Heritage Lottery grant for Baileans Hockey ladies

WORKSOP Ladies round-up.
WORKSOP Ladies round-up.

Matlock Baileans Hockey Club has received a £9,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting new project.

‘Jolly Hockey Sticks’ is a project set up to celebrate Matlock Baileans’ 70-year hockey heritage.

Starting in April 2016, this year long project will focus on uncovering new information about the history of Matlock Baileans HC and ladies’ hockey in celebration of the club’s 70th anniversary.

Welcoming the grant the award, Liz English, club chair said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We are confident that the project will demonstrate how hockey has developed in the Matlock area and its importance to the local community.”

Club members will be able to discover its origins and explore the history of how the game of hockey has changed throughout the 70 years and how it has, and continues to, contribute to the local community by providing a thriving recreational facility for women of all ages.

From playing on grass at Cromford Meadows in the early days to the fast paced astro turf pitch at Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth, the club wishes to explore how the game has changed; who has played for the club over the years and what hockey means to those that play or have played.

The club will hold open sessions for people to come and share their photos and stories of their love of the game.

There will be a ‘timeline’ history of the club, written up for an exhibition and stories captured in a booklet.

Younger members will have the opportunity to interview and record past and present players, coaches, umpires and anyone associated with the club to create an oral history archive.

Matlock Baileans started in 1946 by former pupils from Ernest Bailey’s Grammar School, Matlock.

Several keen ladies wanted to carry on playing hockey after leaving school, often scraping together a team and travelling to matches in taxis.

Throughout the years, the club has grown, encouraging women of all ages and abilities, to play hockey.

Today, the club has over 150 members fielding five senior teams each week and a thriving junior section with girls from the age of seven years playing in junior competitions.