On the coast of South Wales, in a sleepy town near the sea, lies a hockey giant. Not just any hockey giant, but an incredible hockey force with Welsh roots that go back as far as the 1800s!
Penarth Ladies Hockey Club are a growing club that are proud of all aspects of what hockey has to offer. They’re competitive, friendly, encouraging, enthusiastic and creative. What more do you want from a hockey club?!
It’s commonly known that the Welsh just loves being Welsh; being left to it to party and celebrate everything that’s special about being part of such a unique culture. This is definitely echoed in Penarth’s philosophy: they love everything that being a ‘bear’ is all about, and likes to celebrate on every occasion.
Here’s Penarth’s testimony – and it makes a tremendously fascinating read too.
Name: Penarth Ladies Hockey Club
Nickname: The Bears
Mascot: Richard (the bear)
Year of Establishment: Founded 1896
Location: Sophia Gardens/ Welsh Institute for Sport and Stanwell School, Penarth.
Club Colours: Home – Red shirts, Navy skorts and red and navy hoop socks
Away – Navy Shirts, Navy skorts, Navy socks.
Number of members: 170
Number of teams: Senior teams – 3 outdoor and 1 indoor team
Junior teams – 10 from under 11’s to under 18’s.
Under 11’s and U13’s at Stanwell school – 6:15pm – 7:15pm
U15’s and U18 development at Stanwell school – 7pm – 8:15pm
Juniors and 3rd team – 6pm – 7pm
2nd team and first team – 6:30pm – 8pm
- First team – Dafydd Tomos
- Second Team – Liam Kilsby-Steele
- Third team – Matthew Birch
Junior Coaching Team
- Rachel Disley
- Bev Rogers
- Kirsten Tedder
- Liam Kilsby-Steele
Indoor training throughout December and January.
Club Philosophy: Happy, confident and motivated players will always play well. We aim to provide all our players with the tools, skills and self-belief to give them every opportunity to play to their potential.
What makes the club unique:
- We have shown a significant increase in players over the past year, especially in the South East Wales area.
- The opportunity for juniors to train either at Stanwell School or Sophia Gardens
- Our recent engagement with ‘Parahockey’. From April on wards, in partnership with ‘Disability Wales’, we endeavor to provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in hockey. We will be the first club in South Wales to offer this.
- Goal keeper workshops – Throughout the last three seasons we have offered monthly opportunities for keepers both from our club and outside of our club to have specific goalkeeper training. We have support from both Welsh internationals as well as Premier One goalkeepers to do this.
- We have specific coaches for all senior teams and all junior teams. Juniors and players coach alongside some of our senior qualified coaches. We encourage our coaches to attend workshops and courses with support from Hockey Wales.
Awards won: We have had our share of successes in the Welsh league and cup qualifying us to represent Wales in Europe a number of times.
We have represented Wales in the outdoor European competitions ten times and three times in the Indoor European competitions.
The second team have won the second eleven cup a number of times.
Positions in the league:
1st team ladies currently sit at the top of Premier 1*
2nd team ladies – division 1 – 6th position*
3rd team ladies – division 2 – 6th position *
*At the time of publication
We have a number of ambitions!
- To have 50 players participating weekly at each age level.
- To have 2 under 16 Welsh internationals next year.
- To have 2 specialist goalies participating at each age group.
- To start a 4th team
- To challenge in the Welsh cup, premier one league and Indoor league and cup yearly.
- To challenge for a European spot within Outdoor and Indoor over the next few years.
- To remain a happy, positive and enjoyable club where people love playing hockey and being a ‘bear’!
Favourite tour story/away game story:
Historical! – 1980 – European Championships – Playing against the Russian Champions, losing 11-1 and our goalkeeper having player of the game! The next day we beat the Germans 1-0 who went on to be the tournament champions!
Recent – On a recent pre-season tour having to rescue one of our most talented players (we won’t name names) from swimming across the River Avon as she was a qualified lifeguard.
A Favourite Memory:
Our pre-season tournament 2 seasons ago. Managing to get players from all the teams to come. We had 3 matches, breakfast clubs, pyjamas social and a final go hard or go home night out before heading back to Cardiff ready for the season ahead. It was a brilliant combination of competitive hockey against some excellent English teams with the added fun of having a tour like ending full of dancing, drinking and real club and team mate bonding.
3 reasons why people should join the club:
- Coaching – Excellent coaching set up from juniors right through to seniors and VETs. We encourage and want young players to push through our teams when ready. We offer training to juniors both at Stanwell school and Sophia Gardens. We offer specific goalkeeping training workshops and are developing specialist sessions for key focus areas.
- Competition– we offer fun yet competitive hockey, challenging yearly for the Welsh cup, league and Indoor welsh cup.
- Friendship – We are an open club welcoming new players yearly and we pride ourselves on being a friendly, happy and caring club offering that much needed fun, escape from the challenges of everyday life. We believe this to be due to our excellent junior programme as well as our the strong friendships that ensure commitment and a willingness to stay a Penarth Bear.
Anything extra the club offers:
Socials, socials and more socials. Whether this is a pint in the pub after training, game day breakfast club, a post-game cup of tea, a drink over the teammates house, a fundraising event, a Christmas jumper pub crawl, a mid-season curry, a pre-season tournament, an end of season dinner, a silly hockey tour or even a hockey baby shower – we celebrate all things together and welcome all social suggestions!
If you want to be part of a friendly club, whether it be to play, umpire, volunteer coach, support us with administration, sponsor us or for any other reason, please get in touch. We are always welcoming outside help, support and additional members!
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