MHC is a large friendly, family oriented club that welcomes all players no matter what age or ability. But none of that would be possible if it weren’t for the army of supporters who give their time each week to their hockey community.
We’d like to give a shout out to all those volunteers who support our club and make it so special.
What does volunteering entail? Coaching, mentoring, understanding, encouraging, resilience, confidence, listening to people and most importantly your time.
Being part of our hockey community gives back to the club but also gives something back to you. I love hearing or seeing that participants are having fun, making new friends, joining in, building confidence, learning new skills and getting active. I firmly believe that friends made through hockey can be lifelong.” (Penny Avis, U8s & U6s coach)
Why don’t you become part of the community as well?
You could learn to umpire a match:
The best bit of umpiring is facilitating a load of people having fun!
I must have benefited from hundreds of umpires in all the games i have played, and it is just my way of giving something back. It would be selfish not to! (Jeff Hurst, U14s Boys Coach and Umpire)
We're running an umpiring course. Email Lindsey if you'd like to join and start
Or you could coach:
Coaching young players is especially rewarding and I hope that I can inspire them to enjoy their hockey at whatever level they reach. (Rod Gauld, U8s & U6s Head coach)
My daughter plays so it has been great to help out with something she enjoys, and it is rewarding to see how the group has developed so much over time and how many of them have formed friendships through hockey outside of the club. (Mark Davenport, U18 Coach)
Building the confidence of a child who might be experience challenges in other parts of their lives and having the confidence to try new things that can lead to potential regardless of their background. (Adrian Evans, U14 Girls Head Coach)
Or Captain a team:
I do it to feel more connected to the club and its members - it forces you to get involved and to get to know more people. The club feels like a community, and when you volunteer you get really stuck into the community! (Kate Addison, L3s)
I enjoy the challenge and I enjoy seeing young players getting better. (James Duke, M2s)
Or joining a committee? We have the main committee, social committee and committees for our Tournaments like our Colts International Easter Tournament.
Being involved in tour allows me to build the hockey community across teams, clubs and nationalities. The colts build life long memories and friendships based on the sport they love. (Lindsey Lucas, Colts Easter Tour Chairman)
And you can be any age. We have U14s and U18s helping out on Sundays with the U8s and U6s.
“I’ve been part of the club since I was 4 and this is my way of saying thanks.” (Sophie Lucas (U18), U6s Coach and U12 Umpire)
But why bother? “I have found life long friends and an extended family” (Bex Miall, Ladies Captain and member of MHC for 28 years from a colt). And you can too, even just an hour a week can make a big difference.
Feel inspired?? Then please do get in touch with us and find out how you can participate. It may be just taking the register on a Sunday, becoming a manager or learning to umpire.
I know that clubs would suffer if volunteers weren’t around and am proud to support Maidenhead HC in any way I can. (Penny Avis, U8s & U6s coach)
Updated 16:49 - 8 Apr 2019 by Maidenhead Hockey Club