Surrey Spartans report a hectic firsthalf of what is their second season:
The season has got off to an amazing start with the Ladies 1st XI leading the way by winning 9 out of the 10 matches. This leaves them in prime position to win their league and secure promotion come the end of the season. The welcome return of a number of former Surrey Students has bolstered the side and helped them dominate the season so far. A true reflection on how far the side has come was the superb performance they put in against Sussex Premiership side Worthing in the EH Womens Vase. At half time only one goal separated the two teams that were seven leagues apart! Although we were unable to maintain the performance to the end it proved that big things are on the horizon for the ladies.
Not to be outdone the Mens 1st and 2nd XI have performed well positioning themselves towards the top of their leagues and significant contenders for promotion. The Mens 1st XI also had mixed fortunes in the knockout competitions this year. Having dominated in the group phase of the Surrey Cup, a slip up against a strong Oxted side saw them fail to progress to the semi-finals. In the EH Mens Vase, a comfortable win over Newbury was followed by a rather tired performance against Trojans that resulted in them being knocked out round 3.
Aside from the performance sides, the club has also seen success at the beginner and grass roots level. The club was able to run our first Back to Hockey program at the start of the season thanks to sponsorship given by Metasphere, a local IT company. This encouraged a number of men and women to dust off their sticks and return to the game. The club also successfully applied for Sportivate funding to run beginners taster sessions this year which attracted over 20 people to come and give the sport a go. These initiatives have led to 8 people to decide to become permanent members of the hockey community! The club is always open to new people who would like to have a go at hockey and this year is pleased to offer mid-season membership offers for those wishing to join us after the new year.
The funding has also enabled the club to support its members in attaining coaching awards. This is the first step towards our vision of developing a sustainable future for hockey in Guildford. The club is now attempting to support the local community by collaborating with Guildford Borough Council and local schools to enhance the opportunities for young people to get involved with hockey.