OXTED HOCKEY CLUB IS CELEBRATING ITS 75TH BIRTHDAY THIS SEASON!
A word from the Chairman
I have been associated with Oxted for over ten years and it is incredible what the club has achieved in that time. The club is thriving and runs teams for over 60`s to under 8`s - wonderful to see! So there really is something for the whole family!
Why I enjoy the club so much is because of the friendliness amongst the members. It is great that we want to get involved, develop our own playing standards, help develop others and contribute in a variety of ways to the successful running of the club.
The club is progressing in many fronts and I am particularly pleased that the club has achieved its two main targets from last season - achieving Clubs First Accreditation and a new pitch (details on the homepage). This is wonderful news for the club and a big thank you to all those who made both these targets become reality.
The club doesn`t stand still and this year we are introducing a Ladies 3rd XI, an U21 side and starting our own Academy. All three initiatives lie at the core of the club - developing our youngsters - so that they will one day represent our Men`s and Ladies 1st teams. Talking about developing our younger members, it gave me great satisfaction to see our U10 Boys sweep everything aside in winning the Surrey Championships, South of England Championships and Surrey Youth Games. This was a wonderful achievement for the team and the club - well done to everyone who played a part in making this possible.
We continue to have longer term projects and goals that we want to achieve in order to reach our long term objective of being one of the top National League clubs in South England
May I take this opportunity of thanking all the hard working committee members - they give up a lot of their valued time for the good of the club week in, week out. Also, to all the captains and coaches from 1st teams right down to the Juniors - a BIG THANK YOU.
Good luck to all our teams this year:
||Open Division 2
Surrey Division 5
||London League 1
We must not forget that, despite being the top Sports Club in the Tandridge District, we are still very much a local community club and if you are considering becoming a member or either our Men`s, Ladies or Junior section and have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy your hockey,
|News about Charlie Hutton
Some of you will already be aware from the press and other sources that on Friday 20th July Charlie Hutton was involved in a fatal boating accident off the Isle of Wight.
|* Charlie Hutton:
The month of April generally wraps up the season for most competitive hockey. Its the time for sorting out promotions, relegations, league titles, cup finals and club dinners.
At Oxted Hockey Club its also a time for friends and team mates to remember one of the very brightest hockey talents.
Charlie Hutton was just 14 when he tragically died in a boating accident last summer.
An outstanding young player, Charlie had already progressed through the single system to the England set up and would surely have been playing for the England under 16s this season.
He loved the game and always played with a smile on his face and was the most charming and polite boy you could ever have met.
On Friday 12th April Charlie’s Oxted under 16 team mates will take on Bromley and Beckenham, needing a win to secure the Mercian Home Counties Premier League title, and then on 27th April the boys will take part in the re-scheduled national indoor finals in Wolverhampton. Also on 24-25th April Charlie’s school, Whitgift, will be playing in the national schools finals.
Sunday 21st April will be another opportunity to remember Charlie as his brothers, Tom and Sam Hutton, and Oxted coach Graham Foggin run the London Marathon to raise money for the RNLI, the clubs chosen charity this season in memory of Charlie.
If you would like to donate to support the amazing work of the RNLI the links to the fund raising pages of Tom &Sam and Graham are below.
Alternatively you might just want to watch the short video clip as a reminder of Charlie\'s special talents on the hockey pitch.