Hello and welcome to our Spring update. Traditionally, this would be an end-of-season update as domestic league seasons come to an end, but increasingly, Cardiff & Met is able to provide hockey opportunities throughout the year. Before looking ahead at what is to come over the summer months, let’s briefly reflect on how positive the 2021-2022 season has been.
This season we entered 9 senior teams into South Wales, West and English National Hockey Leagues, 6 Cardiff Met teams into BUCS Leagues, and 9 Junior teams participated in South Wales Youth Hockey. These teams enabled our 400+ combined members to play regular competitive hockey. In doing so, we were successful in securing FIVE PROMOTIONS! Congratulations to:
- C&M M2 – Promoted to England Hockey League, West Conference
- C&M L1 – Promoted to West Hockey League, Premier League
- C&M L3 – Promoted to South Wales Women’s Hockey, Premier 1 League
- C&M L4 – Promoted to South Wales Women’s Hockey, Division 3
- BUCS L2 – Promoted to Western 1A
Our junior teams were also stronger in numbers and playing experience this year, and got to compete in various fixtures and tournaments, including the Welsh Plate and Cup competitions.
Cardiff & Met HC would not run as smoothly and successfully as it has done so this season without its fine army of supporters, committee members, coaches, captains, umpires, fixtures secretaries, parents, players, and friends (plus many more). It is at this point we can see some tangible outcomes from our collective effort and commitment to organise, deliver and develop a thriving hockey club. So, thank you to everyone who has done their bit, demonstrating the values of Cardiff & Met HC so profoundly. To foster the excellent work that is going on across the environment, the Hockey Advisory Council, which includes representatives of the Men’s, Ladies’, Juniors’ and Student sections as well as Hockey Wales, have formed a Terms of Reference that are now being shared at committee level for comment and possibly for information at summer AGMs.
Looking into the future, our M1s will be heading to Geneva in June to represent Wales in the Eurohockey Club Trophy II. We will also follow selected club members with interest over the summer, most notably those who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games, European Qualifiers, Eurohockey Junior Championships, and Wales Men’s and Ladies’ Masters Tournaments! Ensure you read on to discover how can follow their progress.
Returning closer to home, there are plenty of opportunities to continue playing hockey if you are inspired by the international action. We are running Junior Hockey sessions throughout April and May, as well as open sessions for all members on Thursday evenings at Cyncoed throughout May, and then our much-loved summer 7-a-side games are open to all throughout June and July. No doubt there will also be various other hockey and non-hockey related activities for you to get involved with, so make sure you keep your eyes on our social media channels for updates.
Amongst all the excitement, April provides a moment to take stock, and have a break from the weekly hockey ritual that we know and love. April also provides time to plan, and then look forward to the many, varied opportunities to support, watch and play hockey over the summer months. We’ll be with you all the way.
Yours in C&MHC,
Mark Shelton – Men’s Chair
Rebecca Chidley – Ladies Chair