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
South Ladies Masters Trials (published 02-Feb-17)

Details of the South Ladies Masters trials can be found on the linked newsletter

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Sad news - Tom Waterhouse (published 18-Jan-17)

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the Sussex Hockey Community, of the death of Tom Waterhouse a County Official for many years.
Tom was a player for Hailsham and an appointed umpire for the Sussex Umpires Association for many seasons.
During the 1990’s Tom was Secretary of the Men’s County H.A and played a important part in planning the current Association which was formed in 2001 when the Men’s and Women’s Associations amalgamated.
Later in life Tom was often to be found watching matches at Eastbourne, I will miss his encouragement as an umpire, but most of all I will miss Tom as a very good friend.
Our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends at this sad time.
The funeral will be on Monday 30th January 2017 at St Andrews Church, Seaside, Eastbourne at 12.00 noon.
John Murphy
Sussex H.A.  

Men's 1st XI Cup and Plate (published 31-Dec-16)

For the avoidance of any doubt, the Men's 1st XI Cup and Plate next round is on Saturday January 7th 2017.

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Safeguarding Young People (published 07-Dec-16)

Following a call from Sussex Police this morning 7th December 2016 in relation to the current developing situation within football concerning the safeguarding of young people, can I please ask all clubs to review their policy's towards safeguarding and welfare of young people within their clubs, and check that all persons involved have a current DBS certificate where required.

I understand that England Hockey will be issuing a statement on the current situation later in the week.

This is a general notice to all sports and not a specific problem that has been identified in Hockey.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

John Murphy

Sussex HA Chairman

Boys Development League Rules (published 11-Nov-16)

The 2016/17 rules have been uploaded to the site. Please make sure you are following the latest rules and guidance.

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Umpires Level 1 course (published 19-Oct-16)

Sussex HUA are organising a Level 1 Umpiring Course on Sunday 4th December 2016 at Hurstpierpoint College from 09:30 until 17:00, this will include at least 3 hours practical umpiring on the pitch.

The cost is £50 per participant and all participants will be required to take the online rules test which can be found at

To book onto the course go to the England Hockey Website

If you require any further information please contact me at the email address below.

John Murphy
Level One Coordinator

Sussex Men's KO Competition (published 10-Sep-16)

The teamsheet for the Men's KO competition has been udated. Please use the latest version.

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Sussex Mens KO Competition Details (published 03-Sep-16)

The previously circulated details for the Sussex Mens KO competitions can be found on the linked page.

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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.

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
level II Coach at Worthing - 10 November 2016

Coach/Manager needed - Worthing Ladies 1stXI

Worthing hockey club is a thriving and sociable club with three ladies teams, five men's teams, mixed, vets and a talented junior section. They are currently looking to appoint a suitably qualified coach for their ladies 1st XI squad for the remainder of the season. The team currently plays in The Women's South League.

The ideal person will be required to:

Facilitate the squad training sessions on a Tuesday evening in Worthing 7-8:30pm

Manage and travel with the team on a Saturday (with occasional Sunday cup games)

Advise on weekly squad selection

Have a valid Level 2 EH coaching qualification (or equivalent) and Child Safeguarding


Please would all interested parties send a CV and covering letter or email to Toni Catlow

Level II coach at Lewes - 31 October 2016

Men's 1st XI coach wanted

Lewes HC, a thriving, and buoyant family based club in East Sussex are looking to appoint a coach, for the remainder of the season, to coach the men's 1st XI.

The ideal candidate will be a minimum of level two qualified hockey coach, with experience of playing and or coaching in the national league. The successful candidate will be required to work with the existing club committee and coaches to lead men's 1st XI training on Thursday evening's from 19:30-21:30 at the Southdown Sports Club in Lewes, and travel with the team on weekends to home and away matches. There will also be opportunities for further coaching of lower men's and junior teams next season, and beyond, in order to help the club continue to progress its junior and senior players.

Please would all interested parties send a CV and covering letter to the club's chairman, Steve Fuller, at

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
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