FELIXSTOWE SHORTLISTED FOR ‘BEST CLUB IN EUROPE’ TITLE
Felixstowe Hockey Club have been shortlisted for European Hockey Federation Club of the Year.
After winning the England Hockey Club of the Year 2014 title, the club have found out that they are now also finalists in the race to be crowned the best hockey club in Europe.
They were nominated for the prestigious award by England Hockey and will be up against teams from established hockey nations such as the Netherlands.
On the nomination Chairman Jeremy Rennie said: “The club is on such a high right now. We thought being crowned the best club in the country was special, but this takes it to another level. We are so proud to be representing Felixstowe on an international stage and hope to put the town on the map.
“It’s people that make a club and the people here at Felixstowe Hockey Club are really wonderful. They give up their time to coach, umpire, administer and of course play, and getting this far is testament to them. It really is a fantastic family club and one we are all very proud to be part of.
“Fingers crossed the judges see what we have achieved here and give us the title of best hockey club in Europe!”
England Hockey Relationship Manager for the East, Charlie Farrow said: “Felixstowe hockey club have achieved so much in recent seasons and I am delighted for the ongoing recognition they are receiving. The club has fully engaged with England Hockey programmes, worked with their local school and community partners and reached out to their local community creating a really welcoming and effective club environment in the town. Thanks to the hard work of the club’s many volunteers I am sure they will continue to grow and be successful.”
Felixstowe Hockey Club’s award from governing body England Hockey for being the 2014 ‘Club of the Year’ is being commemorated, with the presentation of a plaque by current Felixstowe Mayor Cllr Graham Newman.
Cllr Newman will present the plaque, which will be displayed at the hockey club house on Maidstone Road, at 4pm on 1st March, during a visit to the U-10 In2Hockey Club Finals which are being held here in Felixstowe.
The award recognised the long list of achievements by the club, including the Men’s 1st Team gaining promotion to East Premier A, establishing a new ladies 3rd team, establishing a new men’s 4th team, seeing over 100 youth members train each week, the under 10s team winning both Suffolk Leagues, the under 10 boys and girls qualifying for the regional IN2Hockey finals, setting up a satellite club with the local school, new after school clubs being established in the community, hosting the first schools festival and finally achieving ClubsFirst status.
To find out more about the club, including the youth and senior sections, visit www.felixstowehockeyclub.co.uk
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