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  • 2016 Investec Womens Team of the year
  • 2016 Mens Most Improved Club of the Year from Yorkshire Hockey
  • 2016 Pam Hardaker recognised as the Participation Coach of the Year
  • All players are welcome from complete beginners through to highly competitive league players.
  • On site facilities inc bar, pool area, function rooms and  other sports (tennis, squash, lacrosse, football, snooker and social)
  • We run 5 mens hockey teams, 5 ladies teams and junior girls and boys teams at u10, u12, u14 and u16.
  • We also play social hockey including mixed, 7 a side and fun inter club days.
  • We have legendary social events catering for all in and around Leeds
  • Many years of links with local universities and schools, who knows an old school or uni mate maybe at our club already.
  • Very attractive joining rates and one of the lowest match fees in Yorkshire
  • Enjoyable but focused training and coaching program including specific workshops.

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Hockeyfest – Saturday 27th August

Leeds Adel HC are taking part in the HockeyFest tomorrow up at the club and we are pleased to welcome Gary Limbert and Beth Moorley from England Hockey who will be popping along for some of the afternoon.  England Hockey were kind enough to provide some financial support for the new pitch when it was laid 2 years ago and our ladies 1s were of course awarded the Ladies club team of the year at the prestigious EH awards ceremony back in May.

The day is meant to be a fun occasion ahead of the new season starting and Gaby has been working hard to make sure the day goes successfully.  Please do your bit by popping along – as a minimum it will serve as pre-season fitness before the matches start!

Leeds Adel Announce Senior Coaching Lineup for 2016/17 Season

As quick as the last season ends the new one is now upon us. Training for our ten senior sides starts this week and in light of recent events at the Rio Olympiad, we are expecting big numbers at training with ladies starting Tuesday at 7pm and the men following suit at 7pm on Wednesday. The challenge for the club coaches is to help new players integrate into squads, stay enthusiastic for the sport and best prepare the squads for the start of the league campaigns in September. With six different sides entered into EH Competition, the club is hopeful of representation at Lee Valley before the season is through. It is with great pleasure that we can announce our diverse and experienced coaching team for the coming season and we hope you will get to know them over the coming weeks.

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Paul Lewis- Coaching Co-Ordinator and Men’s Club Coach

Paul Lewis is one of the most recognisable faces at Leeds Adel HC.  His input into the club is a well known driving factor of the positive steps made over the last few seasons.  For the last three years he has provided coaching as Ladies’ Club Coach and as one of our lead junior coaches. He is qualified to level 2 standard and continues to improve his coaching through England Hockey CPD events.  This year we are pleased that Paul has taken the lead with the club coaching structure, he has assembled his team and will continue to provide direct coaching to our very popular junior section as well as support the senior section fulfilling the role of Men’s Club Coach. Over the summer, Paul has been coaching with England Hockey JRPC, so as I am sure you can imagine, he is very busy at the moment (not to forget full time employment) and we hear that is just the way he likes it!

“I’m delighted with the coaching team we have put together for the forthcoming season. I’m confident that the success over the last few years in the Ladies section will be continued and hopefully replicated on the Men’s side.

All the coaches are experienced and will seek to drive individuals and groups to stretch themselves and develop their hockey. The commitment and effort of those attending sessions over the past few seasons has been excellent, and I hope everyone will see the social and sporting benefits of coming training.”

 

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Jenny Wright – Club Fitness Coach

Whilst we announce the season starts this week, for our club fitness coach Jenny Wright, season preparation started a whopping 8 weeks with a summer programme which has enjoyed great success. Not every club can boast the support of a gym and trainer, but the connection between Leeds Adel and Primal Gym gives our teams a distinct advantage on the pitch. We asked Jenny how important she thought fitness was as part of the preparation for the coming season:

“Fitness is one of many components needed to build on the success of last season. We know the games will be harder and we will be pushed to our limits, so we need to be ready- both physically and mentally.

Fitness can be improved fairly quickly under these controlled sessions, and will ensure that in the second half when other teams are flagging- our speed, strength, endurance and all round superior fitness will show.

Pushing players hard in training forms the mental toughness needed to keep going in the dying seconds of the game.

The fitness sessions are a great way for the team to bond as well. Friendly competition and super encouragement are part and parcel of the sessions and create a team strength that is invaluable on match days.

Train hard. Win easy!”

Ben Hendley- Men's Performance Coach
Ben Hendley- Men’s Performance Coach

Ben is another coach who has cut his coaching teeth at Leeds Adel with the ladies. In 2013/14 he was the performance coach for the ladies and the club are delighted that Ben once again is a performance coach, this time focusing on the higher teams in the men’s section. Our men’s 1st XI have suffered two very frustrating seasons, narrowly missing promotion with third place finishes in successive seasons. We asked Ben how he intends to grab one of those promotion spots come March 2017:

“Our aim this year is to win the league. We have a talented squad of players and have proven in previous years we are one of the best teams in our league. We will be focusing on improving our team play and decision making to increase our win consistency. I’m looking forward to season and can’t wait to get started.”

Sam Ransley- Ladies' 1st XI Coach
Sam Ransley- Ladies’ 1st XI Coach

Sam Ransley continues as Ladies’ 1st XI Coach for the third season. As a level 2 qualified coach Sam has enjoyed success with club, county and regional performance squads. The squad this year will be competing in a new league following promotion, we asked Sam what the focus is for the next few weeks

“I am very lucky to have been able to retain a core of players in the time I have been coach here, and this makes integrating new players very easy. Whether talented players moving up the club or new players joining, we only have a few weeks to establish a squad that train alike, think alike and play alike. If we can get our squad doing this, we are confident of another successful  season”

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Ash Hardaker- Ladies’ 2nd XI and Assistant Club Coach

We are delighted to have Ash back us. Ash has a wealth of experience as a level 2 coach, having worked with schools, clubs, county and university sides both in the UK and Australia. Ash’s easy going style makes him a popular coach, but do not be misled, he expects results:

“The clear aim for the season is going to be promotion. Success this season will be achieved by setting high standards both in training and in matches with excellent execution of skills and tactics from minute one to minute seventy of every game.”

 

Katy Blyth- Ladies' Club Coach
Katy Blyth- Ladies’ Club Coach

Katy Blyth has been coaching Leeds Adel juniors for numerous seasons. As a product of Adel coaching from the past, Katy has enjoyed many playing honours and now takes up the role of Ladies’ 1st XI captain. It is great that the leader of our performance squad is now helping the future of our club to integrate into senior squads. We asked Katy what a player can expect from training at Leeds Adel HC:

“Adel is such a wonderful, friendly club. We pride ourselves on providing coaching sessions which are challenging but also very fun. As a coaching unit we all bounce ideas of each other in order to achieve balanced sessions incorporating skill and game play work. Over the seasons the quality of coaching has improved greatly, this was reflected in the results, match performances and overall finishing positions of every ladies team. Tuesday nights are always challenging but also great fun!”

We hope that you agree that Paul has assembled a strong team and we look forward to seeing new and old faces at training this week and over the next few weeks of summer.

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Welcome to the new season

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all for the 2016-17 season at Leeds Adel HC. I trust that you’ve had a great summer and that you are looking forward to the new season.
As you are hopefully aware, there have been two major changes this season.
NEW KIT
All Adel teams will use an ORANGE HOME KIT this season.
For new home and away kits, and a range of team-wear, please visit the All Rounder website. N.B. Men should have been allocated a unique shirt number, and these are shown on the All Rounder website when ordering home kit.
TRAINING
The set up and coaching structure has been refreshed. We now offer two sessions with a short fitness section for all members. Training starts again on Tues 23rd Aug for ladies and Wednesday 24th August for the men. Please arrive in time for each session to start promptly.
Training now follows the same structure for ladies and men:
  • 7pm to 8pm club training for 3rd to 5th XI players and juniors aged 13+
  • 8pm to 8:30pm fitness sessions for all
  • 8:30pm to 9:45pm performance squad training
Junior training continues on Friday evenings at Leeds Grammar School. We have boys and girls groups at all levels from u10 to u16 so if you know someone who would be interested, please send them along.
CUP NEWS
We have entered EH Cup competition for senior and masters teams for both men and women for the coming season and are aiming to enter England Mens Hockey competitions for over 40s and maybe over 50s. If you would be interested in playing, please make yourself known to Dave Akroyd or Paul Lewis.

Intense hockey camps – JAC/JRPC potential players

The first Intense Hockey camp at Adel over the summer is over and feedback from the attendees and organisers suggests everyone present had a great time and the improvement in the level of hockey ability over the week will be apparent when the new season starts.

Intense Hockey are running a specific camp at Adel (and nowhere else which suggests as though they must either like our new pitch or think Adel is the hotbed of young hockey talent….) aimed at players who will be attending JAC and JRPC centres in the year ahead.  Again, another opportunity to have a week of intense hockey training on your doorstep with qualified and experienced coaches.

For parents and juniors wondering what a JAC and JRPC actually are, these are steps on the England Hockey pathway whereby club and school players make the first steps to regional representation before hopefully progressing on to higher levels.  A JAC covers all of West Yorkshire whilst the JRPC might be a wider area across all of Yorkshire.  After that there are further levels where the 3 Northern JRPCs combine to create a Pennine Pumas team who are one of the four regional teams in England who have a tournament that acts to some extent as a selection panel for going on to England national age groups at under 16 and 18 levels.  After that, its all straightforward and simple and only a matter of time before you are in the GB squad going to the 2020 or 2024 Olympics and following in the footsteps of Barry Middleton (originally from Doncaster) or Sam Quek (ex Leeds Beckett Uni student)!

The link to the Intense Hockey website is attached if you are interested in attending.

http://shoutout.wix.com/so/5LOnlT1F#/main

 

Pre-season update

I have given this post the title of a pre-season update… in truth I am not sure the season ever ends now and activity over the summer months is just as busy as in the traditional winter hockey season.

To some people, one season ends perhaps with your final game in March, the club dinner in April or when you attend the AGM in April to help elect the new committee for the season ahead.  But for many people the season has rumbled along throughout May, June, July and August both on and off the pitch.

Summer leagues continue to thrive on Monday to Wednesday evenings with a healthy Adel turnout across a variety of Adel coloured teams…. black, orange, white but now the added bonus of seeing the likes of Will Purdy sporting a pink top and an Adel “junior” team which has an average age of around 32.  The good news is the OAPs team continue to turn up every week under Dave Akroyd’s stewardship with a wide range of former players donning the green and gold – I continue to hope that some of them will have the confidence to come out of retirement to play for Adel again next season, especially as their offspring will soon be pushing for places in the senior teams.  Thank you to Sam and Gaby for their organisation along with all the skippers for making sure we get teams out every week.

Paul Lewis has also been running Back to Hockey sessions on a Monday evening and judging by the numbers this has proved to be an instant success judging by the smiles I have seen on the faces of the regular attendees.  Hopefully some of them will have re-caught the hockey bug and want to join us when the 2016-17 winter season begins as new players are always welcome.

The fixtures for the new season are now on line (YHA website) – please try and avoid looking at them to see when your team has that tricky away  game in Lincoln or Grimsby and finding that you have an urgent hair appointment that day so won’t be able to make it.  I know travelling can be a challenge some weekends but life would be boring if we only played in LS16 every week.

Those of you using the overflow car park must have noticed that the old astro has finally disappeared after 2 years of valiant attempts to find a new home.  Sadly, most paths led to nothing and in the end we decided to bury it in the field next to the astro pitch – it would have been preferable to have come to this conclusion 2 years ago to save us moving it as far as we did, but thank you to Caroline whose horses are in the field next to the pitch (along with several balls from misplaces summer league undercuts) for taking the remaining astro off our hands in order that her horses can run around the field with less chance of picking up a fetlock injury.

The committee continue to plan for the season ahead – Hockeyfest will be coming to Adel at the start of the season, new goals which are desperately needed are being planned, a new coaching structure under Paul’s leadership is in place, EH cup competitions are being entered, a junior parents evening is being planned to improve our communication to parents and much much more.  Please do all you can to support the club with these initiatives where you can.

Further down the page you will see that the new kit and our new supplier (All Rounder in Headingley) are now available to order on line and there will be a small supply of stock in the shop.  I think it is great news that the club is returning to a single identity with common colours across all our teams and thanks again to Andy Bird and Paul Lewis (again…) for their work with All Rounder and planning the launch evening at the club.

An update on President Poll’s pre-season fitness schedule.  Richard, with the support of his wife Sue, is recovering well at home after his triple heart bypass operation over the summer.  Like all good professional sportsmen, it was pleasing to see Richard’s commitment to Adel by having this operation in the off season so that he will be back to full fitness for the season ahead.  In all seriousness, we all wish Richard well and look forward to seeing his return with both a whistle and a stick in hand.

It is easy to be critical of things that don’t quite go to plan at the club but sometimes its worth taking a step back and reminding ourselves where we have come from in the last 2 years.  We have a new pitch, improved floodlights, new kit, ladies teams being promoted across the board and a thriving summer league generating much needed revenue for the club.  Our bar is one of the best around the county and our junior section continues to grow under Pam Hardaker and Simon Suttons watchful management.  I know there are a few areas that we would still like to see improved, particularly the changing rooms in the cricket pavilion, new goals and improvements to the fencing behind them and perhaps a general tidy up of the dugouts.  But Rome was not built in a day, we do not have the benefit of a rich benefactor (unless one of you is keeping it a secret) and sometimes it is a case of prioritising what is needed now in order to survive and be able to play hockey at all.

Having recently attended the AWMA Council meeting (for those of you who are wondering what on earth this body is, the grounds and facilities at Adel are overseen by a charitable trust, the Adel War Memorial Association, which oversees all of the club facilities and management – we as a hockey section are one of a dozen or so sections who benefit and as a result each section provides a representative to oversee the management and development of the overall “club”).  I know that other sections are equally disappointed with the kitchen area and the changing facilities in the cricket pavilion and this latter point is a major project being reviewed by AWMA.  However, to do this justice, it needs to be done correctly with a long term timeframe and not a series of short fixes.  This of course requires more money but the initial stages are encouraging with plans to look at a new building on two stories with viewing on to the cricket and football pitches (bit of a stretch to watch the hockey perhaps) and a possible bar facility to save the long walk back to the clubhouse.  The obvious barrier is the cost and the hockey section has of course exhausted its grant applications in securing the finances needed for the new pitch.  I will keep you posted as this project develops but please bear with the AWMA and the committee.

One way to contribute towards the kitty needed to finance the project is to make more use of the club facilities.  The easiest source of revenue is form bar takings so I would encourage everyone to stop and have a drink after a game (summer and winter) and attend any social functions we run using the back room at the club.

Finally, there is a hockey committee meeting next week at the club – please feel free to send me any areas you would like discussing ahead of the new season.  Its your club and without your input we cannot ensure we take it forwards in the direction our members want to see!

The New Kit has arrived and looks great!

Dear members of Leeds Adel Hockey Club,

We have selected All Rounder to provide us with our kit for the upcoming season. Those of you that attended the launch night last Thursday will have seen that there is a massive range to chose from and it all looks really smart. All training gear comes with option to have your initials embroidered in.

The most important point to note is that the men’s home shirt is now orange for next year. Every person within the club has been allocated an individual shirt number that will be theirs for the season regardless of what team they end up in. There is a link to a spreadsheet with each players number. Please make sure you select the number that is next to your man when ordering the home shirt! If you fail to do this, you will need to buy another shirt!

For men it is necessary to purchase a new orange shirt for the 2016/17 season, there will not be any team shirts available. The ladies section mostly have orange shirts but feel free to purchase the new style as and when required. For juniors we will supply match day shirts but once again feel free to purchase the new design if you wish.

Obviously the training kit and non match days shirts can be purchased by all!

The link to our ‘club shop’ within the All Rounder website is below:

http://www.allrounderhockey.com/hockey-teamwear/all-clubs/leeds-adel-hc/

From here you can pick all of the kit you want.

All Rounder Hockey would be delighted if people go to store during opening hours to try on ‘non-Leeds Adel HC’ kit for size. There is also an option online for individuals to ‘collect from store’ so they don’t have to pay postage etc.

Please be aware that All Rounder have had to order the match kits in, shorts, skorts, shirts & socks so these will delay orders slightly. All of the rest represent part of their core ranges and can be ordered straightaway.

Finally the Adidas sizing is fairly small so we would advise trying on before ordering at All Rounder Hockey – Headingley.

The sizes available in the junior store are all VAT-free(with the exception of the junior hoody in adult sizes) and go up to 12YR-YL. Anything bigger needs to be purchased in the senior store and will attract VAT.
Leeds Adel HC members get 5% off all other equipment purchased instore (this doesn’t include teamwear).
FOR THE MENS BUYING MATCH DAY SHIRTS

PLEASE CHECK THE LINK TO THE SPREADSHEET WHICH SHOWS YOUR ALLOCATED CLUB NUMBER NEXT TO YOUR NAME. IF YOU FAIL TO SELECT THE CORRECT NUMBER FOR THE BACK OF YOUR SHIRT, YOU WILL HAVE TO BUY A NEW SHIRT.

 

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New Club Kit News and a chance to try it on

As you may know, the club are adopting a new colour kit for this season so all the Men’s, Women’s and junior teams play in the same colour. Please see a picture of the kit below. There is also a wide range of Adidas branded and Adel embroidered training kit that is being provided by All Rounder. You will be able to order all of this very simply online to make things nice and easier.

All Rounder will be presenting a live kit launch taking place at the club on Thursday 30th June from 6.45-7.30, so you can see it before ordering it. This takes place on the same evening as the first pre-season fitness session which gives you even more reason to come down! All Rounder have gone to a lot of effort to put this on for us, so it’s important we get as many people there as possible.

For clarity this is for all members, ladies, juniors and men so see everyone on the 30th to check out this amazing new kit!

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President Poll

A few people may have noticed the absence of our President at recent committee meetings and fulfilling his usual umpiring duties at summer league games over the last few weeks.

Richard was admitted to hospital last week and had a triple heart bypass operation on Friday afternoon and is currently recovering in hospital.  The good news is that his wife, Sue, has advised me that the latest update from the hospital is that “Richard is doing really well”.

I am sure everyone at the club will join me in wishing Richard a full and speedy recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back at Adel ahead of the new season.  Our thoughts are with Richard, his wife Sue and their family.

What a season….!

For those of you wondering what its like to go to the England Hockey Awards evening as opposed to having to follow it via Twitter, as her last task in an official capacity before jetting off to Australia, an account of the evening and a summary of the ladies 1s overall season has been written by departing Ladies Club Captain and Midfield Maeastro, Helen Goacher.

The England Hockey Awards evening in Reading had to be the cherry on the top to finish off our very long season. We were able to have some last minute team bonding and preparation in the pool and sauna at the hotel and some pre celebratory drinks courtesy of the Driffield team. With Jac’s rock hard abs on show we walked the short distance to the venue and soon realised we were surrounded by the GB hockey squad, all of us looking a lot different from our usual hockey attire!

We welcomed Emily Maguire, GB defender, to our table who Clare Goacher started the conversation with ‘so what team are you here with?!’ to which she replied ‘we are kind of all dotted around on different tables! The evening got off to a good start with Katy Blyth winning our table two hockey tickets each by playing a game of heads and tails and went on to win a table tennis table and two VIP hockey tickets in the raffle. We knew that winning the main award would now be too good to be true!

What seemed like a lifetime, all the other awards were presented which left ours for after the deserts and free bottles of wine. They explained each of the nominees with us up first, it didn’t even sound like our team, were we really that good this season?! The other teams also sounded amazing and then it was for the results…..

The winner is Leeds Adel!!!!

After a lot of jumping around, hugging and a whole season of tears coming at once down my face we all walked proudly onto the stage to be awarded by Kate Richardson- Walsh and presented with our trophy. We returned to our seats each having our own photos with the trophy and no one really saying anything just looking at each other in complete shock.

By 1am it was starting to sink in, everyone had congratulated us, we were celebrating with some of the GB players and EH Men’s Team of the Year, Tavistock HC and I had just about stopping crying! Now just the long journey home awaited us in the morning!

In our team of amazing players and coaching staff there are two people in particular who I have had the pleasure to work close with as club captain. Sam Ransley for his hard work, encouragement, laughs and commitment without Sam we would not be where we are now as a team and a club as a whole. Finally Anna Blyth, her determination, attitude and strength over the last four seasons has been inspirational. Anna thank you for all your hard work being our captain over the last four seasons and I am glad we could give something back to you for your last year of captaincy.

I am gutted not to be playing and drinking with this team and involved with this friendly, welcoming and amazing club next season. I am sure I will be crying once again at the start of the season on my flight to Aus but I have promised that if you get promoted again I will be on the first flight home!!

By Helen Goacher