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Welcome to Maidenhead H.C. Men’s Section and the 2017/18 Season!

By Chad Fitzgibbon

Take a peek to see what’s install for you at MHC for the 2017/18 season.

With summer coming to an end and holidays a distant memory, this is the perfect opportunity to outline what’s install for you here at Maidenhead HC for the 2017/18 season.

This season sees us running 6 sides in the men’s section. The 2016/17 season was a successful one for the men’s section, which saw most of our sides retaining their places in their respective leagues and the Mavericks moving into the Higgins London League Vet Division 2. Good luck to all our teams for the upcoming season.

We are always keen to increase the number of playing members and welcome new players looking for a welcoming club and offer a varied standard of hockey to suit most needs. To those of you who know friends who used to play hockey and have stopped for one reason or another, we would encourage all of you to invite them to come down to training and to get them back into hockey at Maidenhead.

Below you will find all of the necessary information you need to know, however, if you have any questions please come back to either of us or your Captain.

The Men’s Management Team

The details of the Men’s Management Team are below which consists of the Captains of each of the men’s teams and other important roles needed for the smooth running of the men’s section. We have a strong team but are always looking for additional help, even if it is just a few hours during a season, so please let us know if you would like to help in the running of the men’s section.

Role Names E-mail
Men's Club Captain – Chad Fitzgibbon

Management Captain - fixtures, coaching, new members Robert Kempton
1st XI Captain - Chris Brown -
2nd XI Captain - Nick Lloyd -
Magicians (3s) Captain - Ashley Clark -
Monarchs (4s) Captain - Viren Walia -
Mavericks Captain - Don Henley-King -
Merlin’s Captain - Noel Murphy -
Fixtures - Rob Kempton -
Umpires Representative - Colin Byrne -
Director of Coaching (for the whole club) - Paul Loudon -
Social Secretary - We run this on an event by event basis – any volunteers to run an event?

We have a very strong coaching set-up overall in the men’s section for this coming season.

Paul Loudon continues in the key role as the Director of Coaching covering the men’s, ladies and colts sections and will provide coaching support for a number of the other men’s teams.

It is with great pleasure that we can confirm the appointment of new Mens Head Coach, Lee Pettifer. Lee has fantastic previous experience within the MBBO region 1 league having successfully coached Ashford HC to promotion in 2014/5 and also led Eastcote HC last year to their highest finish in a decade

We are also excited that Colin James has agreed to the role as coach for the 2’s as well as leading the general club coaching on Tuesday evenings. Colin was instrumental in the 3rd XI been promoted from the MBBO Division 7 to Division 6 leagues during the 2015/6 season and hopefully with his guidance, we can get more teams promoted in the upcoming season! Rod Gauld will also continue to coach the general club session working closely with Colin and Paul.

We are also in discussion with other highly respected hockey coaches to run specialist GK, penalty corner and drag flicking sessions throughout the season. We will be able to announce more around this soon.

With the start of the 2017/18 season only a few weeks away, we are looking for volunteers across the club (including spectators), who would like to challenge themselves by trying their hand at umpiring.

Below is a link to England Hockey's rules section for anyone to sign up and review the rules and take a quiz. On completion, you will receive a certificate which shows that you have demonstrated awareness of the Rules of Hockey.

This will help boost confidence on the basics and is the first step for those wanting to take their Level 1 exam...

All playing member are encouraged to brush up on the rules and take the quiz!

We have updated the website where you can find out information on the upcoming season, pay your subs and even let us know your availability for matches. Don’t forget that you can download the free Pitchero app to help you plan your weekends when setting your availability for your upcoming matches. If you are not into apps, availability can be done through the website.

Are you a keen online shopper? Did you know that you can raise money for the club whilst doing your online shopping? Simply sign up to Easyfundraising and with every transaction the club will get a kick back with no cost to you. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Preseason Training – September
As normal, regular training has begun, Tuesday 5th September at Altwood School – details below:

Session Time Teams
U16 Colts Mondays 1900-2100 U16s
Men’s Club Tuesdays 1900 - 2100 ALL
Men’s Senior Squad Tuesdays 2000-2030 - Warm up/fitness
2030-2200- Main session 1s/2s

Competitive league matches start on Saturday 7th October 2017 for all teams apart from the Mavericks whose fixtures start on Saturday 16th September. Friendly fixtures have started for each team before the league starts. Please contact your Captains for details.

Team Selection
All players will be assessed by coaches and captains throughout preseason activities and allocated a playing side. Some players may be asked to move training sessions as well as sides.

As in previous seasons, selection meetings will take place monthly throughout the season for all coaches and captains. We actively encourages player movements between sides throughout the season so that everyone can enjoy their hockey by playing at a level where they feel comfortable.

Subscriptions for the new season can now be paid on-line through the new website, or by cheque, or however you would like to pay. However, please pay as early as possible so you don’t end up paying more than you need to and by the end of September at the very latest as they go up after this date. You may still pay by instalments but these must be started by the 30th of September too.

Below are some of the options:

Subscription includes coaching, match fees and teas for all regular Saturday or Sunday main League games. Match fees for Cup Games, Tournaments, Summer Hockey or Indoor Hockey are not included and will be charged separately.

Full Adult: £390 – early bird price if paid before 30 September, there after it will be £450

Adult - Six Monthly Payments Subscription
£65.00 per month - early bird price if paid before 30 September includes club membership, coaching, match fees and teas.

Adult Goalkeeper
The club has agreed special discounts for goalkeepers, to reflect the additional cost of their kit.
Full Adults: - £270
Adult Goalkeeper- Six Monthly Payments Subscription - £47.00 per month

Colt Playing Adult Hockey
£204.00 single payment includes club membership, coaching, match fees and teas.

For further payment options, please click the link:

Team Kit
Hawkinsports is the club supplier of all kit. They have moved to the Wessex Road Industrial estate in Bourne End but these new premises give you very easy parking and an opportunity to try out new kit in the shop.

Teas at the club are an important part of the social aspect of hockey at Maidenhead. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and social club so please try to attend teas after all matches.
We look forward to seeing you all during the pre-season but if you have any questions please come back to either of us and we will be happy to help.



Updated 17:16 - 6 Oct 2017 by Lindsey Lucas

Where next?

Ladies Social - Saturday 30th September We're kicking the season off with our first social, come and start the season in style!
Having trouble paying for your subs? Are you a bit confused on how to pay subs? Click here to get some help.

Sat 30 Mar
League TBC
Ladies 1s Spencer Women's 1
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League TBC
Mens 3s (Magicians) Slough [3] Swifts
Friendly 10:00
Ladies 5s Slough Ladies 3's
League 10:30
League 11:30
Mens 4s (Monarchs) Wycombe 6
League 13:30
Mens 2s Ramgarhia
League 16:15
Sun 31 Mar
Under 12 Boys wycombe
Friendly 12:30
Sat 6 Apr
Mens 1s Oxford OBU 1
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Mens 3s (Magicians) Milton Keynes 4
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