A local club with a big heart and even bigger ambitions Lymm Hockey has had another record-breaking season. The club fields seven senior teams in total- five finished high enough in their league to gain promotion- four teams completed the season as champions.
Having only formed in 2005 as a single Men’s senior team, the rise and attendant dominance of Lymm Hockey has been a year-on-year story of sustained success. Basing itself at Lymm Rugby Club, LHC continues to attract local players of all abilities to help strengthen the membership now with 4 ladies, 3 men’s, and mixed sides. The accomplishments of such a young club are an outstanding achievement in a sport which is regionally very strong and traditionally dominated by some long-established big-name teams.
2012 saw the club being awarded its CLUBMARK for a further 3 years to display its commitment in the development of junior hockey.
For the Men’s section, seven years of consecutive promotion for the first team means entry into the North West Hockey League Division 2. Similarly, after six successive league titles, the Ladies firsts now go into Cheshire League Division 1. Both teams, and all the teams under them, will look forward to the future with the same goal- progress.
Speaking of the future, the real jewel in the club's crown is the junior section. Starting out as just a handful of enthusiastic youngsters a few years ago the club now averages over 40 junior players on Sunday mornings at Lymm High School's Astroturf pitch. Together with training, fixtures for a variety of age-groups are arranged throughout the season. To mark the end of the season, on Sunday 25th March- the final training session, Junior Coordinators Carolyn Smith, Andy and Jeanette Hine and Lynne Pyman ran a mini-tournament with prizes for the participants. As well as matches, there was cake, a quiz and a beat-the-goalie competition and the children had a fabulous time with Tom Davenport receiving the award for Most Improved Junior. Head Coach Chris Hunt says, whatever the weather, the children’s enthusiasm to learn new skills makes coaching them a rewarding experience.
Now, with Lymm youngsters routinely selected at inter-regional level and that first generation of juniors now breaking into LHC's senior sides, the rise of the junior section is emblematic of the club; a strong foundation that leads to success at the highest levels.
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