It is an honour to take over the role as a Chairman from Liesbeth in what will be our 70th season. First of all I would like to thank the last committee for all their effort. For the next season, I am excited to announce our new committee, we have found enthusiastic members who will make sure next season is going to be fantastic! The team exist out of:
Chairwoman: Tessa Brink
Trainer/ Coach/ Kids: Zeeshan Ali
Treasurer: Alex Nijdam
Marketing & PR: Floortje van der Grinten
VP Men: Daan Slotenmaker
Convenor Men: Vacancy
VP Ladies: Marlot van der Stoel
VP Kids: TBC
VP social: Dorus Reuwer
We still have some vacancies for coming season, we are looking for some enthusiastic people who are willing to help the club out. Please reach out to us if you are happy to help out.
We are always open to new ideas and suggestions for our socials. Do you feel like you have a great idea for a social? Or are you keen to help out because you have the right connections with a bar/restaurant? Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dorus! We are keen to get everyone in the club involved!
Interested in being co-captain or help the team out as water/beer carrier, organize team social activities or anything else? Please reach out to your captain! We can always use an extra hand!
Like last year we expect to continue with 2 ladies teams, 2 men’s teams and 1 kids club (U12, U10, U8 and U6). For our kids club we are looking to extend our age range to kids under 12 and 14. Also, we plan to look into starting a beginner training to facilitate training to all different levels.
At first a small word of introduction from my side, Alexander Nijdam, 28, in Hong Kong since November. I was honored to be asked to take up this role for the hockey club. I’ve been treasurer during student times and having a hate-love relationship with the financial controllers at my day-to-day job. Up to me then to control the finances for DHC!
As you may know, we’ve decided to keep the impact for you, as member, limited. This means that you’ll still be able to address your e-mails to the treasurer with: ‘Dear Alex’, ‘Mr. Alexander’, Hello A., or what created acronym you may find.
Although, we have been investing thoroughly over last season, in equipment as well as in upping our game, seriously yielding decent results in sports. We have been facing a minor loss financially. Nevertheless my aim is to keep the club as accessible as always for all. Therefore membership fees should not be raised and there should always be room for socials.
For the coming season the aim is to break even and strengthen our reserves. It is therefore of utmost importance to find a key sponsor, or partner of the club, next to Rabobank. We can get creative in this aspect like finding a home pitch for the 3rd half, or sponsor to a particular part of the club.
I’m looking forward to coming season, may there be good results in sports and amazing social events. We are looking forward to an exciting year with ZOAT visiting Hong Kong and we’ll hopefully build a strong financial basis for the coming years.
Income from sponsorships forms an important revenue for DHC. Contact with our existing sponsors will be set up in the coming weeks and we are very keen to get new sponsor deals. Getting sponsor deals is not as easy as it used to be so we can really use everyone’s help!
Do you have a company / work at a company / know a company that would be interested in sponsoring us? Do you have a connection with a bar or restaurant who would be interested/can be convinced to sponsor us? Please let us know! The person who introduces a new sponsor will receive a year free membership!
Last season we have received great new umbrella’s to be used in Happy Valley with DHC logo as a sponsorship from Andre Mook. We are very thankful for this sponsorship in natura, and that we are able to show off with our orange umbrella’s. If you are keen to contribute anything in natura that can benefit our club, we are always very thankful for that as well!
Please reach out to Alexander Nijdam
We will re-use the new uniforms everyone received last year. Of course new players will get a new uniform.
Training Field & Start of the Season
We have confirmed our training time for the first half of the season as Thursdays 8pm in Happy Valley. Training dates will be updated as soon as possible into teamsnap. First training session will be 22nd of August!
We are also looking for an assistant trainer for Zeeshan, so that we can make sure everyone at training gets enough attention, and in the longer-term can facilitate beginner training.
Recruitment of new players
We are always actively looking for new talent! Please help us connect to potential new team members in Hong Kong, everyone with a heart for hockey is welcome! Besides that we are famous for our socials, so another good reason to join our club. One way you can help us is by sharing and or liking our Social Media posts. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
In the meantime if you know anyone who wants to join our club please bring them into contact with Marlot van der Stoel for the Ladies or Daan Slotema for the Men’s.
Zuid Oost Azie Toernooi! (South East Asia Tournament)! This year ZOAT will be held 1, 2, 3 November in Hong Kong! Already a lot of members are involved in organizing, through different committees (Party, operations, sponsor, sustainability, marketing & communications. If you are interested to help out please reach out to Bregje Nooteboom, if you have a sponsor opportunity, please let Jelmer Kattevilder know!
More information about setting up 2 teams (men’s and ladies) will come soon. In the mean time if you have questions please reach out to Tom Uiterwaal. If you are curious for more information about ZOAT – look us up on facebook!
New Hockey Gear
New season means that you may also need some new hockey stuff! I would like to remind you that Zeeshan sells Playershouse sticks, mouthguards, shinguards etc. So if you need something, please reach out to Ali
Also, Sports Direct offers a 10% discount on all the items in sports direct store apart from goalie equipment if you can show them you are a member of DHC! Just say it and if they ask, show them teamsnap!
We are looking forward to make it another fantastic year with the Dutch! Get ready for summer hockey, a start of the season event, lots of socials and continuously better hockey!
The DHC Committee unites the club with a series of social events, co-ordination of the season. Hear more about what the Dutch Hockey Club in Hong Kong is up to. Remember all welcome!