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Wakefield help attract the players we need to sustain our place in those leagues for next season. Our Junior section has continued to flourish under the guidance of some great coaching staff and bodes well for those juniors who are still developing within our Performance Squad and the younger players working their way up through the teams.” Success “Without a doubt, the credit for our success has to go to our Head Performance Coach – Sam Brown who sadly has come to the end of his two-year tenure with the club. He’s moving to a new club in Europe, which is a great move for him. I also think togetherness has been the key. Both top teams came so close the season before at getting promoted and were determined to go one better this year! Hard work was put in by all.” 2019 “Our plan now for 2019 is recruitment. With Sam leaving we have a big void to fill and take on board the plans to continue to grow and become one of the Premier Clubs in the North. We also have some players leaving this year for university so we’re hopeful of recruiting from nearby and poaching some overseas talent again this year. We will also plan even more social events, as this is so important to making it enjoyable after all the hard word put in during the season. Our annual Hocktober Fest has been running for a couple of years now and has been a great success. We host a Summer Splash Hockey Festival every year too over a long weekend which is always a blast! We have live music on both nights this year.” Youth “Youth development is very important to us. We pride ourselves on getting to the final stages of national competitions for both girls and boys every year. They are the future of the club after all! We have a thriving section from U10 all the way up to U16s. Through school, club, county development and England Hockey this is vital to keep grass roots hockey growing.” Integration “In both the ladies and men’s teams we try to get a number of younger U12-U14 player’s competing in some of the lower league games as they move to playing full pitch hockey and getting used to the senior club ethos and building team bonds within the club. The Men’s 8s are in a standalone league where they play against other development teams within Yorkshire. It doesn’t take long for most of the girls and boys to be selected and moved up in to the higher teams. The senior selection committee along with our Youth Development Officer within the club can help ear mark which players are progressing quickly and allowing that transition by attending senior training sessions and becoming part of those squads.” Community Style Comfort Convenience Serving Wakefield and surrounding areas. • City Tours • Nights Out • Birthday Services • Airport Transfers • Driver Hire • International Travel • Executive 01924 380000 www.wakefieldcars.com 4 Carter St. Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1XJ Download our app to track your taxi on google or app store We’re also a fully inclusive club with a Flyerz section that delivers weekly fun hockey sessions to disability players. We plan to stage an International ParaHockey Festival on June 6-9 2019 at College Grove.” Challenges “Our biggest challenge is gaining funding. As a not for profit organisation we require the members and donors to help maintain two Olympic standard water-based pitches. The next biggest challenge will be player retention, as clubs nearby continue to do well also we have to compete with them and offer something better. Having both pitches is one of those factors.” Ambitions “Our ambitions are to sustain our position as a top Northern club, while continuing to host a number of England Hockey Championships, proving there are some great facilities in Yorkshire. Our vision is to also build a new indoor hall between the two water-based pitches that can cater for a number of different sports throughout the year. This would help grow the Sports Club by adding more available sports and a viewing area across both hockey pitches. The big one for next season is getting a large electric scoreboard installed like so many Premier League clubs have.” “We have strong ties with a number of schools throughout Wakefield. The Sports Club as a whole hosts numerous sports from Shooting, Bowls, Squash, Chess and Tag Rugby. Wakefield HC has a great reach with members coming from all across Yorkshire to play at such great facilities. www.sportyorkshire.net 15