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2005 and Beyond – The Next Chapter

#*Men’s Section:# Having registered unsurpassed success over the last four seasons, Holcombe’s Men’s 1st Team will be starting the 2005-2006 season as a top twenty club in the country when they commence league matches in the English Hockey League Premier Division 2 in October. This coming season will be treated primarily as a period of stabilisation where we will endeavour to redevelop our 1st team squad in order to lay even stronger foundations for the future. We will be looking to reduce the age profile of the side with a view of encouraging our talented younger players to take on more responsibility in an effort to gain more experience and to develop their skills in what promises to be a very competitive league. We are also looking to expand the squad over the summer months and will be more than happy to talk to any new players (particularly young players looking to develop their skills to play at National League level) that may be interested in finding out more about Holcombe’s medium and long term strategy for development. Our coaching team continues to boast a number of excellent coaches with both International and National League playing experience. For this coming season Holcombe will be ensuring that this wealth of knowledge and experience is spread efficiently across the top end of the club in order to ensure that our young players that aspire to top level hockey are provided with the coaching knowledge they require at the earliest opportunity. With this in mind we have appointed a Player/Coach to our 3A’s team, where we intend to formulate a “Development Team” which will consist of young aspiring players mixed together with quality experienced players with very recent National and South Hockey League experience. More details to follow!! Anyone interested in finding out more about Holcombe’s Men’s Section plans for the future or if you are interested in joining Holcombe, please contact our Director of Hockey #^mailto:mens@holcombehc.org.uk,Steve Haines#. #*Ladies Section:# Success at Holcombe has also started to rub off on the Ladies Section with the Ladies 1st Team gaining promotion last season following a perfect Kent Ladies Premier Division League campaign which saw them win the league without dropping a single point throughout their 18 league matches. This season they will be playing in the East Women’s League Division 2 South for the first time in their history. Holcombe Ladies have been able to draw on the experience of the Men’s Section and have started to reap the benefits of an excellent youth policy coupled with some experienced players that have been able to support the younger ones throughout the past couple of seasons. The inclusion of a couple of quality new comers last season enabled the Ladies to finally achieve their ambition of achieving East League status and we are looking forward to expanding the squad further over the summer in order to establish Holcombe as a key club within the East structure. As with the Men’s section, we are keen to encourage new players prior to the league season and anyone that is interested in finding out more about Holcombe Ladies future development plans should contact our Ladies Chairperson #^mailto:ladies@holcombehc.org.uk,Karen Major#.

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