Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club

02 September 2013

Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club begin their seasons preparations in earnest from the start of September following a series of informal training sessions during August.

Training takes place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village using some of the best facilities in the country including two artificial grass hockey pitches.

This season a 300 + covered stand has been added to the splendid water based Sitec pitch which will be of great benefit to supporters during the winter weather.

Both the Ladies and Men’s 1st teams have already been training hard and will continue during the season on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Both are looking forward to hosting the 1st Team Festival on the 7/8 September when an array of new signings will be able to put down a marker for selection during the season.

The Men will be looking to improve on last seasons fourth place in the West Conference of the Now Pensions Hockey League with promotion to the Premier League the ongoing target whilst the Ladies will be trying to make a push for promotion to the Investec League with a strong season in the West Premier League.

The club runs a total of eight Men’s and five Ladies senior sides and new members at all levels are welcome to give training a try during September and also attend the Open Day planned for Sunday 29 Sept 12.30-16.00.

The Junior Academy will be looking to build on recent successful seasons and provides training and matches from U5 to U18’s. Last season several age group teams reached national finals both outdoor and indoor but the Academy is open to players of all abilities and experience.

All hockey is played at the University but the clubs social base is at Bath Golf Club where a successful partnership has been forged in recent seasons.

Club Chair, Nick Kendall, says “we are all looking forward to the new season and the opportunities it will bring. We look to participate in all levels and age groups at both outdoor and indoor hockey, which can stretch our resources, but our highly committed team of officers and coaches alongside an enthusiastic membership will be up for the challenge.

Although we benefit from the partnership with the University, which brings talented and vibrant student membership to the club, the majority of members are from the local community and we are keen to recruit more of this type of member.

For example we have been running Back to Hockey sessions for Women who are new or keen to get back to the sport. These will restart in October.

For those not so keen to play we would invite them to come along to watch out 1st team matches. High quality entertainment”

Any enquiries to Nick Kendall  ndk20@bath.ac.uk

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