Dysynni Hockey Club

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Clwb Hoci Dysynni Hockey Club  (Special thanks to KathCharters for this article) Established 1980

Dysynni Hockey Club was founded in 1980, through the efforts of local PE Teacher Buddug Jones, and members of the Ladies Circle. The club took its name from the river that flows into the town of Tywyn, situated north of Aberystwyth by sea on the coast.
In the mid 1980’s Dysynni joined the Dyffryn Teifi League (grass league) and away matches were 1 to 2.5 hours drive away. Weekly training sessions took place (weather and light permitting), using the local sportshall in the depths of winter. In the mid 1990’s the membership was still around 20, but a small number of determined members began to move the club into socialising together. The regular players saw the future of the club lay in recruiting younger members, so an indoor training session was added in 1997 for Junior members of both sexes. The club began entering WHU competitions around this time and these matches were often around 3 hours drive away as an artificial pitch was required. The outside competitions helped increase skill levels, and the club crawled their way up the League table during the late 1990’s, winning the League four times between 1998-2002. The forward looking Committee realised the potential for much further development and redrafted the Constitution to allow for additional teams of both sexes at a future time.
The next big event was the eagerly anticipated arrival of an artificial pitch at the Leisure Centre in Tywyn in October 2001. For the first time this enabled the club to train outdoors during the winter months, and was very welcome in finally giving us a suitable outdoor surface for Junior (U12) training. The pitch is located centrally in the town, now much more visible than the old grass pitch, and the visibility of junior boys prompted some interest from local men (and some hockey widowers!), thus a mixed fun session began on alternate Sunday afternoons. At this time the club still only had one “team”, but had enough regular experienced players to enter the WHU Veterans Competition. The arrival of the artificial pitch also enabled the club to begin a series of very popular hockey camps staged during school holidays.
With a growing number of members of a wide range of ages and both sexes, totalling 65, the decision was taken to leave the grass hockey of Dyffryn Teifi League behind, and move to the North Wales Womens league in 2003. The Ladies XI had a very successful first season in the 3rd Division, immediately securing promotion to the 2nd Division. The club began entering all competitions it was eligible for, both at an adult level (WHU, North Wales Competitions), but also to enter Badger competitions and Junior competitions to enable the younger players to get some competitive matches.
In 2004, with a rapidly increasing number of veteran players, the club decided to field a Ladies 2nd XI (entering the 3rd Division) to ensure enough competitive matches for everyone. The Veterans team reached the Final in Cardiff, and many of the club junior players were part of the U12 team that came 4th in the All Wales Schools Competition.
The 2005/6 season proved to build further on the club development, with the Ladies 1st and 2nd teams gaining promotion to the North Wales Divisions 1 and 2 respectively. The male members not to be outdone, had formed a team and played several friendly matches, and had one player successful in gaining International recognition at U14 level.
2006/07 brought more successes. Both Ladies teams held their own in the new divisions, the Men’s team had joined the North Wales Men’s League, and finished top of the league in their first competitive season. Club membership now stands at 120, ages 6-60+
The success of Dysynni Hockey Club is no meteoric rise in fortune in a few years. Instead it is gradual and considered ascent due to

  • The commitment of the founding members in 1980
  • The optimism, foresight and social nature of a small group in the 1990s
  • Including an annual tour and weekend family tournaments
  • The continued commitment of the above small group in the new millennia to safeguard the future of the club by:
  • Establishing a women’s 2nd XI, junior and male teams
  • Continuing with frequent social events, and tours / festivals (Scotland, Wallingford, & Carew this year 2010)
  • An all-inclusive mission statement that gives everyone the opportunity, coaching and facilities to play competitive and social hockey, and to be treated equally regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or socio-economic status.
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