THE official launch of this year’s new season at Chichester Hockey Club came in the form of a club day.
They welcomed their 13 league teams and growing junior ranks for action across two pitches.
The day kicked off with junior tournaments which involved boys and girls aged between eight and 16.
The juniors were joined by members of the first XI, who were there to coach and inspire senior players of the future.
This was followed by games for all teams including the men’s second XI, who hosted a friendly against Portsmouth’s first XI.
The home side won 4-1 - a great start to their season.
Away from home, the first XI vets’ team, the Friars, maintained this success by beating Petersfield vets 7-5.
The whole ethos behind the club is that they enjoy ourselves as much off the pitch as on it.
The Priory Park clubhouse was packed to the rafters with members of all ages enjoying a late summer barbecue and live music from local musician Mike Fry.
With such a positive start to the season, it’s easy to see why one of the largest clubs in West Sussex continues to maintain a strong community spirit.