We are delighted to announce that Wapping Hockey Club has been shortlisted for an unprecedented FOUR national awards. The categories highlight what this club is about:
In 2013, a man who had never umpired before agreed to take on a role as our ULO as a favour to a friend. What had historically been thought of as a thankless task sending emails begging people to give up their time, has been transformed. Alongside his own development to a panel umpire, he has led and supported many others to take up the whistle. The creation of East London's first umpiring development centre, establishing a culture of cross-club cooperation, and a recognition that those who supervise the game are fundamental to the game's existence, this man has done as much as anyone to make this club. Dan Carter, the limelight is yours and fingers crossed you are declared England's Club Umpire of the Season.
A growing game is a healthy game, it drives investment into facilities, it drives performance, and it gives us all something to care about. Combining that marketing with a way to help raise the funds to make the game as accessible as possible was the story behind The Hockey Beer. At the heart of our community, driving recognition. This innovation along with many other promotional efforts from all around the club has resulted in a short listing for Best Local Promotion.
After 27 years of effort with countless people involved, a club that originally wasn't allowed in the leagues because of lack of playing history is taking the national stage. Winning one of the most competitive leagues in the country, besting opposition with far higher budgets, is an incredible achievement. But it's more than that. Success can tip over into arrogance, and first teams are always judged in a harsher light. So to combine that achievement with winning friends, to have oppositions write positively about your attitude, to grow your role within the club and become a team that other members want to watch and care about, is simply amazing. Heavily nominated by their fellow teams and winning our club's team of the year as a result, our M1 are shortlisted for England's Men's Team of the Year.
Carrying on that theme, it is incredibly tempting for clubs to define themselves by the achievements of their first team. Wapping though is a club for everyone. We are friends who enjoy supporting each other and work to grow a game we enjoy. The back to hockey initiative over the summer months is the perfect opportunity for someone who hasn't played before or played for a while to try the game. The friendly supportive culture, the willingness to laugh at ourselves as we try to get better at something new, that feeds an incredible set of positive people into the club, across a multitude of teams. But one team has stood out, full of BTH talent, friends on and off the pitch, incredibly modest, starting the season without 11 on pitch yet now league champions, these ladies know how to rock the country. Shortlisted for England Hockey's Ladies Team of the Year, and the only non-first team on that list, we give you the Ladies 7!
One club rising together as friends having fun.
We are Wapping.
Read the article on England's website
Updated 12:16 - 22 Apr 2016 by Stuart Burnside