Development is heart of historic hockey merger

Claire Townsend of Borders Fjordhus and Stephen Young of Reivers at the club merger meeting

Claire Townsend of Borders Fjordhus and Stephen Young of Reivers at the club merger meeting

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HOCKEY history was made in the Borders this week when the region’s top men’s and women’s clubs merged into one, writes Fiona Scott.

The new outfit will be named Fjordhus Reivers and will encompass both current Borders Fjordhus ladies teams and the Reivers men’s team.

The decision was taken last Monday, at the Salmon Inn. Following EGMs, both clubs voted to merge and pool their resources in aid of hockey development.

Over the last few seasons much good work has been done in developing hockey in local primary schools for both boys and girls, with some of the girls going on to significant representative success.

With the merger of the two clubs, the boys who have been attending hockey sessions across the Borders will now have a direct pathway through to men’s hockey, with the emphasis on player development and raising the profile of boys’ hockey across the Borders.

Reivers spokesperson Stephen Young told TheSouthern: “It is a big step forward for both clubs, and we will all benefit from sharing our resources.

“The Reivers have achieved success in both regional and national competitions over the past few years.

“We are now keen to build on this and become a bigger force in Scottish hockey.

“We feel the merger will give us the benefit of being part of an enlarged club, which will hopefully allow us to attract new players, run more teams and create more competition for places.

Claire Townsend of Borders Fjordhus added: “It’s really for the next generation of players that we are hoping to bring on. Hockey is a great game and should become more popular in the region.

“Fjordhus Reivers will provide the structure to make it happen. The idea is to create a club with a real family atmosphere, providing something for everyone.”

The committee of the new club will be made up of the two existing committees. Last season, Reivers finished fourth in East Division One, with Fjordhus eighth in National League Division Two.

Local timber frame company Fjordhus has provided fantastic support to Borders hockey and will continue to sponsor the new expanded club.