Development Group Contacts
Name Role Email Phone
Sue Perry Chairman - Junior Development Group s.perry@brighton.ac.uk 07947 054006
VACANT Communications Officer
Sue Perry Coaching S.Perry@brighton.ac.uk 07947 054006
Alan Grey Boys Schools Competitions Organiser alangrey925@btinternet.com 01273 550512
Sue Thomas Girls Schools Competitions Organiser su.thomas55@yahoo.co.uk

01273 419427  07770 974335

Frank George

JDC/JAC Coordinator

sussexjuniorhockey@gmail.com  
Jane Bromley

Sussex Boys Development League Organiser

sdl@sussexhockey.co.uk 07522 079660

 

South Junior Academy Centres (JAC) County Championships
Latest County News
Mens KO Finals 2017 - Schedule (published 14-Apr-17)

Mens Cup Final Schedule

 
Sussex Men's KO finals date (published 09-Apr-17)

The Sussex Men's KO finals will be held on the 22nd and 23rd April at Lewes Hockey Club.

 
Sussex Ladies KO Finals (published 09-Apr-17)

This year's Sussex Ladies Knockout finals will be held at Lewes on Saturday 6th May.  The matches on Finals day will run as follows:

11:30 Vase Final - Chichester Priory Park 3s Vs Eastbourne Cygnets

13:00 Plate Final - Eastbourne 2s Vs Southwick 1s

15:00 Cup final - Horsham 1s Vs East Grinstead

Come along and watch some great hockey!  

 
Sussex HA AGM (published 09-Apr-17)

The AGM will be held on 29th June 2017 at the St Francis Sports and Social Club, Haywards Heath. The County will be sending out details on the Agenda and any proposals as we get nearer to the AGM.

 
Sussex In2Hockey Tournament (published 05-Mar-17)

What a great day at the Sussex In2hockey Tournament and many thanks for all the support and help from Club Managers, parents, umpires and admin helpers (Many who I twisted their arm on the day and handed them a clipboard).  Everyone helped make the day run pretty much to schedule and we wouldn’t be able to run events like this without the support and help we get at the event.  I am sure you will all support me in saying a big Thank you to Hurstpierpoint College for hosting the event and providing the bacon rolls!
 
With 50 teams in total entering it is the biggest event in the calendar for Junior Clubs.   It was great to have so many emerging teams from some of the clubs with small junior sections entering so that everyone could take part.  Encouraging children to play hockey and take part and compete is what we are all striving to achieve and I think an event like this shows how rewarding it is for us all.
 
Congratulations to the Winners and Runners up who will now go on to the Regional rounds and represent Sussex.   I will send details of the qualifying teams through to the South Hockey Association and you will then hear back from them with more details in due course.
 
U10 Boys
Winners -  Lewes 
Runners Up – East Grinstead

U10 Girls
Winners  - East Grinstead
Runners Up – Eastbourne
 
U12 Boys
Winners – Horsham
Runners Up – Eastbourne
 
U12 Girls
Winners – Burgess Hill
Runners up - Brighton
 
U10 Boys and Girls: Matches to be played 7th May Surbiton HC, Long Ditton, KT7 0AE
 
U12 Boys and Girls: Matches to be played 30th April Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, HA2 6HT
 
Sally Vans-Angew & Sue Perry

 
South Ladies Masters Trials (published 02-Feb-17)

Details of the South Ladies Masters trials can be found on the linked newsletter

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Sad news - Tom Waterhouse (published 18-Jan-17)

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the Sussex Hockey Community, of the death of Tom Waterhouse a County Official for many years.
 
Tom was a player for Hailsham and an appointed umpire for the Sussex Umpires Association for many seasons.
 
During the 1990’s Tom was Secretary of the Men’s County H.A and played a important part in planning the current Association which was formed in 2001 when the Men’s and Women’s Associations amalgamated.
 
Later in life Tom was often to be found watching matches at Eastbourne, I will miss his encouragement as an umpire, but most of all I will miss Tom as a very good friend.
 
Our thoughts are with Tom’s family and friends at this sad time.
 
The funeral will be on Monday 30th January 2017 at St Andrews Church, Seaside, Eastbourne at 12.00 noon.
 
John Murphy
 
Chairman
Sussex H.A.  

 
Men's 1st XI Cup and Plate (published 31-Dec-16)

For the avoidance of any doubt, the Men's 1st XI Cup and Plate next round is on Saturday January 7th 2017.

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Safeguarding Young People (published 07-Dec-16)

Following a call from Sussex Police this morning 7th December 2016 in relation to the current developing situation within football concerning the safeguarding of young people, can I please ask all clubs to review their policy's towards safeguarding and welfare of young people within their clubs, and check that all persons involved have a current DBS certificate where required.

I understand that England Hockey will be issuing a statement on the current situation later in the week.

This is a general notice to all sports and not a specific problem that has been identified in Hockey.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

John Murphy

Sussex HA Chairman

 
Boys Development League Rules (published 11-Nov-16)

The 2016/17 rules have been uploaded to the site. Please make sure you are following the latest rules and guidance.

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Umpires Level 1 course (published 19-Oct-16)

Sussex HUA are organising a Level 1 Umpiring Course on Sunday 4th December 2016 at Hurstpierpoint College from 09:30 until 17:00, this will include at least 3 hours practical umpiring on the pitch.

The cost is £50 per participant and all participants will be required to take the online rules test which can be found at http://rules.englandhockey.co.uk

To book onto the course go to the England Hockey Website www.englandhockey.co.uk

If you require any further information please contact me at the email address below.

Regards,
John Murphy
Level One Coordinator
(levelone@sussexhua.co.uk)

 
Sussex Men's KO Competition (published 10-Sep-16)

The teamsheet for the Men's KO competition has been udated. Please use the latest version.

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Sussex Mens KO Competition Details (published 03-Sep-16)

The previously circulated details for the Sussex Mens KO competitions can be found on the linked page.

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Alan Neave - Funeral arrangements (published 25-Aug-16)

A funeral to celebrate his life will be held at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ On Tuesday 30 August at 3:45pm followed by a gathering at Ifield Cricket Club, RH11 0ND
 
Family flowers only please, donations welcome, dress code - as you like

If anyone cannot make the Crematorium they are welcome to join us at Ifield Cricket Club from 5pm.

 
England Ladies O55's squad trials. (published 16-Aug-16)

The trials will be held from 11:00am - 14:00pm on the 9 October 2016 and 15 January 2017, both at Litchfield Hockey Club:

Eastern Avenue
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 7SG
email: lmgeeson@sky.com

In the first instance, if a player wishes to apply to attend this years trials, they will need to provide me with the following information, no later than the 12 September 2016:

1) Full Name
2) Club & region
3) Position (preferred)
4) Date of birth
5) Full postal address
6) Email
7) Telephone number
8) Mobile number
As soon as I have received everyone's applications, further details will be sent out.

Laura Geeson
England Ladies O55 Manager

 
Sussex Mens Open League Rule Change (published 16-Aug-16)
Please note the new Sussex Open League (Mens) rule, which has been advised to clubs earlier and at the AGM regarding appointed umpires for Division 1 teams.

Each club represented in Division One will nominate to the League pool by 01 September at least one umpire for each participating team who holds as a minimum, the Level 1 assessed umpiring qualification and who has been approved by the Appointments Officer as having the appropriate experience and expertise.

The nominated umpire(s) must, between them, be able to cover the whole season’s league matches.

Any club failing to provide the required umpire(s) for 6 matches (regardless of whether or not the games take place) will be fined.

I hope that you all have taken action on this and already advised the umpires Appointments Officer of your proposed umpires for the first half of the season. Please check the umpires association website for contact details.

Barry Holmes
Sussex Open League Secretary 
Alan Neave (published 13-Aug-16)

We have received sad news today that Alan Neave, a vice president of the Association, passed away on Friday 12 August 2016 at St Catherine's Hospice Crawley. Alan has for many years been associated with Crawley Hockey Club and was the Sussex under 21 team manager some years ago. Funeral details will be advised here when known. Condolences from the Association have been passed to his family.

 
Inter County Championships (published 31-May-16)
Sussex narrowly lost 2-0 to Yorkshire in the semi-finals played at Cannock H.C on 21st May. Later in the day Yorkshire defeated Kent to claim the Championship.
 
Congratulations to all the Sussex Team for reaching the Semi-Finals. 
RULE CHANGE - EFFECTIVE THIS WEEKEND (published 25-Feb-16)
AS from THIS FRIDAY, 26th FEBRUARY, England Hockey have adopted the following change to the rules:

This is a change to rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the circle and will be implemented AT ALL LEVELS OF THE 11 A-A-SIDE game in England

13.2 c. when a free hit is awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, all players other than the player taking the free hit must be at least 5 metres from the ball, except as specifically indicated below for attacking free hits awarded within 5 metres of the circle

13.4 f. from a free hit awarded to the attack within the 23 metres area, the ball must not be played into the circle until IT HAS TRAVELLED AT LEAST 5 METRES OR HAS BEEN TOUCHED BY A PLAYER OF THE DEFENDING TEAM.

However, please note that, if there is a stoppage in time between the awarding of the free hit and the re-starting play, then ALL the players, INCLUDING THE DEFENDERS IN THE CIRCLE must be at least 5 metres away.

This means that a player taking the hit will not be able to move the ball a metre for another player to run on to the pass and play the ball straight in to the circle.

 
Sussex Umpires - Young Umpires Level 1 Course (published 11-Jan-16)
LEVEL 1 UMPIRES’ COURSE for YOUNG UMPIRES
(Aged 14 to 18 only)
HURSTPIERPOINT COLLEGE
TUES FEB 16th 2016  from 9.30 to 17.00
See the attached document for details. read more ...
Mens KO finals (published 07-Jan-16)
Men's KO Finals will be at East Grinstead HC Saturday 23th and Sunday 24th April 2016 
JRPC Coaches wanted (published 22-Dec-15)
The South are working with England Hockey to recruit coaches for South JRPC centers. Details can be found on their site http://southhockey.org.uk/index.php/links/jobs-adverts/105-jrpc-coach-vacancies read more ...
Hockey matches involving under 18 players (published 30-Nov-15)
There has been a very important update from Southern Counties Hockey Association regarding goalkeepers in junior (under 18) games. A fully kitted goalkeeper is no longer a mandatory requirement but a strong recommendation.
The appendices to the SCHA Child Protection Guidelines are now as follows.

SCHA CHILD PROTECTION GUIDELINES November 2015
Appendix 1
Instruction regarding Head Injuries
This instruction applies to all junior hockey played within the jurisdiction of the Southern Counties HA and is a part of the Association’s Child Protection Guidelines. It also applies to any junior player injured in a senior match.
Any player receiving a head injury MUST be removed from the field of play by the coach/manager as soon as it is medically safe to do so and qualified medical opinion attention sought from an A&E department or a registered medical practitioner.
Umpires officiating at junior games are instructed not to permit the match to continue until the injured player has been removed and not to allow the injured player to return to the field of play during the course of the game.
In tournament hockey it is conceivable that an injured player will receive attention and be passed fit for play. Tournament directors/organisers must be sure that proper medical treatment/advice has been sought before allowing the player to participate further in the tournament.

Appendix 2
Goalkeepers in Junior Hockey
The Southern Counties Hockey Association strongly recommends that all teams playing 11 a side matches where all, or a substantial proportion are under 18 should always use a fully equipped goalkeeper.

Guidance
For the avoidance of doubt, the junior game is played under the standard Rules of Hockey. There are no variations for the junior game and, as per the ruling of the South Council earlier this month, if a goalkeeper is injured or suspended then the team has the option of bringing on a substitute goalkeeper who is already kitted up or playing with a kicking back (or with 11 outfield players). The previous South regulation that all teams must play with a fully kitted goalkeeper is no longer a stipulation, rather a recommendation. Time must not be stopped for someone else to get kitted up. 
Sad News - Don Bristow (published 13-Nov-15)
I’m sorry to report the sad death of one of the Association’s Vice Presidents, Don Bristow, who died last Tuesday in hospital at the Princess Royal following an operation at the age of 91.  
 
Don was a Trojan of Brighton & Hove HC for a great many years, latterly as the club’s President, he was also a Sussex Men’s Association Committee member for several seasons.
 
Don's funeral is on Thursday 26th  November at 11.00am at St Johns Church in Preston Village, Brighton followed by a get together at the Preston Bowls club which is over the road to the south.
 
Our thoughts at this sad time are with Don’s family  
 
John Murphy
 
Chairman Sussex H.A 
New Red Card Report Form (published 20-Oct-15)
A new red card report form, appeals form and code of ethics dispute form have been added to the umpires page of this site. Please ensure these forms are used in future. read more ...
Keith Novis (published 20-Oct-15)

Jill, Jackie, Helen and family would like to thank everyone very much for attending Keith’s funeral. It made a very difficult day much more bearable being surrounded by members of the umpires association and local hockey clubs.

 
Keith Novis - Funeral Details (published 21-Sep-15)
It is with great regret we must inform the County of the death of Keith Novis.
 
Keith was a County umpire, hockey player and huge supporter of hockey in Sussex.
 
Keith was instrumental in the reformation of Newhaven Hockey club and had also been a team captain at Lewes in his playing days. But most will remember him as the happy smiling umpire on the County men's circuit.
 
In his latter years Keith could be frequently found supporting his daughter at Hailsham and grandsons playing for Lewes 1s and Chichester 1s. He enjoyed watching quality hockey followed by a pint in the club house surrounded by friends and family.
 
Keith will be sorely missed in the County and we send our condolences to his family at this sad time.
 
The funeral will take place at Eastbourne Crematorium on October 15th at 13-45 in the main chapel, then back to the Hydro Hotel afterwards. Normal funeral clothing to be worn please, flowers would be welcome or donations to be made to Dementia UK. 
Latest Mens KO details and draw (published 20-Sep-15)
The weekends results and details of round 2 matches for the 2nd and 3rd XI competitions is available on this link. read more ...
Buxted Park (published 15-Sep-15)
It is always sad when a Sussex club decides to call it a day, but Buxted Park will be playing their last match at Buxted on October 11th.

Buxted have been a driving force in Mixed hockey in Sussex for many years, and have produced many players that have gone on to play mens and ladies hockey at other clubs to a high standard.

Buxted have slowly been disposing of their hockey assets and what remains are 2 hockey goals, almost new and in great condition (including nets). This is a great opportunity because they will be free to a deserving home as long as they can be collected from Buxted.

Please contact Roger Sealey on roger.sealey@hotmail.co.uk or on 07950650637 to speak to Roger and register your interest. 
Fixtures Live Details (published 11-Sep-15)
It is important that you update your club details on Fixtures Live every year. Captains, contacts, umpires coordinator etc.... Please ensure you do so.

A number of clubs have not updated their website within fixtures live. This also needs to be done from the Club Administration-->Info and Settings section. If in doubt please contact webmaster@sussexhockey.co.uk.
 
Ladies League rules 2015-16 (published 02-Sep-15)
There has been a minor amendment to the rules due to an administrative error in their publication. This relates to rule 9b regarding umpires and reinserts the line "All umpires in Divisions 1 to 4 should be at least an Associate Member of the Sussex Hockey Umpires Association.". The rules are available on the following page. read more ...
Ladies League and Cup Rules 2015-16 (published 27-Aug-15)
There are updates to the Ladies League and Cup rules for this season. Important that you take note of the requirement to register players from Premier League teams before the first league game.

Ladies League and Cup Rules in the Useful Documents section
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Website niggles (published 24-Aug-15)
Some issues are being encountered displaying the drop down menus on some devices. We are trying to improve this by re-ordering the menus. We will keep you posted with progress. 
Website Changes (published 22-Aug-15)
The Sussex Hockey website has gone through a makeover. A new style has been applied which will hopefully work better across multiple devices - PCs, tablets and phones.

There are still some tweaks to be made but the majority of the work has been completed.

The menus have been rearranged and History, Calendar and VPs are now under the Home menu. We have also paid for adverts to be removed on the Fixtures Live pages so hopefully these will respond better on mobile devices.

If you have any feedback on the changes please email Martin Headey. 
Ladies Hockey - Players and Umpires wanted (published 21-Aug-15)
South coast clubs require players and umpires. See the Club Page for details. 
Ladies Sussex KO Competitions News (published 15-Aug-15)
In response to the comments raised regarding the new competition format, there has been one significant change; the removal of the 'Senior Cup' with teams playing in the Premier League joining the same competition as those playing above the Sussex Premier League.  The competitions will run as below:

Cup - open to teams playing in Sussex Premier League and above
Plate - Open to teams playing in Sussex Div 1 and 2 only
Vase Competition Day - Open to teams playing in Div 3 and 4 only


Proposed dates for this year's competitions are: 

Preliminary Round for Cup/Plate if needed: Saturday 12th September 2015
Round 1 for Cup/Plate: Saturday 31st October 2015
Round 2 for Cup/Plate: Saturday 12th December 2015
Semi-Finals Day for Cup and Plate: Saturday 2nd April 2016
VASE Competition Day: Saturday 23rd April 2016
Finals Day: Saturday 7th May 2016


Vase Competition Day - Each team participating will be expected to pay a contribution towards pitch costs. We will be looking for two pitches in different locations across the county.  If you believe your club could provide us with a pitch for the entire day, please get in contact.

If you would like to enter a team into a competition, please contact me by Friday 21st. Please state the team, the competition you wish to enter them into and contact details of the person you wish me to correspond with. 

Please see updated rules for this season's competitions before entering a team. 

Regards,
Christina Procter
cprocter@outlook.com
07528536388

 
Ladies KO Competitions (published 01-Aug-15)
At this year's competition meeting, a new format was suggested.  The aims of which are:
That teams who enter play games at a challenging yet accessible level by limiting entry to each competition to teams playing in a similar leagues
To avoid last minute forfeiting of games.  This often happens when higher teams pull from lower teams in a club, thus the lower team's game is cancelled
To encourage more teams to enter from a variety of clubs across the county

Suggested New Format: 
1. A Senior Cup for those teams playing outside the County League.  
2. A Premier Division Cup for those teams playing in the Premier League
3. A cup for teams playing in Division 1 & 2. 
 
All the above competitions are played in the normal way with set dates and the winners progress.  There will be no second chance competitions for teams who lose in the 1st round.  
 
4. To encourage more teams in Division 3 & 4 to take part in a cup competition, we will run a separate competition day. The plan is to divide all the clubs who wish to take part into 2 or 4 pools (dependant on entries).  The pool matches would all be played on 1 day in a round robin format with all teams in a pool playing all the other teams in that pool in short time matches. Pools would be held at 2 separate venues if there were 4 pools the 2 pool winners at each venue would playoff for 1 final place. The plan is to try and create a festival type competition. The overall winners at both venues would progress to the final on 'Finals Day' of the above competitions. 
 
As there were so few clubs represented at the Competitions Meeting, we request that each club respond by Sunday 9th August with your Yes or No response to this question:

COMPULSORY QUESTION - Should the Sussex Cup format be changed to that outlined above? Yes/No
OPTIONAL QUESTION - Do you have any comments on how we can arrange the cups better in the future? 

Please note, I am away on holiday and will not respond to emails until the week beginning Monday 10th August.  We will collate responses and then send out an invite to this year's competition by Friday 14th August.  Deadline for entry will be Friday 21st August and the competition (in whichever format we go with) will be set up on Fixtures Live by the start of September. 

Email Christine Proctor on cprocter@outlook.com

Many thanks,
Christina Procter,
Sussex Ladies Knockout Comp Admin.  
Mens Sussex KO Cup Dates (published 13-Jul-15)

The dates for the first two rounds of the Sussex Mens KO cup are as follows:

Round 1 September 19th 
Round 2 September 26th


The draw will be made last week in July

 
New Hon. Secretary required (published 09-Jul-15)
Sussex Hockey Association are seeking a new Hon. Secretary for the Association, the role involves organising Committee Meetings and the AGM.
 
There is a small amount of inserting and removing items from the Association website, and the distribution of information and requests sent to the Association to the relevant Committee Member.
 
For further information, please contact the Chairman John Murphy either by email: j.r.murphy@btinternet.com or phone 01903 715787 
Level 1 umpiring course in Sussex (published 09-Jul-15)
Sussex H.U.A. are organising a Level 1 Umpires Course at Crawley H.C. on the 13th September 2015 0930 till 1700.
 
Booking is via the England Hockey website www.englandhockey.co.uk and the course fee will be £50 per participant.
 
The maximum number of participants is 24 so early booking is advised.
 
For more information please contact John Murphy j.r.murphy@btinternet.com  
Ladies Coaching Opportunities in Sussex (published 04-Jul-15)
2 Clubs are looking for Ladies coaches. Fancy advancing your coaching? read more ...
SHA AGM Nomination form and Minutes (published 18-Jun-15)
The minutes from the 2014 AGM and the nomination form for the 2015-16 season are available on the management page in the documents section. Please submit nominations to the secretary before the meeting Please bring minutes to the meeting as they will not be provided. read more ...
SCH Umpires AGM (published 11-Jun-15)
The SCHUA AGM takes place on Thursday 2nd July 2015 1930 at Bridge Community Centre, Lucraft Road, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, BN2 4PN. See the umpires site for relevant umpiring details.
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SHA AGM 25 June 2015 (published 11-Jun-15)
The Agenda for the SHA AGM is available. Click on the link to download it. read more ...
New Rules (published 11-Jun-15)
The new rules for hockey were adopted by EH. Do you know what they are? More details available here read more ...
Men's KO Finals Results (published 27-Apr-15)
The competition for 2014-15 is over and the results available. read more ...
EG Ladies 1s promotion to National Premier Division (published 23-Apr-15)
Congratulations to East Grinstead Ladies 1 who have gain promotion to the Investec Women’s Premier Division, they overwhelmed Slough on Saturday and then had a thrilling 4-3 victory over Wakefield on Sunday.
 
Well done to all the players coaches and supporters concerned!
 
John Murphy
Chairman
Sussex H.A. 
U21 Mixed hockey anyone? (published 08-Apr-15)
Horsham Hockey Club are looking to play some mixed U21/U18/U16 hockey matches for fun friendly hockey development and are interested to know if any clubs would like to do the same. This is not designed to be to formal, maybe one game a month to start and see how well this goes to determine direction.
 
If you are interested then please contact Jo Humphreys on joannecoops@aol.com or 07711826765. 
Sussex Men's Competitions Meeting (published 28-Feb-15)
Sussex Competitions Meeting to be held at St Francis Sports and Social Club, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Hearth, West Sussex, Thursday March 19th from 19:45.

I hope that all clubs will be able to attend and to provide feedback on all of the hockey competitions run within Sussex.

Within the League – rules and the differences between Sussex Division 1 and the rest of the Sussex Leagues – is this reasonable or confusing? Application of rules within the Kent Sussex Divisions – again reasonable or confusing. What should be done about Division 5!! Options appreciated for 2015 – 2016.

Umpires – what can be done to get more qualified umpires putting their names forward for the Sussex Pool of umpires?

It would help if any recommendation/suggestions could be forwarded to myself or Mike Acott prior to the meetings so they circulated and added to the agenda for discussion.

My best wishes

Barry Holmes

AGENA
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Men’s South League (Including the proposed restructure of the Kent-Sussex Regional League)
3. Sussex Men’s Open League
4. Sussex Cup Competitions
5. Umpiring Including a proposal by Sussex County HUA to allow clubs to provide feedback on appointed umpires. Introduced by SxCHUA Chairman Paul Shackman. (Circulated prior to the meeting)
6. New Rules for next season
Clubs requested to provide recommendations to League Secretary prior to meeting
7. Any Other Business (as allowed by the Chairman)

 
Sussex Pitch Map (published 10-Aug-14)
A map showing pitch locations and which clubs play on them is now available.  read more ...
Sussex HA Twitter Account up and running (published 20-May-14)

The Sussex HA Twitter account is up and running so please follow us. We will endeavour to tweet important news and provide links back to this site.