Welcome to the season

Dear All
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2016/17 which is a very exciting season for us, marking the arrival of our new pitch at Langley Park School for Girls.
Firstly a quick introduction, my name is Jo Read and I have been treasurer of the club for the last 3 years and member of the ladies section for 8 years.  I stepped into the Chair position in late spring.  I would like to thank Chris Harris for his sterling efforts over the past 3 years, in particular his key role in delivering the pitch.  I will continue our focus on delivering a strong community hockey club with a strong social focus and getting both first teams promoted to the national league.

Pitch Opening Ceremony
I would like to invite you all to the official opening of the new pitch on 27th August.  We will be joined on the day by Maddie Hinch, who is playing tonight for the GB ladies team in the Olympic final and widely believed to be the world’s best ladies goal keeper.
10:30 to 12:30 Junior skills workshop
12:30 to 12:40 Pitch opening ceremony
12:40 to 13:10 BBQ, kit fitting and subs registration
13:10 to 14:30 Men’s 1st team match
14:30 to 17:30 Mixed hockey
17.30 onwards social including BBQ and live band at Beckenham Cricket Club
We really hope we can make our new pitch a huge success for the club and hope you can join us on the day.

Club Trials Open Day
Club trials take place on 3rd September.  Further details to follow from the club captains.

Sponsorship and Volunteering
As I am sure most of you are aware, the hockey section is run on a not for profit basis and all club funds are reinvested in providing the best opportunities for all our members to play hockey.  This year sees a completely different structure for the club, with our new (in partnership with Langley Park School for Girls) it is vital we have enough money to support achievement at all levels.  I am delighted that Katie Fielder has agreed to take on the role of membership secretary.  However we need much more support to ensure that we raise money through sponsorships and events.
We are still looking for a main sponsor for our club shirts, but also have a wide range of opportunities for smaller scale sponsors to suit all budgets.  I have attached our updated sponsorship brochure; please do think about who you know, who you work with and who you buy from who may be in a position to benefit from this relationship.  We are also always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to raise money from socials and other events.
Please contact sponsorship@brombeckhc.co.uk with any ideas.

Membership
As we now have Katie Fielder in the role of membership secretary we are keen to ensure our database is kept up to date.  Please complete either the online membership form or the paper membership form.

We will be keeping subscriptions and match fees static again this year.  Subscriptions are due by Sunday 25th of September.

Subscriptions remain unchanged at £240, these can be paid by:

  • BACS to the NEW hockey section account: sort code: 60-02-12account number: 61727636 PLEASE DON’T USE OLD BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS USED IN PREVIOUS SEASONS
  • Credit / debit card machine, which will be available at the pitch (3% surcharge).
  • Late payment after 1st October will attract a £20 surcharge.

Full time students, U18 Boys and U18 Girls subscription remains £144.  This can be paid by BACS or Credit / Debit Card (with a 3% surcharge) only.  A late payment charge of £20 will be applied for late payment.
Please ensure you use the correct payment reference for all BACS payments:
Section, Team, Surname, Initial (if space).  E.g. M4BLACKMAND or L1RIDOUTC
If you have any problems making payment please let your club captains know ASAP.

Match fees this season continue to be £10 per game for senior members. Full time student & Junior match fees are £10 at home and £5 for away games.
In our continued effort to improve the club’s cash flow we are again offering members the option to cover their match fees for the whole season in one upfront payment of £190.  This does not include pre-season.

New Member Discounts
As always we are on the lookout for new members.  This year we have two special offers, for new members who have not previously been members of Bromley and Beckenham HC.
17% off membership, which reduces the adult fee down to £200 and student fee down to £120
AND
A £40 match fee credit for members who introduce a full adult member (available once membership is paid in full).  This is reduced to £20 for student members.
All other discounts are at the discretion of the committee.

Club Training
Ladies club training has started on Monday 7.30 - 9.00pm except bank holidays on our new pitch at Langley Park School for Girls.
Mens club training will be Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00pm - more details to follow once it starts.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or another member of the committee.  I will be sending out a fortnightly club wide email throughout this season to keep you up to date on the activities of the committee this season.  We would very much appreciate more volunteers as there is always lots to do, so get in touch if you have some time to help out.
 
I wish you a very enjoyable season and hope to see you at the club after your games


Best wishes
Jo Read
Chair@brombeckhc.co.uk