A new hockey team of Senior Grand Masters have had such success in their first year running, a fourth team of over-70s players will be added next year!
They’ll join the other 20+ teams at Amersham & Chalfonts Hockey Club, who are continuing to expand with further men’s, women’s and juniors teams, with more than 500 junior players in more than 25 different squads playing on Sundays.
The new team will be the fourth senior men’s side in 5 years, with a Grand Masters XI being formed in 2016 due to a growing number of older hockey players.
England Hockey defines a ‘Grand Master’ as any player aged over 60. They play regularly on Saturdays in the London League Masters Premier Division, as well as an FA Cup-style competition called the Men’s Over 60s Championships.
Membership across all age groups has continued to grow, and this combined with the recent expansion of the hockey club’s clubhouse has allowed them to start up a Senior Grand Masters team (Senior Grand Masters are players aged over 70, though the club allows some aged 65 and above).
The club emphasises that Senior Grand Masters is not slower-paced walking hockey, but just as fast as the usual game, and that all its players are reasonably healthy and fit.
Now, thanks to the interest from numerous over-70s players from other nearby clubs, a new XI will probably be added. The club is asking for any former players to contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.achc.org.uk.