United Hockey Club holds its Annual General Meeting to elect club officials and discuss the workings of the club in the 4th Quarter of each year.
Its a fantastic opportunity for current and new members, player and parents to get involved with a great club and have an influence on its future. The committee has been doing some great work in the development of junior hockey and is now seeing the rewards for this work. We are looking for some new faces to join the committee and help with the continued success of United Hockey Club.
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2020 AGM Date: 9 December 2020
Please find the Presidents report from the 2020 AGM here:
“The 2020 season has been like no other, but one I believe United has stepped away from stronger.
In 2018 with the formation of a new committee 4 key priorities were set for the club to focus on, they being
On field performance
Financial Stability with strong focus on finalising our financials for the last few seasons and more stringent assessment of our ongoing expenses and fee structure, we have stepped away from the 2020 season with a really sound financial base that will position ourselves better to be more proactive and deliver value to our members.
Thanks must go to Wilma for committing to the treasurer role for a number of years and her willingness to support Vanessa in a transition role and to finalise outstanding requirements. Vanessa’s focus and diligence has been invaluable this year and has been a key driver in the clubs financial position we have to date.
In a year where sponsor support was limited or challenges due to the economic environment, we must thank Auscan Solutions and TM Physio in particular for their continued support.
Club culture – in a year where building culture through team events and social outings were limited, I believe moving to the 1 training night has ensured some cohesiveness and culture remained in what has been a difficult space.
Most of our members play hockey for the fun, enjoyment and friendships so this I feel needs to continue to be a key driver for our club moving forward as restrictions ease hopefully towards the 2021 season.
Clear communication – communication was critical this year with the ever changing environment and I pay particular thanks to each of the co-ordinators (Geoff, Casey, Jeanne/Sarah, Zac, Michael) and Jacob McNaughton who took on a key role with our social communications through Facebook and Instagram.
On field performance Results and player development are vital ingredients of any club and ensure a level of pride and enjoyment exist and ensure people return year after year and from initial feedback on the 2020 season this seems to positive.
The mens side of the club has had its best results across 4 grades and the strength of the SL grades will continue to provide the growth and development and future success of the CL grades. Numbers are already indicating that a 5 side may be viable or necessary for the 2021 season which is a feat the club could not of considered possible 2 seasons ago when a 4th side was barely fielding a side each week.
Covid appeared to impact the women’s side of the club more significantly, but a focus from the coaching staff amongst our 3 sides ensured the season was meaningful. Indications were at the time a large portion of those that did not play in 2020 due to Covid would be returning and early indicators are this will be the case. A strong focus will need to be given to communicate and drum up support and commitment for 2021 to move back towards the 5 sides we submitted in 2019.
Our boys and girls junior sides continue to be a shining light for the club, hookin2hockey continues to be the biggest program in the ACT and numbers across Juniors grades continue to grow. For the first time we had a team in every grade across boys and girls. Particular mention must go to those involved in our under 11 and under 13 boys sides – both going through their respective seasons undefeated. This with strong results across 15s and 18s delivered the club the HockeyACT Junior Boys club of the year – a fantastic acknowledgment for years of hard work by many and focus from the club.
On some other fantastic news for the club, it was great to see recognition for two our club members this year. Ian Lowrey was inducted as a HockeyACT life Member and Bob Taylor was inducted as a Hockey Australia Life Member –absolutely huge personal achievements and congratulations must go the them both, and as a club we can be extremely proud to see both men heavily involved in the club today.
Overall, I believe we should be extremely proud of the club for how we navigated through the 2020 season what initially feels relatively unscathed and as a whole possible in a better position. However as a committee our attention and focus must remain on our key priorities as the 2021 season is fast approaching”.