Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Charting life as club secretary, juggling day jobs with hockey admin

Alastair Whatley kicks off a new regular column charting the ups and downs of being secretary at one of the oldest clubs in the country

It’s 4:45pm on a Thursday night. I’m meant to be in a theatre in Bath opening a brand new touring production of Hound of The Baskervilles. I have the stage management calling me telling me the lead actor and director have tested positive for Covid and the opening of the show is now in the balance.

But instead of dealing with that, I am at the clubhouse at Southgate Hockey Club, attempting to make a call to a Dutch engineer called Cornay who is trying to rectify a fault in our new camera system. It has been installed but is not yet working.

The club’s coaches have all been promised recordings from the weekend and none of these have yet materialised. I’m surrounded by wires, computer code and blank faces all met with a distinct language barrier as Cornay and I try and tackle the problem before one of us runs out of time.

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