Wapping Hockey Club (WHC) has recruited over 100 new members for the 2014/15 season after a facilities boost and successful England-wide Back To Hockey campaign run over the summer.
More than 60 new joiners made their debut for the London club on Saturday 20 September as the new season kicked off across the East and Essex hockey leagues. To meet demand the club has started two more league sides, bringing the total number of teams to 22. The club continues to grow and new players are always welcome.
Wapping’s M1 East Conference Premier League side fielded five new players in their nail-biting 4-5 thriller against Chelmsford 1 on Saturday 20. The club’s high-standard first team matches are played at 12:30 every Saturday in the stadium at Lee Valley Hockey & Training Centre and free for spectators to watch.
“Wapping brought hockey to Tower Hamlets for the first time 25 years ago and demand has continued to grow as we’ve improved. This season’s facilities boost meant the embarrassment of turning players away due to lack of pitch space is a thing of the past and we could, through Back to Hockey, help semi-active borough residents & workers find their way back to a sporting life,” said WHC Chairman, Stuart Burnside.
From April to July WHC participated in England Hockey’s Back To Hockey campaign to encourage players making a comeback in the sport and novices to pick up a stick for the first time. More than 30 people took part in the weekly taster sessions over the summer who were run by some of Wapping’s finest training staff, including high-performance members Rachel Haseloff (L1 player/L4 coach) and Ryan D’Souza (M2 player/M1 coach).
WHC also launched a “Refer a Friend” scheme last month whereby current members bringing a new recruit are each offered a £10 bar tab at the club’s social venue The Cape in Wapping.
For more information, check out: