Southport Hockey Club, led by new Chairman Stuart Markland, start their new season at Greenbank High School this weekend with the annual Norman Todd Tournament.

This two day event was first held several years ago to raise money for Cancer Research Uk and to celebrate the life of former Southport resident Norman Todd who died from Pancreatic Cancer in 2006 aged 61.

Well known in North West hockey circles, Norman was a lifelong member of the Club, first playing then taking up umpiring following a knee injury. He devoted most of his spare time to the game becoming Chairman and then President of both Southport and Lancashire Hockey. The tournament reflects what he enjoyed most – competitive hockey for all ages and a sociable atmosphere.

The weekend is now popular with many Merseyside Clubs including Liverpool Sefton, Northern, Wigan and West Derby who are joined this by a team from Clontarf, Dublin.

Men’s games start at 9.30am on Saturday 6th at the Greenbank pitch, whilst the Ladies play their matches at Edge Hill University. Southport and Lancashire Vets teams will also play at Greenbank on Saturday. Junior teams from several North West Clubs play at Greenbank on Sunday 7th.Refreshments are available on both days and spectators are very welcome. At Greenbank there will be a rush hockey pitch laid out for people to come and try the game if they wish. The weekend is being run in conjunction with the England Hockey Club Weekend programme to try and increase the profile of the sport.

Southport Hockey Club currently run four men’s, two ladies and two junior teams and are looking for new and returning players to join them. Training sessions for Ladies, 7-8pm, are held on Tuesday evenings, Men’s training, again 7-8pm, is on Thursdays and for Juniors aged 6+ on Sunday mornings, all at Greenbank High School, Hastings Rd, Southport.

For further information about the weekend’s tournament or the Club contact Stuart Markland on 07766 522514 or visit the Club’s website

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