Junior Trip to East Grinstead Hockey Club

To say the day didn’t start too well is one way to describe our trip to East Grinstead.
Everyone was told to meet at 07.15hrs at Newmarket Leisure Centre, all arrived with one key ingredient missing, the bus. Many phone calls later and the realisation that the bus company had us down for a 9.30 collection meant that we had a bit of time to kill.
A hockey match was organised, girls V boys on the astro, a close fought game saw honours end even at 2 a piece. The bus eventually arrived at 09.00, 35 children and 7 adults boarded and set off for East Grinstead, late but in high spirits. We arrived at Grinstead at 11.30 and tucked into a hearty lunch. We then ventured down to the pitch and had an hour long training session, what a pitch, a water based astro that was a delight to play on. It was soon time to hand the pitch over to the big boys, East Grinstead v Loughborough Students. Seventy minutes of spectacular, fast paced hockey with Grinstead emerging 4 – 3 winners. After the game we were called onto the pitch to chat to the players, get autographs and have our photo’s taken with the team. For more than half an hour, both teams stayed and obliged every request, signing, posing and talking. Everyone agreed what a great day they’d had and the hospitality shown by East Grinstead was far more than we could have ever expected. Well done to everyone who attended this memorable trip and a huge thank you to East Grinstead for having us