Winning Hockey Team takes on 25 new players

A championship winning local Hockey Team has taken on so many new members it's had to start a second team. Ripley based Amber Valley Hornets Ladies Hockey team was only formed in 2010 and has already won the Third Division League Title after winning every match in the league. Their success has been so remarkable they've attracted 25 new members, and with an average age of 35, the Hornets have repeatedly beaten teams much younger than them.

The club is taking part in the Amber Valley Active Return to Sports Scheme, which aims to get people back into their favourite childhood sports. The Return to Sports courses offer people the chance to take up a sport or physical activity in their local area in a friendly, social and non-competitive environment.

The Hornets started in exactly the same way and became so popular its members formed a team which became unbeaten in their maiden season.

All of the Return to Sport sessions have been especially designed for adults and provide a gentle introduction back into sport and activity. So far, the scheme has attracted a 70 year old woman to take up  the latest dance craze, Zumba, and also introduced a 72 year old woman back into Netball.

38 -year old Alison Scothern is one of the newest Amber Valley Hornets players:

"I hadn't played hockey for over 20 years so was a little worried about playing again! After the first training session with a really enthusiastic coach, I knew I had made the right decision to play hockey again. The AV Hornets are a great team, very supportive and friendly. I have already played three matches since joining in March and was voted man of the match  - so to speak! - in the last match I played. It's great to be part of a team and I absolutely love the buzz I get after playing hockey."

Dawn Spendlove is Secretary of Amber Valley Hornets: "The return to sport sessions have been really popular and its so rewarding to know we've helped people who haven't played hockey -for as long as  20 years in some cases - return to a sport they love. Its also helping attract younger girls who have played a little hockey at school and want to develop further - Its also been fantastic to see confidence and fitness improve over the weeks as well as meeting a whole new group of friends. I would encourage anyone who's been thinking about returning to hockey to come and have a go."

Notes to editors

The Club are running the return to sport sessions for 12 weeks on Wednesday evenings at Mill Hill School in Ripley from 7pm to 8.30pm.  All abilities and ages welcome.

Contact Dawn Spendlove 07967 674319 -

Photo caption (photo available on request)- from left to right - Kate Vincent, Alison Scothern, Rachel Shephard, Holly Floyd, Ellie Warner, Jade Lawman, Abbey Burrows and Charlotte Hutsby

Return to Hockey with Amber Valley Hornets
The Return to Sport courses are here to offer you the chance to take up a sport or physical activity in your local area in a friendly, social and non-competitive environment. All the courses have been especially designed for adults and provide a gentle introduction back into sport and activity.
Amber Valley Hornets hockey club formed in 2010 entering a team in Derbyshire Ladies Hockey league division 3.  They gained promotion at the end of the 2010/11 season winning all games and conceding only 1 goal winning Division 3 emphatically. The club have now taken the lead on the Amber Valley 'Return to Hockey' sessions and have had great success so far with over 25 new members and are now looking to form a 2nd team.

Other sports where the Return2 scheme has been really successful are: -
Dance - The 'Return to Dance' with Zumba sessions have been a fantastic success with women from 18 - 65+ all taking part in the same session. Numbers attending have been hitting 35 on a regular basis in some sessions. There are now self sustaining weekly sessions in Crich, Holbrook, Denby and South Wingfield.
Netball - There are netball sessions taking place in Lea, and Denby, and have attracted more than 40 new women from 18 years old through to 72!
Cricket - Cricket clubs across the borough have hosted 'Return to Cricket' sessions over the summer and also had some friendly competitions involving 'Return to' participants. This programme has encouraged around 20 individuals to get back into the game of cricket.
Squash - this has been held at Alfreton Leisure Centre and we have attracted over 10 new participants to these sessions.

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email

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