Sussex Hockey Association


Welcome to the website for the Sussex Hockey Association.

This site contains news, details and activities going on throughout the Sussex Hockey Association
and its member clubs. Please feel free to browse this site using the menus and sub-menus above. You do not need to register or login.  

Please report any problems or feedback regarding the site to Martin Headey.

Can all clubs please make sure that their details on Fixtures Live are up to date to enable fixture secretaries to get in touch if needed regarding dates/times/venues of fixtures.

Could clubs also ensure that all club and team contact details are updated in the club area of the Sussex HUA website. This will ensure that all umpiring appointments are notified to the correct people within the club.
Latest County News
Alan Neave - Funeral arrangements (published 25-Aug-16)

A funeral to celebrate his life will be held at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ On Tuesday 30 August at 3:45pm followed by a gathering at Ifield Cricket Club, RH11 0ND
Family flowers only please, donations welcome, dress code - as you like

If anyone cannot make the Crematorium they are welcome to join us at Ifield Cricket Club from 5pm.

England Ladies O55's squad trials. (published 16-Aug-16)

The trials will be held from 11:00am - 14:00pm on the 9 October 2016 and 15 January 2017, both at Litchfield Hockey Club:

Eastern Avenue
WS13 7SG

In the first instance, if a player wishes to apply to attend this years trials, they will need to provide me with the following information, no later than the 12 September 2016:

1) Full Name
2) Club & region
3) Position (preferred)
4) Date of birth
5) Full postal address
6) Email
7) Telephone number
8) Mobile number
As soon as I have received everyone's applications, further details will be sent out.

Laura Geeson
England Ladies O55 Manager

Sussex Mens Open League Rule Change (published 16-Aug-16)
Please note the new Sussex Open League (Mens) rule, which has been advised to clubs earlier and at the AGM regarding appointed umpires for Division 1 teams.

Each club represented in Division One will nominate to the League pool by 01 September at least one umpire for each participating team who holds as a minimum, the Level 1 assessed umpiring qualification and who has been approved by the Appointments Officer as having the appropriate experience and expertise.

The nominated umpire(s) must, between them, be able to cover the whole season’s league matches.

Any club failing to provide the required umpire(s) for 6 matches (regardless of whether or not the games take place) will be fined.

I hope that you all have taken action on this and already advised the umpires Appointments Officer of your proposed umpires for the first half of the season. Please check the umpires association website for contact details.

Barry Holmes
Sussex Open League Secretary 
Alan Neave (published 13-Aug-16)

We have received sad news today that Alan Neave, a vice president of the Association, passed away on Friday 12 August 2016 at St Catherine's Hospice Crawley. Alan has for many years been associated with Crawley Hockey Club and was the Sussex under 21 team manager some years ago. Funeral details will be advised here when known. Condolences from the Association have been passed to his family.

Umpire Developer Course (18 September) and Level One Course (2 October) (published 01-Aug-16)

The following courses are being run in Sussex over the next few months.

Sunday 18th September Club Umpire Developer Course. 10:00 until 13:00 at Hurstpierpoint College Conference room.

This free course for Sussex Clubs and Sussex HUA members is aimed at Clubs who wish to have qualified individuals to assist and raise the standard of their clubs umpires. Tutor John Murphy

Sunday 2nd October 2016 Level 1 Umpires Course. 09:30 until 17:00 at Hurstpierpoint College Tutor Ian Anguige

Participants who pass the England Hockey online Umpiring Rules Test, and complete the days training will be graded as Unassessed Level 1 umpires from that time.

The cost is £50 per participant payable directly to England Hockey.

For further information please contact John Murphy at

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Inter County Championships (published 31-May-16)
Sussex narrowly lost 2-0 to Yorkshire in the semi-finals played at Cannock H.C on 21st May. Later in the day Yorkshire defeated Kent to claim the Championship.
Congratulations to all the Sussex Team for reaching the Semi-Finals. 
Inter County Championship (published 10-May-16)
At last weekends Preliminary Round the Sussex Men’s Team under the new Coach Peter Thomas assisted by Team Manager Frank George topped their group (results below) and now go on to play Yorkshire in the semi-finals at Cannock on the 21st May 2016, if they win that match the final is later the same day against either Kent or Durham.

Group A pool 2:
Sussex 4 - 3 Norfolk
Sussex 5 – 1 Lincolnshire
Sussex 5 – 4 Kent
Sussex 1 – 2 Hertfordshire
Mens KO Final 2016 Schedule (published 17-Apr-16)
The following link will give you access to the Mens KO Final 2016 Schedule and teamsheet that needs completing. read more ...
JDC Entry form and Newsltter (published 10-Apr-16)
The 2017 JDC entry form and newsletter are now available in the downloads section of the Junior page. Click the link to go to this page. read more ...
Sussex Mens Senior Coach appointment (published 29-Feb-16)
At the Sussex Committee Meeting on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 Peter Thomas was confirmed as the new Men’s County Coach. 
AS from THIS FRIDAY, 26th FEBRUARY, England Hockey have adopted the following change to the rules:

This is a change to rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the circle and will be implemented AT ALL LEVELS OF THE 11 A-A-SIDE game in England

13.2 c. when a free hit is awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, all players other than the player taking the free hit must be at least 5 metres from the ball, except as specifically indicated below for attacking free hits awarded within 5 metres of the circle

13.4 f. from a free hit awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, the ball must not be played into the circle until IT HAS TRAVELLED AT LEAST 5 METRES OR HAS BEEN TOUCHED BY A PLAYER OF THE DEFENDING TEAM.

However, please note that, if there is a stoppage in time between the awarding of the free hit and the re-starting play, then ALL the players, INCLUDING THE DEFENDERS IN THE CIRCLE must be at least 5 metres away.

This means that a player taking the hit will not be able to move the ball a metre for another player to run on to the pass and play the ball straight in to the circle.

England Hockey News

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Rio-bound athletes speak on their 2XU strategy

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100

GB men's athlete recalls his journey into hockey

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100

GB 'keeper features in national press

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100

England U18 Girls suffer first defeat at EuroHockey Youth Championships

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100

Athletes en route to Brazil for this summer's games

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Club Announcements
Ladies Keeper required for Crawley Hockey Club - 19 August 2016
Crawley hockey club are looking for a goalkeeper to join their first team who will be playing in the Sussex premier league this season. We are a friendly social club who train on Wednesdays at Hazelwick school. If you are interested or would like more information please get in touch with Becky Whitelock, Ladies 1XI captain  
Southwick Hockey Club - Players needed - 12 June 2016
Players needed all abilities men or women  - we train on Wednesdays all summer 7.30-9.00 at PACA, BN41 2WS and will have focused mens training on Monday nights starting in August.

We want players who want to improve and strengthen our 1st XI who are aiming for promotion back to the Kent/Sussex league.

We can offer inexpensive regular social hockey as well - we are expanding our men's section to 4 teams this season to facilitate this. A mens 4th XI goalkeeper is particularly needed - this would suit a young player wanting to move through the teams or an older player who wants to play socially at a lower level. 

Our ladies section are keen for new players of all abilities to help them grow their teams as well

phone: Saul 07763 714441
Coach wanted at Easbourne HC - 10 April 2016
Attached is an advert for the head coach position at Eastbourne HC. read more ...
Ladies Keeper wanted - 02 September 2015
Crowborough Hockey Club are recruiting for a ladies goalie! We play in Sussex League Division 1 and are looking for a goalie who wants to play in a competitive league but have fun with a great team at the same time! Please contact Naomi if you are interested on or 07530529914. 
Players and Umpire wanted - Ladies Hockey - 21 August 2015
South Downs Ladies – Division 3 – New players Welcome
South Downs Ladies based at Steyning Grammar School are looking for new ladies to join our ladies hockey team. We have a number of players from the Steyning, Worthing and surrounding areas so transport to the venue can usually be arranged for anyone who needs it.  All abilities welcome, anyone interested please call Aly on 07764850991 for more details.
 South Downs Ladies – Division 3 – Umpire (paid)
South Downs Ladies based at Steyning Grammar School are looking for another umpire who can help with umpiring games on a Saturday in exchange for a small payment. Our home games tend to be 10.30am Saturday in Steyning but the away game times and locations vary.  We currently fulfil some of our umpiring commitments by ladies umpiring instead of playing but wherever possible we would like to change that. If you think you would be able to help, then please get in touch with Aly on 07764850991 who will be able to discuss payment terms with you.  
Ladies Keeper Wanted - 21 August 2015
Penguin Hockey Club is looking for a female goal keeper to join our ladies team for the start of the 2015-16 season.
Penguin HC welcome new players of all ages & abilities & we are holding a Club Start of Season get together for anyone 15+ to come along to on Saturday, 5th September,  from 12.30 pm at Angmering School.

We hold junior training sessions for ages 5 to 16 on Sunday mornings from 10 to 11.30 am at Angmering School, starting from 06/09/15.

If you are interested in any of the above please call Wendy on 07955 790169 or email her on 
Lewes Ladies Coach Required - 04 July 2015
Lewes Hockey Club are seeking a committed and forward thinking coach for the Ladies' section who has experience in developing players. The candidate will ideally be a level 2 coach, or a level 1 coach working towards level 2.

Lewes Ladies 1XI have been competing in South Div 3B for many years now and always finishing in the top 3. They are looking for someone to give them that push to break out into Div 2.

The candidate will be reliable, positive and self-driven, looking to develop the players to enable the Ladies 1XI to gain promotion and to develop the Ladies 2XI to feed into the 1st team. Training is on a Tuesday evening (8pm to 10pm) and the candidate will ideally be available for Saturday matches.

Payment pro rata - level of pay dependent on previous experience. Expenses for away travel covered plus extra hours of coaching also available within the junior section of the club if needed.

Lewes is a fantastic club, developments in around the club are constantly happening and the junior section is increasing seasonally. Lewes are a club really looking to develop and push as high as they can.

Please contact Sarah Hall if you wish to apply

Mid Sussex Ladies Coach required - 02 April 2015
Mid Sussex Ladies, based in Haywards Heath and training in Burgess Hill, are looking for a Level 2 or higher coach with playing experience for the 2015/16 season.

You need to be able to coach across a range of experiences, skills and competencies and be comfortable working with girls from age 14 to ladies who never disclose their real age!

You will be responsible for setting the coaching programme and must be prepared to work with, and possibly mentor, other coaches.

You should be available for the majority of matches (Saturday) and work with the captain in selecting the team, setting appropriate strategies and tactics and managing substitutions.

For more details contact