A new chapter begins
The recent opening of Camberwell Hockey Club’s new facility, The Matlock Centre, marks a new chapter for both Camberwell Hockey Club and long standing community group, Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre (CNC).
Camberwell Hockey Club was formed in 1932 by players from the Surrey Hills Presbyterian Cricket Club and the Highfield Road Methodist Cricket Club. After moving in 1939 to its current address on the corner of Matlock Street and Carinda Road Canterbury, Camberwell Hockey Club is now the largest hockey club on the eastern seaboard with over 1,050 registered players. The club supports a broad playing age from just five years-old to the oldest female, 63 years and oldest male at 75 years of age! There is a team for everyone regardless of ability or age!
The Club has always focused on taking an active role within the community. For the past two years the Club has showcased hockey to over 2,700 local school children and in the last 10 years has encouraged girls and women into the sport, with the club’s junior section of over 350 players split 50/50 boys and girls. The embracing of CNC’s activities into the Club’s new facility is yet another initiative that reflects its community ethos.
At the opening of the Centre, club President Harry Drakos warmly welcomed CNC as a major user of the building for the Neighbourhood House’s card groups and wellness programs. He stated that the Club was looking forward to a long and rewarding use of the facility by both parties and was already considering developing future collaborative programs.
A new chapter begins for both community groups.