CellarVie Wines announce Richmond Hockey Club sponsorship

CellarVie Wines are delighted to announce that they are now very proud sponsors of Richmond Hockey Club.

Richmond Hockey Club are one of the oldest hockey clubs in the world having been formed in the winter of 1874 on the grounds of Old Deer Park as evidenced by the following extract which appeared in the Richmond & Twickenham Times on October 17th of that year:-

"A Hockey Club has been formed, as an offshoot of the Richmond Football Club, and its opening game will be played this (Saturday) afternoon, on the cricket ground in the Old Deer Park; play to commence at half past three. As numerous gentlemen in the neighbourhood have intimated their intention of joining the club, no doubt there will be a good muster on the occasion of the first match.
"A meeting will be held at the Greyhound Hotel the same afternoon, at half past five, to decide upon the style of playing and the rules to be adopted, and on the election of officers for the season and other business. Hockey is like football in one respect at the present time — namely there are two sets of rules in use, the dribbling and the hitting game, so it is necessary to take the opinion of the players on the question."

The club now boasts 10 men’s sides, six ladies sides and a junior section which possesses in excess of 450 members making them one of the largest clubs in the country.

Recent successes have seen the Men’s 1st XI achieve three successive promotions that now sees them compete in the England Hockey Men’s Hockey League National East Conference. This success saw them crowned England Hockey Team of the Year 2011/12 and also saw Elite Coach Soma Singh crowned England Hockey Club Coach of the Year 2011/12. Not to be outdone their Men’s Over 50's side have also claimed glory in winning the National O50's Cup competition on several occasions over the past few years, including season 2011/12 and our juniors represent the county at numerous age levels.

New members (young and old) are always welcome and more details can be found at www.richmondhockeyclub.com.

In addition to experiencing the rigors of a full fixture list and regular team practices during the season, the Hockey Club enjoy an active and sparkling social scene in and around Richmond; an area close to CellarVie Wines’ heart and just a stone's throw away from our HQ in Twickenham.
Speaking about the new sponsorship deal, Men’s Club Captain Andrew Denye said: “We are delighted to be partnering with an innovative local business in CellarVie Wines. Jon and his team are approachable, knowledgeable and as passionate about what they do as we are about our sport, which provides an excellent basis for our relationship which can be longstanding and fruitful." 
In conjunction with Richmond Hockey Club, CellarVie Wines have created a new and exclusive Richmond Hockey Wine Club list which will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Richmond HC members and supporters can look forward to a list full of quality wines with some cracking discounts on offer in the hope that 2012 will be a vintage year for both parties.

Commenting on the sponsorship, CellarVie Wines' General Manager Jon Carson said: “We are incredibly proud to be the new sponsors of Richmond Hockey Club. Not only do they have such a rich and lengthy sporting heritage, the club also continues to play a hugely positive role in the local community, which is something we continuously aspire to. We are looking forward to working closely with Andrew and the club in what will hopefully prove to be a tremendously successful, mutually beneficial partnership, and we obviously wish the entire club well for the upcoming season.”


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