On a glorious blue-sky Saturday at the end of April, Broadland Hockey Club celebrated some amazing milestone moments at its home club venue Taverham Recreational Facility (TRF).
Having been delayed due to the pandemic, the club was finally able to mark the 30th anniversary of the ladies’ hockey team and an extraordinary 100-year history of the Norwich Exiles men’s hockey team with a fun play day, with drinks and a barbecue.
Forming a century ago, the original Norwich Exiles joined with Vagabonds ladies in the 1980s, then later in 1990 with Norwich Earlham Hockey club.
It was in 1991 that an amalgamation formed, bringing all three under the new name of Broadland Hockey Club.
A few years later, when the charity TRF was created and the new facilities were built at Taverham, it became the club’s new home.
More than 140 people attended the anniversary event – a mix of past and current players, friends, and family. The day started with two friendly hockey matches – one for women and one for men, with a mix of players of all levels and ages.
Many memories were shared on the day, aided by decades of handbooks, memorabilia and photos displayed in the clubhouse reminding players of the good times and sporting moments achieved through the years.
Past player shirts dating back from the ’80s also hung along the pitch side (pictured above) as a reminder of the change in sports fashion and the history of the club.
A fun day was had by all and was a testament to all the hard work from the many club committee members, coaches and team captains that have managed, trained and supported the club over so many years.
With nearly 80 members, three ladies’ hockey teams and one men’s team playing in the East Hockey League, the club is very proud to still be going strong.
The Exiles men’s team even finished the season with promotion to Division 3 – the second promotion in two years!