Welcome to our new club members and welcome back to our returning players, parents, coaches and volunteers!
Preseason has begun for our First and Second team and tonight officially starts for our Third and Fourth teams.
After last season’s disappointing relegation to the Investec Conference North Leicester First team are ready to bounce back with a bang! We are sad to say goodbye to some great players as they continue their hockey journey elsewhere but are delighted to welcome a number of new faces to the training squad and look forward to seeing them in action in the coming weeks. Special welcome to Mina Nagano who joins us this season from Japan, she will be staying with club members for the duration of her stay and we hope she enjoys our English hospitality! Former Second Team coach Joe Paul has moved into Assistant Coach of the First Team alongside Coach David Mayer and new Team Manager Sarah Treanor takes over from club legend Sue Holwell. Caitlin Jeffries takes over the team captaincy from Lucy Briscoe currently travelling- we hope you aren’t having too much fun without us! The Firsts will start their season on Sunday 30th September away at Belper HC (12 noon pushback), following an extensive preseason programme incluing friendlies against Gloucester, Birmingham University, Wimbledon, Bowdon, Loughborough Students, Cambridge HCs and tournaments at Birmingham University and Plum Tournament in London.
Our Second Team Coach role has been filled by new guy on the block James Sordillo who joins us from a successful time at Trojans HC. James is new to the area so make sure you give him your top tips on all things Leicestershire! He is also joined by David Hill, current Fourth Team coach, who will be taking on an additional position as Second Team Assistant Coach.
Paul Lineham continues in his Third Team Coach role, David Hill with the Fourth Team and Gaynor Nash with the Fifth Team who start back at training on Monday 3rd September. The Seconds, Thirds, Fourths and Fifths all start their league campaigns on the 29th September after a course of preseason training and friendly fixtures.
We wish the best of luck to our departing cohort of 18 year olds off to University following their exam results last week, we hope to see them back in a Leicester shirt in three years time! We extend further congratulations following a couple of summer weddings and we have upcoming births to look forward to during the season- the hockey family just keeps growing!
This year we also launch our new Mens team named Leicester City based at St Margarets Pastures for new, returning and experienced players from the age of 13 upwards. Preseason training for the men starts on Tuesday (28th August) 7-9pm and league games also start on the 29th September. Please come along and support the side at their first league home game on the 20th October.
If you haven’t already please get yourself registered and paid up on Membermojo (https://membermojo.co.uk/leicesterhc) as soon as possible, it only takes a few minutes to complete and is essential for anyone hoping to take part in hockey with Leicester HC this season.
Anyone still considering if Leicester is for you, stop considering and come along to one of our training sessions. First Team training is by invitation only but all other squads hold open training sessions- Mondays 7-8:45pm Second Team and Fifth Team Training & Wednesdays 7-9pm First, Third and Fourth Team Training- please come down and make yourself known to a player or coach and we’ll find the right squad for you.