Chairperson’s Message

Chairperson’s Message

Senior members, Junior members, Parents, Family and Friends…

Welcome to another season at Bridgend Hockey Club. I hope you had an enjoyable summer break and are all fit and looking forward to an enjoyable season. Last year turned out to more challenging than anticipated.

It began with the late unexpected move from Bridgend Rugby Club to Pencoed Rugby Club which did not bode well for the rest of the season as it turned out the concerns were to be found on the playing side.

Both the Men‘s and Ladies selection committees struggled week in week out to get settled and full sides onto the field, eventually resulting in relegation of the both the Men‘s 2nds and Ladies 1sts X1, and subsequent withdrawal of both the Men‘s 4th X1 and Ladies 3rd X1 from the league this season.

This will have a significant impact on the size of the playing squads for this forthcoming season. Both the Men‘s and Ladies selection committees are aware of their responsibilities in ensuring ALL ―paid up members are given the opportunity to play their chosen sport.The reasons for the demise of 2 x teams is ultimately down to the lack of availability of the members. The club can only continue to survive if members are willing to make themselves available week in week out.

The season goes from September to April not as and when you want to play – No club in any sporting activity can survive with this kind of commitment or lack of it. I do however recognise there maybe be difficulties – Now and Again. Looking ahead: next year we will be losing more than 10 young players to university which be another massive loss to our playing numbers, so this years challenge is to find new players to replace the ones we know will be leaving. We all have a part to play, please ensure your unavailability is known by your relevant Captain as early as possi-ble, pay your subs prior to the start of the season so we know who is available for selection.

Have an enjoyable and successful season…

Steve Murphy
Chairperson Bridgend Hockey Club