Welcome to Belper Mens Hockey Club
Men’s hockey has been played at Belper Meadows since 1908, and the club has built up proud and countrywide renowned traditions of sportsmanship and friendliness that present day teams continue to uphold. We currently run seven teams ranging from the lads and dads in the seventh to the elite in the first team. The first team plays amongst the cream of English Hockey in the English Hockey North Conference .
It has been a remarkable few years or so for the club, which started with Belper constructing a water based pitch at Belper Meadows. In the 1999/2000 season, the first team was relegated, only to stay up on a technicality. The following season it won the Midlands Premier Division and the old National League playoffs to gain National League status. From this point we have never looked back. In the 2001/02 season, Belper won the National League Division 2, whilst setting the national league record for most goals scored in a season at 106. During this season the first team reached the EHA Cup final, becoming the first club from outside the top two divisions to do so. The next three years we came 3rd, 4th and 3rd in division 1. In the 2005/06 season we won the division to gain promotion to the Premier League. In season 2006/07 Belper unfortunately was relegated back to National Division 1.
The 2008/09 season saw Belper promote several juniors from within the club to the first team ranks. The result was a brilliant second place finish in National League Conference North Division, with a 3-3 draw in a title deciding last game of the season against league winners Brooklands. The 2009/10 season was a disappointing 7th league position. The 2010/11 season saw the Nailers finish in mid table and this will give us a sound platform on which to build. However, 2011/12 promises to be a more competitive season with the aim to secure a spot back into the top flight of English Hockey.
The key to this success is a great infrastructure within the club, with the rest of the teams playing in the Midlands Leagues. The veterans play regular fixtures and a thriving junior hockey section competes at u11, u13, u15 and u18 age groups. The majority of this would not have been possible without the continued support of our main sponsors, Bowmer & Kirkland, to whom we are extremely grateful, as we are to all our sponsors. With a beautiful Derwent Valley setting, marvellous changing and social facilities, the water based astro turf pitch, it is a delight to play hockey at Belper Meadows for young or old, superstar or beginner.
Steve Mills (Mens Hockey Chair)
Welcome to Belper Ladies Hockey Club
Belper Ladies Hockey Club was established in 1920 and has grown in to one of the most successful clubs in the Midlands, and our junior achievements at club through to national level, keep us at the forefront of junior hockey on the country. We pride ourselves on our family orientated atmosphere, welcoming attitude and our ability to offer a range of teams to suit all standards.
We have built on a number of successful seasons which has seen our ladies 1st team retain their position in the National League this season. Our ladies 2nd team will play in the Midlands Feeder League East, and we have teams in each of the three Derbyshire Ladies Leagues. Alongside regular league hockey we also compete in cup competitions at senior and junior levels.
Our junior section have seen recent successes in England Hockey competitions and many of our Juniors also play County Hockey.
We have had a number of successful years developing our Back2Hockey sessions and have welcomed a range of players in to the club. This is continuing throughout the season and we are open to anyone wishing to come and have a go.
As a club with many teams across the leagues we cater for all levels of players at Belper, whether you have ambitions to play at a high level or just want to play for fitness and fun. We have excellent qualified coaches and run weekly training sessions, including fast-track sessions for talented juniors.
We also offer summer hockey for a range of levels from social mixed games at the club, Derbyshire summer league against other teams in the local area, to a higher level mixed 7’s league at Beeston.
If you would like to be part of our success as a player, coach or umpire and help us build on our achievements, then please contact me on [email protected] or our club secretary Marianne Simmonds. We welcome all players, whether you are returning to the club, returning to hockey or just starting out on you hockey journey.
Good luck to all those within our hockey family, old or new, and may you achieve all you wish in the future seasons.
Laura (Ladies Hockey Chair)