Tauranga Hockey in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Sportlomo would like to welcome our latest hockey client. Tauranga hockey which is in the largest city in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s North Island. Sportlomo will run their Competition and Umpire Management for the 2018 season.

Thanks to General Manager Clinton Butler and all at Tauranga Hockey for their help.

Tauranga Hockey Association Background

The association currently has two turfs. One named Port as it located close to the Port of Tauranga and the other Beach as it is closer to Mount Maunganui beach. There is a cafe based on site called Finger and Fork who open during competitions and games.

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This is a key strategic goal of Tauranga Hockey Association and one that has shown considerable success during 2017 with growth in youth participation numbers and the high participation numbers involved in summer hockey competition formats.

Tauranga Hockey’s participation numbers also reflect a gender balance which is extremely positive with 1893 females and 1865 males taking part. THA also has a strong Master’s section with five teams participating at National Championships.

Participation growth has created significant impact on game development programmes across all pathways for both Tauranga Hockey locally as well as Hockey New Zealand nationally. Hockey New Zealand has undertaken a robust strategic review, the outcomes of their process will help to provide a national perspective.

A recent initiative was to appoint an Officiating Development Officer, this was in recognition of the importance of that recruitment, training and retention of umpires and officials. This officer will drive the process and work with the volunteer committee.

The success of their locally grown BlackSticks players and officials in 2017 played a big part in inspiring young players and growing the Association as a whole.Ant aerial 1

President of Tauranga Hockey, Gill Gemming, in her President’ Address explains “there are challenges ahead to keep up with the growth. Facility pressures, the need for more volunteer coaches and umpires and the ability to maximise the turf usage, with more creative thinking resulting in different competitions formats to cater for individuals with busy schedules that wish to play socially or over a limited timeframe”.

Also Gill says “There will be a challenge for the clubs to be more proactive in their recruitment of the new players settling in our region and linking with the developing tertiary education sector, as well as improving school club links to identify those players who are staying in the area”.


The Scoop is the official Tauranga Hockey Association Magazine. This bimonthly edition updates the Tauranga hockey community with events and news as well as upcoming events. You can download your copy by clicking on the magazine link or members can pick up a printed copy in the pavilion.
TAURANGA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION   |   42 Kawaka Street (off Totara Street)   |   PO Box 4012    |   Mount Maunganui 3116

Email:   |   Ph 07 575 0074 or  021 088 15200

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England Hockey announces appointment of SportLoMo

Following a recent tender process, England Hockey is delighted to confirm the appointment of SportLoMo as the provider of its Competitions Management SystemView official announcement on England Hockey website.

It is an exciting time for England Hockey competitions as the outcome of recent reviews will see a redeveloped adult and junior competitions programme, designed to meet the needs of players and organizers.

This is both in terms of depth, with tiered competitions to cater for increased numbers of young players of different abilities, and enhanced adult competitions activity offering different ways to play the game and at different times of the year; further details of which will be announced in March.

The Competition Management System will consolidate and drive all elements and stages of the England Hockey competition programme including entries, registration, management, delivery and results. It will also be embedded within our social media platforms to provide an engaging experience for our players, officials, competition deliverers and fans. The system will be introduced for the 2017-18 season.

SportLoMo is based in Ireland and is a leading provider of software to sports bodies with particular understanding of grass roots sports. They work with national and regional bodies in Ireland and other countries for numerous sports including hockey, basketball, rugby and Gaelic sports. They pride themselves on their ability to understand the needs of clubs, players and administrators in particular

Speaking about their appointment, Seamus Kyne, CEO of SportLoMo said

“We are very proud to be selected to partner with one of England’s most prestigious and high-profile sports. Our work with sports both at regional and national level gives us a terrific insight into the technology needs of sports and we very much look forward to working with England Hockey.”

Commenting on the news, Stephen Barlow, Competitions Manager at England Hockey said

“We are very pleased to be working with SportLoMo. We have analysed the future requirements for our Competition Management System in detail and followed a robust process to ensure that potential providers could understand what will meet our needs. We were impressed with the enthusiasm and expertise of SportLoMo and the competition management systems they already have in place. We look forwards to working with them”

England Hockey has partnered with Fixtures Live to deliver its competitions programme since 2001 and this decision brings to an end 16 years of working together on this. England Hockey wishes to place on record its thanks to David Lloyd Williams and his colleagues at Fixtures Live for their support during this time.

Regional and County leagues who use the Fixtures Live platform may of course remain with them although opportunities to work with the new Competition Management System will exist too.

View England Hockey Official Announcement.


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