Hockey is one of the fastest growing team sports in the world. As an Olympic sport 600,000 tickets have already been sold for the Olympic Hockey event in London 2012. England’s men’s and women’s teams have an excellent chance of winning a medal.
Hockey is a quick and exciting team game based on skill and athleticism but is accessible to all ages and genders.
At Formby Hockey Club we have some of the best facilities in the North West – and we’re proud to have produced some of the area’s finest players.
Having received the Clubs First recognition we welcome all ages and abilities, and provide coaching to all levels, from juniors through to our North Premier League men’s first team and North Women’s Hockey League ladies first team.
Several players have represented England and currently our best known international is Nick Giles, who has played for England under-16s and under-18s before graduating to the under-21s.
Nick has been playing hockey from the age of six and was part of Formby’s first team aged 15. He is now looking forward to the U21 European Championships in 2012 followed by the U21 World Cup in India the year after.
With five ladies teams and four men’s teams, plus Formby Hockey Academy which provides coaching and matches for U10s through to U18s, there are opportunities for development and progression for all. The club has a great social calendar too, with band nights, barbecues, quiz nights, wine tastings, discos and other events.
Coaching is first class, led by head coach Marc Bourhill, who has coached England U16 and U18 boys and is currently England U16 girls’ coach and in an England Hockey Centrally Contracted Coach, and Phil Capper, also a Centrally Contracted Coach and has worked with England U16 boys. There are around one dozen qualified coaches including two who are at or approaching Level 3.
A sand dressed astro pitch in the grounds of Formby Cricket Hockey and Squash Club offers a top-class playing surface. And a recently refurbished clubhouse welcomes visitors for post match refreshments.
To find out more about joining the club, look up contact details for one of the teams; or pop down one Tuesday during training between 6.30pm and 10pm, to speak to a coach or captain.
Formby Hockey Club
Tel: 01704 831104