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Sports Club AGM – July 15th – 7.30pm

The AGM of the Sports Club (which oversees all sections) will take place on July 15th at 7.30pm.  Venue to be confirmed but hopefully at the Club.

1) Introduction
2) Apologies for absence
3) Minutes of AGM held 8th October 2020
4) President’s Address
5) Treasurer’s Report
6) Bar Report
7) BRSC Ltd Report
8) BRCBS Report
9) House & Maintenance Report
10) Health & Safety Report
11) Ground Report
12) Sponsorship Report
13) Section Reports (max 5 mins per section)
14) Election of Officers 2021-22
a) Hon. President
b) Hon. Treasurer
c) Hon. Secretary
15) Any Other Business/Questions

Men’s Section AGM – June 30th

Ben Rhydding Hockey Club

Men’s Section

Annual General Meeting, Agenda

Wednesday 30th June 2021, from 7:30pm, BRHC

In the year of the Covid pandemic

  • The year in review by President Jon Till
  • Treasurer’s Report by Stephen Small
  • Sub Committee Reports
    • 1st team
    • 2nd team
    • 3rd team
    • 4th team
    • 5th team
    • Dev 1 & 2
    • Colts
    • Vets
    • Festivals
    • Sports Club
  • Approach for 2020/21 season awards
  • Adoption of committee’s nominations
  • Election of Officers for 2020/21 season
  • AOB

Job Advert: BRHC Ladies Second Team Coach

Ben Rhydding Ladies Hockey Club are looking for an experienced coach to lead our Ladies 2nd team coaching and development. Our Ladies 2s are currently in East Pennine Division One, the squad is a fun team of experienced players and exciting younger players. The coach will work closely with the coaching team for our Ladies 1st team who play in the England Hockey National League, as we aim to have great communication and team ethos between the two squads.


Role: Ben Rhydding Hockey Club Ladies Second Team Coach

Hours:  Initial 1 season agreement (From Aug 2021-Apr 2022), with a view to extend if both parties agree. In consultation with the post holder it is possible that the start date may change to suit the applicant.

Employment Type: Self-employed (Post holder must be eligible to work in the UK and be responsible for submitting their own Tax return in line with self-employed UK work status).

Rate: We offer competitive remuneration, based upon qualifications and experience

Job Purpose:

  • To lead the coaching of the Ladies 2nd team hockey team at BRHC
  • To ensure all players are challenged and provided with opportunities for improvement/development
  • To provide an outstanding player experience enabling all players to maximise their potential.

Main Duties:

  • Expected to travel with the team home and away to all Saturday league fixtures
  • Assist with the weekly selection, providing knowledge and insight into individual players, when required
  • Deliver high quality training sessions to the team to ensure more than adequate preparation is received for games
  • To plan and coach two, 1.5hr training sessions a week
  • Give post-match feedback to both the team as a whole and individual players where possible/necessary
  • Work closely with L1s coach to ensure any possible progression of players
  • Bring innovative ideas and high levels of energy to training sessions
  • Ensure that the highest achieving adult and junior players are given access to further development.

Essential Attributes:

  • Always punctual and reliable
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to lead a group of varying ages
  • Good communication skills and tactical knowledge
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate the team
  • Able to make decisions under pressure
  • Excellent people skills and to be approachable
  • Be interested in the development of each player on the team
  • Understand how to get the best out of each player
  • Willingness to adapt, learn and take onboard feedback
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Happy to get involved in all aspects of the club, juniors (if required), 3/4/5s and socials

Person Specification:

  • Minimum of Level 2 (equivalent) coaching qualification or willingness to work towards an appropriate qualification (desirable).
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course
  • DBS certified or able to apply for a DBS (required)
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

Application Deadline: 30th June 2021

If you would like to discuss the opportunity or apply, send a covering letter and your coaching CV to Jodie Bridger, Vice President –

Coronavirus: Limited Facilities Now Available

Following updated advice from the Government and England Hockey, we are now able to update our own internal advice and begin to open the pitches up for coaching.  This will be available only to members and will be organised with club coaches.  Further details will be available shortly in another Post.

All sections of the club are now open in one way or another but it is important to note that the clubhouse is not open and no-one should attempt to enter the clubhouse.

Members who wish to use the grounds for Running & Training are now able to do so.  This does not cover the astro-turf pitches for which separate guidelines will be provided.   It is essential that any members wishing to run/train must follow the same guidelines as other Sports when using the grounds, namely:

  • Running/Training on the grounds at BRSC is for Members only
  • When using the car park park a safe distance from other cars
  • The Clubhouse will not be open, so there will be NO toilet facilities available
  • Small groups not larger than 6 people
  • Social distancing should be observed at all times
  • Please bring your own drink/food and take them away with you, including any rubbish!

The various leagues are planning fixtures in the hope of starting next season on time but with various backup plans to cater for a later start.  These may include a later finish to next season – so bear this in mind when planning your early summer holidays in 2021

As we become aware of further updates and guidance we will update this page.

Leap Year Ball

Leap Year Ball – Saturday 29th February 2020

Tickets are £45 per person, 3 course meal, disco and also live band.  Tables of 10 are being encouraged so please support this venture.  To make it work, and raise much needed funds we need to sell a minimum of 150 tickets – this is only 15 tables!! 

Contact Janet Raw ( – 07961 966952) to reserve your table or place.

Success for Ben Rhydding Masters Players this Summer

A COMPREHENSIVE 3-0 win for England Over-55s against Germany earlier this month in the final of the Exin Masters World Hockey Cup in Spain saw Ben Rhydding hockey player Andy Locke complete a clean sweep of medals.

That success means that he has secured National Cup, Divisional, Home Nations and World titles in one year, with Ben Rhydding, the North and the England sides respectively.

The England Over-55s side scored 26 goals and conceded only once on their way to the world title, during a tough 1-1 draw against Australia in which Locke sustained a broken nose.

Their shut outs included beating Wales 7-0, France 3-0, New Zealand 1-0, the USA 7-0 and Holland 3-0 on their way to the final win against Germany.

World Cup success with England completed an intensive period for Locke, which started with Ben Rhydding Men’s Over-50s team beating Isca in May at Lee Valley, to secure their third national title in the last five years.

Referring to the World Cup win, Locke enthused: “It was a really tough competition, playing many of the games in over 40 degrees of heat.

“Exin and Club Egara organised an amazing event with men’s and women’s teams aged 35 to 60 coming together from all over the world for the world’s largest ever international hockey event.

“Despite getting my nose smashed by a ball in the Australia game, some terrific care from the Spanish hospital in Terrassa meant I was able to play in the final.

“The win topped off an incredible year, but the overriding feeling I have is one of huge gratitude for the amazing friends I’ve made through the sport of hockey.”

Locke was not the only successful Ben Rhydding player in Spain. Rachel Doherty and Abigail Box, along with Issy MacDonald (team coach), were representing England at the Exin World Masters event in Terrassa.

The trio won bronze with the England Women’s Over 40s team, while Jo Ellis won gold with the England Women’s Over-35s team, who beat Australia 1-0 in the final.

Under 18 Girls – Runners Up Again

The large travelling support saw Rhydding get off to a flying start against last year’s runners up and favourites Reading, when Rafa Brandao-Lee opened the scoring with a rasping drag flick past their opponents’ international keeper.

The lead was short lived and Reading replied in clinical fashion when they pounced on a slow transfer in the Rhydding defence to force a penalty corner, which they equalised from.

Reading started to dominate the play. Despite last-ditch defending by Nisha Cant and Abi Prentice, Reading converted three more chances to lead 4-1 inside the first 22 minutes.

Rhydding’s captain Becky Hadfield moved into the centre of the defence in an attempt to stop the fast pace Reading attack, but it took time for her side to find any sort of rhythm.

Sophie Dale was key in Rhydding not conceding again before the break, while the tireless work of Fiona Crackles, Lucy Williams and Matty Jaggar in the midfield gave Rhydding hope.

Ella Mawson and Anna Pateman had chances late in the half but Rhydding generally struggled to create openings.

As Rhydding left the field for the half-time break, the relief was that the deficit was only three goals.

The second half saw a far more positive Rhydding take to the field. From the first whistle they pressed Reading and began to win possession deeper in their opponents’ half.

Brandao-Lee hit the post twice, Niamh Brennan had her shot saved before Kirsty McMillan won the ball from the Reading full back and played Lauren Ellwood in on goal.

The resulting reverse stick strike flew into the net and Rhydding were back in the game.

Despite the Yorkshire side having more possession and territory, Reading were still a threat on the break and repeatedly won penalty corners on their visits to the D.

Dale and the Rhydding defence held firm and began to find space out wide with Milly Fewlass-Jones, Julie Cumberland and Izzy Weir all attacking from deep.

Crackles began to show her class in midfield and kept the momentum going forward winning another penalty corner. Hadfield scored Rhydding’s third goal from the resulting well-worked penalty corner and with six minutes left the comeback was almost complete. As Rhydding pushed for the equaliser against a now less than comfortable Reading side that was digging deep to hold their lead.

The dramatic final minute saw another save from the Reading keeper and then a fast break to score their fifth and decisive goal with less than 30 seconds left.

The match ended 5-3 to Reading, but the Ben Rhydding girls, although disappointed, will be proud of their performance.

The silver medal is the girls second of a remarkable season. They narrowly missed out on the National Indoor title in January, losing by a single goal in the final.

Next season will see 12 of the 16 girls still eligible to play for the under-18s again, so there is optimism they can go one better next time.