WARWICK Hockey Club celebrated their 100th season in existence last month with a ‘100 Seasons Opening Night’ in their clubhouse.
The club’s official 100th season, the 2019/20 campaign, was disrupted by the start of the Covid-19 pandemic with Warwick finally able to celebrate the achievement in June.
And the club celebrated with a beer and curry night whilst a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Phil Heelis – a player, umpire and member at Warwick for a staggering 60 seasons.
The following day, the club held a ‘100 Seasons Mixed seven-a-side Tournament’ at Aylesford School with a trophy awarded to the winning team and medals given to each of the players.
Warwick finished the celebrations with a ‘100 Seasons Celebration Dinner at Warwick Castle’ as 121 guests feasted over a four-course meal in the Great Hall of the Castle.
This was suitably interrupted by fighting manikin knights, with interludes of videos, speeches and some raucous dancing to close a very memorable evening.
President of Warwick Hockey Club, Nick Herd said: “Sincere thanks go to my organising team, all participants and our amazing supporters and sponsors to whom we owe a debt of immense gratitude, lead by our main club sponsor Squab Group.
“Ably accompanied by: HKA, Astleys, Core Clinics, Corplex, Spa Trophies, Parkdean Resorts, Frosts Pharmacy, Emmerson Press and Moo Design.”
The club achieved a Guinness World Record on September 16, 2017 for having the Most Players in a Hockey Exhibition Match.
The club still hold the record with a remarkable 367 players taking part to smash the previous total which stood at 257.
And the feat took 71 days to plan and implement and included players from the age of five to 86-years-old who all played for at least 15 minutes over a seven-hour period which saw the blue team beat the yellow team 35-16.