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Chairman Eager To Maintain Bodmin´s Upward Trajectory

By Sharon Sullivan 15th January 2021

Chairman Eager To Maintain Bodmin´s Upward Trajectory
Bodmin women’s second team in December

Chairman Tim Fitzgerald says Bodmin Hockey Club are committed to spreading a positive message amongst their members as the challenge of lockdown restrictions continue.

Hockey training and matches are currently suspended due to the latest Government guidelines put in place to combat the spread of covid-19.

In the meantime, whilst unable to all meet together physically, Fitzgerald revealed the club were putting together plans to keep the ‘fun’ element of squad life alive in a virtual format.

The club, which has more than 180 members with players from the age of six right through to some in their seventies, were able to get out on the field for a number of recent games while Cornwall was under tier one restrictions, and their chairman is eager to maintain that momentum.

“It hasn’t been too bad,” admitted Fitzgerald to the Voice. “As we were tier one for quite a while we played most of the games that were available. Where we struggled was with different teams having their pitches available and because some of the Devon teams were under tier two rules initially. There was a bit of coming and going with what we could and couldn’t do. It did seem to settle after a while.

“We did have a couple of late cancellations which was a little annoying but I guess that is to be expected. The club seemed in good spirits and we have had really good numbers in training and everything. We were managing the joys of covid and getting people on and off the pitch safely in an organised way. It was ironic because we met as a committee on the Sunday, just before the Prime Minister spoke and we were all teed up for training. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.

“We are trying to get some activities online. That is the next step, to have the captains put some challenges out and see if we can get some personal fitness and some fun stuff going. Last time we had a bit of a break, we did keepy ups with toilet rolls and a hockey stick, that kind of thing. We will try to come up with some wacky ideas. It is easier now with social media, we can see what other people have been doing.

“We are a very inclusive club, I would say. Whilst taking part is nice - we like to try and do our best and get a result - at the same time we try to keep it social and fun.

“The club has really changed over the last few years. Ten years ago we were very much an adult club only. It was a much smaller club and we brought people in by word of mouth. Now it has much more of a family feel. At least 50 per cent of the club if not slightly more is the junior club with lots of ties to the adult club which is nice.”

Both the local male and female leagues have circulated questionnaires to gauge clubs’ opinion on how best to proceed with the 2020-21 season (see page 46), with Bodmin set to hold their own meeting to discuss a way forward.

“I think [the leagues] are working out whether they can get something up and running but it is difficult really and a little bit against the spirit of where the Government would like us to be at the moment. I am not expecting anything in January. We are talking more about February. Pre the announcement of the Prime Minister, the consensus of the club was very much to carry on if we could albeit some members were a little cautious towards that. Now, I am not too sure. Certainly at the end of January we will have a meeting as a club and decide. We are not really seeking to push the legislation literally to the wire. It is a shame not to be playing but we have got to be sensible about things. For some people, hockey is a really important part of their life and we are all missing it. “I am not sure precisely on the figures but, membership wise, we are virtually holding with last year. We had something like 181 last year and 169 this year but a few weeks back we had some new faces so I would think we have bridged the gap and some. It is easy to get into the leagues but it is also quite nice for the people who just want an occasional game to have one.

“It is a little bit more of a technical skill than knocking a ball around but can anyone do it? Absolutely. We are keen to show people. I think those with a modest amount of athleticism will be fine. We are keen for new members and we provide a big range of ability as far as match play is concerned. We have everything from a fairly good standard to people who have barely picked up a stick.”

For further information, including how you can get involved with your local hockey club, visit http://bodminhc.

By Sharon Sullivan 15th January 2021

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