Junior news

Giselle Ansley opens new Ottery Astro!


On a lovely sunny September day, the Club was delighted to have Giselle Ansley open the new Ottery Astro as part of out #Hockeyfest ClubDay. It was great to see so many people there, whether to play or just to have a natter on the side. Thanks to all who put the event together and

Read More…

New Junior Age Group Teams


Following the success of our Academy’s teams last season, we will start U10s, U16s and U18s teams for both Boys and Girls this season. This represents a significant milestone for the Club and realises an ambition we have held since we formed back in 2012 to give all our juniors the opportunity to play in their

Read More…

Happy Anniversary!


Today (22nd Aug) is the first anniversary of the launch of our new website – we launched the day after Team GB women’s hockey gold medal in Rio. The website boasts close to 26,000 views during the year!    

HWC 2018 Public Ballot Opens This Week


The Public Ballot for the Hockey Women’s World Cup opens 19 August 2017. You must pre-register here if you want to apply for tickets. The event runs 21 Jul-05 Aug 2018. It is anticipated that there will be heavy demand for tickets. Don’t miss out.  

Giselle Ansley to Open Ottery AWP!


It has been confirmed today that Olympic Gold medalist Giselle Ansley MBE will open the new Ottery Astro on Sat 2 Sep at 12pm! Giselle will then attend Senior Club Day which will follow until 2pm.     Our HockeyFest weekend continues with Junior Club Day on Sun 3rd Sep, 10-12pm at Sidmouth.  Do come along to

Read More…

Ottery’s AWP is Ready for Use!


The astro is finished and is available for the new season and for community hire now! This is what East Devon Council said about it. What’s New In short, the refurb has delivered the following improvements for hockey: a green Category 2 sand-dressed synthetic surface with a blue surround with new shock-pad beneath new drainage

Read More…

Brushing in the Sand


These photos were taken on 15 Jun 2017, the day before our new pitch at Ottery was handed over to Leisure East Devon. We’ll post some photos of the finished facility asap. The photos show the surface being brushed to spread the 89 tonnes of sand that had been patiently sitting in large bags for

Read More…

Cutting the Lines for Other Sports


It’s 11 Jun, which means its cutting time for some of the lines for other sports to be let-in to the pitch. You can see rolls of yellow lines waiting to be installed. You can see in the photos the sewn-in white 11-a-side hockey markings and the cross-pitch 7-a-side blue Ds.

Ottery’s AWP Goes Two-tone!


Despite some “interesting” weather this week in East Devon, there’s been some amazing progress. In the space of just a few days, the pitch has been transformed. In today’s update: new goals have arrived for small sided games; the bright blue surround has been fitted; new fence netting installed; wooden protection boards are in and

Read More…

New Astro surface has arrived!


The SIS team started to lay and join the new rolls of green astro carpet today.  This will take several days and will be followed by the blue surround – marked on the photos by a white dashed line.  Whilst some lines are pre-stitched (the lines that run across the pitch), the “Ds”, P Spot, etc

Read More…

Shockpad Laid Down & Fence Improvements


Since the last update at the start of this week, the excellent weather has allowed the contractor team to crack on. The shockpad has been completed and new posts installed to raise the height of the perimeter fence on three sides – by the car park and behind both 11-a-side goals. The pitch-side recesses have

Read More…

The Shock Pad is Down


Great news; this week SIS started, and has almost completed, laying down the black shock pad ahead of the artificial turf arriving in the next few weeks. The ingredients for the pad, rubber crumb and a liquid solvent, are mixed on site and laid down by a special machine. As you can see from the

Read More…

Major Fire at SIS Factory Causes 2 Week Delay


The completion date for the Ottery re-surfacing project has been put back by 2 weeks due to major fire at SIS’ warehouse in Maryport, Cumbria on 25th April. The yarn that was to be used to make our pitch went up in a huge fire that made national news. More yarn is being air freighted

Read More…

Club AGM – Monday 15th May


Where? The Balfour Arms, 26 Woolbrook Rd, Sidmouth EX10 9UZ. When? Monday 15th May, 7pm for 7.30pm start (prompt). The Club’s 5th Annual General Meeting is on Monday 15th May 2017, at The Balfour Arms, Sidmouth, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The AGM is an important opportunity for us to come together as a club, to

Read More…

Ottery Astro Refurb – Day 6


With the work taking place in perfect holiday weather, progress continues at a good pace. The most noticeable progress sees the removal of more kerb stones and work on the pitch surrounds, drainage trench digging, pipe laying and lots of back-filling. There’s no sign of the green carpet yet or, the blue surrounds. It will be

Read More…

Ottery Astro Refurb – Day 4


There’s lots of progress to report today. The shock pad has followed the playing surface to the recyclers. The lower fence panels have been removed and all the kerb stones have been lifted and are ready for removal. You can see on the photos the black base tarmac layer; the contractors have cut trenches into

Read More…

Ottery Astro Refurb – Day 2


The contractors have been busy lifting the surface and removing fence panels. Check out their progress below .. We aim to post regular photos to show you how things are progressing.  

The last photos of the Ottery pitch as it was ..


SIS Pitches Ltd  have arrived this week at the Colin Tooze Sports Centre to start work to refurbish the astro. We took these photos just before the contractor started to lift the surface and dig lots of holes. We intend to publish photos every few days to capture the progress being made. The refurbished pitch will

Read More…

Junior Academy awards evening (31st March)


Thank you for supporting Sidmouth & Ottery Hockey Club Junior Academy this year. We hope you/your child has enjoyed the experience, improved their skills and made some good friends in the process. We are holding an Awards Evening for our juniors on Friday 31st March 2017, 17:45 at Sidmouth Cricket Club, The Fortfield, Sidmouth. We aim to

Read More…