Fylde Hockey Club was established in 2016 and was previously known as Springfields Hockey Club. The club started life in the early 1960s as the British Nuclear Fuels Limited, Springfields site, men’s team. The ladies section was formed from the N.A.L.G.O. women’s team who were mainly employed at County Hall in Preston. These players moved en mass to Springfields, taking on their colours of gold and black, and enjoyed the excellent facilities at the Lea sports ground, which is now owned by Preston North End F.C.
In 1990 Springfields Hockey Club was one of the forerunners in the area to move away from playing on grass pitches. Home fixtures were played over 15 miles away at Stanley Park, Blackpool and then the club moved back to Preston when the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) opened the Sports Arena complex at Cottam in 2000.
In 2016, with the promise of an Olympic-standard pitch, 200-seated spectator stand and clubhouse facilities, the club was renamed. We are now linked to AFC Fylde and the Mill Farm Sports Village developments. Club colours and playing kit were also updated and the new facilities are ready for the 2017/18 season.
Fylde Hockey Club is a fully integrated mixed club where the men, women and juniors are represented in the organisational structure. We have a loyal and dedicated coaching team and umpire base, and also have representation on committees of local and regional hockey organisations. Fylde Hockey Club has always maintained strong, stable leadership with dedicated business professionals setting the highest standards for club development.
The Club has six senior teams: two men’s and four women’s, together with U15 and U13 girls’ teams that enter LCWHL 7-a-side leagues. Fylde U18’s were North Indoor Champions in 2017. Junior coaching and player development has been a feature of the Club for over 35 years and the move to Mill Farm will enable us to create more teams and enter further EH competitions.
The Ladies’ 1st Team qualified for the inaugural North Ladies’ Hockey League in the 1989/90 season and we are now an established North League club.
In the 2016/17 season the Ladies’ 1st Team became North Champions, for the fourth time in nine years, returning to the Investec Women’s Hockey League for the 2017/8 season. (North Champions: 2007/8; 2009/10; 2014/15; 2016/17).
In the 2016/17 season the Ladies’ 2nd Team were also LCWHL Champions, returning to the North Women’s Hockey League for the fourth time in their history.
2017/18 Womens 1st Team Investec Women’s Hockey League – Conference North
2017/18 Womens 2nd Team North Hockey Women’s League – Division 2 North West
2017/18 Womens 3rd Team Lancashire Central Womens Hockey League-Division 1
2017/18 Womens 4th Team Lancashire Central Womens Hockey League-Division 2
The highest success for the Men’s 1st Team came when they played in the Premier Division of the North Hockey Men’s League (NHML) in the 1996/97 Season.
In the 2016/17 season the Men’s 1st Team were Champions of the North West HL D4
2017/18 Mens’ 1st Team North West Hockey League - Division 3 North
2017/18 Mens’ 2nd Team North West Hockey League - Division 5 North North
Fylde Hockey Club have held the England Hockey ClubMark/ClubsFirst Accreditation Award since 2010. This is awarded to well-structured clubs, whose volunteers hold correct qualifications/certifications and who are recognised as following all recommended guidelines within their youth development activities, whilst maintaining successful links with the local community.