Key DECISIONS and ACTIONS from the Hockey Club Committee Meet 9 Oct 2017
The Pitch and Funding
The options for pitch renewal and additional facilities will be presented to club members at the earliest opportunity. The next decision to be made will be around when to start work in either the summer of 2018 or 2019.
We will need additional minimum funding of around £150k from external sources such as Sport England Lottery and the National Hockey Foundation plus specific fund raising events. A fund raising campaign based on sponsoring a ‘square mere of pitch’, aimed at Doncaster businesses was agreed in principal.
An outline budget for the season was agreed by the committee to establish better control of our finances. It was also agreed to transfer henceforth £1,000 a month from the cub’s current account into the club’s Pitch Fund.
The men’s and ladies 1st teams are to re-launch a drive for player sponsorship for the season. Please support them. We have been awarded £1,000 from the Tesco Help Bags of Help funding scheme to be spent on pitch repairs.
In order to become more sustainable in years to come, the hockey club needs to find an additional income stream of £15k per year. Please let us know if you can actually do that or contribute to it. There is no shortage of ideas just action to achieve it.
The New Season
The 2017/18 season started last month with good all round results for both men’s and ladies sections. The men’s 1st team have won, drawn and lost in their first 3 games. The ladies 1st team have won two and lost one from their first three games. We are still looking for a new men’s rep on the committee. Alan Stoves will be using 1st team game videos at a general club coaching session on a date to be organized before Xmas.
We are close to finalising our Club Mark registration with England Hockey. This will be an important milestone that will support our applications for future funding and support.
Plans are well underway to re-decorated and refurbished the clubhouse with new seats and TVs, all before Xmas.
Dates For Your Diary
3 November – Bonfire night
15 or 16 December – Cheese and Wine
13 April – Junior Prsentation Evening
14 April – Hockey Club Ball
“Ask not what your club can do for you, ask what you can do for your club”