The Early Years

Atherstone Adders Hockey Club was established in 1953 and played all of its home matches at Atherstone Cricket Club in North Warwickshire, UK.

In the 60’s the grass pitches became unsuitable and the Adders played all of their home games ona shale surface at Woodhouse School in Tamworth until the 70’s. Following the advent of astroturf pitches the Club became nomadic as it played it’s home games in Nuneaton, Chelmsley Wood and more recently at Earl Shilton.

Then, quite dramatically, nearly 60 years after it was formed the Club finally gained access to its very own astro pitch in the heart of Atherstone at QE School on Witherley Road.  The Club now plays every Saturday and trains every Wednesday during the season at The Queen Elizabeth Academy on Witherley Road.

2013 - 2014 Season

A great season for the Adders. The Ladies 1st team won their league with a game to go and were promoted to Division 2. The Men's 1st team went on to comfortably finish in the top three in their league without even trying. With the Junior section growing and the Seniors attracting more players to the Club, a major decision was made to enter two new teams into the Leagues in the 14-15 season

Subsequently a Ladies 2nd team and a Men's 3rd team were born. Lets see what the season ahead brings!

2014-15 season

This season was a major step forward for the Adders. For the very first time in the Club's history we fielded a Ladies 2nd team in the WWHL. We will also fielded three league Men's teams for the very first time in nearly 20 years. Who knows what the season has in store for the Club? The Ladies 1st team, following on from last season's successes are now playing in Warwickshire Division 2 and who knows, they may well look back on this season as a watershed in their development. Perhaps the Men's 1st X1 can replicate the success of the Ladies from last season? However, the re-organisation of teams in the Midland area will make their job a tough one. They will, however, be able to pit their talents against larger teams and clubs, including Nuneaton and Tamworth, who now find themselves in the same division as the Adders. Good luck boys!

2015-16 Season

Well where do we start? What an amazing season for the Adders and in particular the Ladies 1st and 2nd teams. Both teams gained promotion as their respective Divisional Champions. The Ladies Firsts now move into the top Warwickshire League after successive promotion seasons! Meanwhile the Ladies 2nds gained promotion in only their second year of formation! After only winning one game all of last season, the side dedicated themselves to the cause thoughout the season and were rewarded with the divisional title on the final day of the season after losing only one match all season. The stats tell the story with Tara Harrison being the leagues top scorer and Olivia Paice being the meanest keeper in the League. Well done to both Ladies sides.

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2016-17 Season

Ladies 1sts in Division 1 of the Warwickshire League, Ladies 2nds in Division 3 and a NEW Adders Ladies 3rd team.....

With three Saturday Mens teams in the East Midlands Leagues and two Badgers sides the future looks bright.

The main aim for both of the promoted Ladies sides was to establish themselves in their respective Leagues. The Ladies 1sts, promoted to Div. 1, finished comfortably in mid-table while the 2nds, who had been promoted to Div 3, had a chaotic season as they had three captains, a regular churn of players and a mixed bag of results. Howver, despite the upheaval in the team, they also finished in mid-table.The NEW Ladies 3rd team, captained by Tracy Grabham, also completed their season with more defeats than victories, but have the makings of a good team.

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2017-18 Season

All eyes will be on the Mens Leagues this season as they prepare for next seasons pyramid league structure. All teams will be trying to finish as high as possible in order that they will be playing suitable fixtures in the 2018-19 season.

The Men welcome back Martin Webb as 1st team captain. Webby has always been an Adder but has been playing National League with Olton over the last few sasons. Hopefully hs coaching and playing talent will pay off as the men strive for that elusive promotion. - Is the time right?

The Ladies 1sts will once again be competing at the highest level in Warwickshire and hoping to improve on last seasons mid-table place. The Ladies 2nds will be hoping for a less turbulent season than last year, while the 3rds, under new captain Nicky Lancaster, will be hoping to further establish themselves in the League.

Good luck to all teams.