About the club
Message from the Chairman: Robin Hambidge
Welcome to the Banbury Skater Hockey Club Website.
Inline hockey is one of the most exhilarating, enjoyable and exciting sports you can do with both boys and girls competing and playing in teams together.
Our club started back in 1999 as the Kineton Cavalier Skater Hockey Club and was co-founded by Mick Slater, David Sykes-Tucker and Darren Capel and was named after the local battle of Edgehill.
It was established to teach children of service personnel based at the nearby Kineton Army Camp how to skate and play hockey. At the time, it was held in the drill shed, and it soon became apparent that this area was too small and open-sided, so not suitable for winter training.
The Club took off during the summer holidays of that year when it moved to fill the void left by the Saturday Roller Disco when it closed for the summer holidays down at Spiceball Sports Centre in Banbury. This was a great success, but the Club had to find a different slot to train when the Roller Disco re-started. Later that year, the Club was re-named the Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey Club; we currently train at Warriner School, Bloxham.
Having played Ball hockey since 1999, we started to look into playing Puck Hockey. In September 2015, the Bulldogs entered into the BIPHA Midlands League, which plays at Lutterworth. We still play in this league along with the BRHA (British Rink Hockey Association) League based in Bordon.
Each year the Committee looks into corporate sponsorship for our teams and funding for the Learn to Skate programme. Please see the Sponsorship and Donations section of the website.
It’s important to remember that we are run entirely by volunteers, and we need more parents to offer what they can to the Club. The majority of current committee members have no prior background in roller hockey and have become involved in the Club through their children’s interest in the sport. I would actively like to encourage new members to join the committee – it is very rewarding.
The club wishes to thank the following for their help and support
The Committee Members
All Coaches and Managers
Parents and Carers
Robin Hambidge, Chair,
Banbury Bulldogs SHC
1999 - 2004
July/August 1999 Cavalier Hockey Club started at Spiceball in the vacant roller disco spot
September 1999 Cavalier Hockey Club took permanent spot at Spiceball on Saturday mornings
December 1999 Sponsored Skate to raise money for the Horton Hospital Children’s Ward and safety equipment for the Club
January 2000 Club was re-named Banbury Bulldogs Skater Hockey Club
July 2000 Entered the Banbury Carnival
December 2000 Fancy Dress Charity Event raising £500 for Horton Hospital Children’s Ward
January 2002 Club was awarded an Awards For All grant of £5,000 for new Club equipment
February 2002 The Club entered a Pee Wee Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. They finished in 7th place
February 2002 Mr Tony Baldry MP visited the Club and was presented with a Club Shirt #10
April 2002 Sponsored Charity 12 mile Walk for the Life Education Programme and the Club
February 2003 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. Pee Wee Team finished in 5th place, Youth Team finished in 7th place and collected the Fair Play Award
July 2003 Entered Banbury Carnival and came 2nd place
September 2003 Town Mayor’s Charity Fund gave the Club £200
February 2004 Banbury Bulldogs changed their training times to the afternoon
February 2004 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. Pee Wee Team finished in 6th place, Youth Team finished in 8th place
July 2004 The Club entered the Oxford Veteran’s Tournament and won
September 2004 Banbury Recreation Charity donated £1,000 to the Club
November 2004 Decoma Sybex Senior Charity Tournament at Spiceball. £1,000 was donated to Barnado’s Sycamore Resource Centre
2005 - 2010
March 2005 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Senior Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. Pee Wee Team finished 1st, Youth Team finished 8th, Senior Team finished 6th
June 2005 World Police and Fire Games in Quebec, Canada. Darren went over as Team GB Goalie
July 2005 Oxfordshire Community Awards evening. Darren won Youth Worker of the Year
July 2005 NSHL Veteran’s Nationals Tournament at Bisley. Club finished in 4th place
November 2005 The Pee Wee Team went to the BiSHA Nationals and finished in 9th place
December 2005 Entered the Oxford Veteran’s Tournament
March 2006 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Senior Team into the SASH League at Farnborough March. The Pee Wee team finishing 1st! TheYouth Team, Senior Team and Mum’s Team took part in the Paul Bithell Memorial Fun Run raising money for the Katherine House Hospice/Cheshire Homes and the Club. The Mum’s Team beat the Youth and Senior Teams!
May 2006 H2O Man Senior Tournament at Spiceball (Jim Waterman). Banbury Bulldogs League Team came 2nd and the Non-League Team came 3rd
October 2006 Stall at Banbury Canal Day raising £275 for the Club
November 2006 Pee Wee Nationals (with Oxford). Finished 2nd place
March 2007 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Senior Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. The Pee Wee team finishing 1st!
January 2007 The Pee Wee and Youth Teams started training at Brackley on a Thursday.
May 2007 Pee Wee Europeans Tournament at Kaarst, Germany (with Oxford). Finished in 8th place
November 2007 Pee Wee Nationals (with Oxford). Winners
February 2008 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth Team into the SASH League at Farnborough
November 2008 Pee Wee BiSHA Nationals. Finished in 7th place
February 2009 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth Team into the SASH League at Farnborough
February 2010 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth, Junior and Senior Team into the SASH League at Farnborough. The Pee Wee team finished in 4th, Youth team finished in 6th, Junior team finished in 5th, Senior team finished in 5th
2011 - present
February 2011 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth team into the SASH League at Farnborough. The Pee Wee team finished in 4th, Youth team finished in 3rd
October 2011 Youth BiSHA Nationals. Finished in 7th place
February 2012 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Junior Team into the SASH League at Farnborough
May 2012 Received £1,913 grant from Oxfordshire Community Foundation
September 2012 Cherwell Sports Awards Evening. Coach of the Year Awarded to Tony Wakelin. Junior Sports Person of the Year Runner-Up Awarded to Michael Wakelin
February 2013 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Junior team into the SASH League at Farnborough
February 2014 The Club entered a Pee Wee, Youth and Junior team into the SASH League at Farnborough
February 2015 The Club entered a Pee Wee and Youth Team into the SASH League at Farnborough
April 2015 Finished with SASH League
June 2015 Stall at Banbury and District Show raised £55.40
September 2015 Under 10’s, Under 14’s and Under 19’s Teams entered into the GBHI League at Lutterworth playing puck hockey
October 2015 Stall at Banbury Canal Day
February 2016 The Under 16’s entered the Caerphilly Comets Tournament finishing in 3rd place
March 2016 Street Hockey Skate Programme started
July 2016 Sponsorship of £3,150 received for the new League Season 2016/2017 at Lutterworth
September 2016 Under 10’s Under 12’s and Under 14’s Teams at GBHI Lutterworth. Under 16’s Team at BiPHA, at Bisley
November 2016 Under 14’s Team at GBHI Lutterworth now changed to Under 16’s