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Midlands Masters Invite - January 2020

Dear Club Secretary

I have booked the pitch at Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield WS14 on SUNDAY MARCH 15th
from 11.30-1.00. If you are interested in playing for the Midlands you must be available for
the Regional tournament in Portsmouth on the 6/7th June.
The cost of the training session will be £10.00

Please contact me to confirm your availability.
Many thanks
Clive Morris
Midlands O50's Captain
07811 076613

Midlands Masters Invite - January 2020

The Midlands Men's Grand Masters management would like more players to have an opportunity to play competitive Hockey for the Midlands. There are a number of trials and friendly matches that take place before a squad is selected to represent Midlands in the Divisonal Tournament held in May / June each year. If you are interested and/or want more information then please contact one of the below:

Over 60's Graham Moore     Tel: 07841 125353

Over 65's Sukhdev Gill           Tel: 07896 128327

Thanking you in advance
Best Regards
Sukhdev Gill
Midlands Over 65's Manager

Masters Trial Dates 2019-20

England Hockey have announced trial dates for those Masters ( male and female - over-35 thru over-80 !!) wishing
to participate in Home Nations and World Cup games throughout 2019-20.
More details on dates, venues and contacts listed in the EH announcement found here.

Pam Parker - July 2019

England Hockey was saddened to hear of the news of the death of Pam Parker, a former International umpire
and long-time servant of hockey for her club, Leicester Ladies HC, Leicestershire, the Midlands and England.

She was for many years President of both Leicestershire and the Midlands and from 1984 was elected Vice-President
of AEWHA, a post she held for over 15 years. Following the merger of the women's and men's associations in 1999,
she served on the Management Committee of English Hockey as an elected member.
Pam will be remembered as a kind, loyal and much-admired colleague and friend by many throughout the hockey world.

There will be a private cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Luke's Church, Thurnby LE7 9PN
on Monday, 8th July 2019 at 2.00pm. The family have requested no flowers but donations, if desired, can be made payable
to Breast Cancer Now or Prostate Cancer UK, c/o A.C. James & Son Funeral Directors, 9, Biddulph Street,
Leicester, LE2 1BH. Tel. 0116 2542 900

Congratulations DAVID CAWTHORN BEM - June 2019

Congratulations to David Cawthorn of Leicestershire and Rutland HA who was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to hockey in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours

Council Meeting Updates ... January 2019

At the March 2017 England Hockey AGM, a resolution to review the structures within the sport was proposed
and passed with a 98% majority. A short paper detailing background and progress can be found here.
The England hockey latest can be found on their website.

Nominations are sought from individuals for the position pf MRHA President for 2023-2025.
More details on this position as a senior Director of MRHA Ltd can be found here.

Nominations are also sought from Club Secretaries for the 2019 Laurie Alcock Award - a new award recognising exceptional service in hockey for a number of years at any level - intended for those who are involved at County, Club or Committee level
More details on this new award behind this link.

England Hockey has decided that pitchside urination should be treated as a Disrepute offence and offenders will receive a suspension similar to that of a Category A Red Card or Matchday Misconduct Offence.
More details of the England Hockey position can be found here.
All Clubs should take action to stamp out this unpleasant behaviour and make their members aware that they must not do this. The sanction is intended as a deterrent to such inappropriate behaviour.

MRHA Ltd - September 2018

On 1st September 2018   'Midland Region Hockey Association Ltd' officially took over the assets, liabilities and hockey functions of Midland Region Hockey Association - the governing body for all hockey within the Midland region.

The monica 'MRHA' will henceforth represent Midland Region Hockey Association Ltd - a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with Company Number 11511997, and Registered Office in Wolverhampton WV6 8PH.

New Articles of Association - replacing the previous Constitution - can be read in full from a link on the menu above.
The Terms of Use for this website have also been revised to reflect this change.

England Hockey AGM. March 2018

on Tuesday 20th March 2018, commencing at 7.30pm.

England Hockey World Cup Forums.. February 2018

In January and February England Hockey is running Club Forums in counties on the theme of "Your World Cup"
The Forums will cover the following and other relevant topics:-

Details of the three MRHA dates and venues are in the word document under this link.

Trials for England Masters O35s .. Nov 2017

With International Masters' hockey now including an Over 35s category, England Hockey are looking to introduce
official teams in this age group in 2018 with a view to participating in the World Cup in 2018.

England Hockey are inviting anyone who will be 35 to 40 on or before the 31 December 2018 to apply for a trial
to represent England Women's/Men's O35s teams. The first trial will be held in the Midlands on December 17th 2017.
Further trials are scheduled for 20th/21st January and 31st March/1st April 2018.

Players wishing to be considered should send their contact name, address, relevant telephone numbers,
email address, preferred playing position, their Hockey Club and details of any representative honours;
via email to: Steve Floyd -
In addition, nominees should provide the contact information (mobile no. and email) for one referee, who may be contacted.

Closing date for nominations will be Friday 24th November 2017.
Further information re all trials, dates venues etc will be sent to all successful applicants..

Obituary: Trevor Clarke .. Oct 2017

England Hockey and Midland Hockey are sad to announce the death of the former England Hockey Association
Director of Coaching, Trevor Clarke.

Trevor's funeral will be held on Monday 23 October at 12.15pm at Worcester Crematorium,
Tintern Avenue, Worcester, WR3 8HA.

An obituary, as listed on the England Hockey website, is reproduced here

EH Junior Competitions Framework has Vacancies .. Jan 2017

England Hockey are looking for forward thinking people with experience of working in Junior Competitions
who want to make a difference for the sport. Have you got the enthusiasm to help young hockey players
develop and thrive within a new competitions framework for the sport?

More details of the framework, roles and responsibilities behind this link
Expressions of interest should, in the first instance, be sent via the "contact" area of this website.
or directly to Martin Hives at w.hives974 @
Closing date is 7th January 2017

England Hockey Strategy Consultation 2017-2021   -   November 2016

England Hockey and Midland Region HA invite you / Midland Clubs to send Representatives to the above consultation.

Date:   Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 8.00pm
Venue:   Old Silhillians HC , Warwick Rd, Copt Heath, Solihull B93 9LW

England Hockey state :
"Our intention is to share our thoughts on the EH Strategy for 2017-21 and to listen to ideas on feedback from people present. The evening (approx. 90mins duration) will be led by members of the England Hockey Executive Team."

All members of the MRHA hockey clubs are welcome to attend

Newsletter - September 2016

A September Midlands Newsletter was posted to all clubs, together with a copy of the Entry Form for the Menís Indoor Qualifier.

Changes to Red Card Regulations - September 2016

The England Hockey Code of Discipline has been amended with regard to the Red Card and Matchday Misconduct Offence Regulations so that from the start of the 2016/17 season any player who receives a red card after committing a minor offence for a second time, having received a yellow card for the first offence, will no longer automatically receive a 16 day ban.

Details of the changes can be found here (.pdf) -
and the full Red Card & Match Day Misconduct Offence regulations are listed here (.pdf) ..

We would also stress that offences involving the use or threat of violence or verbal abuse will continue to be treated seriously and will incur a minimum 16 day suspension.

Regional Technical Official Coordinator - March 2016

England Hockey has asked Regions to formally appoint a Regional Technical Official Coordinator.
EH's expectations of the RTOC are :-

We are mainly looking for a regional contact who people can liaise with in terms of technical officiating, to handle enquiries and co-ordinate existing officials within the region, and to disseminate national technical officiating news to regional officials. In addition the role should promote recruitment, training and development of officials in line with EH policies, but this is work in progress at the moment.
The role should act as a co-ordinator for all technical appointments required at regional level - e.g. county championships or any other events held in the region.

Expressions of interest should, in the first instance, be sent via the "contact" area of this website.

FIH Rule Change - 26 Febuary 2016

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically
rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of an attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.

An England Hockey Guidance note (.pdf) can be found behind this link.
Further details and explanations can be found on the FIH website

These changes come into effect from Friday 26th February.

New Chair for JRPC - January 2016

Stephen Miles has been appointed as Chairman of the Midlands JRPG and will take up the post shortly.
We thank the new MRHA President, Jeanne Freeman, for acting as Chair prior to Stephen's appointment.

News of the appointment accompanies revised Midland Schools Indoor Results - and dates for
impending finals - together with thanks to Jackie Sharp, Jo Barnes, helpers and MRHUA Umpires
for thier excellent organisation of the events. Full details can be found behind this link (.doc)

Hon. Treasurer MRHA - January 2016

After years of invaluable and excellent service to MRHA, our current Hon. Treasurer,
Margaret Gotheridge has decided that she will retire from these duties at the AGM in May 2016.

MRHA is thus seeking a successor.
If you would like to express an interest in this post - then please
drop us a note using the "Contact" page available below the "Home" button on this website.

New EH Reporting Forms - September/October 2015

England Hockey have updated the following forms for immediate use:

These documents can be found on this website under the Documents tab

JRPC Changes - April 2015

Midland Region Hockey Association extends thanks to Andrew and Tina Simpson, and Susanne Brealey,
for all their efforts in Junior Regional Performance Centres in the Midlands.
More details on their impending retirement behind this MRHA statement

New CDA for Nottinghamshire - February 2015

Andy Barnes has moved up to become Regional Discipline Administrator for Midland Region.

Taking over his County role within Nottinghamshire will be Andy Smith.

Contact phone number : 07854 696474
Contact email :

Please can any future correspondence regarding Red cards, MMOs and Disrepute offences be sent to him with immediate effect.

Midlands RDA Statement - March 2014

The previous Midland Regional Disciplinary Officer, the late Sharon Geeson issued a statement regarding
Red Card/Matchday Misconduct and Disrepute regulations. Despite the date it remains
relevant and should be followed in addition to the EH Code of Ethics and Behaviour"