Katy Motson has always stepped up to help the club in her 12 years or so with us and, as a result, has contributed an enormous amount to the success of the Ladies Section and the Juniors. Katy took on the role of Ladies 3rd team Captain when needed; and has been our ladies Summer League Captain at Broxbourne for several years. She is also one of our leading Junior coaches taking Girls groups, most recently the Girls U16s. She has also found some time amongst that for her own hockey and represents BSHC with the East Ladies O45 Masters as well as playing for the BSHC Ladies league teams.
David Butcher was Chair of BSHC until September 2020 leading the club to a number of successes in his time as Chair: most notably (but definitely not just) the funding and development of, then move to, Beldams Lane – see the BSHC Five Year Plan (put together by Butch) on the website to see the progress that BSHC has made). That is just recent times. Butch arrived at the club about 15 years ago and has contributed ever since, showing what a great goal keeper he is and making his way to the first team, captaining that team for several years (and not the easiest years in the Club’s history) and then dropping back down a couple of teams as family life takes precedence.
Pete Duffy for his enormous contribution in his first year since becoming BSCH Treasurer in September. Pete is a hockey husband who took up umpiring (itself a great contribution) and then, last summer, kindly volunteered to fill the soon to be vacant Treasurer’s role. In Covid times, it was of even greater importance that the Club has a good understanding of its financial position. Pete worked hard to get up to speed on the Club and it systems as soon as he joined the Management Committee. He has worked with Adam to make Clubbuzz and Clubbuzz 2 work for our finances; he produces monthly management accounts for Committee, has managed the return of 50% subscriptions to those who requested it in this short season and, perhaps most of all, has sunk many hours into the task of getting in touch with those who owed money to the Club and getting that paid.
Neil Vartan Award
Juan Salinas. In the context of Neil Vartan having been a great sportsman and having come to the fore as a junior in all three of his major sports (rugby, hockey and cricket), it is very nice to bring this award back to its roots this year by awarding it to Juan who has been a real stalwart of our junior coaching team in recent years. This as a parent of juniors who has not (so far) played for the Club. Most recently he has coached the U12 girls and led periodic goalkeeping coaching sessions for the juniors. Juan is a “can do” person, stepping in when other coaches are absent to allow other junior groups to still get onto the pitch on Sunday mornings – and this in a season when junior coaching has gone into the summer making for a far longer (if interrupted) season than usual. Juan has also acted as an effective liaison between the parent group in his juniors and the Club, inspiring others to offer to help the club. Another highly valuable – and hugely appreciated – contribution.