Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club ladies' first team holding open trial for players who want to play in Vitality Women's England Hockey League, Conference East
Bishop's Stortford's ladies' first team will be holding an open trial for any players who would like the chance to play national league hockey.
The side are preparing for their inaugural campaign in Vitality Women's England Hockey League, Conference East after securing their place at that level for the first time in the club's 74-year history by winning the East Women's League, Premier Division in March.
Their first game will be on September 24 away to South East champions Guildford, who are coached by former England and Great Britain international Dan Fox.
It will be followed by back-to-back home games at the Herts and Essex Sports Centre, in Beldams Lane, against familiar foes Ipswich and Chelmsford, both of whom they have faced in the regional setup.
And pre-season training will commence on Tuesday August 2 with the open trial.
"We're under no illusions how tough the step up to Conference East will be," said ladies' club captain Richard Temple. "However, the players will be ready and are really excited about the challenge.
"Pre-season starts on Tuesday August 2 with an open trial for the ladies' first team aimed at anyone who wants to see if they have what it takes to play national league hockey. Get in touch with us at stortfordhockey.co.uk if you want to have a trial.
"Success last season has inspired record numbers of junior girls to join the club and we also have very good numbers registered for Back to Hockey."
Stortford won the league in 2021-22 as they finished five points clear of nearest rivals Norwich City.
With the Acolytes and seventh team also claiming the 6SE and 7SW crowns respectively, the ladies' section has won seven league titles in the last two complete seasons. The success has been achieved with strong leadership from the captains, quality coaching and strong partnerships with both Bishop's Stortford College and Herts and Essex High School.
Conference East fixtures: September - 24 Guildford (A);
October - 1 Ipswich (H), 8 Chelmsford (H), 15 East London (A), 29 Southgate (H);
November - 5 Horsham (A), 12 Hampstead & Westminster II (H), 19 London Wayfarers (A), 26 Spencer (H);
February - 4 Guildford (H), 11 Ipswich (A), 18 Chelmsford (A), 25 East London (H);
March - 4 Southgate (A), 11 Horsham (H), 18 Hampstead & Westminster (A), 25 London Wayfarers (H);
April - 1 Spencer (A).