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Kate Kieran stands down as BHHC women's club captain

By David Chappell

Important news about the election of officers and future direction of the club at the AGM on Wednesday June 12, 2019

A message to members from Kate Kieran, Brighton and Hove HC's Women's Club Captain, announcing her decision to step down prior to the club's annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at The Nevill pub at 7.30pm:

"Hello to all,

"Time has come for me to step down as Women’s Club Captain (WCC) next season. It has been an amazing experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as WCC. Working closely with others I feel as though the women’s section of the club is in a better place with behind the scenes structure and clarity on responsibilities, we have one of the largest women’s sections in the county and a thriving junior section coming through into the adults. There is still so much more to do and its time to hand the reins over to someone else who can drive this even further forward.

"The job descriptions are on the website for anyone who is interested in considering a position, all of the positions are electable at the AGM and anyone can put themselves forward. The direction of the women’s section is something I have been working on with the Women’s Membership Secretary Elaina and the Welfare Officer Sorcha as well as captains and coaches. We consider the WCC position moving towards a more strategic position ensuring the governance is in place and looking to other large clubs for best practice and implementing what works for Brighton. The Women’s Membership sec role will be a more hands-on role with players and manage the more day-to-day running of the club dealing with captains and players etc.

"The most important thing is that all positions on the women’s side is the need to work with your fellow committee members, captains, coaches and players to ensure all aspects of the women’s section are considered and that all action taken delivers the best hockey experience for all players.

"Current nominations:

"Masha Finn is one candidate proposed for the Women’s Club Captain role for next season. She plays for the 7s and has two children playing juniors and manages junior sides within the club and has set up junior leagues within Sussex. Masha is involved with the junior transition into adult hockey and understands how important this is for the future of the club. Masha will also tackle policy and governance and ensure that the Women’s section is organised and transparent with clear processes in place; she, of course, looks forward to her second season as GK in the 7s.

"Marie Jarvis is one candidate proposed for the Women’s Membership Secretary role next season. Marie is well known throughout the club and has previously been Umpire Secretary. With the Membership sec role being more hands-on with membership Marie believes she can make a real difference for players, she will look at how the practical side of the club can run better for the membership, she’s keen to ensure members do their part and that everyone has a voice. Marie also wants to support the club in being a better, more organised club and has loads of ideas about how to do this.

"If there is anyone else interested in any of the committee positions then please contact the current committee for an idea of what’s involved. Sorcha, Elaina and myself are more than happy to discuss with anyone.

"Current position with no nominations:

"Women’s Fixtures Secretary: the job description will go on the website soon, but in essence this role works closely with the Men’s Fixtures Secretary to ensure all home games are timetabled and then uploaded onto fixtures live. The role will also be to liaise with captains when arranging friendlies and ensure there is pitch time available and then book it. This role requires a bit of planning at the start of the season but then is manageable throughout the season with approximately 30 minutes per week to check fixtures are correct and deal with re-arranged fixtures when needed. Please speak to Kate Kieran for more details."

The AGM is your chance to have a say and play a part in your club's future, to hear about significant progress and developments on and off the pitch (for example the new kit deal with FUEL Hockey, the future plans for the clubhouse etc), to ask questions, make your views known and to put yourself forward as someone who can help in the organisation and management of a rapidly growing and successful club - so please make every effort to attend.

The Chairman, Graham Edwards, kindly invites all club members (players and social), parents of junior players and those interested in joining BHHC to come to the AGM. Further details, including the agenda for the AGM, will be published this week.

Updated 20:07 - 2 Jun 2019 by David Chappell

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