End of the Season!

So that’s it! The season is over!

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After being promoted from Division 2 last season to Division 1 this season, we didn’t know what to expect. There were plenty of ups and downs throughout the season, but despite the highs and the lows, we are delighted that we managed to reach the semi finals of the League Cup, and have been able to maintain our position up in Division 1 for another season! 😁

We came into Div. 1 as the underdogs, and definitely proved to many people and clubs that we more than deserved to be in the 1st Division, never underestimate the Green Army! 💪

It’s been a huge rollercoaster ride for us as a club, with a mixture of wins, draws and losses, but each week we all fought until the very last second of each game, making it as difficult as possible for the other teams.

On behalf of the club we would like to say a massive THANK YOU and WELL DONE to every single one of our members. It’s YOU who have made sure we stay up in Division 1, with your endless dedication to training and matches, and the endless hours of travelling! The extra effort you all put into each match, pushing yourselfs and giving it all you had, has made this team what it is today. You’re all highly appreciated by us all at Ardudwy, as well as all family members who have supported us over the last few months. 👌

It has been a delight to see the club grow in numbers over the last year, and to see our young players develop week by week, gaining more confidence and skill each time. Ardudwys future is on the right path, and we’re very excited to see what the future might hold! 😝

Ardudwy focuses on the enjoyment of playing hockey as well as gaining skills, working on fitness and going as far as possible in competitons, and this year we’ve proved that we are not individuals in this club, we are a team, we are a family. Through the best games and the most frustrating ones, we stood by each other, held our heads high and powered on. 👪

However, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all our members when I say, we couldn’t have done it without the concrete dedication, passion and guidance of our Manager, Nicci Ashcroft, our Captain, Jaqs Smith and our Vice Captain, Clare Barwood.

Those three work day in, and day out to make sure all our members get the best quality of training, the highest level of enjoyment and are forever organising a number of things ready for our match days behind the scenes. On and off the pitch, they give us nothing but encouragement and express how proud they are of all of us. They are outstanding role models to each one of us and are the glue that keeps us together. So on behalf of all us seniors, juniors and co., THANK YOU for all that you do. ♥

Despite having a couple of deserving weeks off training, the club still has a lot of exciting ventures ahead over the next few months, so keep an eye out everyone! 🏑

Only one thing left to do now which is arrange our ‘End of Season Awards Night’ and celebrate in style! We will be in touch with possible dates in the upcoming weeks, so recharge your batteries for now guys, take care of yourselves, and we’ll see you all soon! 😎

#greenarmy #hockeywales

Arfon Indoor Hockey League!

We are Ardudwy & Arfon Hockey Club, based in Bangor, currently playing in the North Wales League, Division 1. The club also works with schools in and around the area, not limiting to just Bangor but further afield to Anglesey and beyond to offer a pathway for hockey enthusiasts to develop and continue their hockey career. As a club, we have shown over the years the ability to grab hold of something and grow it into something extraordinary by conducting various hockey opportunities such as Indoor  & Outdoor Hockey Summer League. The club is constantly putting belief and resources into our members to allow them to take their passion for hockey to the next level. Putting volunteer hours back into the local community, operating sessions for minis, juniors right up into the senior ladies squad who compete in Division 1 of the North Wales Hockey League, the club is a testament to hockey in North Wales and are the perfect ambassadors for an intuitive, forward-thinking and exciting programme such as the “Arfon Indoor League”.

The “Arfon Indoor League” will be an indoor league based at Canolfan Brailsford, Bangor, that will be accessible to people of all backgrounds. The aim of this league is to bring hockey into the 21st century and fit the sport around people’s busy lifestyles, and show that hockey is a fun and accessible, alternative to traditional sports. Promoting the key aspects of the game within a social and friendly atmosphere, this league will provide beginners and newcomers to the sport the perfect platform to play alongside others and receive advice and support in their pursuit of the sport.  The league is all about allowing people to take part on their terms, at a time that is comfortable for them, which will also provide a fun and sociable environment week in, week out.

From conducting research within the local community we have found that there are a large number of people within the city who are uncertain of how they can get involved with a sport like hockey, and even more of them feel as though starting a new sport would mean large expenses and demands that they simply can’t afford. The idea of the “Arfon Indoor League” initiative is to remove these barriers and allow people to turn up and play at a time that suits them, with different people every week. Having a much more relaxed approach to team sport and allowing people to participate in a fun, relaxed environment that promotes socialising would engage numerous pockets of the local community.

Indoor Hockey has always been a popular sport in South Wales, where the National Indoor Finals is held each year. Various clubs around Wales participate, and the winners then progress through to the European Tournament. By creating the “Arfon Indoor League”, we hope to provide hockey clubs in North Wales with the same opportunity as the South.

The “Arfon Indoor League” will operate throughout the months of May 2017 to November 2017 and is designed to provide opportunities for current hockey players and/or members of the community to regularly come together to enjoy the social element of a fantastic sport. The facility and league will be provided free of charge to non-members of Ardudwy ac Arfon Hockey Club during the first year of the league in order to promote participation. The league will be co-ordinated by the organising committee who possess skills and expertise in a variety of backgrounds, are all local to the Gwynedd area, who are Welsh speakers and also passionate about hockey. Not everyone taking part will have to transfer into permanent members of the hockey club; the league is designed to promote the sport and allow up to 30 people to take part per week in a fun and sociable event. If the time of the sessions and commitment suits the participant, then we would be happy for them to continue that level of participation and would be able to enrol them as members of Hockey Wales as a recreational member- entitling them to access to a number of support services and allowing them to feel part of something special.

It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, build partnerships with various companies and to promote your company around the local area. By participating in the league, we will then be able to advertise your business/company on all of our social media sites (please see below), and recommend your business/company through word of mouth. As a business, you can either enter a full team, or just turn up as individuals to come and play.

In order to gain interest and attendance to the Arfon Indoor League, we will engage with numerous community groups throughout the 4 months prior to the league starting. Alongside consultation with Gwynedd County Council’s sport development department, the league will be able to target communication effectively and generate interest in hockey prior to the league starting.

Please keep an eye on our social media websites for future announcements about the “Arfon Indoor League”, and we hope to have you participate soon! In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact for more information, details on how to contact us are below.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Catrin Parry.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HociArdudwyAcArfonHockey

Twitter: @ardudwyhc

Instagram: @ardudwyhc

Easy Fundraising!

Hey guys!
 
As a growing hockey club, we are trying different ways of raising money for the club so we can invest it in the clubs future. By fundraising, we will be able to maintain facilities and equipment, send more of our members on courses, even buy new hockey equipment in order to develop our members fitness and skills!
 
The website “Easy Fundraising” allows you to collect FREE donations to the club every time you buy something online through their website.
 
There are over 3,100 different shops and sites Easy Fundraising are involved with, such as..
 
AMAZON, EBAY, JOHN LEWIS, WAITROSE, ARGOS, DOMINO’S PIZZA, APPLE, TICKETMASTER, LASTMINUTE.COM, CINEWORLD, WHSMITH, NEXT, BOOTS, CURRYS, ASOS, NEW LOOK, TOPSHOP..
 
..just to name a few of the popular ones!
 
So by joining, every item you buy, for example if you buy some clothes from ASOS, or a cinema ticket from CINEWORLD, their shop/site gives Easy Fundraising a commission for your purchase, that Easy Fundraising then turns into a donation and gives it to Ardudwy ac Arfon Hockey Club!
 
Click on the link below, and type ARDUDWY AC ARFON HOCKEY CLUB in the ‘Search for a cause’ tab. You will then be taken to our page, click on the ‘Join us’ tab and create your free account, it’s as simple as that!
 
 
You can also download the ‘Easyfundraising App’ from the App Store or Google Play, to make it easier to collect free donations when you shop from your mobile or tablet device!
 
We would really appreciate if you guys could join us on this, and invite your family and friends to do so too! It only takes two minutes to create an account, and costs you nothing! Just remember to shop through the website!
 
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions – we look forward to having you on board! Thank you so much!
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#HOCKEYFEST

 

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Feeling inspired after the Golden success at the Olympics?!

Then why don’t you pop by to Ardudwy’s HOCKEY FEST event, 03/09/16, which will include a variety of fun activities such as playing games, shoot at goal and learning new skills!

A great opportunity for children over the age of 7, and for adults!

The best thing about the session is that it’s totally FREE! We hope to see you all there!

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Ydych chi wedi cael eich hysbrydoli ar ôl y llwyddiant yn y Gemau Olympaidd?!

Yna, pam na wnewch chi alw heibio i ddigwyddiad Ardudwy, HOCKEY FEST, 03/09/16, a fydd yn cynnwys amrywiaeth o weithgareddau hwyliog megis chwarae gemau, saethu tuag at y gol a dysgu sgiliau newydd!

Bydd yn gyfle gwych i blant dros 7 mlwydd oed, ac i oedolion!

Y peth gora’ am y sesiwn yw ei fod AM DDIM! Gobeithio eich gweld chi yno!

End of Season Awards Evening!

What a brilliant Awards Evening to end the season for our Juniors and Seniors! Everyone made a big effort to dress up as Superheroes, and looked amazing!

The club would like to thank everyone involved into making it a night to remember, especially to Jax and Nicci who made sure everything ran smoothly, not just last night but the whole year round, a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into making Ardudwy hockey club such a successful team, and on behalf of everyone, we’d like to say thank you to you both. Also a thank you goes to everyone of our members, of all ages, we wouldn’t be a hockey family without all your dedication week in, week out!

Huge congratulations to all our Minis and Juniors for all their hard work this season, and on winning their awards. Thoroughly deserved by all of you! We hope you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we’ve enjoyed experiencing it with you!

Finally, a massive congratulations goes to all our Seniors with their awards, who not only bought the Indoor Summer League trophy back home to where it belongs, but also the Division 2 trophy too! We look forward to being on that pitch with you each week, playing alongside the most dedicated bunch of girls and being a part of the most feared team to come up to Division 1 – we hope they’re ready for us, because the GREEN ARMY are coming!

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Wel am Noson Wobreuo gwych i orffen y tymor ar gyfer ein chwaraewyr  Iau a Hŷn! Mi ymdrechodd bawb yn fawr  i wisgo fel “Superheroes” – ac roedd pawb yn edrych yn anhygoel!

Hoffai’r clwb ddiolch i bawb a oedd yn gysylltiedig i wneud y noson yn un i’w chofio, yn enwedig i Jax a Nicci a wnaeth sicrhau fod popeth yn rhedeg yn esmwyth, nid yn unig ar y noson, ond drwy gydol y tymor hefyd. Mae llawer o waith caeld ac ymroddiad wedi cael ei ddarparu i wneud Clwb Hoci Ardudwy yn dîm mor llwyddiannus, ac ar ran pawb, mae diolch mawr i’r ddau ohonoch. Hefyd mae diolch yn mynd i bawb o’n haelodau, o bob oedran, fysa ni ddim yn deulu hoci heb eich holl ymroddiad, wythnos ar ôl wythnos.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i bob un o’n ‘Minis’ ac Iau, am eu holl gwaith caled y tymor hwn, ac ar ennill eu gwobrau – hollol haeddiannol! Gobeithio yr ydych wedi mwynhau y tymor gymaint ac yr ydym ni wedi mwynhau ei brofiadu gyda chi!

Yn olaf, mae llongyfarchiadau enfawr yn mynd i bob un o’n ‘Seniors’! Nid yn unig mae tlws ‘Indoor Summer League’ yn ôl adra, ond hefyd tlws ennillwyr ‘Division 2’! Rydym yn edrych ymlaen i fod ar y cae gyda chi yn wythnosol, a chwarae ochr yn ochr gyda’r criw mwyaf ymroddedig o ferched.

Gobeithio bod ‘Divison 1’ yn barod amdana ni – mae’r GREEN ARMY ar eu ffordd!

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4689 Hockey Fun Camp!

  • Hockey WalesThe ‘Camp’ is an opportunity to come along and try hockey for the first time, or to improve existing skills!
  • For both boys and girls aged 7-13.
  • £5 for Hockey Wales Members / £10 for non-members
  • Locations: BANGOR, BETHESDA & HOLYHEAD.

Further information about the location, date and time of the ‘4689 Hockey Fun Camps’ are to see in the posters below:

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  • Mae’r ‘Camp’ yn gyfle i gael profiad o chwarae hoci am y tro cyntaf, neu i ddatblygu eich sgiliau ymhellach!
  • Mae croeso i fechgyn a merched, 7-13 blwydd oed.
  • £5 i Aelodau Hoci Cymru / £10 i ddi-aelodau.
  • Lleoliadau: BANGOR, BETHESDA & HOLYHEAD.

Mae manylion pellach am lleoliadau, dyddiadau ac amseroedd y ‘4689 Camp Hoci Hwyl’ ar gael yn y posteri isod:

BETHESDA:

Tuesday, 05/04/16:  10.30am – 2.30pm

(To book a place please contact Nicola Ashcroft, contact details at bottom of page.)

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HOLYHEAD:

Wednesday, 06/04/16:  10.30am – 2.30pm

(To book a place please contact Nicola Ashcroft, contact details at bottom of page.)

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BANGOR:

Thursday, 07/04/16:  10.30am – 2.30pm

(To book a place please contact Nicola Ashcroft, contact details at bottom of page.)

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For further information, please contact North West Hockey Agent:

Nicola Ashcroft –

Phone: 07557 480 255

Email: nicola.ashcroft@conwy.gov.uk


 

CHAMPIONS OF THE LEAGUE, DIVISION 2!

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We have an announcement to make, and a very huge reason to CELEBRATE! It is official that Clwb Hoci Ardudwy & Arfon are the CHAMPIONS of North Wales League Division 2 and will be promoted to DIVISION 1 next season in the North Wales League!!

Our stats for this season in Division 2, has been beyond amazing! Out of 13 games so far, with only one more game to go next week, we’ve won 11, drawn 2 and lost NONE! Throughout the league we have remained UNDEFEATED!

Also, out of the top 20 players in this division, the first 7 players of the League Top Scorers are all Ardudwy & Arfon members! Our Captain, Jacqueline Smith, who has proven to be a very worthy Captain, has been a great role model this season to all of us, with her desirable skill and passion towards the game, and is 1st in the League Top Scorers, with the total of 15 goals! Followed by Heledd Rowlands (2nd), Anna Hume (3rd), joint 4th place: Gwenno Davies & Felicity Smith, Bryony Vanderburg (5th) and Clare Barwood (6th).

But our players up front aren’t the only ones who have been working their socks off to secure these wins – due to the strength and dedication of our defence, we have only conceded 5 goals in 13 games!

It’s safe to say the club has worked so hard this season to get to where we are today, and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication the players has put into every single game. I’m sure I speak on behalf of us all when I say it’s a privilege to put on that green shirt week after week, and not only to play alongside such talented and skilful players, but players we have now grown to see as our family. Extremely proud of all of you!

Also a shout out to our supporters, who have shown their support throughout the league, either on Facebook and Twitter and/or at the sidelines – THANK YOU.

But mainly, the biggest thank you goes to our Manager, Nicci Ashcroft. Her fun and bubbly personality throughout the season has given the club such a positive boost. Her wise words shouted from the sideline, the mini speeches given before the game, half-time and after the game, even during training, has been so supportive and motivational, she has given 100% to all the girls and the club, and it’s definitely paid off.

It has always been a dream for the club to reach Division 1, and we’ve proven that even the smallest of teams can achieve greatness. So it’s onwards and upwards from here girls – I guess all there’s left to say is, Division 1, are you ready for the Green Army?….!

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