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EOI – Premier League and Metro 1 Coaches

Forestville Hockey club are seeking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced coaches to lead our:

  • Premier League Women
  • Metro 1 Women

The coaching appointments are key parts of our effort to promote our club, and the sport of hockey,
in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. The club is lead by a proactive Board which has implemented a
range of initiatives to progress our vision. These initiatives include:

  • The appointment of Jamie Bahnisch as club Development Director to support club coaches
    and the development of our talented junior members
  • Our Junior Academy which provides off season skill and game development opportunities
    for our junior members
  • Pursuing the development of a new home for Forestville, with a new synthetic pitch, at
    Unley High School.

The coaches will work with a talented squad of players who are keen to develop and challenge for
success in the Premier League and Metro 1 competitions. The playing group includes a number of
players who have won selection in State junior teams and are participating in Hockey SA
development programs.

The club will consider appointing coaches for 1-3 years to support the coaches and the playing group
in developing together to achieve our objectives.

Applicant for the role of Premier League coach should either hold, or be prepared to obtain, Level 2
coaching qualifications. Applicants for the Metro 1 coaching role should hold Level 1 qualifications.

All applicants will be required to comply with Hockey SA rules and policies and must have, or be
prepared to gain Working with Children clearances.

If you are interested in applying for the PL or M1 Women’s coaching roles with Forestville please
contact the President, Simon Marsh by email to president@fhc.com.au or by calling 0422 000 846.

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2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2021 Forestville Hockey Club AGM will be held at 11am on Sunday 12 December 2021 at the Goodwood Cricket Club, Goodwood Oval Complex, Curzon Ave Millswood.

Members may give notice of Special Business to the Secretary by email to secretary@fhc.com.au by 4 December 2021.

After the meeting there will be an opportunity to have a catch up and a Christmas drink with your mates in the bar area at the Cricket Club!

Documents for this meeting are available via the links below

2021 AGM Proposed Agenda  (PDF)

2020 AGM Minutes  (PDF)

FHC Board Nomination  (PDF)  (DocX)

Organisation Chart

Board Positions

President

  • Chair meetings of the Board
  • Represent the Club externally
  • Accountable for the implementation of effective governance, accountability and transparency
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Vice-President – Women & Men

  • The key contact for liaison with Playing Members
  • Lead Strategic reform, monitoring performance and review
  • Ensure teams are properly resourced
  • Represent the President in their absence
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Secretary

  • Public Officer
  • Primary contact for communications with Hockey SA
  • Control incoming and outgoing mail
  • Manage and control all internal and external club correspondence
  • Minute Management Meetings, or delegates as required
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Treasurer

  • Prepare and maintain financial budgets and statements
  • Submit an audited financial statement to the Annual General Meeting
  • Prepare and maintain appropriate financial records in accordance with good accounting practice and the law
  • Receive all monies and cause these to banked promptly
  • Invoice and collect payments
  • Pay accounts
  • Make all disbursements by cheque signed by at least two members of the Board (is this required to be described
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Junior Coordinator

  • Act as the conduit between the Board and the Junior Committee
  • Chair and co-ordinate the Junior Sub-Committee
  • Coordination of junior teams, events and communication with parents and carers
  • Accountable for implementation of the Child Safe Policy
  • Report Junior Sub-Committee activities to the Board
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Operations Manager

  • Oversee the day to day operations of the club
  • Assist in maintaining a player database
  • Club contact person for Hockey SA clearance, permit and appeals issues
  • Oversight of Facilities and Equipment Manager, Bar and Canteen Manager, Umpiring Coordinator, Social Events & Fundraising Coordinator. Establish scope and drive targets for these roles to deliver benefit for our club.
  • Work closely with the Assistant Secretary on the membership database; use this to track registered players. Throughout the season monitor players ‘current team’ status and ensure that only eligible players are selected.
  • Develop / Review Team Manager’s handbook annually
  • Apply for and write grant submissions
  • Arrange team uniforms with uniform supplier and retailer
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Hockey Director

  • Provide coaching support, training and advice to coaches
  • Utilise their experience and the experiences of state players in promoting current State, National and International thinking, strategies and games plans
  • Establish an overarching playing philosophy/style for the Men’s and Women’s programs that can be implemented and adapted across all levels of the club
  • Provide specialist trainings (individual or group) as required
  • Develop a coaching manual that can be adapted and utilised at all senior and junior levels (Systems, positions, drills)
  • Promote Coaching Accreditation
  • Ensure that there is a clear junior pathway to senior teams
  • Identify talented players to be developed, promoted to higher grades and encourage to participate in Hockey SA State programs
  • Ensure that the Premier League & Metro 1 Women’s and Men’s goals align with the club expectations in regard to development and performance
  • Review playing and coaching performance of the club and report any gaps and improvement strategies to the Board
  • Position to be appointed by the Board
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General Board Member

  • General Board members will support the Board with strategic and/ or operational matters
  • This role will assist in the implementation and development of new policies and procedures, and will provide relevant updates
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Sub-committee positions

 

Assistant Treasurer

  • Assist the Treasurer with reporting and other duties as required
  • Co-Chair Operational Sub- Committee and provide report to The Board on financial tracking
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Sponsorship & Donations Coordinator

  • Co-Chair, Social Events, Fundraising & Sponsorship Sub-Committee
  • Develop Sponsorship Packages and manage business relationships
  • Develop tax deductable donation strategy
  • Monitor and track Sponsorship and donations against performance targets
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Facilities & Equipment Manager

  • Ensures that training times are scheduled and coordinated with team coaches and manages, and within agreed budget.
  • Ensure facilities and equipment is within good working order
  • Assists with grant application and prepare FFE lists required for the future relocation to WMPF (works with the Pitch Committee)
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Pitch Committee Coordinator

  • Has the oversight for the transition to the WMPF. Works closely with the Pitch Committee members to ensure that the design and facilities meet the strategic needs of FHC
  • Works with Pitch Committee/ Board to ensure the future operating of the site meets FHC future needs
  • Works with external stakeholders and user groups to build effective relationships
  • Secures grants and funding, through councils, grants, etc. to support the relocation of the club
  • Responsible for communication to FHC members and community when appropriate
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Bar and Canteen Manager

  • Responsible for ensuring the canteen and bar are opened and stocked for events as required
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Social Events & Fundraising Coordinator

  • Co -Chair, Social Events, Fundraising & Sponsorship Sub-Committee
  • Coordinate social events and fundraising
  • Prepare a programme of the social events for the season and organise those events
  • Organise the end of season presentation function and organise ‘host days’ for club sponsors
  • Oversee and allocate social events & fundraising activities to sub-committee representatives
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Social Events, Fundraising & Sponsorship Representative(s)

  • Representatives will assist in the coordination and implementation of social and fundraising events
  • Representatives will support the Chair to identify events and create an annual social calendar around hockey fixtures and key dates
  • They will assist in identifying donations and sponsors
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Umpiring Coordinator

  • Umpiring duty allocations
  • Umpiring development and training
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Assistant Secretary & Membership Coordinator

  • Will assist the secretary, possible successor to Secretary
  • Will take minutes at the Operational Sub-Committee and Board
  • Maintains the clubs membership database
  • Manages registration, dual registration and clearances
  • Will develop an Induction pack for new club members
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Communications Coordinator

  • Ensure communications channels to members are established and maintained throughout the year
  • Lift the club’s profile within the local community
  • Prepare regular electronic newsletter, and communications with past members
  • Manage Social media
  • Co-Ordinate the website officer, to ensure the website is properly maintained
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Website Officer

  • Responsible for the updating and maintaining the website throughout the year
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Child Safe Officer

  • Provides FHC with strategic and operational advice pertaining to any child protection or child safe related matters
  • Maintains and updates FHC Child Safe Environment: Information for coaches and managers Policy
  • Maintains and updates FHC Working with Children Checks Register
  • Ensures all team coaches and managers have Police Clearances in line with Hockey SA Child Safe Procedure and hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by Department of Human Services
  • Position to be appointed by the Board
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Junior Committee Representative(s)

  • Provide input to decision making re team composition and nominations, junior coach and team manager appointments, team training times and locations prior to the season
  • Assist in management of all junior coaching and team manager equipment for distribution to teams
  • Resolve any coach or player issues that arise during the season
  • Organise junior social events such as Family Day, team social events and end of season presentation events
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Junior Parent Representative

  • Junior Parent representative to provide a carer/parent’s perspective of FHC development, coaching and needs of families
  • Advocate for Junior’s and families and pathways for juniors
  • Encourages families and juniors to participate in senior programs
  • Promotes Junior Academy and development programs
  • Conduit for any parent issues or concerns, that are not directly raised to the Management or Junior Committee
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Senior Player Development Coordinator

  • Develop and implement a player development program with the Hockey Director
  • Utilise the experiences of state players in promoting current State, National and International thinking, strategies and games plans in line with the Hockey Director’s expectations
  • Provide additional support to all senior coaches, including attending trainings to assist with individual and team skill development (as required)
  • Assist in identifying talented seniors who may be ready for promotion to higher grades
  • Reports to the Hockey Director
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Junior Player Development Coordinator

  • Responsible for overseeing the Junior Development Academy and working with the Hockey Director to identify appropriate skilled coaches to run academy and development programs.
  • Junior talent identification, and performance improvement strategies
  • Develops junior skills assessment program with Hockey Director
  • Undertakes groups and individual skills development
  • Development systems for junior (all standards)
  • Transition to senior programs (all standards)
  • Supports Junior coaches and teams
  • Reports to the Hockey Director
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Premier League & Metro 1 Squad Women’s Coach

  • Directly accountable for game day performance of the clubs Premier League Women’s Team and Metro 1’s team (or next highest graded team who will be treated as the clubs reserves team)
  • Adhere to club selections policy, with particular emphasis on communications with players and fellow coaches
  • Commits to the full season coaching all games and attending all training sessions. Understanding sometimes absence is unavoidable
  • Creates a positive learning experience for our players teaching them modern skills and strategies
  • Has achieved or plans to achieve formal coaching qualifications (Level 2 or above)
  • Attends Playing and Coaching Development Sub- Committee meetings to maintain alignment with Hockey Director and other Coaches
  • Appointed by the Board
  • Reports to, Hockey Director or Board member if the Hockey Director is vacant. The Board will determine the reporting structure
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Premier League & Metro 1 Squad Men’s Coach

  • Directly accountable for game day performance of the FHC Men’s Premier League Team and Metro 1 team ( or next highest graded team who will be treated as the clubs reserves team)
  • Adhere to club selections policy, with particular emphasis on communications with players and fellow coaches
  • Commits to the full season coaching all games and attending all training sessions. Understanding sometimes absence is unavoidable
  • Creates a positive learning experience for our players teaching them modern skills and strategies
  • Has achieved or plans to achieve formal coaching qualifications (Level 2 or above)
  • Attends Playing and Coaching Development Sub- Committee meetings to maintain alignment with Hockey Director and other Coaches
  • Appointed by the Board
  • Reports to, Hockey Director or Board member if the Hockey Director is vacant. The Board will determine the reporting structure
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Fitness, Performance and Conditioning Coordinator

  • Responsible for establishing fitness and performance preparation for Senior PL/M1 squads, in collaboration with Hockey Director and senior coaches
  • Establishing programs that are specific to athletes abilities, age and role
  • Developing warm-up, match preparation that are consistent but adaptable to all senior and junior grades
  • Develop fitness, preparation and support to elite juniors
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Senior Women’s & Men’s Players Representative

  • Represent the views of players to the ‘Playing and Coaching Development Sub-Committee’ and to the Board
  • Provide feedback to enhance members playing experience at Forestville Hockey Club
  • Conduit for direct communication with players regarding the club’s strategic direction, social events, fundraising and opportunities to be involved in the club
  • Contact for any player concerns or issues that require attention of the Board or Sub-Committees
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2021-22 Junior Development Academy

We are delighted to announce that Forestville will again be running the Junior Development Academy starting on Sunday, 28th November 2021.

This year the Academy will be overseen by our new FHC Development Director Jamie Bahnisch.  Jamie’s appointment is an exciting development for the club and he brings with him a wealth of experience, having played for the SA Hotshots (now Adelaide Fire) in the Australian Hockey League for several years and having worked with the Australian Men’s Hockey Team (the Kookaburras) and most recently the Essendon Hockey Club in Melbourne.

To register your interest please email

fhchockeyacademy@gmail.com

 

Details of the Academy are:

Sunday morning sessions

Date Start End Pitch
28/11/2021 8:30 10:00 West Beach
5/12/2021 8:30 10:00 West Beach
12/12/2021 8:30 10:00 West Beach
6/02/2022 8:30 10:00 West Beach
13/02/2022 8:30 10:00 West Beach
20/02/2022 8:30 10:00 West Beach
27/02/2022 8:30 10:00 West Beach

* Please note the change of location for the sessions to West Beach (Adelaide University Hockey Club) where all of the sessions will be held.

 

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A new home for the Forestville Hockey Club

Established in Unley in 1905, our club has deep connections with both the Unley and Mitcham Council areas. By re-establishing a new home in our club’s traditional heartland, we’ll be adding a fresh chapter to that history while providing much-needed facilities to serve the broader Unley and Mitcham communities.

Building a new community institution

We have called on both City of Unley and City of Mitcham for their support and financial investment, which will leverage State Government grants and proposed Federal Government funding and secure access to these new facilities and open spaces for community-based sport. The proposal will also free up valuable space at Goodwood Oval for community use.

A sport for everyone

We are a proudly integrated sport, with both men and women’s teams afforded equal footing as part of a vibrant community. Forestville members play in International, National, State and local competition, with teams fielded in Premier League, junior and senior community and social competitions. Our sport caters to everyone from ages 7 to 75, offering a welcome source of outdoor physical activity and a strong sense of community spirit.

Visualisation of new pitch and facilities (Detail Studio)

Deep roots and a healthy track record

Operating since 1905, Forestville has a proven track record of providing sport to the community. Looking forward, we have outlined a business model which ensures the club will generate the funding required to meet all operating costs, and substantially cover the cost of periodic major maintenance. Our detailed business plan also demonstrates the value this proposal will bring to the school, local community, Forestville Hockey Club and the SA hockey community.

New opportunities for school sports

The new pitch will enable Unley High School to re-establish its hockey programs and, provides a new opportunity for the six other schools within 2 kilometres, that could use the pitch for training and play. Adding hockey to the mix of sports available to students will give younger members of our community a fun and rewarding alternative to other sporting codes, while helping grow the sport’s profile and engagement among the next generation of South Australians.

Preliminary site plans (Detail Studio)

 A big impact with a light footprint

The pitch is situated on the Western perimeter of the school site, minimising the impact of club operations on the school and local residents while maintaining easy access for students and the community.

We plan to build a new clubroom, change rooms, tech bench and dugouts as part of the proposal. The site, and low profile of these developments, has been chosen to limit the impact on neighbours. The clubrooms are of a small scale to integrate with the school’s existing buildings while providing essential facilities for training and match days. These clubrooms will have a family-friendly focus, helping us build a welcoming atmosphere catering to all ages.

A much-needed local presence

At present, the lack of facilities in the area means players must travel to external venues like Gepps Cross for training and matches, presenting an inconvenient barrier to the participation of many potential players and a financial burden to the club. Through this new pitch, local club members of all ages and levels will be able to train and play much closer to home. They’ll be able to access local facilities to develop their skills and appreciation for the game throughout the year and contribute to a strong sense of community for the club, sport and the local area.

A chance to grow

We expect to grow our membership to 500 members by recruiting new junior members, retaining existing members and reconnecting with players who have stepped away from regular participation. By providing conveniently situated and accessible facilities, we’ll be better placed to support the continued engagement of a broad range of players, including school leavers, young women, parents, and older players.