A competitive club, a friendly atmosphere
Servette Hockey club was founded in 1911. Since its creation the club has known some glorious years, experiencing both the highs and lows of sport, whilst always maintaining a desire to gain more experience along the way. This constant desire for improvement, has today allowed the club to create an environment ideal for sporting success both on the field, in terms of results and off it in regards to infrastructure and financial security. Due to this environment the club has seen its membership swell in recent years and today the club has over 250 members, which makes Servette HC officially the second biggest hockey club in Switzerland.
Servette HC is actively supporting the promotion of hockey amongst junior age groups, providing hockey for all age groups from juniors to colts and up to seniors, in an attempt to promote the values of field hockey, such as, team spirit, solidarity, team work, friendship, fair play, respect for others, sportsmanship in both victory and defeat, as well as offering the opportunities to travel and explore not only Switzerland but also other nations, due to fixtures, tournaments and training camps.
Being a member of Servette hockey club not only entails playing matches, training and participating in competition, but also of being part of a large family who share the same passion.
Junior sides in the club as well as the colts are often present on match days to support the first team, and to try and repay this endless support the senior sides organise every year a gala dinner which they perceive as a great occasion for all members of the club to get together and share some relaxed and enjoyable moments.
On regular occasions during the course of the season, organised tournaments permit junior players and their parents to meet and spend time together, whether it be during the glorious spring and autumn months at the Stade de Richemont, or at the Bout du Monde sports centre during the colder winter months.
Senior players in the club, with the help of colts, take responsibility for the management and training of the junior sides. This concept of “Giving back to the club” a theme included in the charter of the club, which is signed by all the senior members of the club, ensures that all members are able and expected to participate and be part of the progression and development of the club.
Numerous senior and junior players enjoy selection to the Swiss national squads at senior and junior age groups. The nature of Field Hockey and its status as an Olympic sport, permits players to participate at the highest level of international sport, whilst not necessarily being required to make huge sacrifices in particular school and higher education studies.
Servette Hockey club also organises every year a "club day", which takes place on Ascension Thursday, a public holiday in Geneva. This occasion affords all the members of the club of all ages the opportunity to meet and spend time with each other in a relaxed family environment. With the focal part of the day being a mixed mini tournament for all ages and standards and more importantly a fantastic barbeque.
The first XI returned to the top league in Swiss hockey National League A in 2004 and since then has enjoyed success, consistently achieving finishes in the top third of the championship. The second XI is composed of junior players making their way up through the club, alongside more senior members, this team compete in the 1st division of Swiss hockey, with their principle short term objective being promotion up to national League B. The Third XI which consists predominantly of former first team players also competes in the 1st division.
For the past fifteen years, great importance has been placed upon developing the junior sides, both girls and boys and ensuring a smooth integration of these youngsters into the senior sides of the club, with a substantial level of success.
Relaunched and refocused by Club President Nicolas Gisin his wife Mireille and Sandra Bourquin, the junior development programme of Servette HC is one of the biggest of its kind in Switzerland, with over one hundred juniors comprising of ages of 5 to 18. Thanks to the senior members of the club taking responsibility of management and coaching, the junior players have benefited from a professional and friendly environment that allows them to enjoy their hockey.
Vision for the future
Servette HC’s objectives are:
A Highly competitive first team at national league level
An evermore dynamic junior development programme
Creation of a club house at Stade de Richemont
Servette Hockey Club is Member of:
Swiss Field Hockey League (Swisshockey: www.swisshockey.org)
Geneva association of Field hockey (AGHGA, anciennement AGHT : www.aghga.ch)
Servette Club, consisting of diverse sports (football, volleyball, basketball etc.)