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For international students

What is G.C.H.C.?

G.C.H.C. is the Netherlands’ largest and most fun student hockey club, located in Groningen!

More than 550 competition members play at G.C.H.C., in 17 women’s and 13 men’s teams. Additionally, G.C.H.C. has 150 training members.

Try-outs for the first, second and third teams take place at the beginning of the season and before the restart of the competition in the spring. The first men’s and women’s teams play in the first division (Eerste Klasse), and the second and third teams of both men and women play in the reserve premier division (Reserve Hoofdklasse). These teams are excellent for combining high level hockey with the fun of after-hockey drinks and the pleasant student life in Groningen. In the other teams, you can play at every level of hockey. There’s a team for everyone!

G.C.H.C. members train and compete at our accommodation on the Zernike Campus. The club has one water based field, one semi water based field and two sand based pitches. G.C.H.C. also possesses its own club house, completely managed by students.

Besides the regular competition, teams compete with each other for the John Frederikstadt Cup, which is won by the team that scores the most goals during the year. This makes for a fun battle between teams.

G.C.H.C. is ran completely by and for students. Over 200 members are active as captains of their team, coaches, have a spot on the board of the club or participate in one of the twenty committees. So if you’d love to write the yearbook, organize the largest student hockey tournament of the Netherlands, or provide everyone with their well-earned beers after trainings and matches, don’t hesitate to become an active member!

G.C.H.C. does not have a cricket team anymore. However, once a year we relive the history of the club during the annual Cricket Day.

How do I sign up?

Signing up is done by sending an email to [email protected] in order to be provided with an application form in English.

It is always possible to become a training member. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we cannot accept all applications for competition membership. Before the season starts, a lottery is held to determine whether or not you can join as a competition member. If you are accepted in a try-out team, you will not have to take part in the lottery!

What are the membership costs?

Membership at G.C.H.C. costs €130 per year for competition members, and €55 per year for training members. The membership fee can be paid in two terms of €65 each. Additionally, an entree fee of €39 is charged for new members, to compensate for the additional administration costs and your personal G.C.H.C. card, which you can use to pay for drinks and snacks.

G.C.H.C. mandates a direct debit authorization, in order to withdraw membership fees, consumptions paid for with the G.C.H.C. card, and other financial obligations. If you are unable to provide a direct debit authorization, the membership fee is raised by €12.

If you are unable to play hockey for longer than half a year due to an injury, it is possible to get your membership fee (partly) refunded. A doctor’s note is required for this. Contact [email protected] before August 31st in order to apply!

G.C.H.C. members are required to have an ACLO membership. The ACLO is the overarching student sports organization of the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and for the 49 sports clubs of the ACLO, one of which being G.C.H.C.. An ACLO membership costs €59,95 for a full year, and gives you access to all ACLO courses and their facilities. More information about the ACLO and the ACLO card can be found here: http://www.aclosport.nl/en

Umpiring

In accordance with the rules of the KNHB, every member of G.C.H.C. has to qualify as a club umpire. Additionally, you will likely be appointed as an umpire for a match once or twice per year. You are obligated to umpire the match or find a replacement yourself!

Contact information of the board

The board is present at the club on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00. Exemptions are possible. If you wish to make an appointment, contact the chairperson at [email protected] to make an appointment.

Position

Name

Email

Phone

Chairman

Tim Hendriks

[email protected]

+31 6 83207452

Vice-Chairman

Yannick Duzijn

[email protected]

+31 6 34547413

Secretary

Anouk Nijland

[email protected]

+31 6 25584850

Treasurer of Internal Affairs

Jean-Krijn Geldenhuys

[email protected]

+31 6 40366382

Treasurer of External Affairs

Willem Reinders

[email protected]

+31 6 53540120

Coordinator

Dorien Lammers

[email protected]

+31 6 15083319

The chairman has the final responsibility for the board. He or she represents the club to other parties and is your contact for general questions.

The vice-chairman is technical manager of the club and responsible for the try-out teams, professional trainers and indoor hockey.

The secretary is your contact for all questions regarding membership, ACLO cards and is responsible for the membership administration of the club.

The treasurer of internal affairs manages the financial administration of the club. He is the contact for your questions about training materials and committee finances.

The treasurer of external affairs manages sponsoring, accounts receivable and the custom Point-of-sale system. He is the contact for your questions about your G.C.H.C. bill, and committee sponsoring.

The coordinator is responsible for the committees at G.C.H.C. and manages the clubhouse. Contact her for more information about committee membership or inquiries for renting the clubhouse.

Address information

Postal address
Postbus 1639
9701 BP Groningen

Address
Universitair Sportcentrum 'Paddepoel'
Street: Blauwborgje 26A.
Postal Code: 9747 AC
City: Groningen