Colchester Hockey Club

More than 100 years hockey in North Essex

Pitch Parking - Important

Members and guests are advised not to park on the verge opposite the gound. There are now clear no parking signs on lamp posts. If you do park, you will get a ticket.

World Record Rower Jemma Rix!!

CONGRATULATIONS to CHC's own Jemma Rix and her rowing partner Lauren Woodwiss who broke the WORLD RECORD for FASTEST FEMALE PAIR in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge!!

Rowing the Atlantic Ocean with a time of 50 days, 5 hours and 53 minutes, beating the record by a little over 1 hour!!

East Selection Success!

Congratulations to Nettie, Rose, Gunny, Titch and Kate who have all been selected to play for their respective East age groups!

Club Trials - Sat 8th Sept 2018

CHC Summer Camp Update

Summer Camps (Not available to Quicksticks Members).

Many thanks to those of you who have expressed interest in our Summer Camp hockey, either for your child(ren) or for yourself.

Interest has been incredibly high, therefore when we open up the application window, we will unfortunately have to limit applications on a first come first served basis.

We expect to send out the registartion process within the next couple of weeks. We are hoping to be able to do registration via the Paysubs Online application as unfortunately we are unable to accept applications involving cash payments.

Pre-season strength and conditioning (Not available to Quicksticks Members).

In addition to the Summer Camps, if there is interest, we are planning to run some pre-season strength and conditioning sessions. Timings and days will be confirmed later. Please let Sue Cross know if you are interested. (


Thank you for your interest.

Annette Thorpe
(CHC Chairman)

Ladies Summer League

Some of you have been asking what is happening regarding summer league this year

We have, after a number of years, decided as a club not to enter Maldon this year. The standard is not great, so as a committee decision we have decided to enter two teams into Ipswich this year. The normal team will be run by Karen Harris and will be playing in Division 1 on a Thursday evening. This is typically targetted at current/future ladies 1st and 2nd team players. If you are interested in playing and have not already been contacted, please approach Karen Harris directly, although clearly we may not be able to accomodate all.

The second team we have entered is a Development side playing in a Development League on a Tuesday evening. We have made this decision to try and offer some of our younger players who did not get competitive hockey during the season, first option to play Summer League. Clearly we will need some senior players too in our efforts to provide a balanced side to compete. We would expect these to be from the 3rd and 4th team. If you are interested in playing Summer League, the first games are on Tuesday and Thursday next week (week commencing 30th April).

Please contact me (ASAP) in the first instance if you are interested in playing in the Development Side (first game 1st May) -

Going forward this Development side will need someone to step up and run it each week - please email me if you are prepared to help.

NB. Any queries on the above, please contact me, not Crossie !!!

Annette Thorpe
(CHC Chairman)

Colchester Hockey Club - 2018 AGM


17th May 7pm for a prompt 7:30pm start.

All members welcome. Agenda and details to follow.

Your club, your say !!

Ladies 3s, 4s & U14 Training - CANCELLED

Please accept our apologies, but the training for both ladies 3s & 4s and U14 girls tomorrow night has been cancelled.

Most of the ladies sides have matches that need to be rearranged due to the weather and we are running out of dates for them to be replayed. Our ladies 2s will using the session to replay their match against Ipswich. The start is 7:30pm, so come along and support if you can.

This was the last training session of the season for both the ladies and the U14s, so thank you for your tremendous attendance of these sessions.

Boys U16s - East Finals

Excellent performance by CHC U16 boys at the East Finals last Sunday in Norwich

Fixtures - Sat 3rd March

Please note that all home fixtures this Saturday (3rd March) have been postponed.

We await notification of developments with away games…..


All training this week has been cancelled due to the snow and freezing temperatures.

Please make a note of the last mid-week training dates for this season:

Mens/U14 Boys - Monday 12th March
Ladies/U14 Girls - Tuesday 20th March

Tues 6th Feb - Ladies/U14s Training CANCELLED



Mon 5th Feb - Mens/Boys Training CANCELLED



It is meant to be cold with low temperatures for the next few days so ladies/U14 girls please make sure you check your emails or our Facebook tomorrow for updates on Tuesday training.

Young Umpire Course - 18th Feb

Essex Hockey are running another Young Umpire Course on 18th Feb at Old Loughts

As it stands Essex have over 100 junior umpires who have completed this or a similar course and have then gone on to do the Level 1 and in some cases, even their Level 2 umpiring badge.

This course is a great way to get you started!!

Who is it for?
People who are keen to umpire that are of secondary school age (11-16)

When is it?
18th February 2018, All day starting at 9:30

Where is it?
Old Loughts (Roding Sports Centre Luxborough Lane, Chigwell, IG7 5AB)

How much is it?
£20 which includes a whistle and 1 year membership to Essex Hockey Umpires Association

What do I get out of it?
You will be able to umpire In2 hockey which is 7 a-side. Don't worry, you wont be asked to umpire for the adult sides on a Saturday just yet. You will be able to umpire the junior games within your club which are usually on Sundays (U10/U12). For umpires who want to progress further and are capable, you can choose to be part of the Essex umpiring team who umpire county junior tournaments e.g. Academy centres and then from there progress into the East to umpire their juniors tournaments.

What do I need?
Notepad and pen, refreshments for the day including plenty of water and your playing kit. Playing kit is needed because you will play some small sided games so that others can practise their umpiring. Everyone will get plenty of opportunities throughout the day. If due to injury, you can't play but are still able to move around a pitch and blow the whistle, that's not a problem, just let us know.

If you want to sign up to this course, please register using the following link.
EYUDP Get Involved

Safety Netting

Welcome back to a New Year. Please note that the safety netting around the pitch has been replaced.

Please do not tuck clothing between the fence or netting, as well as not leaning on the netting.

New Year Training Schedule

Junior training resumes Sunday 7th January. Normal age group timings apply

Men's training restarts Monday 8th January, normal timings

Ladies training restarts Tuesday 9th January. Normal timings too

Latest Junior Teams Action

Congratulations to the Under 16 Boys who beat Sudbury 4-3 in the England Hockey Under 16 Cup on Sunday

Also in action in a three way tournament between Witham, Maldon and Colchester were the Under 10 girls and two Under 12 girls teams. Congratulations to all involved!

Athletics Track and Warming Up

Would all players note that you must not warm up on the athletics track. If anyone is seen doing so, please ask them to stop.

Beat the Street!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You MUST register your fob asap, if the club doesn’t register 15 fobs by Friday 6th October we will not progress in the competition and will NOT be eligible for prizes. To register visit: page and say that you are part of Colchester Hockey Club, you will then be able to win personal prizes which include- Decathlon vouchers, a free swim at Leisure World and many more exciting prizes

Colchester Hockey Club is now signed up to take part so give it a go and get involved.

Pick up a card from your local library or lesiure centre or a fob from Lexy Scott-Hornsby (Ladies 4s Captain)

Here’s the lowdown on this brilliant programme;

The Challenge - a fun, free game for the community of Colchester to see how far you can walk, cycle and run around your area and around the world

Walk and cycle for 7 weeks to win prizes for yourself and your team. Every journey you make adds to your total, your team's and the total of the whole community

It will run from 20 September to 8 November 2017 and anyone living, working or going to a school in Colchester can take part -How far can you go?

Why should I be a part of this?

Taking part in this excellent program means that if we beep as many boxes as we can Colchester Hockey Club will win prizes

Update for Training Times - please read!

Please note that the timings for Men's training on Mondays have changed:

  • Men's Teams 3/4s plus over 13 Boys - 18.30 to 20.00
  • Men's Team 1/2s - 20.00 to 21.30

Junior training on Sundays will now start on the 17th September, and not the 10th as previously advised.
There is a Relay For Life event taking place on the 9th and 10th of September, so the Garrison is not available for use.

CLUB DAY - Sunday 3rd Sept 2017

Come along and get involved in your Club Day. It is intended that there will be something for everyone during the day. The club house will also be open for drinks and snacks.

Mini games for Quicksticks from 10am to 11am – if you would like to come along please email Yovone Cook our Junior Manager

U10s and U12s mini games from 11am to 1pm - please email Yovone Cook

Senior games from 1.30pm onwards

***Club Committee Positions***

CLUB TREASURER – having said thank you and goodbye to Emma, we are very lucky to welcome our new treasurer –Nicky Marshall. Nicky is a parent who has stepped into help. Thank you it is very much appreciated

Club Secretary – is vacant and is a vital part of the committee. If you think you can help please contact Sue Cross

Umpires Secretary – is vacant. Should this position not be filled it will be the captain’s responsibility to find an umpire so if you think you can help please contact Sue Cross

Men's 4s Captain – is vacant. If you can help please contact Andy Bryant

Junior Team Managers & Match Day Hockey Helpers – U10 and U12 girls and boys - are needed for matches to take place, can you help? Contact Yovone Cook if you can

Youth Team Managers & Match Day Hockey Helpers – U14 and U16 girls and boys – are needed for matches to take place – can you help? Contact Anna Mortimer if you can

Club Social Secretary – is still needed. If you think you can help please contact Sue Cross

Club Communications Officer – we really want to keep the club out there locally and nationally. If you think you can help please contact Sue Cross

Sponsorship Secretary – the club is always looking at ways to generate extra funds and through sponsorship is one of those ways. If you think you can give a little time this season to following up on offers of sponsorship or generating some new avenues get in touch with Sue Cross

Membership - Paysubsonline

After a very successful first season of the club using ‘Paysubsonline’ to enable members to join and pay subs with very little effort we will be using the same system again for all membership categories – Senior, Youth (school years 8-13), Junior (school years 4-7) and Quicksticks (school years 1-3).

Please look out for your renewal membership emails which will be coming out in the next few weeks. There may be the odd box to update and you can still pay in instalments if you prefer – It’s as easy as that.

Essex U16s - East Champions!

5 players from Colchester Hockey Club played for the winning Essex U16 JAC squad on the 5th and 26th March in the East JAC Tournament

Ellie Benfield
Sophie Bendon
Sophie Green
Frankie Harley
Pippa Garbutt

Congratulations to all involved!

Ladies 3s - League Champions!!

Congratulations to the Ladies 3s who have won the Essex Division 1 title with one game to go.<>br>
The team have now achieved back to back promotions and will be riding high in Essex Premier league next season. A fantastic effort by the whole team - well done!!

Men's 2s Promotion

Congratulations to CHC Men's 2s, who gained promotion on Saturday with a tight 3-2 win over Brentwood!

Special mention to the youngest player in the team, Charlie Speck, for scoring the winning goal.

Ladies 4s - Rainbow Laces!

In line with England Hockey, Colchester Ladies 4th XI shared their rainbows in an exciting match at Chelmsford last Saturday.

This February England Hockey want to celebrate and raise awareness of our hockey LGBT community. In hockey we pride ourselves on how diverse and inclusive our clubs are so we want teams to share their rainbows with them. Anything ranging from rainbow socks to t-shirts to laces.

U10 Girls - Redbridge Tournament

Congratulations to the Under 10 girls who took part in a tournament at Redbridge last Sunday.

Results were as follows:

Won 2-0 against Blue Hornets B
Lost 0-3 against Old Loughts
Won 1-0 against Chelmsford B
Won 1-0 against Waltham Forest

The girls lost out to the play offs due to goal difference as 3 teams were on 9 points

Final game was a 1-0 win against Chelmsford C to come 5th overall.

U16 Girls 5-5 Chelmsford U16 Girls

Congratulations to the U16 girls who fought back from 5-0 down at half time to draw 5-5 with Chelmsford on Sunday

4 goals from Rachel Harvey and 1 from Sophie Bendon

Charlie Todd - 'Ninja' goalie!

Congratulations to Charlie Todd after a stunning debut in goal at last week's tournament.

Looking menacing in goal at training on Sunday

Alan Hills' Remembrance Service - Updated

The remembrance service for Alan Hills took place today at a packed Great Bentley Church, around 200 people and wonderful memories from his family and close friends.

A great turnout from the club, spanning many decades of players.

Alan Hills

Colchester Hockey Club is sad to announce the death of our much loved past President and sponsor- Alan Hills.

Alan was a very successful first eleven Captain, and in his latter years, an ever present supporter on the touchline.

We will miss his enthusiastic support for the club and sport which he loved.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Junior Tournament news

Congratulations for a great all round performance by our juniors in tournaments at Ipswich and Witham today.

A sterling performance by all. Special mention to Dylan Monaghan who, despite, a visit to hospital, (having 'taken one for the team!') was more interested in the result. That's one committed player!!

Level 2 coaches!

Our congratulations go to Andy Bryant, Jamie Mortimer, Keith Baker, and Felix Fitch who all passed their Level 2 Coaching awards this weekend!

Well done to all four chaps on a great effort, we looking forward to being coached by you soon!

Let us know if you're interesting in taking any courses in Hockey, whether it's coaching or umpiring, we can help point you in the right direction!

U18s Summer League Result

Congratulations to Colchester U18s finishing a very respectable 3rd in the Maldon Ladies Summer League.

Thanks to the players, parents and umpires for making it possible, most notably Debbie Benfield, Dean Walker, Nettie Thorpe, Sue Cross, Cheryl Pinch and Lyn Gunn!

New online kit store - now open!!!

It's time for a fresh look!

Our online kit store is now live to start ordering

STC Teamwear

See Kit page for more details

Regional Masters Winners!

Congratulations to Titch and Emma whose East team won the over 40s competition at the Regional Masters in Cannock.

Also to our other club representatives at the tournament, Kate and Crombie.

The East team were unbeaten throughout and Emma kept a clean sheet across the 5 games.

Essex U15 JAC Squad - Congratulations!

On Sunday 8th May four girls from Colchester Hockey Club were selected to represent Essex U15 JAC squad.

Ellie Benfield
Sophie Bendon
Pippa Garbutt
Frankie Harley

On an incredibly scorching hot Sunday the girls travelled to Oaklands College in St Albans for the U15 JAC Country tournament.

Essex vs Bedfordshire 6 - 0 Sophie scored 3

Essex vs Cambridgeshire 2 -1 Sophie scored 1

Essex vs Norfolk 4 - 0 Sophie scored 1

Semi final

Essex vs Hertfordshire 1 - 1 full time lost on penalties

3rd - 4th play off

Essex vs Suffolk 1 - 1 full time lost on penalties

An excellent day of hockey, very proud of the Colchester girls for their fantastic achievement, attitude and play throughout the tournament.

Panther Hockey - Club Loyalty Scheme

Looking for new kit for summer or next season?

**IMPORTANT - Car Parking on grass verges**

Parking is prohibited within the gates and on the grass verges outside them at all times, both training and match days. Traffic wardens have been patrolling and are giving out parking fines. There is an overflow grass parking area to the rear accessed by turning into Circular Road East by The Arena and then right after the buildings.

Junior Achievement

Congratulations to Ellie Benfield, Frankie Harley and Pippa Garbutt, who were all invited to attend the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) in Ipswich over the summer.

Frankie and Pippa were also selected to attend the Tier 1 JRPC Tournament that was held on 20th September.

Great North Run - Rose & Crossie

Crossie & Rose from the ladies 2nd team are running in the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September, with Mo Farah, to raise money for the charity ‘Against Breast Cancer’. We are finally on count down, just 2 weeks to go, and after 5 months of hard training we can’t wait for the day now.

We have raised £1000 so far for our charity which is close to our hearts, having had 3 close friends who have all had breast cancer. If you would like to sponsor us please click on the link below or search for Sue Cross on Just Giving. Just Giving - Crossie

Don’t forget to look out for our distinctive pink outfits on the day!

Colchester keeper plays for England!

Colchester ladies 1s keeper, Emma Painter, is in action this week as part of the over 40s England squad at the Hockey Euros.

Follow her progress on England Masters O40s

New Clubhouse Now Open!

The new clubhouse was officially opened on 31st May 2013 by Sir Bob Russell, with members of Colchester Hockey club among the guests at the grand opening.

For photos of the opening click here


CHC are looking for male goalkeepers to play in our four sides.

Contact Annette Thorpe via


Due to the expected bad weather conditions, we have, reluctantly, made the decision to cancel Sunday's junior tournament. We will liase with the other clubs involved and look to rearrange it in the new year.

Sunday Quicksticks/Junior Training

Sunday Quicksticks and Junior training has now finished.

We restart on Sunday 7th January 2018. Happy Christmas and thanks for your support.

***WE NEED YOUR HELP – Sun 10th Dec***


On Sunday 10th December Colchester Hockey Club have the honour of hosting the next round of our local Junior Tournament at the Garrison:

U8s and U10s - from 9am
U12s - from 11am
U14s - from 1pm

It will be a great opportunity for CHC to show off our fantastic juniors of all ages and club facilities, but we can’t do it without your help


We need help on the day with lots of things on and off the pitch. So it would be really great if our senior membership could step up to help make this a really enjoyable day for our future players. Parents and our youth membership are also very welcome to come and help.

If you can help, it doesn’t have to be all day as every little helps, please email Yovone Cook our Junior Manager on by Wednesday 29th November

We need:

Early set up Volunteers
Lots of Umpires
Central timing co-ordinator
Score collectors
Score Board co-ordinator
Lots of Coaches and support to run teams (as a coach if your age category is playing please make Yovone aware of your availability for the 10th)
Helpers to run refreshment stall
General helpers on the day
Raffle helpers

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all on the 10th December

Essex Under 14s - East Champions

Ellie Benfield and Francesca Harley were selected to play for Essex U14's in the JAC finals day at Bedford Hockey Club on the 17th May 2015.

Essex played played 2 matches - winning both and finishing first in their pool.

Essex vs Norfolk 3-1
Essex vs Cambs 3-1

Essex then played Suffolk in the semi final. Winning 3-1. Ellie Benfield scoring for Essex.

Essex then played Herts in the final and again won 2-0.

Essex are now East U14 Champions.

Ellie Benfield, Francesca Harley and Pippa Garbutt have all been invited to attend training in Ipswich over the Summer for the Junior Regional Performance Centres (JRPC)

Ladies 3s....and finally the league title!

The ladies 3s finally won the Essex division 2 title with a 1-0 win against Thurrock in their last match of the season.

The team have been top of the league for most of the season and fully deserve their promotion. Congratulations to everyone involved.

England Masters!

Congratulations to Mark Hollingsworth and Terry Howlett who have both been selected to play for England in the World Cup in The Hague, Holland from 5th-12th June.
Mark will be playing in the over 65s competition and Terry is in the over 70s.
Good luck to both of them

Ladies Vets 1-2 Sevenoaks

After a battling performance the ladies vets lost their semi final of the England Masters Trophy 2-1 to Sevenoaks. Lucy Struth got the goal late in the second half, but it wasn't enough to continue the team's fine cup run. Good luck to Sevenoaks in the final.

Mens Clubhouse Lunch

Former players (and some current!) met at the clubhouse on the last day of the season to have a catch up and enjoy a sit down lunch before watching the final home games of 13/14.

Back row (left to right)
David Slater, John Hardy, Dai Evans, Alan Gosling, Peter Burleigh, Guy Lennox, Paul Nunny, Peter Crafford, Richard Pink, Mark Hollingsworth, Gordon How, Phil French, John Helliwell, Alan Hills, Brian Evans
Front row (left to right)
Richard Savill, Terry Howlett, David Pearce, John Wiseman, Bryan Patterson
Attended but not in photo - John Cadman, John Aldred, Mark Nicholls

Well Done Rose & Crossie!

Congratulations to Rose Prince and Sue Cross who completed the Colchester Half Marathon on Sunday! We'll forgive them for missing the match on Saturday!

Social Media

Starting with the 2012/13 season, Colchester Hockey Club will be using the social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

We aim to use Twitter to update followers to changes to the website and possibly other relevant information. For Facebook, we have set up a 'page' which will allow us to carry discussions, photos and maintain details of certain events.

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