Buxton Hockey Club celebrated a landmark afternoon last weekend by fielding five Saturday teams for the first time in the club’s 91-year history.
The newly-created fifth side chalked up a respectable 0-0 draw with Leek Badgers on their debut outing.
Peter Danson, who has been a member since 1966, says that the increase in junior membership has led to the club increasing its number of sides.
He said: “We’ve got over 100 junior members at the club now, and around 45 adults, which is brilliant.
“You have to keep bringing youngsters through, whatever sport you play.
“Without a pool of youngsters you cannot exist or progress at all. We only had two teams a couple of seasons ago, so we’ve come a long way to now have five.”
The new team, like the thirds and fourths, is a made up of a combination of youngsters and adults.
The club’s two senior sides both play in the East Midlands leagues.
Peter said the next step would be for more Buxton teams to join regular leagues.
At the moment travel is the main concern over fielding the thirds in a league, as they could be faced with 130-mile journeys to some games.
Therefore, the thirds, fourths and fifths make do with regular friendly matches on Saturdays.
Peter credits the club’s work with local schools as the catalyst for a surge in membership.
The club started visiting primary schools in the town in 2005 and the results of weekly coaching are now being reaped.
He added: “We have five qualified coaches at the club, including myself, and our sessions are really popular.
“We even have some parents joining us and playing alongside their children, which is great.
“We’ve got superb facilities, five teams and we’re bringing the youngsters through, so it’s going really well for the club.”
l The club hosts training on Fridays for primary school children, Sundays for under-14s and Tuesdays for over-14s.
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