Wychwood Ladies Committee

The Committee Team

Catherine Forteath

Chairperson

I started playing hockey at the age of 14 at Henry Box School and then joined Wychwood L.H.C when I was 17, 37 years ago!

I have always played an active part in the running and development of the club and I have been Chair since May 16. As chair it is my job to lead from the front and support the committee members in their roles. I also make sure that committee meetings are planned effectively and that the club is run in line with the constitution. My passion is for all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the wonderful game of hockey at our club!

Contact me at wychwood.chair@gmail.com

Rachel Manners

Secretary

I joined the club 26 years ago following in my mother's footsteps. Having watched my mum play for the club in my younger years I was keen to join as soon as I turned 13 and have been actively involved ever since as a general committee member, Vice-Captain and currently as the club Secretary. It is my role to take the minutes of the committee meetings and keep everyone in the club up to date with all of the goings on by the committee.

Contact me at wychwood.secretary@gmail.com

Joanne Smaldon

Fixtures & Umpires Secretary

I have been a member of Wychwood LHC since deciding to pick up a stick again 10 years ago. During my time here I have been 1st team Captain, Vice-Captain and Coach. Having recently sent myself on the Level 1 Umpiring course it felt like a natural step to join the committee as Fixture and Umpires Secretary. It’s my job to maintain positive links between the club and our Umpires as well as inspiring many of our players to take on umpiring for themselves. I am also responsible for ensuring all of our pitches are booked for fixtures and training and that our umpire appointments are made for all of our fixtures.

Contact me at Wychwood.fixtures.umpires@gmail.com

Suzi Waker

Welfare Officer

Having loved playing hockey at primary school, I was thrilled to find Wychwood Ladies Hockey Club when I moved back to my hometown of Lechlade. I was welcomed with open arms to this friendly club. As the Welfare Officer it is my job to support the promotion of good safeguarding practice across the club.

Contact me at Wychwood.welfare@gmail.com

Steph Wood

Development Officer

I’ve been playing for the Wychwood since I joined the Junior section when I was 12 years old and haven’t looked back since! Wychwood has provided me with so many opportunities, including being selected for County Hockey and playing for their 1st XI ladies hockey team. Wychwood really isn’t just a club, it’s a community and a family, where I have made long-lasting friends and continue to improve on my hockey. In my role as Development Officer I hope to give back to the club, help Wychwood grow and encourage more girls and ladies to play hockey!

Contact me at Wychwooddevelopmentofficer@gmail.com

Ellie Few

Treasurer

I joined Wychwood in 2018 and very quickly grew to love the club. I have always been keen to help out and took it upon myself to organise some new kit for players. This led to a natural progression to becoming the club treasurer. It's my role to keep accurate records of the income and expenditure of the club.

Contact me at Wychwood.treasurer1@gmail.com

Islay Thorne

1st XI Captain & Communications Officer

I have been playing hockey for Wychwood since 2016. Having not picked up a hockey stick since leaving school I was really happy to find such a welcoming club! I’ve been slowly getting more involved with the Wychwood family and after 3 seasons have joined the committee as 1st XI captain and communications officer. In my role as communications officer I am responsible for maintaining our social media platforms.

Contact me at wychwood.captain@gmail.com

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Keely Benfield

2nd XI Captain

I have been playing hockey for Wychwood since 2016 and was really happy to find such a welcoming club! I’ve been slowly getting more involved with the Wychwood family and was thrilled to be voted as the new 2nd team captain during the 2018-19 season. New to the league in 2019, I am so excited to build a happy and successful new team.

Contact me at wychwood2s.captain@gmail.com

Tom Wood

Coach

After spending a few years on the side-lines as a supporter (for my wife), I was approached to become Head Coach of Wychwood in 2017. This is my first Coaching role having played for many years, most recently at Witney HC in the Mens 1s. Having taken a step back from playing I have really been able to get stuck into my role as Head coach at the club.

Contact me at Wychwood.coach@gmail.com

Our Presidents and Vice Presidents

Wychwood Ladies Hockey Club is headed by a President and Vice Presidents who are former players or people who have significantly contributed to the club.

Presidents and Vice Presidents are offered honoary membership of the club including voting rights. They are also invited to matches and teas at The White Hart on a Saturday when they can also watch current teams play and catch up with old friends.

President - Terry Jacobs

Terry has been an avid supporter of the club since its formation in 1973. His daughter joined the club in the early days and Terry became a super supporter on the sideline. Terry still comes to support the team even on the cold winter days, and it is always great to have him!

Vice Presidents

Paula Crowther, Anne Dobson, Helen Saunders and Stella Haley have been active members of the club since its early days. They have taken on many roles in the club between them from captain to vice-captain and various committee member roles. Although they have all now retired from playing they all keep a close eye on the club and volunteer as and when its needed.

 

Mary Pimm has been an active volunteer for the past 45 years and is responsible for producing three generations of hockey players for Wychwood Ladies Hockey Club. When Mary's daughter joined the club 45 years ago she took on the role of washing the players kit every Saturday after each game and maintained this role for many years. Now an avid supporter she loves to hear of the clubs progress.

Join Us

If you want to find out if we are the right club for you, join us for training at Wood Green School Astroturf pitch on Monday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Training

Wood Green School

Woodstock Road

Witney

OX28 1DX

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Matches

Cokethorpe School

Witney

Oxfordshire

OX29 7PU

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