Pandas Hockey going from strength to strength

St Peter's School

Pandas Hockey going from strength to strength

Pandas 2016
The Pandas Hockey Club has been going from strength to strength. Since its inception over fifty years ago, many new generations of Peterites, both Old and current have picked up their sticks for the club.

As a club, we have several regular fixtures throughout the year, with efforts being continually made to extend our playing calendar ever further. Games against Harrogate Hockey Club in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and the traditional match versus York H.C. on Boxing Day - prior to supporting our rugby-minded friends at Clifton Park - are always a highlight (including some nutcases who seem to enjoy playing in both the hockey and the rugby).

But the age-old tradition of playing the school during the Easter Term, as a lead in to our Annual Dinner at Bedern Hall in York, is a fixture that I always look forward to. It grants us a wonderful opportunity to introduce the current hockey players at The School with immediate and recent leavers, to those who left in the last millennium. The key to the club’s continuing success lies in this relationship between the school and its leavers.

Over the last two years, the Pandas family has extended to include a girls’ team and a mixed team. This has been no easy task, as new links needed to be forged between the club and the school’s girls’ sport faculty. Whilst progress has been slow, it has been present, with leavers already expressing great interest and even gracing the field and showing us how hockey ought to be played.

Our hockey season culminates with our annual Easter weekend tour. Skegness is our destination of choice, with the brisk sea air expected to assist in our players’ recovery from the previous night’s escapades. This tour, whilst on a mixture of grass and Astroturf pitches, is always of a high quality, as well as some of the best fun one can have anywhere in the country, let alone on the doorstep of Butlins. Recommendations cannot come highly enough for this weekend, with ages varying from 18 to what seems like 80 (and certainly feels it on the way home).

As always, the Pandas are on the lookout for fixtures, players, supporters and friends, so if any Old Peterites are seeking a return to the hockey pitch, or just to its sidelines to reconnect with the school and some of the life-long friends made there, please contact the club secretary, James Hepworth (jwbhepworth@gmail.com) and we will ensure that you are kept up to date with all our comings and goings.

Thank you to the Pandas for sharing this report with us.