“We are delighted that Jess has been shortlisted, and wish her the best of luck - but we would equally like to thank and praise every single person that continues to support the success of this club, both on and off the pitch.”
Stephen Tabb, Chairman
Continuing the club's growing reputation nationally, Jess Jecketts, the Ladies 1st Team Player Coach, has been shortlisted for the England Hockey Coach of the Year alongside such prestigious names as Danny Kerry (the England and GB Ladies Coach) and Kevin Johnson (the Wales Ladies national coach).
The club nominated 4 of its members in total:
Andre Tchakhotine for the Unsung Hero award
Tom Loughran and Lukas Moment - both for the Rising Star Award
Obviously, whilst it would have been great for all four of them to be shortlisted, in what has been the year that has seen the highest ever number of nominations, we are delighted that at least one of our nominees has made the list for the presentation evening.
The Awards, at which Sils have previously been winners of the England Hockey Club of the Year in 2015, and Chairman Steve Tabb as Champion Volunteer in 2012, will be held at The Athena in Leicester on 20th May, and the club is looking to get at least a table of 10 together to go and support Jess.
In what started out as potentially a hugely challenging season for the Ladies, with both the 1st Team and the 2nd Team starting on -3 points (due to an administrative issue with the league) and then the coach of the Ladies 1sts for the previous 6 years deciding that he was unable to commit the time any more after only 4 matches, Jess stepped up to take on the Lead Coach role.
Along with Emma Rosser (who the club would also like to pass on their thanks to), Jess brought a new, younger, approach to the Ladies coaching, and performances soon started improving - even if the results, initially did not match them.
With the nucleus of both the Ladies 1sts and 2nds being very talented, but equally, very young (with 85% being under the age of 18), Jess, aged only a few years older herself, had to nurture and support their development, whilst also concentrating on her own playing. With fantastic support from the Captaincy team of Issie and Tammy in the 1s, and the huge efforts of Kate Hungtington (as Club Captain), the Ladies section came on leaps and bounds.
The results were very impressive - the Ladies 1sts climbed the table after Christmas, and finished in 5th place, only losing 4 times after the break, and the Ladies 2nds stayed up the year after being promoted, for the first time in 20 years!
We would like to thank everyone involved in helping to run all parts of the club this season, but hope you all join us in wishing Jess the best of luck for the 20th.
If you wish to buy tickets to attend the event, please email the Chairman (firstname.lastname@example.org) asap, so that we can get tickets sorted. They are likely to cost £45 each, but we may be able to get a reduction on this if we can get enough numbers.
Updated 20:30 - 14 Apr 2017 by Stephen Tabb