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7th MayCLOSURE OF THIS WEBSITE

This website will cease to function after May 25th. If anyone wishes to download any historical information, you have until that date to do so.

This website will cease to function after May 25th. If anyone wishes to download any historical information, you have until that date to do so.

This website will cease to function after May 25th. If anyone wishes to download any historical information, you have until that date to do so.

24th AprMessage from the Chairman

As per the announcement made on April 8th, Rule 16 has been enacted and the reserves of the League have been distributed to clubs. Funds should now be in clubs’ bank accounts. The League has now, effectively, been wound up.

As I was authorising the payments, I reflected on how we got to this position, which started with the vote at last year’s EH AGM to restructure the Regional leagues in this country. I feel we have moved radically from what was being proposed and where we are now. The process started well and I was asked to be Chair of the new joint West League. However, it quickly became apparent that the new committee structure was one I was deeply unhappy with. First of all, the League would be an English one, not joint with South Wales and Welsh clubs would have little official say in how the League would be run. Having spent many years playing and officiating in Wales, I could not accept that. Next, there would be no League treasurer and funds would be controlled by EH, through the new West Region committee. This will remove the League’s ability to control budgets to the benefit of the clubs. Lastly, the committee would not have any County reps, taking away the flow of information between the clubs and the committee. These three actions made my position untenable and I resigned from the transition group. Going forward, a Chair will be elected at the West AGM this summer.

I will miss the day to day involvement in League affairs, in particular the Area Meetings and not being able to say goodbye to you all personally. I have made many good friends over the years and would like to keep in contact, so if you have my details, it would be good to hear from you. I do not know what the future will bring, especially as next season’s Rules and Regulations have not been released to clubs, despite promises of them being ready by last December! I wish the new Committee all the very best and hope they remember that the clubs are the most important part of the League. I shall be watching proceedings from the wings, whilst finding another outlet for my spare time.

Terry.

As per the announcement made on April 8th, Rule 16 has been enacted and the reserves of the League have been distributed to clubs. Funds should now be in clubs’ bank accounts. The League has now, effectively, been wound up.

As I was authorising the payments, I reflected on how we got to this position, which started with the vote at last year’s EH AGM to restructure the Regional leagues in this country. I feel we have moved radically from what was being proposed and where we are now. The process started well and I was asked to be Chair of the new joint West League. However, it quickly became apparent that the new committee structure was one I was deeply unhappy with. First of all, the League would be an English one, not joint with South Wales and Welsh clubs would have little official say in how the League would be run. Having spent many years playing and officiating in Wales, I could not accept that. Next, there would be no League treasurer and funds would be controlled by EH, through the new West Region committee. This will remove the League’s ability to control budgets to the benefit of the clubs. Lastly, the committee would not have any County reps, taking away the flow of information between the clubs and the committee. These three actions made my position untenable and I resigned from the transition group. Going forward, a Chair will be elected at the West AGM this summer.

I will miss the day to day involvement in League affairs, in particular the Area Meetings and not being able to say goodbye to you all personally. I have made many good friends over the years and would like to keep in contact, so if you have my details, it would be good to hear from you. I do not know what the future will bring, especially as next season’s Rules and Regulations have not been released to clubs, despite promises of them being ready by last December! I wish the new Committee all the very best and hope they remember that the clubs are the most important part of the League. I shall be watching proceedings from the wings, whilst finding another outlet for my spare time.

Terry.

As per the announcement made on April 8th, Rule 16 has been enacted and the reserves of the League have been distributed to clubs. Funds should now be in clubs’ bank accounts. The League has now, effectively, been wound up.

As I was authorising the payments, I reflected on how we got to this position, which started with the vote at last year’s EH AGM to restructure the Regional leagues in this country. I feel we have moved radically from what was being proposed and where we are now. The process started well and I was asked to be Chair of the new joint West League. However, it quickly became apparent that the new committee structure was one I was deeply unhappy with. First of all, the League would be an English one, not joint with South Wales and Welsh clubs would have little official say in how the League would be run. Having spent many years playing and officiating in Wales, I could not accept that. Next, there would be no League treasurer and funds would be controlled by EH, through the new West Region committee. This will remove the League’s ability to control budgets to the benefit of the clubs. Lastly, the committee would not have any County reps, taking away the flow of information between the clubs and the committee. These three actions made my position untenable and I resigned from the transition group. Going forward, a Chair will be elected at the West AGM this summer.

I will miss the day to day involvement in League affairs, in particular the Area Meetings and not being able to say goodbye to you all personally. I have made many good friends over the years and would like to keep in contact, so if you have my details, it would be good to hear from you. I do not know what the future will bring, especially as next season’s Rules and Regulations have not been released to clubs, despite promises of them being ready by last December! I wish the new Committee all the very best and hope they remember that the clubs are the most important part of the League. I shall be watching proceedings from the wings, whilst finding another outlet for my spare time.

Terry.

9th AprThe Dissolving of the Verde Recreo Hockey League - additional

The news item on the dissolution of the Verde Recreo Hockey League had two important typos. The item referred to the 19/20 season, this should have referred to the 20/21 season. Apologies for the error.

The news item on the dissolution of the Verde Recreo Hockey League had two important typos. The item referred to the 19/20 season, this should have referred to the 20/21 season. Apologies for the error.

The news item on the dissolution of the Verde Recreo Hockey League had two important typos. The item referred to the 19/20 season, this should have referred to the 20/21 season. Apologies for the error.

8th AprThe Dissolving of the Verde Recreo Hockey League

Following the penultimate meeting of the VRHL committee we are now in a position to confirm arrangements for the dissolution of the league.

The VRHL will formally dissolve on Friday 30th April. All financial assets belonging to the league will be shared equally amongst all teams who were bona-fide members of the VRHL at the point of the 19/20 league season being abandoned. This includes all teams who elected to ghost. Payments will be made to clubs from the w/c the 19th April.

A small number of clubs have yet to provide the league with their bank details to allow both these payments and their outstanding 19/20 subscription refunds to be made. If these are not provided by Sunday 18th April the clubs in question will become ineligible for the monies and the balance they are owed will be shared equally amongst remaining teams. Absolutely no late information will be accepted.

Those clubs which are urged to contact the league administrator with their bank details are: Bristol UWE, Cardiff University, City of Bath, Dart, PGSOB, Somerset Gryphons

The league has made the request to its website host that all personal information on the league website is destroyed the w/c 3rd May to ensure that we comply with GDPR regulations. No personal data is being shared with any incumbent organisations. The league website will then go ‘offline’ no later than the end of June in order to allow people to download an generic historical records past season league tables etc. for personal/club interest.

The league committee will meet one final time on the 12th May to ensure all required actions have been taken.

Following the penultimate meeting of the VRHL committee we are now in a position to confirm arrangements for the dissolution of the league.

The VRHL will formally dissolve on Friday 30th April. All financial assets belonging to the league will be shared equally amongst all teams who were bona-fide members of the VRHL at the point of the 19/20 league season being abandoned. This includes all teams who elected to ghost. Payments will be made to clubs from the w/c the 19th April.

A small number of clubs have yet to provide the league with their bank details to allow both these payments and their outstanding 19/20 subscription refunds to be made. If these are not provided by Sunday 18th April the clubs in question will become ineligible for the monies and the balance they are owed will be shared equally amongst remaining teams. Absolutely no late information will be accepted.

Those clubs which are urged to contact the league administrator with their bank details are: Bristol UWE, Cardiff University, City of Bath, Dart, PGSOB, Somerset Gryphons

The league has made the request to its website host that all personal information on the league website is destroyed the w/c 3rd May to ensure that we comply with GDPR regulations. No personal data is being shared with any incumbent organisations. The league website will then go ‘offline’ no later than the end of June in order to allow people to download an generic historical records past season league tables etc. for personal/club interest.

The league committee will meet one final time on the 12th May to ensure all required actions have been taken.

Following the penultimate meeting of the VRHL committee we are now in a position to confirm arrangements for the dissolution of the league.

The VRHL will formally dissolve on Friday 30th April. All financial assets belonging to the league will be shared equally amongst all teams who were bona-fide members of the VRHL at the point of the 19/20 league season being abandoned. This includes all teams who elected to ghost. Payments will be made to clubs from the w/c the 19th April.

A small number of clubs have yet to provide the league with their bank details to allow both these payments and their outstanding 19/20 subscription refunds to be made. If these are not provided by Sunday 18th April the clubs in question will become ineligible for the monies and the balance they are owed will be shared equally amongst remaining teams. Absolutely no late information will be accepted.

Those clubs which are urged to contact the league administrator with their bank details are: Bristol UWE, Cardiff University, City of Bath, Dart, PGSOB, Somerset Gryphons

The league has made the request to its website host that all personal information on the league website is destroyed the w/c 3rd May to ensure that we comply with GDPR regulations. No personal data is being shared with any incumbent organisations. The league website will then go ‘offline’ no later than the end of June in order to allow people to download an generic historical records past season league tables etc. for personal/club interest.

The league committee will meet one final time on the 12th May to ensure all required actions have been taken.

28th MarLeague Season Update

Further to the most recent announcements by UK and Welsh Governments a decision on deciding the VRHL two nominations to the EHL for season 21/22 has been taken. The following factors being taken into consideration

Number of games that would need to be played amongst the 8 Premiership teams interested in promotion
The notice needed for teams to prepare, then play and our deadline of May 16th to nominate two teams.
The remaining lack of clarity as to when non elite adult sport in Wales can start.
The restrictions on movement across the England & Wales boarder until at least the 12th April.
The impact on costs if the individual travel requirement remains.
Providing teams with certainty on outcome of this season to allow them to prepare effectively for next season
The following decision was made for conclusion of the 20/21 VRHL Premiership;

The two teams going into National League will be Exeter University ‘A’ who were the team relegated from National League at the end of the 19-20 season and Clifton Robinsons who were runners-up in the VRHL Premiership at the end of the 19-20 season.

Our decision is in accordance with EH guidance for concluding the season without being able to have a play off.

I know the other six teams who had hoped to play for these two places will be very disappointed but we feel this is the best decision for player safety and to allow Clubs to prepare for next season. I am sure you will wish both teams the best of luck for the 21-22 season.

This now concludes the 20-21 VRHL season and as you will be aware all arrangements for adult league hockey for 21-22 now falls to the new organising body- the West Men’s league. Arrangements for the formal dissolution of the VRHL will be announced in early April.

Regards

Jon

Jonathan Watts

Hon Secretary, VRHL

Further to the most recent announcements by UK and Welsh Governments a decision on deciding the VRHL two nominations to the EHL for season 21/22 has been taken. The following factors being taken into consideration

Number of games that would need to be played amongst the 8 Premiership teams interested in promotion
The notice needed for teams to prepare, then play and our deadline of May 16th to nominate two teams.
The remaining lack of clarity as to when non elite adult sport in Wales can start.
The restrictions on movement across the England & Wales boarder until at least the 12th April.
The impact on costs if the individual travel requirement remains.
Providing teams with certainty on outcome of this season to allow them to prepare effectively for next season
The following decision was made for conclusion of the 20/21 VRHL Premiership;

The two teams going into National League will be Exeter University ‘A’ who were the team relegated from National League at the end of the 19-20 season and Clifton Robinsons who were runners-up in the VRHL Premiership at the end of the 19-20 season.

Our decision is in accordance with EH guidance for concluding the season without being able to have a play off.

I know the other six teams who had hoped to play for these two places will be very disappointed but we feel this is the best decision for player safety and to allow Clubs to prepare for next season. I am sure you will wish both teams the best of luck for the 21-22 season.

This now concludes the 20-21 VRHL season and as you will be aware all arrangements for adult league hockey for 21-22 now falls to the new organising body- the West Men’s league. Arrangements for the formal dissolution of the VRHL will be announced in early April.

Regards

Jon

Jonathan Watts

Hon Secretary, VRHL

Further to the most recent announcements by UK and Welsh Governments a decision on deciding the VRHL two nominations to the EHL for season 21/22 has been taken. The following factors being taken into consideration

Number of games that would need to be played amongst the 8 Premiership teams interested in promotion
The notice needed for teams to prepare, then play and our deadline of May 16th to nominate two teams.
The remaining lack of clarity as to when non elite adult sport in Wales can start.
The restrictions on movement across the England & Wales boarder until at least the 12th April.
The impact on costs if the individual travel requirement remains.
Providing teams with certainty on outcome of this season to allow them to prepare effectively for next season
The following decision was made for conclusion of the 20/21 VRHL Premiership;

The two teams going into National League will be Exeter University ‘A’ who were the team relegated from National League at the end of the 19-20 season and Clifton Robinsons who were runners-up in the VRHL Premiership at the end of the 19-20 season.

Our decision is in accordance with EH guidance for concluding the season without being able to have a play off.

I know the other six teams who had hoped to play for these two places will be very disappointed but we feel this is the best decision for player safety and to allow Clubs to prepare for next season. I am sure you will wish both teams the best of luck for the 21-22 season.

This now concludes the 20-21 VRHL season and as you will be aware all arrangements for adult league hockey for 21-22 now falls to the new organising body- the West Men’s league. Arrangements for the formal dissolution of the VRHL will be announced in early April.

Regards

Jon

Jonathan Watts

Hon Secretary, VRHL

14th MarWest Adult League & Competitions 2021 / 22

All fingers are crossed that we will be able to resume some sort of hockey in the next few weeks and get back to being a Club again. With the exception of the premiership division the current competitive season is now over and planning is ongoing as part of the work with England Hockey to implement "A Structure Fit for the Future". As part of that there is a planned Club Update on March 24th via conference. Your Club should have received the joining information, if this is not the case please email the address provided below.

We know some of you will be considering the structure of your own Clubs next year and the number of teams that you will want to be entering into League Hockey. Can we ask that you email the address below with your plans if you think you will be entering any new teams or withdrawing any teams. The earlier that you can do this will be best, but the normal 01 May deadline for Men's Clubs remains to update on this.

The email address to send this to information is WESTADULTLEAGUE@gmail.com

All fingers are crossed that we will be able to resume some sort of hockey in the next few weeks and get back to being a Club again. With the exception of the premiership division the current competitive season is now over and planning is ongoing as part of the work with England Hockey to implement "A Structure Fit for the Future". As part of that there is a planned Club Update on March 24th via conference. Your Club should have received the joining information, if this is not the case please email the address provided below.

We know some of you will be considering the structure of your own Clubs next year and the number of teams that you will want to be entering into League Hockey. Can we ask that you email the address below with your plans if you think you will be entering any new teams or withdrawing any teams. The earlier that you can do this will be best, but the normal 01 May deadline for Men's Clubs remains to update on this.

The email address to send this to information is WESTADULTLEAGUE@gmail.com

All fingers are crossed that we will be able to resume some sort of hockey in the next few weeks and get back to being a Club again. With the exception of the premiership division the current competitive season is now over and planning is ongoing as part of the work with England Hockey to implement "A Structure Fit for the Future". As part of that there is a planned Club Update on March 24th via conference. Your Club should have received the joining information, if this is not the case please email the address provided below.

We know some of you will be considering the structure of your own Clubs next year and the number of teams that you will want to be entering into League Hockey. Can we ask that you email the address below with your plans if you think you will be entering any new teams or withdrawing any teams. The earlier that you can do this will be best, but the normal 01 May deadline for Men's Clubs remains to update on this.

The email address to send this to information is WESTADULTLEAGUE@gmail.com

8th MarVRHL update

Thank you to all those teams who have expressed an interest in playing a one off competition should restrictions on society get lifted.

Unfortunately there was not the level of interest to make this a feasible option to pursue. Details of all teams who have expressed an interest have now been past to the relevant county secretary where it was agreed they would consider organising something at a more local level if there was enough interest within any one county.

Thank you to all those teams who have expressed an interest in playing a one off competition should restrictions on society get lifted.

Unfortunately there was not the level of interest to make this a feasible option to pursue. Details of all teams who have expressed an interest have now been past to the relevant county secretary where it was agreed they would consider organising something at a more local level if there was enough interest within any one county.

Thank you to all those teams who have expressed an interest in playing a one off competition should restrictions on society get lifted.

Unfortunately there was not the level of interest to make this a feasible option to pursue. Details of all teams who have expressed an interest have now been past to the relevant county secretary where it was agreed they would consider organising something at a more local level if there was enough interest within any one county.

25th FebWest Hockey Statement

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

17th FebFuture League Hockey

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.