Umpiring news

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

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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

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Congratulations to Maggie Heal


Maggie has recently passed her assessment game to become fully qualified as a Level 1 umpire. She has persevered through several Mixed Summer League games (nothing easy there) benefitting from DHUA coaching and came successfully through the assessment game on 4th July. Well done Maggie!

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

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Level 1 umpiring courses 2017-18


The following courses have been organised by DHUA to enable Clubs to plan umpire development and to encourage anyone interested in becoming an umpire to gain the appropriate initial qualification. All four courses are now on the website available for bookings :§ionTitle=Find+a+Course The deadlines are Wednesday 11th October (22nd Oct), Wednesday 25th October (5th

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Congratulations to Jack Ellison


Congratulations to Jack Ellison on his promotion to fully qualified Level 1 umpire status following his successful Assessment game on 11th March; this is another useful “string to his bow” and he will no doubt be a valuable asset to the Club next season!

This is what it’s going to look like!


This is what our new pitch will look like! This picture was taken today (10th Mar) of one of two new hockey pitches recently installed by SIS Pitches at Manchester University –  SIS have also been selected to do ours.         The project has a start date of 3rd Apr and is due

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It’s Official – Says Sport England


  It’s official! Our Sport England Clubmark certificate arrived today from England Hockey and we thought that you would like to see it. In a covering letter, Sally Munday, England Hockey’s Chief Executive, thanked us for ” .. our commitment and dedication to creating more, better and happier hockey players”.  Thanks to all volunteers across the

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SOHC Awards Evening (2017)


Sidmouth & Ottery HC End Of Season Awards evening will take place on Saturday 25th March 2017, 7pm at Sidmouth Golf Club. The evening will comprise of a two course meal and presentation of awards with the usual short end of season speeches; and there is also a disco. Dress code: smart. For tickets please

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Three new Level 1 (unassessed) umpires!


Congratulations to our three newly qualified Level 1 Unassesses umpires, Peter Rider, Jane Roberts and Euan Webber (U18) – all with effect from 05/02/2017. They await their England Hockey umpire numbers. Peter Rider recently completed his first league game, on Sat 25th Feb (wasting no time at all!)