The BHC Committee

 

New logo and club gear

New logo

We hope you like the new logo and that you spotted it on the home page and in September’s Mornington Coaster. This new logo is being phased in across all platforms when suitable. This will obviously take time, particularly in respect to the club gear.

We have produced two versions of the logo: the black one as the main, and depending on background, there is also a white version.

 

Club gear

For all teams entering the leagues, players must wear the BHC green top and skort (with black stripe) and plain black socks. These are available through Bestwear, Shop St, Drogheda (041 983 6036).  For this year, and due to the stock already being printed, the tops will only be available with the old logo.

The good news is that prices have not increased and sets (top & skort) are available at €55 – €60 (depending on size). Socks remain at €10.

Sweatshirts are an optional extra, available for €25 – €30, and as these are printed in-store, the new logo is available with any orders going forward immediately. Other embroidery requests can also be made at time of order, e.g. name on sleeve, back of top, etc..

 

New senior team gear

We are currently investigating a new team kit for the new senior team.  This will of course be dependent on price and ideally procuring new sponsorship for the club. If successful, at the earliest, this will be available in the New Year.  Our registered colours with Leinster Hockey Association are green and black so we will not be moving away from these.

If you have any questions in relation to any of the above, please contact Sue on 087 207 0261.

Hockey starts back w/c 30th August!

We are looking forward with excitement to a more normal season in 2021/22.

Training commences from w/c 30th August, senior team training on Thursday 2nd September at 6.30 – 8.00 pm with a professional coach, along with the 3rd & 4th year groups (times to be confirmed), all other secondary level groups at the weekend, and primary schools from Saturday 11th September. Just expect to hear from your coaches this week.

New rookie coaching is scheduled for Saturday 4thSeptember and is open to all 15+.  Contact Sonya on 086 893 9121 for more information.

Registration for existing and new membership is open now and details can be found on the membership page on the BHC website.

If you require any more information or are interested in trying out or joining our growing club as a member, volunteer, coach or sponsor, please do reach out and make contact via e-mail on boynehockeyclub@gmail.com

You will find further information and any updated announcements for Boyne Hockey Club on FB (@BoyneHC), Instagram (@boynehockey2009), Twitter (@BoyneHockeyClub) and the coach whatsApp group messaging.

Summer Hockey Camp in August

Great news – Buzz Hockey Academy are back by popular demand and a one week camp will run in August for ages 8 to 15.

The Buzz Hockey Academy Summer Camp 2021

Where: Drogheda Grammar School

When: Monday 23rd –Friday 27thAugust

Camps available, pricing and times:

  • Junior Camps – 100 each, 8-11yrs (1st-5th Class), 10am to 12:30pm
  • Senior Camps – 120 each, 12-15yrs (6th Class -4th Year), 10am to 2:00pm
  • Reductions available for 2 or more from same family
  • Please see the Buzz Academy website for COVID procedures and methods of payment.

Lead Coach:  Mike Styles

Booking is essential so follow the procedure below.

To book:  just text or email name, date of birth, and Club/School to Gordon Watkins on 086 859 0888 or at buzzhockeyacademy@gmail.com

 Website: www.buzzhockey.ie

 

New Senior Team Training starting Thursday, May 20th

Yay! It’s happening at last.

The long-awaited Senior Team gets into being from Thursday this week, with the first training session kicking off at 6pm.  This is open to all current 4th year members upwards and past members. Current 3rd years will play the 4th year league next season but may also be called up at any time, as long as they are at least 15 years of age.

A professional coach is booked from 20th May to 24th June (6 sessions to start), and a Senior team will be entered into the league next season (September 2021).  Although there is no confirmed news yet from Hockey Ireland, we are hopeful that competitive hockey will start back next season, and members potentially starting back in preparation for this in late August. Watch this space and social media for updates.

All you need to know at this point is:

  • Professional coaching offered
  • Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • From 20th May to 24th June inclusive
  • At Drogheda Grammar School full pitch
  • Open to all current 4th yr and above members, and past members

BHC is on the following social media platforms:

Twitter @BoyneHockeyClub

Instagram @boynehockey2009

Facebook @BoyneHC

 

Return to training!

Yay! April 26th Return to Training

All you need to know ….

  1. Covid restrictions are relaxing and return to play starts from Monday, 26th April;
  2. The hockey season has been extended until June;
  3. COVID Supervisors (volunteers for each team with Sport Ireland Covid training) will be back in supervisory roles and acting as as before;
  4. COVID information is HERE ;
  5. Club membership and second half fees should be paid (if not already done) through Hockey Ireland MEMBERSHIP LINK
  6. An online health declaration within 24 hours of return to hockey is required for each child  (sent out via your WhatsApp group/s for completion). After this, individuals are required to reconfirm their health status at each subsequent session. As previously, this is captured with a thumbs up and full name details within your WhatsApp group. Of course, if not feeling well, you should not attend a training session.

You do not have to come back to hockey at this point in time; there is not pressure to return until you are ready and comfortable with the protocols.

Some rules for staying safe:

  • Players are not to share water bottles or hockey equipment
  • Avoid shaking hands and high fives
  • Do not congregate in groups in and around the playing fields (keep 2m distance wherever possible)
  •  Everyone must use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving the playing fields
  • Shin guards and gum shields are mandatory to allow play

 

Message from the committee

Shortened & updated version of e mail issued to members on 13th March 2021

 

We believe that many members did not receive this e mail.  Please check your Spam or Junk folders and if you did not receive the below e mail, please contact boynehockeyclub@gmail.com ASAP.

 

Dear Member

 

We hope this message finds you and your families well and healthy and looking forward to relaxed restrictions later this month. The pandemic has been difficult for us all in different ways and our sincerest condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one at this time.

 

With the lifted restrictions, we hope to have all groups back playing on w/c 26th April.  Please keep an eye out on your WhatsApp groups for messages from your coaches. 

 

Also, we are in the process of establishing whether an extended Summer season is an option and will let you know as soon as possible. This is dependent on sufficient interest from members, coaches and pitch availability.

 

Please also watch out for an e mail from the Membership Secretary shortly regarding remaining membership fees.

 

As a new committee we would now like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our exciting plans for the future of Boyne Hockey Club. The Committee is developing a five year strategy for the development and expansion of the club, as follows:

 

1. Growth of club membership and upgrading of the existing club facilities. We are reviewing options for additional playing facilities, a new club house and recruitment of new members from across a wider community;

2. Raising awareness and increasing the profile of Boyne Hockey Club within Leinster Hockey and the wider hockey community;

3. Introduction of a Senior League Team within the club;

4. Up-skilling of coaches and additional coach recruitment by providing additional skills courses and workshops for coaches. The committee is reviewing the possibility of having a part-time professional coach.

 

To achieve these five year goals, we need YOUR help. We are lucky that we have a strong club structure with committed volunteers. To move to the next level the club will require additional funding and more volunteers. This is where we need your help, and depending on the level of your involvement, may require only a few hours of your time monthly.

 

We are particularly looking for volunteers for the following areas:

a) Finance sub-committee

b) Marketing and Communications

c) Coach and Supervisor roles (we will be looking for additional coaches and supervisors (eg. Covid supervisors) and we will provide the training – you don’t have to have played hockey.

 

Please contact boynehockeyclub@gmail.com if you have ANY interest in getting involved or can help in any way (contacts, ideas, volunteering, coaching, supervising, etc.).

 

Lastly, please check out the Boyne Hockey Club new Instagram account @boynehockey2009 and please follow, like and share. The Facebook @BoyneHC and Instagram accounts will be used with the Boyne Hockey Club website (www.boynehockey.ie) for more informal club communications, hockey/sport- relevant information and picture sharing.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon,

Yours sincerely,

 

Boyne Hockey Club Committee

Green Army to take on Great Britain in SoftCo series

Irish Women to take on Great Britain March 13th, 14th, 16th in SoftCo Series.
The games will be streamed with Sunday’s match being broadcast live.
The announcement comes today the 2nd of March on the 125th anniversary of the first international women’s hockey match between Ireland and GB.
Hockey Ireland is excited to announce the SoftCo Series which will take place in Queen’s University Belfast, with the Irish Women taking on Great Britain on Saturday the 13th, Sunday the 14th and Tuesday the 16th of March. The uncapped series matches against Great Britain are the first international matches for the team on home soil since the Olympic Qualifier in December 2019.

Hockey Ireland are delighted to announce that all the matches will be available to view via streaming or broadcast. BBC Sport NI will be streaming all three matches on their website as well as the BBC iPlayer, while RTÉ will broadcast Sunday evening’s match live on RTÉ 2 with coverage starting from 16:30. Nigel Ringland will present BBC Sport NI’s coverage of the three matches and will be joined on commentary by former Ireland international Alex Speers; while Evanne Ní Chuillin will present RTÉ’s coverage, joined by Cliodhna Sargent and Gillian Pinder in studio, with match commentary from George Hamilton and Sarah Scott.

The announcement comes today on the 125th anniversary of the first ever women’s international field hockey match. A year after the establishment of the Irish Ladies Hockey Association, the match took place on the 2nd of March 1896 at Alexandra College, with the Irish Women recording a 2 – 0 victory over England, with goals from Johnson and Merton sealing the win.

The matches will provide the Green Army with the opportunity to play high quality international matches ahead of an intense international summer. With the EuroHockey Championships now an integral aspect of the World Cup qualification process, the 2018 silver medallists will be keen to ensure they maximise every opportunity to allow them to perform this summer in Amstelveen not only as a warmup for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games but also to secure their spot in the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking on the announcement, Captain Katie Mullan said: “Given the past 12 months we are really excited to play these international matches at home. The squad has been training hard throughout which showed in our recent matches against Spain. They are a strong team and we recorded two wins and two draws out of the five friendlies, putting us in a confident position going into our next block of training.

These matches against GB will be great preparation for the EuroHockey Championships this summer ahead of travelling to Tokyo. As current Olympic gold medallists GB are an experienced and strong team, so this is a really good opportunity for us to put all the training into practice ahead of this summer.”

Match dates, times and where to watch:
Match 1: Saturday March 13th @ 2pm. BBC Sport NI website, BBC iPlayer. RTE Player TBC.
Match 2: Sunday March 14th @ 5pm. BBC Sport NI Online, BBC iPlayer, RTE 2
Match 3: Tuesday March 16th @ 3pm. BBC Sport NI Online, BBC iPlayer. RTE Player TBC.

Enjoy!

For more info and pictures of the first international match, check out:

Covid

Covid Update from Hockey Ireland

COVID-19

Hockey Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE regarding Government Announcement on Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions.

30th December 2020

The following changes have been made to the Hockey Ireland Covid-19 guidelines given the latest announcement on Covid-19 restrictions made by the Irish (ROI) Government.

Under Level 5, individual training only is permitted, within a 5km radius of an individual’s home. No matches or group training sessions are to take place.

The exemptions to this are Elite sports*.

Elite sports are permitted to continue behind closed doors. For Hockey this has been defined as the National Senior Men’s and Women’s Programmes. They are permitted to train and play behind closed doors.

*Please note: This category has been defined by the ‘Return to Sport Expert Group’ which has been established by the ROI government to provide guidance to Ireland’s sporting bodies to prepare for the phased return to sporting activity.

Competition/matches may not be played at any level.

In line with the above, BHC will remain closed until the end of January.  Coaches will be in touch with training groups when there is further information via WahtsApp as normal so please check your group messages for updates.

Stay safe, stay apart, stay healthy!