Felixstowe and District Sports Awards
On Monday 20th March, we were absolutely thrilled to attend the Felixstowe and District Sports Awards and find out that we had won four categories! This is the first time any sports club have won this many awards in one year, so we are very excited. Here are small excerpts from the winning entries:
Development in Junior Sport – FHC U-14 girls
This time a year ago the members of the current U14 girls were still playing youth hockey. However, for each one of them, as soon as they turned 13, they were asked to start playing senior hockey as they were more than good enough. Some started off in the ladies 3rd team and some went straight into the 2nd team, but they made an instant impact. Two are now permanent fixtures in the Ladies 1st team. Their development and progress has been somewhat staggering.
Within the past year a total of thirteen players from the girl’s U14 age group have completed the transition from junior to senior competition and made debuts for the club’s ladies teams. Seven members of the U14’s squad were put forward for county trials this season and they have all been selected to represent the county.
It is no surprise then that our U14 girls won the Suffolk league this season, registering 3 wins, scoring 9 goals and conceding only 3 goals in a hugely competitive league. It is also no surprise that they currently sit top of the England Hockey development league. Since Christmas the U14 girls have taken on and embraced indoor hockey, playing in a local senior league on a Monday night. In just their 3rd game they beat the FHC ladies team 3-1. This was yet another string to their bow; the team played a full 11-a-side outdoor match against the FHC ladies 1st team just before Christmas and pulled off a 2-2 draw.
Junior Sports Personality of the Year – Tabi Strang
Tabi started off the 2016/2017 hockey season playing for the u-14 girls and attending youth training on a Saturday morning. It was clear that she had potential and as soon as she turned 13 she was invited by the senior ladies club to play a game for the ladies 3rd team. In just five months she has progressed to the ranks to be the goalkeeper for the Felixstowe Ladies 1st team playing in the Suffolk premier division.
Her progress and improvement has been incredible. She attends senior training every week, Suffolk goalkeeper training and the junior performance academy, as well as playing for the 1st team on a Saturday and for the u-14 girls on a Sunday.
On Sunday 19th February the u-14 girls played in the England Hockey Development league in Northamptonshire. Tabi kept three clean sheets and the team won their games 3-0, 4-0 and 3-0.
Tabitha is a real inspiration – not only is she a dedicated and enthusiastic hockey player but she is a goalkeeper and has absolutely no fear. She is a real inspiration and role model for young girls in sport.
Sports Personality of the Year – Marc Lloyd
Marc is ladies 1st team coach, he is the men’s 1st team goalkeeper. He is Club Development Officer and has recently secured FHC the Club Mark. He is Kit co-ordinator and is currently leading us through a change of brand and design. He is a youth coach, he is an umpire, he is a Suffolk coach and he also coaches the county youth development team.
As ladies 1st team co ach he has taken them to 2nd place in the Suffolk premier league for two seasons running, putting into the club nearly 200 hours of coaching in the last year. He has helped Steve run ‘Back to Hockey’ sessions for the past couple of years which has directly led to the doubling of size of the ladies section.
He has worked alongside our U-14 coaches to encourage the raft of u-14 girls who are steadily making their way up from youth hockey to Senior hockey. He is currently a level two coach and has recently committed to becoming a level 3 coach, which will involve studying and coursework for a year, alongside his day job as a teacher.
Not only does he coach senior ladies on a Tuesday night, he coaches indoor hockey on a Monday night. He trains himself on a Wednesday night and is a Goalkeeping coach at Suffolk level on a Thursday and a Friday. He regularly coaches at youth hockey on a Saturday morning, and then plays, coaches and umpires senior hockey on Saturday afternoons. He then coaches and umpires at Suffolk games and youth tournaments on a Sunday.
Service to Sport award – Ken Green.
Ken started playing hockey in 1938 at school worked his way up to captain the county of Herefordshire between 1952-1958. He joined Felixstowe Hockey Club in 1959. He worked his way up to play for FHC Men’s 1st team which he captained and became club captain, chairman and then President.
He taught hockey at school and is to thank for bringing some of the current FHC stalwarts into the club, who have continued his legacy. It’s no co-incidence that Ken’s son, grandson and other family members all play for the club.
Now aged 87, Ken still attends the club every Saturday to cheer on the home teams, and sometimes, if the weather is kind, he’ll get in his car to support the teams away from home too. You can always rely on his support. He knows everyone’s name, whether they have been at the club 10 years or 10 weeks, and has a skill of making everyone feel welcomed and important.
Ken has also sat on several boards:
- Member of the Suffolk Hockey Association committee 1960 to date
- Suffolk representative to the England Hockey Association
- President of Suffolk Hockey Association 2003 to date
Respected by many as the ‘go-to’ for all things Suffolk hockey, Ken is respected by all hockey clubs in Suffolk.
Ken is still so involved at the club on a day-to-day level that every year he attends our annual awards dinner and dance to give out the President’s award – an award which Ken presents to someone who goes above and beyond for the club throughout the season – a reflection of his life and dedication to Felixstowe.
It is fitting that in his later years Ken has seen his beloved FHC pick up the England Hockey Club of the Year award, and his joy and pride was there for all to see when he found out we had made the final of the European Club of the Year award too.
Although Ken’s wife recently passed away, Ken’s support for the club hasn’t wavered – he has attended as many games this season as in previous seasons and is always the first to enquire how teams get on; whether it’s the men’s 1st team, ladies 3rd team or our mixed u-10 team.
Ken is a hands-on President, he knows everything that is going on both at the club and within hockey in Suffolk and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who is more deserving of the services to sport award.